“The general question on everyone’s mind (students, Rotarians, us, etc.) is, “What can I do?”  I think a short answer is, “Be a peace leader and peace educator, with the goal of affecting all of our relationships for the better, and ultimately our community leaders (i.e. political, business, education, etc.; and by community I include at a national level, and eventually international level).”  Building a healthy culture is about building healthy relationships, and I believe in encouraging and supporting others to do likewise.  To do this we must build our knowledge, wisdom and application.  We must “own” the problems/issues, which infers “owning the responsibility to find and implement solutions”, believe that change is possible (that we can build a better world), understand how to change/build (i.e. change management), and how to be a servant leader (leading by example).  In the case of a School Culture of Peace Program, for example, once they have a general introductory Open Space to Open Minds to Peace, I imagine that the students will then need help in how to learn more about peace issues and peacebuilding, how to be a peace leader/servant leader, how to be a peace educator, building relationships (including difficult conversations books), change management, influencing others (including community leaders).  This will also mean that the teachers will have to learn these skills, to keep up (hence “Educating the Educators”).  Very important to note that these are key skill sets that will help these students in whatever career they choose, and hence a good selling feature for the school.”  Bob Stewart  [For more information, see ]

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)A Message to Our Readers (May 15, 2006; updated November 2, 2007):

I have been taking a sabbatical for a period of reflection on how I can better serve the Peace Community (by working smarter, not harder J ).  In the process, I have been undergoing a significant personal transformation – a journey that I will be pleased to share with you over the next few months. 

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 it’s 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.  That’s 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.

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 web site on Building Peace at the Individual Level.  I will share with you some of the key books that I am reading, and their highlights.  They include:  

Advanced Reading - click on this link to find highlights of recommended books for the advanced reader

etc. (more to come later)

see also the Message to Readers at

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.

Happy transformations, and remain centered no matter what happens,

Bob Stewart  



By Bob Stewart

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 world’s 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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bluesmpshpin.gif (1016 bytes)  Canadian Peace Education Foundation For a World Fit For Children - The Canadian Peace Education Foundation for a World Fit For Children (“CPEF”) purpose is to raise funds for education for building peace, and to consider results-oriented peacebuilding educational projects at home and abroad.  Our ultimate goal is to significantly reduce the human cost of violence against children and others.   If you support this worthwhile cause, please consider making a contribution and including the following insert under your email signature line [via Tools/Options/Signatures] to spread the message as widely as possible --

Making an Impact: Your gift to the Canadian Peace Education Foundation will do much to reduce the human cost of violence in our communities and world through education about peace and the future in classrooms.  Your gift will have a critical impact on future generations.  You will enable youngsters to widen their sights by exploring alternate paths to transforming conflicts and building a better world.  Gifts of cash, securities, and planned gifts are welcome and may be sent to the Canadian Peace Education Foundation, Box 70, Okotoks, AB, Canada, T1S 1A4.  For more information, visit the website at

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)bluesmpshpin.gif (1016 bytes)The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life: A Book of Practices, by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander, 2000.    Click here to see an excellent 7 page summary of the book.  5 Star Must Reading.  "Anything is possible."

bluesmpshpin.gif (1016 bytes)Streetproofing Guide to Misinformation by Kenneth Bush, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University

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Reuters News Agency 
Saturday, May 24, 2003 - Page F9

LONDON -- Buddhists really are happy, calm and serene people -- at least according to their brain scans.

Using new scanning techniques, neuroscientists have discovered that certain areas of the brain light up constantly in Buddhists, and not just when they are meditating, which indicates positive emotions and good mood.

"We can now hypothesize with some confidence that those apparently happy, calm Buddhist souls one regularly comes across in places such as Dharamsala, India, really are happy," says Professor Owen Flanagan of Duke University in North Carolina.

Dharamsala is the home base of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader.

The scanning studies, conducted by scientists at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, showed activity in the left prefrontal lobes of experienced Buddhist practitioners. The area is linked to positive emotions, self-control and temperament.


bluesmpshpin.gif (1016 bytes)A 10 Point Peace Plan for Canada by Dr. Teeya  Scholten

bluesmpshpin.gif (1016 bytes)TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR DIALOGUE by Majid Tehranian, Toda Institute

bluesmpshpin.gif (1016 bytes)  The International Declaration of Human Rights Guarantees Everyone with:

1.    The right to equality
2.    Freedom from discrimination
3.    The right to life, liberty, and personal security
4.    Freedom from slavery
5.    Freedom from torture or degrading treatment
6.    The right to recognition as a person before the law
7.    The right to equality before the law
8.    The right to remedy by a competent tribunal
9.    Freedom from arbitrary arrest or exile
10.  The right to a fair and public hearing
11.  The right to be considered innocent until proven guilty
12.  Freedom from interference with privacy, family, home or correspondence
13.  The right to free movement in and out of any country
14.  The right to asylum in other countries from persecution
15.  The right to a nationality and freedom to change it

16.  The right to marriage and family
17.  The right to own property
18.  Freedom of belief and religion
19.  Freedom of opinion and information
20.  The right of peaceful assembly and association

21.  The right to participate in Government and free elections
22.  The right to social security
23.  The right to desirable work and to join trade unions.
24.  The right to rest and leisure
25.  The right to an adequate standard of living

26.  The right  to education
27.  The right to participate in the cultural life of a community
28.  The right to social order assuring human rights
29.  Community duties are essential to free and full Development
30.  Freedom from state or personal interference in the above rights.
------courtesy of Community Peacemakers

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)bluesmpshpin.gif (1016 bytes)  Peace Begins Within by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)bluesmpshpin.gif (1016 bytes)On Getting Along -By Howard Zinn - You ask how I manage to stay involved and remain seemingly happy and
adjusted to this awful world where the efforts of caring people pale in comparison to those who have power?

bluesmpshpin.gif (1016 bytes)  Mark Hyman: A Transformative Experiment in Creating a Culture of Nonviolence

bluesmpshpin.gif (1016 bytes)  Creating a Culture of Peace - A Workshop Kit Produced by Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

bluesmpshpin.gif (1016 bytes)What Kids Need to Grow Up Well 

bluesmpshpin.gif (1016 bytes)Approaches for Preventing Youth Violence (Dr. R. Flannery Jr.):

1. Academics
     a) Verbal Conflict Resolution
     b) Vocational Education
2. Caring Attachments
     a) Mentors
     b) Tutors
    c) Big Brother/Big Sister
    d) Foster Parents
     e) Foster Grandparents
3. Policing
     a) Curfew
     b) Teen Courts
     c) Truancy Patrols
4. Social Learning
     a) Summer Jobs
     b) Recreational Programs
5. Treatment Interventions
     a) Child Abuse
     b) Substance Abuse

- "Define success by what one gives, rather than what one has." (Gifford Pinchot)

- "A major challenge will be to inspire and educate citizens about the value of "investing" for the future. One hard reality that will not change is that long-term value will still be the result of vision, creativity, innovation, and hard work." (Marshall Goldsmith)

- "outlearn, outprepare, outwit, and outwork." (Hugh Price)

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