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RECONCILIATION, COEXISTENCE, AND JUSTICE IN INTERETHNIC CONFLICT: THEORY AND PRACTICE Edited by Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Assistant Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, American University.  He is the author of 'Dialogue, Conflict Resolution, and Change: The Case of Arabs and Jews in Israel' (1999).  Mohammed Abu-Nimer has brought together scholars and practitioners who discuss questions such as: Do truth commissions work?  What are the necessary conditions for reconciliation?  Can political agreements bring reconciliation?  How can indigenous approaches be utilized in the process of reconciliation?  "This is the first comprehensive volume to examine these questions from the perspective of both theory and practice. Essays focus on the conflict dynamics in regions such as Northern Ireland, Israel-Palestine, South Africa and Rwanda. This book will provide lessons and insights for scholars and policy makers interested in post-settlement peacebuilding."
To order, contact Lexington Books: Tel:+1 800 462 6420; Fax: +1 800 338 4550; Online: (15% discount)
Paper bound:  ISBN 0-7391-0268-0  $29.95 Cloth bound:  ISBN 0-7391-0237-0  $80.00

REGENERATION OF WAR-TORN SOCIETIES Edited by Michael Pugh, University of Plymouth; Published by Macmillan.  Chapters include: 'The Ownership of Regeneration and Peace Building' - Michael Pugh; 'Conceptualising Peacebuilding: Human Security and Sustainable Peace' - John Cockell; 'International Security Assistance to War-torn Societies' - Annika Hansen; 'Raising the Costs of Conflict, Lowering the Price of Peace: Demilitarisation after Post-modern Conflicts' - Neil Cooper; 'Bargains for Peace: Military Adjustments during Post-war Peacebuilding' - Fred Tanner; 'The Rule of Law or the Rule of Might? Restoring Legal Justice in the Aftermath of Conflict' - Rama Mani; 'The Social-Civil Dimension' - Michael Pugh; 'From Statehood to Childhood: Regeneration and Changing Approaches to International Order' - Vanessa Pupavac; 'Peacebuilding, Hegemony and Integrated Development: The UNDP in Travnik' - Philip Peirce and Paul Stubbs; 'International Law and National Reconciliation in Peacebuilding: Transcaucasia' - Sophie Albert; 'Dilemmas of Accommodation and Reconstruction: Liberia' - Comfort Ero; 'The Post-war Nation: Rethinking the Triple Transition in Eritera' - Eric Garcetti and Janet Gruber.

RE-IMAGINING SOCIAL WELFARE: Beyond the Keynesian Welfare State by James P. Mulvale, Universityof Regina.  "Re-imagining a new vision of welfare is long overdue in Canada. This book has a great potential readership." - William S. Carroll, Univ. of Victoria; "Innovative, immediate, and important." - Robert Storey, McMaster University.  Globalization and the rightward shift in politics in recent years havede-legitimated and largely dismantled the Keynesian welfare state that developed in the thrity year period after World War II.  This book investigates the extent to which equality-seeking social movements and organizations in Canada have been providing leadership in reshaping our understanding and commitment to social welfare for the 21st century.  The author, who teaches in the School of Human Justice, University of Regina, undertakes a re-theorization of social welfare, and investigates the responses of social policy advocacy organizations, feminists, and labour and other progressive movements to the downsizing and restructuring of the welfare state in Canada. He examines how these constituencies are engaged in the process of reconceptualizing social welfare and reformulating social policy in ways that challenge the "neo-liberal" consensus. Web site: ; 256 pp ISBN 1-55193-030-7 $21.95 September 2001; Click here for Sample Chapters One and Two .  Ordering info: GARAMOND PRESS, 63 Mahogany Court, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 6M8
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"Resolving Conflict Creatively" series - The "Resolving Conflict Creatively" series is currently being used by over 800 schools and community groups worldwide. The Box Set contains four videos, three detailed manuals, two student handout booklets and is priced at $425 (Each video is also sold separately) We hope you'll consider purchasing these acclaimed educational videos and booklets for your mediation practice.  For more information, including reviews and an independent evaluation survey please visit our website <>.  1. Resolving Conflict Creatively in the School Community "NEGOTIATION" & "MEDIATION" (52 min.) ; 2. Resolving Conflict Creatively in the Multicultural Community "INTER-CULTURAL MEDIATION" (24 min.) ; 3. Resolving Conflict Creatively between Victims & Youth Offenders " DIVERSION " & " TRANSFORMATION " (two hours on two tapes) .  For a full catalogue or inquiries about ordering, previewing, and costs please contact: Triune Arts, 579 Kingston Road, Suite 107, Toronto, Ontario M4E 1R3; Fax: 416.686.0468; E-mail:

