Ken Blanchard, noted professor and author of the One Minute Manager and Situational Leadership series of training materials, suggests giving students the 'final exam' questions at the start of the course and then teaching how to arrive at the answers - his formula for win/win learning.  That is what I wish to do here, by providing the highlights of what you will find in our web site and related materials.

"The Canadian Peace Initiative (“CPI”) is a process to simply provide the venues, support and guidance to ‘Open Space to Open Minds 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 and information our most important resource.   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."   (As in all things peaceful, this enlightening statement is the result of many contributors and supporters.  The CPI process has led to the Canadian Culture of Peace Program.)                                      

The biggest delusions of our time are:
How You React is What is Important
Information, education and knowledge is of little importance if it is not used. 
You may go through a number of emotional reactions to what you read on violence, war, and peace.   I highly recommend that you read David Adams' Psychology for Peace Activists (37 pages), at the beginning of your personal quest for peace knowledge, to learn about the transitions you may go through as a peacebuilder and how you might put them to a positive use.
"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."  - Richard Eckersley [ and updated in The Futurist Magazine, November-December 2001 ]
Systemic change is not easy.  Change is resisted - particularly by the elite who benefit from the current system (and have the money).  Lack of public motivation to change the system is caused by 'surrender, abdication and fatalism' - people thinking that nothing can be done, that it is useless to try to change governments to prevent wars, or don't know what to do.  This lack of public motivation allows this culture of violence to exist and perpetuate.  
If we want a better life for our children, and not worse, then we must change.  If we have empathy for other people in our own countries, and other countries, who are suffering and dying needlessly, then we should change.  In working for change, you must have patience, you must be in for the long term - this is no quick fix.  You must be determined, questioning, committed, thick skinned.  But most of all - keep a positive perspective.
We must help remove peoples' blindness - help open their eyes to the dangers, the realities and the changes necessary to create a Culture of Peace and Non-violence .  As indicated by the motto of UNESCO, "Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed".  The only thing that now stands in the way of eliminating wars is getting enough people to read, assimilate and actively support the ideas presented - this is a function of Peace Education  [ ] .  To prevent wars, the majority of "good people", those who follow the moral policies of equality, freedom, defense-only and peace defense, must speak out and take charge.

Alone, you and I are not going to stop war.  But all of us together can help bring peace to the world.  We do have numbers of people, and their resources and resourcefulness, on our side.  Time is of the essence.


Robert Stewart, Director
Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace

"No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come" -Victor Hugo(1802 - 1885).  Please take a moment to read some inspiring quotes at . 


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