BOOK OF PROCEEDINGS

 

Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace

 

Open Space Technology Meeting November 19, 2004

 

Mobilizing Peace Resources

 

Held at McMaster University

Hamilton , Ontario

Prepared by

Pono Consultants International

 

People Conversing

 

 Facilitator:  Judith Richardson, MA, BEd, CCC

 

Guiding Principles for our meeting:

Whoever comes is the right people

Whenever it starts is the right time

Whatever happens is the only thing that could

Whenever it is over, it’s over’

 

One Law for our meeting:

Law of Mobility – if you are neither learning or contributing in your discussion group, move to another one !



Friday, November 19, 2004

Mobilizing Peace Education Resources Workshop

Third Annual Canadian Peace Education Conference

 

Open Space Technology – Facilitator, Judith Richardson MA, B.Ed, CCC

 

Originally this day was to include concurrent sessions, one of which was to be an Open Space Technology meeting to explore “Hosting the 2006 International Peace Research Association Conference”.  As numbers were not what was expected, host Bob Stewart made a decision to use the opportunity to bring all participants together around mobilizing peace education resources.

The Book of Proceedings is a compilation of the raw data (uncensored/unedited) that arose from the

Open Space Technology Meeting of November 19, 2004 , to which participants were invited.  It is a snapshot of the brainstorming sessions recorded at the moment they were spoken (cranial eruptions!). Some of the conversations were recorded on handout sheets and others were taken from flip charts.

For a full report of the conferencing see the web site at http://www.peace.ca/CanadianAgenda2004.htm . 

 

"The path of violence moves from sharp to sharper to sharpest, while the path of nonviolence moves from gentle to gentler to gentlest."

Dwarko Sundrani, last active disciple of Mahatma Gandhi

 

NOTE:  A description of the processes used including Open Space Technology is included in the report of November 22 and 23, 2004.

 

Topics generated by participants:

Build a Peace Learning Center

Raising $$$$

Invite those outside Academic organization into the building of a culture of peace

Mobilizing parents as peace educators/resources

Mobilizing different stakeholders in the non-formal peace education process

Peace issues in the general education curriculum

Eliminate barrier of age in the process of education

Mobilize seeds of peace in dealing with young “other” males against vilification of young “other” males.

How do we/can we challenge inherent authoritarian/culture of power/violence elements within educational institutions in freeing our youth to learn and develop?

Culture of Peace News Network on the internet

For individuals at a fork in their lives who want to move into peace initiative action

- connections       - funding            - training

Giving youth voice on creating a culture of peace

Building a climate of peace in junior high school – is it possible to get 12 to 14’s to own the program?

Linking the existing organization to pool their resources or discouraging coveting materials/information

Pre and post evaluations to use as education tools and funding incentives.

Amnesty International for Children

Creating a Peace and Human Rights organization where do we begin?  Considerations – amnesty international for children

World report to UN on Culture of Peace – Canadian section

Mobilizing champions (i.e. people to step up and take initiative)

 


Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace

Mobilizing Peace Resources

November 19th, 2004

 

Topic: World Report to UN on culture of peace.

 

Participants:

 

Key Points:

At mid point of international decade for a culture of peace, the UN should receive a report from civil society on culture of peace.

 

Next Steps:

Establishment of a Canadian committee for Canadian contribution.

 

Key Players:

Donald Grayston  grayston@sfu.ca is following up as facilitator, with a group of volunteers

Report Prepared by:

David Adams.


Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace

Mobilizing Peace Resources

November 19th, 2004

 

Topic: Giving youth a voice.

 

Participants:

Gretchen Ridgway, Jen Lee, Cheryl Roussain, Carmen Everall, and Ellie Wilkinson.

 

Key Points:

 

Next Steps:

 

Key Players:

 

Report Prepared by:

Jen:  jyl6972@uncw.edu

 


Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace

Mobilizing Peace Resources

November 19th, 2004

 

Topic: Gandhi’s lectures on peace and non-violence in every school.