The Resource Center for Nonviolence - A twenty year old peace and social justice organization dedicated to promoting the principles of nonviolent social change and enhancing the quality of life and human dignity. Our work takes place here at home in California, throughout the United States, and around the world. The Resource Center for Nonviolence offers a wide-ranging educational program in the history, theory, methodology, and current practice of nonviolence as a force for personal and social change. Founded in 1976, the Resource Center has developed a variety of formats to explore the meaning of nonviolence and its prospects in shaping our daily lives and our work for social change. Located in Santa Cruz, California, the Resource Center has an international focus that extends as wide as the world is round. Our interns come from as far as Bosnia, Herzegovnia, or as near as down the street. Our programs focus on places as far as the Middle East, and as near as Southern Mexico and our own neighborhood. Please explore our website at and take the time to discover what we feel activism means in the 21st century. For more information: RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE | (831) 423-1626 | fax (831) 423-8716 515 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Resources available from the Education and Development Branch of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission in Canada

Resources for Working with Abused Children

Resources for Peace - for parents, teachers and others

Resources for Radicals, second edition, an annotated bibliography of print resources for those involved in movements for social transformation, was formally released at a recent Homes Not Bombs gathering that took place in Toronto..   Resources for Radicals is written and compiled by Brian Burch, a Toronto based writer with a history of activism going back to the time of the Vietnam War.  His work has appeared in over 100 publications and anthologies in Canada, the United States, England and Australia.  He is a member of the National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981) and I.U. 670 of the Industrial Workers of the World.  His other books include For Christ and Kropotkin, Still Under the Thumb and Next Exit. Like the first edition, Resources for Radicals grew out of requests for further information that arose from workshops in non-violence conducted by Toronto Action for Social Change. Participants were seeking a list of resources that they could read for more in depth information, inspiration, ideas and analysis than could be shared in the space of a workshop.  Periodicals as diverse as Earth First! Journal, The Catholic Worker, Highgrader, Freedom, Friends Journal, Natural Life, The New Socialist and Shelterforce are included in this annotated bibliography.  Books from authors as varied as Dorothy Day, Emma Goldman, Petra Kelly, Peter Kropotkin, Brian Martin, Thomas Merton, Sheila Rowbotham and William Kilbourne form the core of Resources for Radicals.  A wide range of topics are touched on, from meeting facilitation to community gardening to civil disobedience to union organizing.  Work coming from such struggles as the feminist, animal rights, ecology and the peace movement abound.  Resources for Radicals is available from Toronto Action for Social Change.  The price (including postage and handling) is: $11.00 Canada, $12.00 U.S., $14.00 Rest of the World.   Resources for Radicals is revised frequently, with a new edition every two years.   Books and magazines focusing on feminism, union organizing, popular culture, sexual freedom, humanism, anarchism, radical christianity, strikes, demonstrations, ecology, non-violence, socialism, co-operatives, aboriginal rights, pacifism, urban renewal, urban agriculture, revolutionary theory, black history, community shared agriculture, pro-choice, anti-imperialism, communism, penal abolition, multi-faith dialogue, conflict resolution, ploughshares efforts, alternative dance and theatre forms, critical mass, paganism, public transportation, monkey wenching, socialism, community organizing, community  economic development, gender diversity, squatting, seamless pro-life, alternative media, anti-facism, anti-racism, animal liberation, intentional communities, disAbilities activism, civilian based defense, co-operatives and other expressions of radical non-violent dissent are welcome and should be sent to: 20 Spruce St., Toronto, Ontario (Canada) M5A 2H7.  Especially welcome are handbooks, guides for trainers and directories.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police ("RCMP") Crime Prevention/Victim Services - This branch focuses on the social order needs of an ethnocultural society through education, increased public awareness strategies and the promotion of inter-agency co-operation and personal contact. The specific needs of crime victims are addressed through the development and implementation of responsive community-based police services. There are over 200 programs to assist communities in preventing crime or reducing the fear of crime. Program efforts include determining service objectives through community consultation and crime analysis and increasing awareness of all aspects of community violence.


