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Welcome to Libra!

Libra joins us as a chatbot in beta mode, powered by ChatGPT3.5 (soon to be 4).  It has been a long time since I've felt so excited about possibilities for Riverhouse and our mission to bring high-quality, user-friendly, and easy-to-use training in peacebuilding to everyone.  Artificial Intelligence, also known as AI or Large Language Models, is a game changer!

Libra, associated in mythology with balance and perspective, blends our own peacebuilding materials with vast resources ChatGPT has gleaned from the global web.  Superbly equipped with skills, concepts, and tools for resolving conflict, she'll meet you in your language, age location in life, and conflict settings, if you tell her these.   Libra is our first effort at bringing AI to peacebuilding and I'd love to hear your experiences, the good and not-so-good!   I'd also welcome ideas and requests for new bots programmed with different purpose and goals.

Please bear in mind these things cautions about this leading edge technology:

  1. Accuracy: ChatGPT, which powers Libra, is famous for "hallucination", making stuff up when necessary to answer questions.  Think of Libra, as a friendly, helpful, knowledgeable know-it-all.   Like some people, she's more confident than wise!  That's where you come in - good outcomes require you to vet all that she offers.  (Is that really any different from taking advice from others?) Her saving grace is boundless patience and confrontability.   Tell her she's wrong and you'll get a far more cooperative response than many human beings provide! 

  2. Currency in time.  The data powering ChatGPT goes only till April, 2023.  Her responses regarding public info about events since then are out of date.
  3. Human Oversight and Confidentiality: Libra operates autonomously, overseen by humans who monitor interactions periodically in logs for technical purposes.  So what about confidentiality?  It is true of course that the more real-world info you give about yourself and your situation, the better positioned Libra is to respond helpfully.   But how much is appropriate to share?  If you have any concerns about confidentiality, we suggest you use made up names, or no names at all, for yourself and others in interacting with Libra.   
  4. Not a Substitute for Professional Advice: The information provided by Libra, like any bot, is not "professional advice".  Consult a qualified expert or professional for matters requiring professional judgment.

  5. Use at Your Own Risk: Your use of Libra and reliance on her responses are at your own risk. We disclaim any liability for any damages or losses that may arise from her use.

By using this chatbot, you acknowledge and agree to these terms. If you do not agree with these terms, please refrain from using Libra.

Ron Kraybill


Optimize for learning

Train with tools designed by trainers and optimized for learning. Direct attention beyond numbers to core strengths, opportunities for growth, and strategic choices.

Prepare for diversity

Build conflict resolution skills in settings where managing differences is challenging. Use training tools with built-in cultural flexibility. Provide opportunities to discuss how diverse backgrounds shape habits in conflict.

Be practical

Ground learning in affirmation of existing strength. Give clear, simple feedback on areas of concern. Provide detailed suggestions for options to improve.

Be stress aware

Calm≠Storm. Recognize response to conflict as dynamic and not single state.  Give tools to manage the Storm Shift.

Be where they are

Provide multi-platform delivery of training. Support groups and teams scattered physically and working together online. Use time-saving web tools to facilitate learning for individuals, teams, or groups, in face-to-face workshops or online.

Work with limits

Price training materials in reach of all who need them. Reduce prep, coordination, and delivery time with trainer-friendly online tools. Deliver rich learning, on location or online, in less time, with less travel.

Take a long view

Expand the window of learning and support reflection before, during, and after workshops. Set up rich discussion in pairs, small groups, and large groups. Followup with resources for continued growth.  Facilitate journeys, not events.