 

Participants:

Shall Sinha

 

Key Points:

Gandhi’s lectures, presented in Gandhi’s character, have very high impact on children.  It provides not only historical knowledge, but also generates inspiration and hope.  It will reduce violence in schools and thereby in the community an in the nation.

 

Next Steps:

The tool is available.  Boards of education, school principals and school superintendents need to be approached.

 

Key Players:

Anyone who is a school trustee, school board member or school administrator.

 

Report Prepared by:

Shall Sinha,   shall@ssinha.com

 


Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace

Mobilizing Peace Resources

November 19th, 2004

 

Topic: Raising money

 

Participants:

Bob Stewart, Jen Lee, Becky Nelson, and Suzanne Anderson.

 

Key Points:

 

Next Steps:

 

Key Players:

 

Report Prepared by:

Bob Stewart: stewartr [at] peace.ca



Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace

Mobilizing Peace Resources

November 19th, 2004

 

Topic: Culture of peace news network

 

Participants:

David Adams, Cheryl Roussain, Rob Porter, Carmen Everall, Amanda Colina, Mayumi Futamura, Janis Alton

 

Key Points:

Establishment of CPNN site for Canada (see http://www.peace.ca/CPNN.htm )

 

Next Steps:

 

Key Players:

Tom Rippon  avalon100@pacificcoast.net is facilitating the development of CPNN-Canada

Schools

 

Report Prepared by:

David Adams: adams1peace@aol.com , web site
http://cpnn-usa.org/


Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace

Mobilizing Peace Resources

November 19th, 2004

 

Topic: Build peace learning centers

 

Participants:

Shall Sinha

 

Key Points:

A training center where elementary and junior high school students would take a 1-day training by role play similar to the model used in Indianapolis . (reference http://www.peacelearningcenter.org/ )

 

Next Steps:

 

Key Players:

Get assistance/guidance from the peace learning centers, Indianapolis .  They have a website and Shall has several photographs from one day training there.

 

Report Prepared by:

Shall Sinha: shall@ssinha.com



Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace

Mobilizing Peace Resources

November 19th, 2004

 

 Topic: Universal peace education - strategies

 

Participants:

Yves Saint-Pierre, Pramila Sinha, Maryam Nabavi, Marika Ince, Anna Schafer, Gretchen Ridgway, Nicola Kurup, Ellie Wilkinson.

 

Key Points:

 

Next Steps:

 

Key Players:

 

Report Prepared by:

Marika Ince



Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace

Mobilizing Peace Resources

November 19th, 2004

 

Topic: Raising resourceful champions

 

Participants:

Bob Stewart

 

Key Points:

 

Next Steps:

 

Key Players:

 

Report Prepared by:

Bob Stewart: stewartr [at] peace.ca


Canadian Centers for Teaching Peace

Mobilizing Peace Resources

November 19, 2004  

 

Topic: Linking pre-existing organizations and resources.

 

Participants:

Pramila Sinha and Becky Nelson

 

Key Points:

 

Next Steps:

 

Key Players:

Anybody who has attended conferences – understands the COP

 

Report Prepared by:

Becky Nelson- blnelson@interchange.ubc.ca, 604-970-2399

 


   

Some Closing Circle Comments:

 

I found instructive dialogue

Surpassed my expectations

Took me to a new space

Sanctity of human life

Everything I do matters – Everything I think matters

As I reclaim beauty and potential of individuals – my peace is!

I am more informed

I see singular mind

I find hope in the room

I will carry hope on

I came distressed at all that needed to be done – today I felt the intensity and passion and felt I could do it!

I feel focus – do this work with intent

I felt the group was not just theorizing – we talked about action

I feel we can create a culture of peace

I came feeling alone – I leave inspired

Enough spiders can tie down a lion

 

The end of this meeting leads into a weekend of seminars, followed by a two day Open Space Technology meeting on a Canadian Culture of Peace Program. (see further Conference Reports at http://www.peace.ca/CanadianAgenda2004.htm )