Safe & Secure: Eliminating Violence Against Women & Girls in Muslim Societies by Mahnaz Afkhami, Greta Hofmann Nemiroff, and Haleh Vaziri.  This training manual assists women to identify sources of violence in the family, community, society, and state; to communicate information about and understanding of violence to other women and men; and to influence governments to formulate and implement policies that eliminate gender-based violence.  Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Russian.  Publisher: Sisterhood is Global Institute.  Cost: US $22.00 - Can.$32.00.  Contact: 1200 Atwater, Suite 2, Montreal, QC, Canada H3Z 1X4; Tel: 514-846-9366 Fax: 514-846-9066; email ; SIGI Website ; Click here to purchase through

Safe School Resources/Information - See the Web site courtesy of Susan Colville-Hall, Ph.D., Curricular & Instructional Studies, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio 44325-4205; 330 972-6258; email:

SAFE SCHOOLS--A Handbook for Practitioners, was written  in partnership with DynCorp, to help principals develop plans to reduce violence in schools. The 300-page loose leaf, user-friendly how-to manual provides step-by-step instructions and practical tools that will help : 1. Identify your school's security problems. 2. Understand existing laws that affect school security. 3. Master techniques to address incidents as they occur. 4. Communicate your school's safety plan. To obtain a Safe Schools Handbook, call the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) at 1-800-253-7746. Press "6" to reach to Sales Office.  Visit the web site   .  NASSP Board of Directors Position Statement on Safe Schools .   School Safety Resources

Safe Teen: Powerful Alternatives to Violence 1-896095-99-2 $18.95 CAN/$15.95 USA PAPERBACK 176 PAGES 5.25 x 8 b&w photos & illustrations Publication date: January 2001.  It is becoming evident that more and more adolescents, including girls, are resorting to both verbal and physical violence as a method of solving disputes. It is also evident that when teens are feeling threatened, they feel they must choose between violence and victimization. In the SafeTeen programs, utilizing a unique assertiveness model that youth readily embrace, students learn assertive body language and verbal skills to safely and effectively deal with harassment and to de-escalate potentially violent situations. The process is designed to give youth tools with which to identify their own voice of wisdom and to stand up for themselves and for what they believe in, without verbal or physical violence. SafeTeen offers a choice: a powerful alternative to violence.  The SafeTeen Assertiveness Model is an effective verbal and physical violence prevention strategy because:  • Bullies are more likely to hurt someone they perceive as an easy target; • Assertive people are not seen as easy targets. "Teaching our children how to make choices from a place of inner wisdom can be the best prevention strategy of all ."  For more information, contact: Anita Roberts Program Founder/Director, phone: (604) 255-5147, fax: (604) 255-5196, email ; web site 

School House Hype: Two Year Later - a Report by the Justice Policy Institute in Washington, D.C and The Children's Law Center in Covington, Kentucky.   It can be found on the web at

