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Title: THE EMERGING CANADIAN CULTURE OF PEACE PROGRAM


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  • THE EMERGING CANADIAN CULTURE OF PEACE PROGRAM
  • And
  • THE CANADIAN PEACE EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
  • LESSONS LEARNED

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How many of you
  • have had a personal experience of violence?
  • are concerned with current trends in violence?
  • doubt that governments (alone) will fix this?
  • are concerned about your childrens future?
  • believe you can help bring peace to the world?
  • believe that your respective organizations can
    help bring peace to the world?

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WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
  • The most important life skills are not being
    taught in schools or by parents (eg. Social
    intelligence, conflict transformation,
    relationship building, communications,
    peacebuilding, etc.)
  • As a specialist in organizations, information and
    leadership working in peace education for over a
    decade, it is clear that, in the next twenty
    years, were going to get the society were
    creating now. But, we have it in our power to
    build a better world a world with peace.
  • As Leaders in our Communities and Families with a
    Peace Vision, if we want to increase our success,
  • Take the time to look at what we are doing now,
    and
  • What will we do in the near future, to make it a
    saner and more socially intelligent place to live
    for all of us?
  • What we must do is bring our leadership,
    management social acumen to bear on Peace.

4
The Context
  • Historically, Canada has been in the middle of
    the pack when it comes to Peace Education.
  • The bottom line there is a lot of opportunity
    for improvement there is a lot of opportunity
    for us and our respective institutions to make a
    difference.
  • Definition
  • Peace Education, in simple terms, is learning
    the attitudes, skills and behaviour to live
    together successfully.

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  • A major reason for the lack of peace education
    resources there has been a lack of motivation
    and action.
  • To those who proclaim an interest in peace, the
    challenge is, Show me the money. It is not
    there in any significant way.

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Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace
  • I had difficulty getting the information that I
    needed to do something to contribute to peace.
    So I created my own Canadian Centres for
    Teaching Peace, a virtual centre at -
  • Since incorporation in 1998, we have had over
    3,000,000 visitors to the site,
  • We are currently averaging over 70,000 visitors
    per month, from around the world,
  • We are the most active peace web site in Canada
    and one of the best in the world (in plain
    language, suitable for all readers),
  • http//www.peace.ca

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Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace
  • We host National and several Provincial Peace
    Education Conferences annually.
  • We host several email listservers, to provide
    tools for communication, networking, dialogue and
    information dissemination.
  • We have created a Canadian Peace Education
    Foundation, to raise resources.
  • We have opened the first Community Centre for
    Teaching Peace and Peace Café
  • The web site works for peace 24/7.

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  • In the process, we have developed some
    significant expertise in peacebuilding, peace
    education and leadership.
  • We are pleased to offer our service to others.
  • We try to model servant leadership we recommend
    the book Servant Leadership by Robert Greenleaf
  • http//www.peace.ca/servantleadership.htm

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PEACE EDUCATION CONFERENCES
  • Our peace education conferences are not like
    other conferences.  They fill a vital gap in
    building a Culture of Peace, by focusing on root
    causes, systemic change, and a long term
    perspective with a bias for action now. 
  • We do not employ a lot of keynote speakers
    because we promote the wisdom in all our varied
    participants in other words, everyone is a
    keynote speaker. We have a bias for Open Space
    Conferencing. 
  • We believe we offer a lot of value to individuals
    and organizations, while living within a
    shoe-string budget. 
  • While we wish larger numbers would benefit from
    all the effort that goes into the conference (our
    target is 500 participants this year), we
    appreciate it even if we only get a smaller
    number of people who share in a life changing
    experience, and seeds are planted that truly grow
    to make a difference in building peace.
  • This is the only venue where people get together
    to work on a Canadian Peace Education Strategy. 
    I believe you know the need for a Canadian Peace
    Education Strategy, to get peace education on the
    Canadian Agenda, and to get peace education
    integrated into all schools throughout Canada. 
    We need your knowledge to help lead peace
    education throughout Canada in a most significant
    way.

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Canadian Peace Education Strategy
  • At our First Annual Peace Education Conference in
    Canada, at McMaster University in Hamilton, we
    developed a Canadian Peace Education Strategy
  • 1. to get peace education onto the Canadian
    agenda in the near term, and
  • 2. to get peace education integrated into all
    schools and curricula within the decade.
  • Available online at http//www.peace.ca/conference
    2002summary.htm
  • This is consistent with the Hague Appeal for
    Peace Global Campaign for Peace Education, and
    United Nations/UNESCO research. Ultimately, all
    children need to learn peaceful means to manage
    conflict and prevent violence.

