Constructive process: Process that makes greater or builds up material on the surface of the earth. Deposition and compression folding (mountain building) are constructive processes.
The processes affecting the surface of the Earth may be classifies as either destructive or constructive. Destructive processes remove material from the surface and lower the leevation fo the surface. Constructive processes accumulate material and make the surface elevation higher.
Its bias is that this ispossible, that conflict is opportunity.
: Central to this approach are change processes,the transformational component and the foundation of how conflict canmove from being destructive toward being constructive.
Especially on the community level, concrete information about socialand environmental impacts can have immediate effects, especially when itconcerns specific products and processes. Those who can make a differencedesigners,builders, tradespeople, homeowners, building supply retailersare acutelylacking the basic information on materials that would allow them to makeconstructive changes.
A 1,200-square-foot house typically can claim from $5,000 to $8,000 (Seldmanand Jackson, 2000). They are paradoxically also creating some opportunitiesfor conventional C&D outfits. In many places, deconstructionand C&D firms are working together to efficiently take down buildings.
Floods are not always destructive natural events. Before the Assuan High Dam was built yearly floods in Egypt brought along nutrients and made the land around the very fertile. Every year floods during the season in Bangladesh deposit fertile soil but also kill thousands of people and leave millions homeless.
With a focus on the practical applications of Christian teachings, adults not only learn how to change deeply entrenched, self-destructive behavior but to discover a new identity in Christ that makes these changes possible. Adults who come to Adult and Teen Challenge USA not only receive a holistic approach to recovery from life-controlling problems, but acquire a new value system that honors family, takes responsibility for community, cultivates a positive work ethic, and helps them become productive, healthy members of society.
Buildings liveand change, much like organisms. Very few buildings are used forthe purposes for which they were designed even five years after construction(Brand, 1994). Ecological building design for change would incorporatethree principles (Berge, 2000):
Uncleanliness, which breeds disease and death, is not only a self destructive but highly immoral habit. In keeping our bodies free from infection, healthful, and pure, we are expressing our reverence for the high principle with which they are endowed. He who follows the precepts of hygiene in this spirit is proving himself, so far, truly religious.
And how do we develop a capacity for constructive, direct, face-to-faceinteraction and, at the same time, address systemic and structuralchanges?
: Conflict transformationviews peace as centered and rooted in the quality of relationships.
The other set underscores the need to see,pursue, and create change in our ways of organizing social structures,from families to complex bureaucracies, from the local to the global.
Conflict transformation suggests that a fundamental way to promoteconstructive change on all these levels is dialogue.
Many of theskill-based mechanisms that are called upon to reduce violence arerooted in the communicative abilities to exchange ideas, find commondefinitions to issues, and seek ways forward toward solutions.
However, a transformational view believes that dialogue is necessaryfor both creating and addressing social and public spheres where humaninstitutions, structures, and patterns of relationships areconstructed.
Dialogue is needed to provide access to, a voice in,and constructive interaction with, the ways we formalize ourrelationships and in the ways our organizations and structures arebuilt, respond, and behave.
At its heart, conflict transformation focuses on creating adaptiveresponses to human conflict through change processes which increasejustice and reduce violence.
Reprinted from The Little Book of Conflict Transformation.
Indeed, in high-risk areas, sustainable development is only possible to the degree that development planning decisions, in both the public and private sectors, address the destructive potential of natural hazards.