The School Mediator's Field Guide: Prejudice, Sexual Harassment, Large Groups and Other Daily Challenges by Richard Cohen.   This excellent book helps prevent inevitable student conflicts from escalating into violence and tragedy. Based upon 15 years experience helping schools manage conflict, Cohen uses real life scenarios to explore issues such as sexual harassment, gangs, cross-cultural difficulties, and homophobia. The text is filled with concrete strategies that can be applied immediately. Each chapter concludes with a list of helpful organizations and a handy checklist for use when mediating disputes. An invaluable resource to which mediators and educators will refer again and again.
Chapter 1. Mediating Conflicts Involving Prejudice
Chapter 2. Mediating Conflicts Involving Harassment:  An Overview
Chapter 3. Mediating Conflicts Involving Sexual Harassment
Chapter 4. Mediating Conflicts Involving Homophobia and Sexual Orientation Harassment
Chapter 5. Mediating Across Cultures
Chapter 6. Mediating Conflicts Between Students and Teachers
Chapter 7. Mediating Conflicts Between Students and Their Parents
Chapter 8. Mediating Conflicts Involving Large Groups
Chapter 9. Mediating Conflicts Involving Youth Gangs
Chapter 10. Other Challenges:  Interpreters, Returnees, Witnesses, Preventing Violence, ³Walk-Outs,² Cancellations, and "No Shows"
Richard Cohen founded School Mediation Associates in 1984. He has since trained educators, students and community leaders around the world to mediate disputes. His first book, Students Resolving Conflict: Peer Mediation in Schools, is used by tens of thousands of school mediators.
To Order: Toll-Free:  800-833-3318 (Mastercard/Visa and purchase orders accepted)
School Mediation Associates, 134e Standish Road, Watertown, MA 02472 USA
$24.95 (shipping add $4.50 first book; $2.50 each additional book)
³The writing is elegant, the research is well suited for the topic, and the coverage is  comprehensive. The School Mediator¹s Field Guide is a superb resource!²  ‹Randy Compton, Colorado School Mediation Project
Excerpts on-line at    

The Service Profit Chain. Authors - James L. Heskett, W. Earl Sasser, and Leonard A. Schlesinger. Available from Free Press, 1997, New York.

Step by Step: Evaluating Your Community Crime Prevention Efforts - Many communities across Canada are involved in community safety and crime prevention efforts. Initiatives may grow out of concerns about problems or simply on a hunch that things are not as they should be. Unfortunately, very few of these projects are evaluated to prove that they are taking the right approach or at least that things are moving in the right direction. Whether this is due to lack of time, funding or expertise is hard to say. Yet, evaluation needs to become as important a consideration as keeping financial records, as letting the public know about your work, and as staying in touch with funders. In fact, evaluation is a big part of achieving success and making a difference. This Step-by-Step guide is designed to help you think about ways to measure what you are doing. It outlines the general concepts and principles of evaluation, these will help you learn the « lingo », and it also walks you through the basic steps involved in evaluating crime prevention projects.

STOP! THINK! CHOOSE! BUILDING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IN YOUNG PEOPLE - Teacher and Counselor Resource Guide for Grades 6 - 12+ By Katta Mapes, M.A., M.Ed.  192 page sourcebook plus seven 11" x 17" full-color posters for $45.00.
Published by Zephyr Press.  TO ORDER:     Call Zephyr Press at 1-800-232-2187 or order from the Zephyr web sites:     <> or <> STOP conflict.  Teach your students to THINK before they CHOOSE their actions.  Prevent violence before it starts and improve your overall school climate.  Help your students wisely face adversity and challenges with confidence by developing their emotional intelligence.   Teachers didn't sign up to be counselors.  But the reality is, in today's world you end up having to deal with students' feelings in the classroom anyway.  From character education to retention, from substance abuse to suicide prevention and safe schools, Stop! Think! Choose! tackles the toughest issues you and your students face today.  No long hours of preparation - a ready-made curriculum and full-color posters are included.   Stop! Think! Choose!  Puts years of counseling experience to work for you and serves many functions - A school or grade-wide program; A counseling program; A life skills program.   Each unit engages students' interests by working through a central theme they can relate to "all about me."  Young people reach a better understanding of themselves.  They then build on this self-understanding to improve interactions with others.  A comprehensive chapter on integrating emotional-intelligence skills building into any content area helps you reinforce the newly learned behaviors in your students.  Seven units, each with a corresponding poster and reproducible handouts, include: Knowing yourself; Accepting yourself; Managing yourself; Connecting with others; Communicating with others; Cooperating with others; Handling conflicts with others.