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Peace Education Target Tasks
  • Peace Education material on the Internet for
    self-study (fastest)
  • Distance Learning Programs on Internet
  • Hidden Curricula
  • Formal Curricula (this takes a long time)
  • University Chairs in Peace funded
  • Provincial Conferencing
  • Community Centres
  • Carl Rogers, "The only learning which
    significantly influences behavior is
    self-directed, self-appropriated learning.
  • Give teachers the tools and they will get it in
    the classroom.
  • In all Provinces.
  • In all Communities.

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Canadian Culture of Peace Program
  • At our Third Annual Peace Education Conference in
    Canada this past November (2004), we gave birth
    to a new Canadian Culture of Peace Program.
  • Its mission is to advance a Culture of Peace and
    Non-violence, at home and abroad.
  • It is a National Culture of Peace Program linked
    to the United Nations International Culture of
    Peace and Non-violence Program for the Children
    of the World (we are currently at the mid-point
    of the Decade for a Culture of Peace).
  • We enjoy the benefit of UNESCOs valuable
    research.
  • www.cultureofpeace.ca
  • http//www3.unesco.org/iycp

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Canadian Culture of Peace Program (CCOPP)
  • The CCOPP is a Civil Society initiative, open
    to everyone and all institutions in Canada.
  • It is an institution gathering people and
    organizations who have accepted the common
    purpose of building a Culture of Peace, and a
    common discipline to guide the pursuit of that
    purpose, to the end that each involved person
    reaches higher fulfillment as a person, through
    serving and being served by the common venture,
    than would be achieved alone or in a less
    committed relationship.
  • You can get more information at
  • www.cultureofpeace.ca

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VALUES, ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS COMPARISON
  • CULTURE OF WAR AND VIOLENCE
  • Belief in power that is based on force
  • Having an enemy
  • Authoritarian governance
  • Secrecy and propaganda
  • Armament
  • Exploitation of people
  • Exploitation of nature
  • Male domination
  • CULTURE OF PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE
  • Education for a culture of peace
  • Tolerance, solidarity and international
    understanding
  • Democratic participation
  • Free flow of information
  • Disarmament
  • Human rights
  • Sustainable development
  • Equality of women and men

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Our Pledge (Manifesto 2000)
  • Because the year 2000 must be a new beginning, an
    opportunity to transform - all together - the
    culture of war and violence into a culture of
    peace and non-violence,
  • Because this transformation demands the
    participation of each and every one of us, and
    must offer young people and future generations
    the values that can inspire them to shape a world
    based on justice, solidarity, liberty, dignity,
    harmony and prosperity for all,
  • Because the culture of peace can underpin
    sustainable development, environmental protection
    and the well-being of each person,
  • Because I am aware of my share of responsibility
    for the future of humanity, in particular to the
    children of today and tomorrow,

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Our Pledge (Manifesto 2000)
  • I pledge in my daily life, in my family, my work,
    my community, my country and my region, to
  • Respect the life and dignity of each human being
    without discrimination or prejudice
  • Practice active non-violence, rejecting violence
    in all its forms physical, sexual,
    psychological, economical and social, in
    particular towards the most deprived and
    vulnerable such as children and adolescents
  • Share my time and material resources in a spirit
    of generosity to put an end to exclusion,
    injustice and political and economic oppression

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Our Pledge (Manifesto 2000)
  • Defend freedom of expression and cultural
    diversity, giving preference always to dialogue
    and listening without engaging in fanaticism,
    defamation and the rejection of others
  • Promote consumer behavior that is responsible and
    development practices that respect all forms of
    life and preserve the balance of nature on the
    planet
  • Contribute to the development of my community,
    with the full participation of women and respect
    for democratic principles, in order to create
    together new forms of solidarity.
  • http//www3.unesco.org/manifesto2000

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How to build a Culture of Peace
  • Principles for CCOPP Conversations (CCOPP
    Protocol)
  • Safety,
  • Consequences,
  • Acceptance,
  • Mutual purpose,
  • Patience,
  • Difference,
  • Empowerment,
  • Action,
  • Responsibility www.peace.ca/CCOPPprotocol.htm

