Canadian Centres for
DISTRICT 5360 URBAN HOPE/PEACE PLUS COMMITTEE
"think globally, act locally"
ROTARY 'BUILDING PEACE IN THE COMMUNITY' SYMPOSIUM
A milestone event for Rotary International to bring together all peoples of the world in the promotion of lasting peace through "thinking globally and acting locally", "Building Peace in the Community", strategic action planning, networking, and information sharing, the conference will bridge the gap and strengthen linkages formed between and amongst Rotarians, the general public, community organizations, government, industry and academics and ensure a wide choice of sessions that appeal to all and help build successes.
1. Developing 'Partnerships for Peace' between local Rotary Clubs and Others;
2. Developing a 'Virtual Centre for Teaching Peace', information dissemination and networking;
3. Activating individual Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and the general public;
4. Raise Peace awareness, education, networking, recognition;
5. Focus the approach to achieve Rotary and Partners peace goals.
The conference would include:
1. Lectures/presentations by prominent world peace leaders;
2. Exchange of information on current peace programs (and inventory them);
3. Workshops and discussion sessions;
4. Meeting with City, Federal, World Officials;
5. City to City involvement in the peace process;
6. Promoting/educating for peace through: (a) international centres for teaching peace, (b) the internet, (c) 'junior peace achievement' programs (similar to Junior Achievement);
7. Development of (a) potential local solutions to violence problems, (b) strategic peacemaking plan, (c) specific action planning.
The following is a short list of what we would consider to be the most important follow up activities we hope to encourage:
1. it is our fondest hope that RI will follow up by adopting a "Peace Plus Program", analagous to Polio Plus (reference http://www.lafn.org/community/rotary/ccpolio.htm and http://www.es.co.nz/~rotary/polio.htm ), with ambitious goals (in terms of violence reduction in the world) to be achieved by a specific deadline;
2. it is our plan to support and fast track the development of a Virtual Centre for Teaching Peace, seeking whatever funding may be necessary, from whatever sources;
3. it is our projection that the output from this conference will provide specific material for GSE Teams (and Rotary Clubs) to use in dialogue with countries visited (communities visited) to spread the knowledge and improve "Building Peace in the Community" in those countries (communities);
4. the conference should help activate individual Rotary Clubs, Members and the general public to "Think Globally and Act Locally" in Building Peace in their communities;
5. the feasibility of Rotary volunteers and others delivering "Junior Peace Achievement Programs" in schools will be explored;
6. the promulgation of Rotary Peace Cities;
7. Rotary Urban Hope/Peace Plus Centres such as the one being worked on in Edmonton.
The conference may be considered a prelude to a 1st Annual World Peace Conference (analagous to the Annual World AIDS Conferences - reference http://www.aids98.ch ) - an international peace symposium to help create peace in our families, our communities, our countries, and our world through partners in peace including Rotarians and significant others, through education and action. It could also be considered as a "Peace Unification Program" (uniting the many, many organizations around the world with a similar purpose, who are currently not achieving as much as they could).
Rotarians, other organizations with a peace and nonviolence mandate, government organizations, peacemakers and peacekeepers, educators, foundations, companies and labour groups, interested individuals. A target of 2,000 participants from Canada, the United States and other countries is suggested for planning purposes.
Refer to attached conference program (note - at this stage the program is draft for discussion only and will evolve based on direction from the program subcommittee). The University of Calgary is eager to work with Rotary on this conference. Timing of February 2001 was picked to provide sufficient preparation time, and fall on Rotary Peace and World Understanding Day (RI Founder Paul Harris anniversary). The example agenda is provided for discussion, the most important elements being:
1. the linkages between building peace at the individual, family, community and world levels,
2. an all inclusive conference following a problem solving methodology, gathering and providing information and networks,
3. a value added conference which will help participants to increase their success in achieving their mandate, and
4. concluding with visionary and practical action plans (i.e. talk alone is not enough, the ultimate outcome must be results).
The ground work has been completed. The Rotary Foundation grant of $20,000 can be accessed. Calgary and area Rotary Clubs have the opportunity to host a world class conference critical to the mission of Rotary: to help build a better world, and to advance the search for peace in the world.
In preparing to make a pitch to Calgary and area Clubs as primary sponsors, we talked to past Presidents to gauge interest, and found that following the District Conference (where presentations on Urban Hope/Peace Plus were on the agenda) it was felt that "Rotary is doing a pretty decent job now with respect to Community Service". This conference goes beyond our own Community Service. We believe that Calgary and Canadian Rotary Clubs have the ability to bring a unique approach and lead and teach others pragmatic approaches for Building Peace in the Community and our World. At the same time, we do not know everything there is to know and we will all learn a lot by putting on this conference.
We believe that a conference like this, if done right, has the potential to change participating individuals and organizations.
If these beliefs are shared, the following immediate steps are required (8 months remaining to February 2000):
1. Calgary and area Rotary Clubs agreement to act as primary hosts the conference;
2. Conference Steering Committee broadened and have kick off meeting (a draft conference organization structure and approach has been developed during the ground work stage);
3. Address The Rotary Foundation conditions (conference objectives, planned attendance figures and itinerary) and secure commitment;
4. Announce Chairperson of conference. Open conference coordination office. Launch awareness campaign.
5. Recruit participants (conference organization, sponsors, other funding sources, attendees, speakers, etc.)
6. Finalize conference agenda and circulate.
The world is dangerous not because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything.
