Once you have formed your Peace Circle and had your first meeting to establish guidelines, you need to decide how often your circle will meet. We recommend that you meet at least five times for what we are calling Big Picture Conversations. If you’d like to meet more frequently, you can choose to explore the Peace Paradoxes, which offer topics for five more sessions. To meet weekly, you can use Bob Koehler’s Wednesday columns to focus your conversations on how the Big Picture topics relate to current events. And if you’d like to learn more about the history and practice of nonviolence, the Metta Center provides an introduction to Nonviolence that includes the science, history and practical applications of the movement.
The Metta Center website is rich with resources for building a better understanding of the potential and power of nonviolence. Great areas on the site include “What is Nonviolence?” and the “Resources” section. “Resources” includes “A Nonviolence Study Guide” and webcasts of “Courses” which founder Michael Nagler taught at the University of California, Berkeley in 2006-2007 as part of their Peace and Conflict Studies program. And don’t miss their frequent webinars on the history and practice of nonviolence.
If you are looking for a news source to learn about what is happening in nonviolence around the world today, the Waging Nonviolence newsletter is the place to be. They are an excellent source for news, analysis, and original reporting about the practice of nonviolence, as well as for discussion of the theory behind it. You can join their email list to receive their weekly newsletter.
CARE is an international aid organization working to end poverty by empowering the powerless (mostly women and children) without victimizing their oppressors (most male stakeholders in the status quo). It is a delicate process, but one that is rooted in the principle of respect and the possibility of change at the center of nonviolent action. About ten years ago, CARE realized that empowering women and girls was the key to ending global poverty and so their programs address three critical areas: ensuring safe pregnancy and birth, providing education and leadership opportunities for girls, and supporting access to financial services for women. Please visit their website to learn more about their work and to see how you can support their work on behalf of women and girls around the world.
Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) provides protection for civilian populations in armed conflict zones. Their peace workers enter conflict zones armed with nothing more than their training and commitment to protecting civilians caught in the crossfire of civil conflicts. The mission of NP is to promote, develop and implement unarmed civilian peacekeeping as a internationally recognized tool for reducing violence and protecting civilians in situations of violent conflict. NP envisions a world in which large-scale unarmed civilian peacekeepers are deployed to prevent, address, and mitigate violent conflicts worldwide. NP currently deploys peacekeepers in Sri Lanka, Philippines and Sudan and is exploring a mission in the South Caucuses. Join their mailing list to keep current on their projects and to receive field reports from their peace workers – true heroes for peace.
The Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI) is a co-operative Peacebuilding Initiative to unite the strengths of existing organizations, projects and peoples in building a Culture of Peace for future generations. CPI serves as a vehicle for bringing to light the previously unseen and unheard Peacebuilders working towards Peace along diverse pathways.
Established in 1983, CPI enables global Peacebuilders to instantly network, share inspiration and collaborate on projects and events. Working in partnership with the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, local communities, grassroots organizers, and individuals, CPI unites our voices into a powerful worldwide movement to build a culture of peace.
WHOlives.org is a 501 C-3 nonprofit company, organized for the purpose of providing greater access to clean water, better health, and to provide more opportunity to those that lack the financial means to achieving it on their own. Their priority is to work with communities in developing nations to accomplish what they seek for themselves and their families. They vow to never impose their ways on the communities, but offer them a way to provide clean water, better health care, and in turn greater opportunity. WHOlives.org works with impovershed communities where people are willing to work as a united force, allowing the village to take ownership for what has been done and giving them dignity and confidence in a sustainable future.
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