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How to build a Culture of Peace
  • CCOPP Stakeholder Web a network of stakeholders
    that scrutinizes and attempts to influence
    Canadas behavior with respect to peace and
    violence.
  • CCOPPs role is one of catalyst, facilitator and
    gap filler.
  • Refer to http//www.peace.ca/CCOPPorganization2004
    .htm

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CCOPP Organizational Structure/ Stakeholder
Groups
  • Core Working Group
  • Action Planning
  • Education
  • Marketing resource raising
  • Government
  • Media
  • Business
  • Religion
  • Etc. See http//www.peace.ca/
    CCOPPmanaging.htm

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Transformation
  • The United Nations Culture of Peace Program tells
    us that we need to transform all institutions
    from a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace.
  • Stakeholder webs are a powerful force for
    transformation.
  • They actively investigate, evaluate, and seek to
    change the behaviors of institutions (such as
    corporations, governments, educational
    institutions, religious organizations, NGOs,
    etc.) to achieve better alignment with the values
    and interests of their participants in this
    case, a Culture of Peace.

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Personal Transformation
  • Be the change you wish to see in others
    Gandhi
  • If we want to change the world, we have to begin
    by changing ourselves Dalai Lama
  • Your duty and mine is to bring about change by
    personal transformation Deepak Chopra
  • In a sense, our old selves brought up in a
    Culture of Violence must die in order that we may
    be reborn to serve in a Culture of Peace, and
    find peace within

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BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE WHAT WE LEARN FROM
FUTURISTS
  • A better future is a future with peace
  • "We need to adopt the mindset of most
    professional futurists and become systemic
    optimists - those who believe that life can get
    better, but only if we fundamentally alter the
    way we think and do things.  We need to embrace
    whole-system change." 

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THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION
  • Massive forces are transforming the 21st century,
    driven by technology and innovation.
  • Our task is to understand and redirect these
    forces toward a Culture of Peace and Non-violence
    (much like a judo expert redirects the force of
    his/her opponent).

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E-PEACE CULTURE CHANGE
  • Our new media (computers, internet, real time
    television, cell phones, etc)
  • drive new perceptions
  • drive new worldviews,
  • drive new understandings,
  • drive new psychology,
  • drive new relationships,
  • drive new institutions,
  • drive new culture.

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FUTURES STUDIES HIGHLIGHTS
  • The new leader will be the collaborative catalyst
  • Leadership will be shared
  • Society will change
  • We cant change the past or the present, but we
    can change the future
  • The people who need the most peace education are
    Peace Educators and Peacebuilders
  • Infiltrating works better than revolutionizing

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HIGHLIGHTS - The Prescription for Change
  • work smarter not harder
  • expose current paradigms (their strengths,
    weaknesses, opportunities, and threats)
  • cross pollinate new ideas and collaborations
  • develop new tools and language
  • craft a new narrative
  • infiltrate all institutions, everywhere
  • find opportunities for change
  • support communities of fans
  • recapture the spirit of the citizens and amateurs
    who are good citizens rooted in amoré love and
    passion.
  • Lever our power of information and social capital
    for the common good be entrepreneurial
    developing sustainable action
  • Champion peace and all its elements

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HIGHLIGHTS IMPLICATIONS FOR PEACE
  • Understand the future of power and force
  • Look at nature stress creates evolution
  • Dissatisfaction with the status quo is healthy
    and necessary it is how we move to a higher
    level
  • Civil society the real and future superpower
    vs. no government wants to recognize people power
    because it threatens them
  • The larger the network, the greater the value
  • Transformational model starting with the
    transformation of individual Peacebuilders and
    the Peace Institution for the 21st Century

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HIGHLIGHTS IMPLICATIONS FOR PEACE (cont.)
  • Organic learning environments
  • Internet/distance learning the most effective
    education is self-learning
  • The greatest law enforcement challenge of the
    information age positive ID of
    criminals/terrorists, before they act, while
    preserving civil liberties
  • Find solutions to the bad guys problems

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HIGHLIGHTS IMPLICATIONS FOR PEACE (cont.)
  • Importance of addressing systemic problems
  • It is relatively easy to deal with technological
    change the challenge is the social and
    behavioural side
  • The importance of Social Intelligence
  • The importance of Spiritual Intelligence
  • There is a lack of public discourse about these
    vital things

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HIGHLIGHTS IMPLICATIONS FOR PEACE (cont.)
  • Total solutions and service (holistic)
  • Transformation management vs. institutions that
    do not know how to grapple with cultural change
    (starting with the Peace Institution and Peace
    Practitioners)
  • A new Social Contract ethics, accountability,
    citizen involvement, collaboration, flexibility,
    patience with its citizens and civil society
    organizations, educational institutions,
    business, media, religions, etc.