Be part of the solution. To participate in the conference organization, or as a sponsor, speaker or attendee, contact Bob Stewart at stewartr [at] peace.ca (telephone 403-461-2469 or ; fax 309-407-6576).
Robert Stewart, C.A., C.M.C.
Rotary Club of Okotoks and
Chair, District 5360 Urban Hope/Peace Plus Committee
Chair, Urban Hope/Peace Plus Conference Committee
ROTARY 'BUILDING PEACE IN THE COMMUNITY' SYMPOSIUM
"think globally, act locally"
FEBRUARY 17, 18, 19, 2003
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Are you concerned about Violence in your Community, your World, but don't know
what to do?
Then you must come to the Rotary "Building Peace in the Community" Symposium at the University of Calgary February 2003.
Based on what we have learned at Rotary International, other conferences, and our research, we are confident that we can conduct a successful, results-oriented conference:
1. to motivate Rotarians, other agencies and the public, in a large way, to reduce violence and crime at: (i) the individual level, (ii) family level, (iii) community level, and (iv) world level;
2. to provide a business-like, focussed approach to achieve Rotary & Partners' peace goals;
3. to raise awareness, use new information technology, teach, learn, network, work plan, recognize achievement, and act locally and globally.
We believe to dramatically increase our achievements globally we must start with our own education.
This Symposium is a 'Partnership in Building Peace' of the Rotary Clubs of District 5360/5370 (Alberta and parts of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and NWT), District 5300 (Los Angeles, California) and the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Sponsors include: Rotary International,
A "Trade Fair" will be run in conjunction with the Symposium to provide an opportunity for Individuals or Organizations to display information and sell goods and services.
Rotary International is seeking to work with you in building a more civic community in the spirit of addressing some of the more significant and alarming global trends that have emerged over the past decade. Rotary International, representing over one million members worldwide, has recently initiated a major new program to address problems in major centres, particularly problems related to urban violence. Peace, in the context of this Symposium, is defined as "the absence of violence".
The Rotary 'Building Peace in the Community' Symposium will bring you together with the leadership of key sectors in building a more civic community - namely representatives from social service agencies, business, Rotary Clubs, government, education and spokespersons directly representing our disadvantaged residents. Your involvement will help us meet Symposium objectives which include to:
The Symposium program is designed to bring forward information and perspectives that will help you challenge your views about our own community, consider options relative to existing barriers and opportunities, and identify and commit to the best course of action possible to making your community a better place in which to live. Speakers and panelists are being carefully selected and represent a cross-section of experts at the individual, family, community and world levels [link to speakers]. The process used to evolve the discussion in the breakout sessions provides you with several opportunities to discuss issues, provide input, and to make recommendations that contribute to specific actionable outputs.
The Symposium is an exciting opporunity for you to positively influence the future of our communities and our world. Rotarians are striving to work in partnership with the community to make a meaningful difference to the quality of life of our citizens.
Our research indicates that most individual, family, community and world mission statements include the common words "safe and healthy". Therefore, the mission of the Rotary "Building Peace in the Community" Symposium is to "fast track" the development of safe and healthy individuals, families, communities, and world. In the process, we would like to know from the experts "is eradication of violence by the Year 2020 achievable (within certain tolerances) and, if so, how to do it?"
The conference is designed based on a standard problem resolution methodology (left column below). It is also based on the connectedness, or interrelationship, of Building Peace at the Individual, Family, Community and World levels. That is, what we learn at one level can often be applied to the others. Also, to make a difference at the Family, Community and World levels we must change attitudes and behaviours at an Individual level, and on a broad scale. This model will provide the underlying theme for guest speakers and concurrent workshops will be held for each level below.
INTEGRATED FRAMEWORK OF THE PEACE
Our Conference Committee will be actively soliciting the top speakers in the world who can help Rotary and others to "Build Peace in the Community". Our research has identified the need to seek out futurists, community leaders and builders, organizational specialists, scientific methology, inspirational speakers, to name a few. We will be guided by our approach to a "managed peace". Keep your eyes on this spot to see confirmed speakers as they become available.
Who are the pre-eminent knowledge experts in Peace at the Individual, Family, Community and World levels?
Who are the champions?
Who is making the most significant contributions?
We believe that we should know the answers to these questions, and these contributions should be recognized in a suitable way at our Awards Dinner. Nominations are requested by completing the attached feedback form.
Thursday, February 17 (Rotary World Peace and Understanding Day)
Friday February 18
Saturday February 19
Supplementary Topics of Special Interest - Sunday February 21
Cost: $145 per person (includes reception on February 17; Lunch and Dinner on February 18; Lunch on February 19; and parking passes); Additional cost of $55 per person for sessions and Lunch on February 20 (total $200).
Registration Deadline: December 31, 1999 (Please note there is a limit on the number of delegates.)
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Symposium Chair: Robert Stewart, C.A., C.M.C.; Ph (403) 461-2469, Fax (309) 407-6576, Email: stewartr [at] peace.ca
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