Street Safe Kids - Community Peacemakers, an Oakland-based nonprofit group, has published Street Safe Kids, a self-help interactive book filled with practical exercises and stories to build self control, self discipline, and self awareness in youth.  Written by Stephanie Mann of Orinda, California, a nationally renowned author of neighborhood crime prevention books, Street Safe Kids is presented in two parts.  The first section focuses on “Ten Steps for Preteens and Teens,” and the second section provides ten additional steps to be used by parents and adults who live and work with youth.  Community Peacemakers’ mission is to join with neighborhood groups, leaders and volunteer resources to co-produce programs and events on Peace, Non-violence and Social Justice.  The group has served over 35 organizations and non-profits and has received national recognition. Author Stephanie Mann has written three crime prevention books.  Her first book, Alternative to Fear: Guidelines for Safer Neighborhoods (Lodestar Press, 1975) helped launch the National Neighborhood Watch Program.  Safe Homes, Safe Neighborhoods: Stopping Crime Where You Live (Nolo Press, 1993), Mann’s second book, is an encyclopedia of information on neighborhood safety and can be found in most libraries.  Street Safe Kids is written to give families, spiritual and community groups guidelines to empower children.  By combining their experiences and those of others living and working in “high crime” neighborhoods, Stephanie Mann and Community Peacemakers created this book to focus on helping teens find their spiritual center and take charge of their own lives. These highly effective steps outlined in Street Safe Kids have been put into practice in areas of San Pablo, Pittsburg, and Richmond, California, with adults and kids reaching out to help each other.  Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren Rupf, calls Street Safe kids“ an outstanding book” that “will make a significant contribution toward the prevention of youth violence.”  Oakland City Manager, Robert C. Bobb states, “The preventive philosophy [found in this book] can help us direct youthful energy in positive directions and away from vandalism, juvenile delinquency, drug use, and other activities that negatively affect the quality of life.”   California State Assemblywoman, Lynne C. Leach writes, “A major aid to parents as they work to help their children avoid drugs, gangs, violence, and juvenile crime.”  For more information check out Community Peacemakers on the web at or send an e-mail to:  Street Safe Kids is available for a donation of $20 or more (includes shipping).  Send to: Community Peacemakers, 2908 Madeline Street, Suite 100-PR, Oakland, California 94602-3337.  It is not available at local bookstores.


TAKING THE BULLY BY THE HORNS- self-help book & web site helping young people deal with bullies & self-esteem. Recently, a survey showed that 76.8% of students had been bullied either mentally or physically. It's time to do something about it!!!

The Teacher's Kit, courtesy of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. You can now download it from our site or, in Canada, write for a hard copy of the guide. Contributions for shipping and handling are appreciated.

Teaching for Justice: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Peace Studies, co-edited by Kathleen Maas Weigert and Robin J. Crews.  This is the 10th monograph in an 18-volume AAHE series on service-learning in the disciplines.   The book includes: a Preface by Elise Boulding, an Introduction by the co-editors, 16 essays by 24 contributing authors (including: Conceptual Essays, essays on Service-Learning in Peace Studies Programs and essays on Service-Learning Courses in Peace Studies), and Appendices.  The book is available from The American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) online from the AAHE Online Publications Catalog at and by phone at (202) 293-6440, ext. 780.

Teaching Peace Bibliography

Teaching Students To Be Peacemakers available online

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes) MAKING COMMITMENTS MATTER - A Toolkit For Young People To Evaluate National Youth Policy In 2005 the General Assembly will be reviewing the situation of youth and achievements made in the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY). The year 2005 has been chosen because it is ten years after the adoption of WPAY. This Toolkit is meant for national youth organisations and/or representatives working with youth. It can be used as a tool to: assess your country’s progress in reaching the WPAY goals; prioritize your organisation’s work, based on your findings; and, initiate actions at the national level.

TRANSFORMING VIOLENCE Linking Local and Global Peacemaking edited by Judy Zimmerman Herr and Robert Herr foreword by Konrad Raiser. 250 pp. A collection of essays on the biblical and theological background for peacemaking, with practical examples from local and global settings, by noted writers from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. This book is a project of the Historic Peace Churches and the Fellowship of Reconciliation in support of the Programme to Overcome Violence. Herald Press: Scottsdale Pennsylvania, USA. SFR 15.00 (US$9.99, £6.50) . For more information, see .  For information and an order form, send a message to WCC Publications .  Peacebuilding & Disarmament Programme, International Relations, World Council of Churches, PO Box 2100, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland; Tel.: +41 22 791.6315/4/3; Fax: +41 22 791.6122.

The State of the World's Children 2000  [a UNICEF Report]

"Types of Peace Education."  How Children Understand War and Peace, A. Rava, L. Oppenheimer, D. Bar Tal, Eds.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999.