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How to build a Culture of Peace
  • Filling in the Peace and Education Gaps.
  • What we found in doing an environmental scan of
    the peace industry in Canada and the world was an
    information void, a leadership void, a resource
    void, and an educational void preventing the
    building of a Culture of Peace and Non-violence.
  • Refer to http//www.peace.ca/CCOPPpeaceeducation.h
    tm
  • Our purpose is
  • 1. to fill those key voids, and
  • 2. to build Social Intelligence (a simple
    definition of peace education is teaching the
    attitudes and skills for living together)
  • 3. to empower (knowledge is power lack of
    knowledge is lack of power)

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Course examples
  • understanding macropeace, or the big peace
    picture,
  • how to teach peace (peace pedagogy),
  • peace leadership and servant leadership,
  • peace psychology,
  • relationship building,
  • critical and creative thinking,
  • self-sufficiency, independence, cooperation,
    competition, community and citizenship,
  • www.peace.ca/macropeace.htm (see following
    diagram)
  • http//www.peace.ca/servantleadership.htm
  • http//www.peace.ca/peacepsychology.htm

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Course examples (cont.)
  • conflict transformation,
  • open space technology (how to make every
    conference and classroom open to maximum
    participation),
  • having difficult and crucial conversations,
  • peace education at the family level and good
    parenting, etc.
  • How many of these courses are currently taught in
    your schools?
  • www.transcend.org/tpu/courses.shtml
  • http//www.peace.ca/ost.htm
  • http//www.peace.ca/CCOPPprotocol.htm

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A CONCEPTUAL MAP
  • What is a Conceptual Map? This is a question
    I'm going to answer in more detail with specific
    peace examples to add to our big picture
    perspective.
  • A conceptual map, broadly defined, presents the
    relationships among a set of connected concepts
    and ideas. It is a tangible way to display how
    your mind  "sees" a particular topic. By
    constructing a concept map, you reflect on what
    you know and what you don't know.

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN OTHERS Gandhi
  • Note 1 Peace Practitioners are thwarted when
    they do not act on their values (eg. By being
    perceived to act violently, damaging
    relationships, etc.).
  • The burden is on Peace Practitioners to dispel
    confusion and communicate clearly.
  • We do this through our behaviour. We are more
    successful when we walk the talk, be peace
    Peace starts with me.
  • Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
    http//www.peace.ca/beingpeace.htm
  • Spiritual Intelligence and empowering

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THE LEADERSHIP CRISIS DANGER AND OPPORTUNITY
  • Note 2 We need a new leadership ideal
  • Corrupt, unjust, exploitative, lying, violent,
    cowardly leaders are to be shunned
  • Replaced by honest, just, truthful, transparent,
    non-violent, brave, competent, committed, servant
    leaders truly public servants with a social
    purpose.
  • No more hypocrisy walk the talk
  • Our responsibility for shared leadership.

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THE AHA MOMENT
  • EDUCATION EMPOWERMENT
  • LEADERSHIP EMPOWERMENT
  • EDUCATION LEADERSHIP
  • This is why it is so important to study
    leadership and peace psychology.

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LEADERSHIP AND PEACE RECOMMENDED READING
  • The Leadership Bibliography
  • Servant Leadership
  • Self Leadership
  • The Leader Within
  • Leadership Peace Powerpoint
  • www.peace.ca/peaceleader.htm
  • www.peace.ca/servantleadership.htm
  • www.peace.ca/selfleadership.htm
  • www.peace.ca/leaderwithin.htm
  • www.peace.ca/LEADERSHIP20IN20TRANSFORMATION20OF
    20THE20PEACE20PROFESSION.ppt