UNESCO Report on the Follow-Up to and Dissemination of The Barcelona Declaration on the Role of Religion in the Promotion of a Culture of Peace. Download in Adobe format from

United States Secret Service Safe School Initiative

The latest U.S. Government publicaton on school safety.   "I continue to be unimpressed by this kind of work. They obviously are not interested in addressing the sources of violence in the community." says Ian Harris, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

New approach to violence plants seeds of hope - TRANSCENDING VIOLENCE by Tod Schneider ISBN 1-55395-289-8.  How do you make sense out of violence? Every senseless murder, serial killing, school massacre or terrorist attack inspires a renewed, desperate search for explanations and solutions. Tod Schneider's new book TRANSCENDING VIOLENCE answers this call. It paints a broad picture of this ubiquitous social problem, drawing on both theory and real-life examples to analyse the causes of violence. Schneider offers well-reasoned explanations and pragmatic solutions that provide a sense of hope and empowerment. "The process of turning men into killers follows a long-established pattern of steps and reinforcers," says Schneider. "Once identified, these steps and reinforcers can be disassembled, especially at the preventive level. The process of becoming killers is neither inevitable nor irreversible." Schneider provides specific examples of how individuals and organizations can counter violence. On whatever scale they may be working - addressing family violence, gang conflict, prison management or international terrorism - the book should stimulate thought on designing practical solutions. TRANSCENDING VIOLENCE was written in conjunction with a course called "Roots of Violence; Seeds of Hope" Schneider presently teaches at the University of Oregon. The goal was to provide a useful study guide to study violence at all levels, and to illustrate parallel patterns of training in behavior reproduced at various scales - between individuals and groups as well as between nations. It has been called "a major contribution to violence theory" by the OMNI Center for Peace, and "a brilliant synthesis," by Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman, author of the Pulitzer-nominated On Killing. It serves equally well as a course text, activist guide or stimulating reading for any readers interested in promoting peace locally or globally. Tod Schneider, M.S., is a 17-year police-department crime prevention specialist, and University of Oregon adjunct professor. He is the senior author of Safe School Design, and serves on the board of the International Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Association. He is married with three sons. In his spare time he writes children's fiction. To purchase copies, or read excerpts online, please go to .  For review copies or interviews, contact the author at 541-343-6813 or email  ; 188 pages; paperback; $15.00 US ($23.50 CDN); published by Trafford Publishing.

Violence And People With Disabilities: A Review Of The Literature (1994) 
La violence et les personnes ayant des incapacites : Une analyse de la litterature    This literature review provides an overview of violence against people with disabilities. It describes the nature of the violence, why it happens  and the effects on victims. It explores effective ways the judicial  and social service sectors can respond to and prevent violence. 85 p.

Victim Services  A very user-friendly site which has information on making a safety  plan, a tour of a shelter and links to international resources.