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SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE
  • These two words succinctly and clearly capture
    the essence of the purpose of peace education and
    the Culture of Peace Program
  • Social Intelligence by its nature works to change
    behaviours, forge values and incite institutional
    transformations from the current culture of war
    and violence to a Culture of Peace and
    Non-violence.
  • Social Intelligence is readily understandable,
    acceptable and supportable by most Canadians.
  • http//www.cultureofpeace.ca/CCOPPmarketingstrateg
    y.htm
  • The Must Read Book www.peace.ca/socialintelligenc
    e.htm

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IMAGE VALUES OF A HIGHLY DESIRABLE FUTURE
  • CULTURE OF WAR AND VIOLENCE
  • Belief in power that is based on force
  • Having an enemy
  • Authoritarian governance
  • Secrecy and propaganda
  • Armament
  • Exploitation of people
  • Exploitation of nature
  • Male domination
  • CULTURE OF PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE
  • Education for a culture of peace
  • Tolerance, solidarity and international
    understanding
  • Democratic participation
  • Free flow of information
  • Disarmament
  • Human rights
  • Sustainable development
  • Equality of women and men

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IMAGE VALUES OF A HIGHLY DESIRABLE FUTURE (cont.)
  • CULTURE OF WAR AND VIOLENCE
  • Dysfunctional
  • Unjust
  • Illogical, irresponsible
  • Cognitive dissonance
  • No integration
  • Unethical
  • Inequity
  • Uncompassionate/mean
  • Disrespect
  • CULTURE OF PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE
  • Functional
  • Just
  • Logical, responsible
  • Inner congruence
  • Integration of self with others
  • Ethical
  • Equity
  • Compassionate
  • Respect

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IMAGE VALUES OF A HIGHLY DESIRABLE FUTURE (cont.)
  • CULTURE OF WAR AND VIOLENCE
  • Harm
  • Selfish, individualistic
  • Greedy
  • Untrustworthy/paranoid
  • Culture of Fear
  • Culture of silence
  • W.M.D. and WAR
  • Etc.
  • Etc.
  • CULTURE OF PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE
  • Good
  • Empathy, cooperative service to others
  • Generous
  • Trust
  • Safety and security
  • Culture of dialogue
  • No W.M.D. and NO WAR
  • Etc.
  • Etc.

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IMAGE PICTURE OF A HIGHLY DESIRABLE FUTURE
(cont.)
  • CULTURE OF WAR AND VIOLENCE
  • CULTURE OF PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE

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SOURCE OF GROWTH (Social Development)
  • "Leaders only change because they either see the
    light or feel the heat." Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Emphasize the positive, asset building not the
    negative, criticism, divisive (needs based)
  • Balance personal growth, growth in others,
    organizational growth, worldly growth (Put your
    mask on first before helping others.)

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PARETOS LAW
  • The 8020 Rule 80 of the output (results or
    ends) is achieved by 20 of the input (means).
    Key to success of the high achievers.
  • As it applies to the Image of a Highly Desirable
    Future State, peace practitioners can
    significantly improve their success by increasing
    their leadership, educator, social and
    psychological skills, attitudes and behaviours

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Peace Movements have tried 3 ways to end war
  • Activism
  • Humanitarianism
  • Personal
  • Transformation
  • Fails because protestors are not heard,
    outnumbered and tend to violence
  • Fails because outnumbered, outfinanced by war
    makers after the fact
  • Fails because nobody has really tried it

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Conclusions
  • The Bad News it is not that we do not know what
    to do, it is that we do not do it.
  • "The world is dangerous not because of those who
    do harm, but because of those who look at it
    without doing anything." - Albert Einstein
  • Most people simply do not know what to do
    hence, we can be the Guide.
  • The Good News in response, we have developed a
    draft Canadian Culture of Peace Program Marketing
    Strategy
  • www.cultureofpeace.ca/CCOPPmarketingstrategy.htm
  • We are also working with the federal Department
    of Peace Initiative to build a new relationship
    with Governments
  • www.departmentofpeace.ca

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Conclusions
  • The Good News
  • Since 9/11, the Iraq War and the Bush Doctrine,
    there has been more Peace Education than ever
    before in the history of mankind.
  • We have a map and are working to transform
    individual Peacebuilders and the Peace
    Institution/ Collective.
  • The Good News
  • Your leadership is needed to help build a better
    world, a world with peace, and you can make a big
    difference.
  • You can be more efficient and effective by
    increasing your leadership, educator, social and
    psychological skills, attitudes and behaviours

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SUMMARY 
  • The Canadian Peace Initiative (CPI) is a
    process to simply provide the venues, support and
    guidance to Open Space to Open Minds and Hearts
    to Peace. 
  • The  CPI process is open, transparent, patient
    and committed, drawing people from all walks of
    life, freeing them from their stasis and
    mobilizing them. 
  • All members of the Culture of Peace movement have
    to be leaders in their own right, drawing on
    their own potential and inner strengths,
    galvanizing, inspiring and energizing the peace
    movement.  Everyone is a peace leader and peace
    educator. 
  • Every day we must take ownership of ourselves and
    our relationships we can do anything we set our
    minds and hearts to we do no harm, expect and
    demand no harm be done to us or others no one is
    better than another  we are critical thinkers,
    finding our own truths education is our best
    investment
  • Information and social contacts are our most
    important resources.  
  • Building a healthy culture is about building
    healthy relationships we can do that.  
  • As we take ownership of peace others will follow
    because it will be uplifting and empowering, it
    will be infectious, and lead to sudden, massive,
    cultural change.

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  • I hope that our evolving Canadian Model will
    provide you with food for thought.
  • It is being used to feed into the development of
    an International Peace Education Strategy
  • Look for Peace Cafés coming to your locale
  • www.cultureofpeace.ca/GPPAC2005.htm
  • www.peacecafe.ca

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YOU SHOULD ALSO BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING MAJOR
UPCOMING CANADIAN EVENTS
  • April 4-6, 2008 - Annual Summit on Departments of
    Peace (Toronto) http//www.departmentofpeace.ca
  • October 3-5, 2008 - Second Canadian Culture of
    Peace Symposium (Hamilton)
    www.cultureofpeace.ca
  • November 20, 2008 Youth Peace Day (McMaster U.)
    www.peace.ca
  • November 17-19, 2008 Annual Leadership and Peace
    Workshop (McMaster U.) www.peace.ca
  • November 21-24, 2008 - Annual Conference For
    Peace Education In Canada (McMaster) www.peace.ca

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Recommended Reading Peace in General
  • THE HUMAN RIGHT TO PEACE, by Doug Roche
    http//www.peace.ca/humanrighttopeace.htm
  • Peace, Conflict, and Violence Peace Psychology
    for the 21st Century, APA http//www.peace.ca/peac
    epsychology.htm
  • Social Intelligence The New Science of Success,
    by K.Albrecht http//www.peace.ca/socialintelligen
    ce.htm
  • Servant Leadership http//www.peace.ca/servantlead
    ership.htm
  • The Practice of Peace http//www.peace.ca/openspac
    e.htm
  • Difficult Conversations How to Discuss What
    Matters Most http//www.peace.ca/difficultconversa
    tions.pdf
  • Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When
    Stakes Are High http//www.peace.ca/crucialconvers
    ations.pdf
  • Crucial Confrontations Tools for Resolving
    Broken Promises http//www.peace.ca/crucial_confro
    ntations.htm
  • Peace Is The Way Bringing War and Violence To An
    End, by Deepak Chopra

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Recommended Reading Personal Transformation
  • Being Peace, by Thich Nhat Hanh.
    http//www.peace.ca/beingpeace.htm
  • The Book of Secrets Unlocking the Hidden
    Dimensions of Your Life, by Deepak Chopra
    http//www.peace.ca/bookofsecrets.htm
  • The Breakthrough Experience A Revolutionary New
    Approach to Personal Transformation, by John
    Demartini http//www.peace.ca/breakthroughexperien
    ce.htm
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, by Deepak
    Chopra  http//www.peace.ca/spirituallaws.htm
  • I Need Your Love Is That True? How to Stop
    Seeking and Start Finding , by Byron Katie 
    http//www.peace.ca/isthattrue.htm
  • The Greatest Miracle in the World, by Og Mandino
    http//www.peace.ca/greatestmiracle.htm
  • The Emotional Freedom Technique, by Gary Craig
    http//www.mercola.com/forms/eftcourse.htm
  • Psych-K For Accelerated Personal Growth, by
    Robert Williams  http//psych-k.com/home.php

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  • In the process of all this, I have been
    undergoing a significant personal transformation
    a journey that I am pleased to share with you. 
  • In the process of seeking peace, we are likely to
    give ourselves anxiety, pain and even depression
    your mind can become a war zone.  Stress is the
    signal that its time to question your own
    thinking.    Seeking peace is how you lose the
    awareness of peace.  But you can only lose the
    awareness of it, not the state.  Thats not an
    option, because peace is what we all are.  Look
    around you and you will find peace in many ways,
    if you look hard enough celebrate them.  The
    spiritual secret that applies here is this what
    you seek, you already are.