Waging Peace for a Living (an action plan for survival of life on earth) author Walt Taylor imagines how we could work together to
make peace and full employment a reality if we did indeed choose life. He lays out before us a startlingly simple idea, that we harness the energies that have traditionally been used for waging war to wage peace instead.   The first chapter tells us what we are up against, presenting us with, as its title suggests, "Dire Warnings of Unparalleled Catastrophe". Here we find key texts and quotes that that the media and people in general have been too quick to forget, such as Einstein's 1946 telegram to the New York Times, excerpts from Rachel Carson's _Silent Spring_ and the entire test of the "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity" of 1992.  But _Waging Peace_ is not aimed at convincing us that we are doomed.  Instead, Walt Taylor transforms Dante's warning at the gates of Hell ("All hope abandon, ye who enter here") to read "Abandon despair, all ye who enter here". He does not deny that we face a crisis; indeed he urges us not to deny the gravity of that crisis but he also reminds us that the Chinese word for *crisis* is made up of two parts, one signifying *danger*, the other *opportunity*. _Waging Peace_ proposes that citizens, through the NGOs (non-governmental oganizations) they belong to, seize the opportunity inherent in our crisis.  The crisis we face endangers life on earth. It also threatens our faith in our ability to govern ourselves, as more and more people recognize the dangers we face and see that our governments are failing to address them adequately. And it threatens social stability as more and more people find themselves without employment or having jobs that are of little value to workers and society at large.  The problem is not that we lack for work needing to be done, as any NGO could attest! The problem is that our economic system encourages us to perform work that is of little or even of negative value to society, while other work that desperately needs doing is left undone.   Walt Taylor proposes that we not wait for the economic system to change.  Instead, let NGOs get together to first make an inventory of the work that needs to be done to make our world a livable one and then find ways to pay for, administer and accomplish this work. Some may find this vision overly naive. But as Mary Rawson, of WILPF BC writes, one cannot "dismiss Walt Taylor's proposal easily, tied as it is to an appreciation of economics... From [David Korten] and Herman Daly to Paul Hawken and Marilyn Waring, the emphasis is on understanding how ecology and economics are interwoven."  Why didn't we think of this before? you may be saying.... Maybe because now is the opportune moment! In any case, some people certainly think so.  Philip Symons, co-president of the Victoria, BC branch of the World Federalists of Canada wrote to Walt: "When I received the copy of _Waging Peace for a Living_ last July, ...I was going to give it a quick browse, but instead, found myself reading every word, and then going back to read some of it again. I don't think I can give it a better endorsement!" Symons then goes on to outline, in schematic form, how the World Federalists could, in conjunction with other NGOs, work to make real Taylor's vision.  To cite just one other example, Rosalie Wahl, the first woman justice to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court, has been distributing copies of this visionary book to key activists in her entourage. She writes: "May our denial melt as we read this stirring, hopeful book - and get to work."  Like Rosalie Wahl, I have been giving copies of this book to people I feel are most likely to make good use of its vision. Certainly, I agree with Jim Fulton, Executive Director of the David Suzuki Foundation, who writes: "_Waging Peace for a Living_ should be required reading for politicians and social activists around the world. I should know; Walt Taylor gave me sage advice for 15 years while I was his Member of Parliament." Another group I especially hope will read this book is young people, especially students, because _Waging Peace_ explains so succinctly and clearly the crisis we face, yet leaves us empowered to seize the opportunity inherent in the crisis.  Copies can be ordered through Trafford Publishing, Ste. 2, 3050 Nanaimo St., Victoria, BC V8T 4Z1. phone: (250) 383-6864 or 1-888-232-4444. fax: (250) 383-6814. <> URL:

WEAVING CONNECTIONS: Educating for peace, social and environmental justice.  Editors:  Tara Goldstein & David Selby
Publisher: Sumach Press (released Nov 2000)  ISBN 1-894549-01-5.  Price: paperback  400 pages, $24.95 Can/US$ 19.95, includes suggestions for classroom resources.  The book focuses on educational models based on the principles of nonviolence, tolerance, equity and justice developed by teachers, parents, activist and students in canada. The chapters include discussion of
multicultural and anti-racist education, anti-homophobia initiatives, black education, gender equity, environbmental education, global education, health education, education for compassion and justice, law related education, media education, First Nations Peoples, and education towards a culture of peace. Each chapter concludes with suggestions for teacher and classroom resources.

Western Justice Center has developed an online database of 1,400 organizations and educational institutions that provide resources and training in community-based mediation, crosscultural collaboration and other conflict resolution skills. These organizations are mostly in the US, but at they also have a directory of such organizations around the world.

The Work Conflict, Work Violence and Difficult People Help Center - It doesn't matter what sector or what industry. Conflict can interfere with getting the job done, OR it can be harnessed to drive improved customer service and improve organizational life. It's up to we behave to prevent destructive conflict and how we deal with it when it occurs (and it will).  The Institute For Cooperative Communication is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations work to prevent destructive conflict, and learn ways to use it effectively. This web site is a public service repository for resources to help you, regardless of sector. Here are some of the issues we address:  How to prevent conflict from occurring in teams and with co-workers; Dealing with difficult, aggressive or angry customers; Communicating more effectively with the boss (getting heard); Safety and workplace violence issues; How to learn better safer ways of dealing with other's anger; How to KEEP customers even when they get upset; Conflict Management; Conflict Resolution and Mediation; Reduction of stress resulting from work conflict.  We'll teach you about personality conflicts and what they mean, the manipulative methods people use to control others, and how to counter them. We'll teach you specific actions and skills. And we will consider different situations.   Contact: Work911/Bacal & Associates Business & Management Supersite, Bacal & Associates, 252 Cathcart St., Winnipeg, Mb. Canada, R3R 0S2; (204) 888-9290; Email:


The Workable Peace Project, an innovative curriculum on intergroup conflict management for high school classes and youth training programs.   The curriculum is being developed by the Consensus Building Institute, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based non-profit dedicated to improving the theory and practice of conflict management in the U.S. and around the world.   Workable Peace aims to help teenagers understand why intergroup conflicts start, why some of these conflicts lead to violence, and how violent intergroup conflicts can be prevented and ended.  Equally important, it aims to build students, negotiation and conflict management skills through both classroom and community work.  The Workable Peace curriculum has three parts: a framework, role plays set in hot spots of intergroup conflict around the world, and civic learning projects on local intergroup conflicts in the United States. Teacher's Guides and Workable Peace staff provide curriculum teaching suggestions and resources.  For more information, please see our web site:  If you have additional questions, please contact Stacie Nicole Smith, Senior Associate, CBI, Director, Workable Peace, Consensus Building Institute, 238 Main Street, Suite 400, Cambridge, MA 02142, (617) 492-1414 x124, , 

WORKING WITH CONFLICT: SKILLS & STRATEGIES FOR ACTION Simon Fisher, Dekha Ibrahim Abdi, Jawed Ludin, Richard Smith, Steve Williams, Sue Williams.  Published by Responding to Conflict & Zed Books.  This book is a practical tool. It offers ideas, methods and techniques for understanding and working with conflict. It is based on the insights of practitioners and communities from their first-hand experience in conflict situations.  It is divided into four parts: 1. Analysis - a guide to understanding conflict, including practical techniques for conflict analysis and the critical issues that must be taken into
account - power, culture, identity, gender and rights.  2. Strategy - how to build effective strategies to address conflict, including
how to influence policy within organisations.  3. Action - intervening in situations of acute conflict; addressing the consequences; and working on the social fabric which conditions the emergence of conflict.  4. Learning - the skills involved in the necessary processes of evaluation and learning, in order to improve future interventions.  The final chapter provides a list of key conflict-related and peace-building resources, including organisations, publications, videos and websites.  For all practitioners who are working in conflict-prone and unstable parts of the world in the fields of development, relief work, human rights, community relations, peace and reconciliation, this book should provide an invaluable support.  For more information, or to order the book, contact: Farouk Sohawon, Sales Manager, Zed Books, 7 Cynthia Street, London  N1 9JF, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7837 4014; Fax: +44 (0)20 7833 3960; Email: .

Workplace Violence: A Website dedicated to protecting people from the internal threat

EVALUATION TOOL AVAILABLE ONLINE - Innovation Network's Workstation 2.0 is an online evaluation tool for social change organisations seeking to answer, "What difference are we making?" Nonprofits and funders have used Workstation 2.0 to measure their results, make informed decisions, and create lasting change. Workstation 2.0 consists of three components: 1) Organisational Assessment Tool; 2) Logic Model Builder; and 3) Evaluation Plan Builder. The tool is available at no cost.

Your Place in the World: Human Rights and Responsibilities, a curriculum for tolerance and respect based upon the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Victor Geraci, Ph.D., Editor, 49 pages. The curriculum is designed for use in high schools. Copies are $18.00 each including postage and may be ordered from The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 123, Santa Barbara, CA 93108; (805) 965-3443.  Through four lessons and extended activities, Your Place in the World is designed to address issues of tolerance affecting high school students in their communities. Emphasizing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document adopted by the United Nations in 1948, students will gain a deeper understanding of human rights and develop their own ideas about rights and responsibilities.

Za-geh-do-win Information Clearinghouse   This clearinghouse provides information about health, family healing, and family violence relating to aboriginal communities.  It's website offers a searchable catalogue of books, reports, manuals and videos that are available for free use to residents of Ontario.

Zero Tolerance or Community Tolerance : Managing Crime in High Crime Areas by Sandra Walklate, Karen Evans 
Price: US $61.95  available from


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