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  • The U.N. Culture of Peace Program calls for the
    transformation of all institutions from a culture
    of violence to a Culture of Peace and
    Non-violence.  The first institution that must
    go through this transformation is ourselves.  As
    Gandhi instructed us, be the change you seek in
    the world.  In a sense, our old selves (our
    selves raised in a culture of violence and
    reflecting it) must die in order that our new
    selves - our selves living a Culture of Peace and
    Non-violence may be born.  We must truly be
    Renaissance Men and Women.  I suspect many of
    you are also labouring with your rebirth.  Each
    of us has to find the actual experience of peace
    and calmness on our own. The secret for doing
    that is to free the mind. When it is free, the
    mind settles down. It gives up its restlessness
    and becomes a channel for peace.  As the UNESCO
    motto proclaims, Since wars begin in the minds
    of men, it is in the minds of men that the
    defences of peace must be constructed.  This
    applies to us as well as them.
  • I invite you to join me in this personal
    transformation.  A major goal over the next
    period will be to strengthen our section of the
    www.peace.ca web site on Building Peace at the
    Individual Level.

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  • I fully believe that the people who need the most
    peace education are peace educators, peace
    leaders and peacebuilders.  One of our major
    goals at Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace is
    to help with the necessary personal
    transformations to accelerate the personal
    growth and wisdom of all peace educators, leaders
    and builders, by supplying helpful information. 
    Since everyone is a potential peace educator,
    leader and builder this means engaging
    everyone.  It truly takes an astronomical vision
    to make a global difference.
  • I am very grateful that I have found my purpose
    in life peace education.  We all have our own
    unique talents to bring to peace education I am
    pleased to bring my unique leadership, management
    and business talents to bear on this most
    worthwhile cause.  By teaching peace and wisdom,
    our students can transform their lives and make a
    difference teaching peace and wisdom.
  • Today, start to act as if your influence extends
    everywhere you should know that it does.

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THE WISDOM I AM LIVING
  • Higher Purpose - work for the welfare of the
    whole world, by significantly reducing the human
    cost of direct and indirect violence through
    peace education, raising social intelligence,
    true wisdom and self actualization throughout the
    world.
  • Communion communicate and develop relationships
    with everyone else in the world, to notify the
    worlds farthest reaches of the purpose and
    intention (above).
  • Awareness listen to understand, everything that
    impinges on the purpose (above).  Meditate on it,
    adapt, remain flexible, respond accordingly.
  • Acceptance There are no enemies.  Understand my
    values and others values, and communicate with
    myself and others accordingly.  I am a genius and
    they are also.  Recognize every one as equally
    important and interdependent.
  • Creativity think thoughts never thought before,
    dance in a way never seen before.  Continue to
    solve the peace problem every day, in creative
    new ways.
  • Being obey the universal cycle of rest and
    activity.  Live a balanced life.  Sleep on it. 
    Meditate on it.  Develop routines and cycles. 
    Live the Nature of Peace, and Peace of Nature.
  • Efficiency work smarter, not harder. 
    Prioritize.  Seek value, including profit in what
    is done.  Benefits must significantly exceed all
    costs.  Stop doing things that are not
    significant contributors to the purpose.
  • Bonding know that we are all fundamentally the
    same.  There are no outcasts.  Extend the hand of
    friendship to all.
  • Giving give and receive automatically, without
    expectation, without hoarding.  Give students of
    peace your time.
  • Immortality pass on your knowledge, experience
    and talents to others and become immortal by
    leaving a legacy of peace education that will
    keep on giving when you pass on to another
    plain.  Be remembered.
  • Exercise write your own "Wisdoms" page.

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Questions?
  • Thank you
  • Bob Stewart
  • stewartr_at_peace.ca
  • www.peace.ca
  • A copy of this presentation is available at
    http//www.peace.ca/EVOLVING_CANADIAN_CULTURE_OF_P
    EACE_PROGRAM_2005.ppt
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