INVITATION TO THE ROTARY PEACE PROGRAMS WORKSHOP

 

Dear Rotarians,       

 

In conjunction with our Fourth Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada , I am pleased to invite you to workshops and round table discussions intended to help Rotarians help Rotary to achieve its Peace Mission.  As you know, "Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world."  (reference http://www.rotary.org/aboutrotary/index.html )

Our overall public Conference (more detailed information is available below and on our web site at http://www.peace.ca/CanadianAgenda2005.htm ) goes from November 21 to 28, however participants may select parts thereof that suite them best.  You will be interested to know that on Friday, November 25 (‘Best Practices Day’), I will be leading a half day workshop on “Rotary and Peace – Helping Rotary Achieve Its Peace Mission ”.  This is based on my 15 years experience as a Rotarian, study of the Rotary Peace Mission, and experience as a peace educator and leader.  The Rotary and Peace Workshop will be based on the RI publication ‘Seven Paths to Peace’ which is available online at http://www.peace.ca/rotary.htm (along with a lot of other valuable Rotary and Peace information).  During the main part of our Peace Education Conference on Saturday November 27 and Sunday November 28, there will be several round table discussions in a World Café format on different issues related to peace education, including “What Do We Want To Do Now To Advance Peace Education in, and through, Rotary?”  You are also invited to submit your own topics for round table discussions in the World Cafés, and you may offer to do a presentation on our ‘Best Practices Day’, if you wish (information about the current list of topics is available on our web site).

This peace education conference is not like other conferences.  It fills a vital gap in building a Culture of Peace, by focusing on root causes, systemic change, and a long term perspective with a bias for action now.  We do not employ a lot of keynote speakers because we promote the wisdom in all our varied participants – in other words, everyone is a keynote speaker.  We believe we offer a lot of value to individuals and organizations, while living within a shoe-string budget (I am pleased to say that the Conference is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Okotoks, Alberta , among others).  While we wish larger numbers would benefit from all the effort that goes into the conference (our target is 500 participants this year), we appreciate it even if we only get a smaller number of people who share in a life changing experience, and seeds are planted that truly grow to make a difference in building peace.

This is the only venue where people get together to work on a Canadian Peace Education Strategy and a Rotary Peace Education Strategy.  I believe you know the need for a Canadian Peace Education Strategy, to get peace education on the Canadian Agenda, and to get peace education integrated into all schools throughout Canada .  There is also a need for a Rotary Peace Education Strategy, to get peace education more directly on the Agenda of every Rotary Club, and to raise Rotarians’ awareness of peace education issues.  We need your knowledge to help lead peace education throughout Canada and Rotary in a most significant way.

I know you are very busy, but would you (or your Club’s Rotarian responsible for Peace Programs) be able to join us?  We would love to learn more about your Rotary Club’s peace programs and plans.  For more information, see below and our web site at http://www.peace.ca/CanadianAgenda2005.htm (the Registration Information and Form are available at http://www.peace.ca/registration2005.htm ).  Please also feel free to contact me at stewartr [at] peace.ca .  I hope to see you and/or your Club’s Rotarian responsible for Peace Programs at McMaster.   

  Click on this link to see a copy of the Powerpoint Presentation used in the Workshop. 

Regards,

Bob Stewart , Chair of International Service and the Rotary Peace Plus Program, Rotary Club of Okotoks , Alberta , Canada (D5360)

http://www.peace.ca

ANNUAL PEACE EDUCATION CONFERENCE IN CANADA http://www.peace.ca/CanadianAgenda2005.htm

 

"The world is dangerous not because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything." - Albert Einstein

WHAT FUTURE WILL YOU CREATE? - 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 .  http://www.cultureofpeace.ca )  

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 http://www.peace.ca/foundation.htm


From: Robert Stewart [mailto:stewartr [at] peace.ca]
Subject: FW: ANNUAL PEACE EDUCATION CONFERENCE IN CANADA Nov 21 - 28, 2005 at McMaster U. in Hamilton

 

To Canadian Peace Promoters,

 

We need your help.  There is more wisdom in crowds and we would like to attract as many people as possible to share the value in this important forum.

Please find a copy of the poster at http://www.peace.ca/canadianposter2005.htm and press release (copy below) announcing our upcoming Fourth Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada November 21 – 28, 2005 at McMaster University in Hamilton , Ontario .  This is a conference designed for flexibility and value, to provide space for peace educators and leaders from all walks of life to discuss matters of common interest, and to continue to advance a Peace Education Strategy (in Canada , in the respective provinces, and your particular locales).  The connections you will make at the conference, and the information you will receive, will help you in your work for peace, and in your daily life.

This is a wonderful conference.  The greatest compliments we receive is when past participants tell us their lives were changed for the better as a result of participating, or they have implemented things that they have learned at the conference with good results.  The registration fee has been reasonably priced to cover our limited costs (this year we have instituted self-assessed registration fees in order to be open and accessible to everyone; we also try to help with home boarding; see http://www.peace.ca/registration2005.htm ), and we would be delighted if you would join us for whatever part of the conference interests you the most.  We would also appreciate it if you would forward this email and tell your friends and colleagues about this event, urging their support.  (We would adore you if you would print and post the poster. :-)   

This National Peace Education Conference is part of a larger vision for building a Culture of Peace and Non-violence in our lives, families, communities, Canada and the world.  It builds on the wisdom of the United Nations Culture of Peace Program, and is a key part of the Canadian Culture of Peace Program (see www.cultureofpeace.ca ).  It addresses three important issues required to build peace: peace education, leadership and systemic change.  It also continues to build on our growing capacity to build peace in Canada , fill gaps, and helps us find solutions to the most pressing problems holding back the development of a Culture of Peace.  Our Conferences have spawned Provincial Peace Education Conferences and the Canadian Culture of Peace Program, among other things.  We are discussing similar initiatives in the U.S. and other countries.

I invite you to look at the vast array of topics to be covered on our “Best Practices” day (Friday, November 25; see http://www.peace.ca/bestpractices2005.htm ) and the main part of our weekend Conference (Nov 26-27; see http://www.peace.ca/worldcafe2005.htm ).  November 21 – 23 we provide a Leadership and Peace Workshop, and November 24 is our Youth Conference Day, for those who can attend.  We have registrants coming from other areas such as Great Britain , the U.S. , Argentina and Africa , to name a few.  You are invited to submit your topics that you would like discussed in the larger forum, so that we may cover all key interests.

I realize that you are extremely busy, and challenged to meet your peace goals, without having to go to “another conference”.  However, I suggest that this is not just another conference.  We are leading edge technology in the professionalization of peace promoters.  As you will see from the topics, we are addressing systemic change, leadership (big picture, institutional and self-leadership), psychology and education necessary to transform a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace.  Peace people are grappling with the rapid, societal changes taking place – this Conference is designed to help fast track our development as peace professionals to capitalize on such change.

I hope to see you at the Conference.  Thank you in advance for your support – it is vital to us to blaze a new path to a Culture of Peace.  We need your involvement.

Regards,

Bob Stewart

http://www.peace.ca

ANNUAL PEACE EDUCATION CONFERENCE IN CANADA http://www.peace.ca/CanadianAgenda2005.htm

"The world is dangerous not because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything." - Albert Einstein

WHAT FUTURE WILL YOU CREATE? - 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 .  http://www.cultureofpeace.ca )  

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 http://www.peace.ca/foundation.htm

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Robert A. Stewart, C.A. , C.M.C.
Tel: (403) 461-2469

Email: stewartr [at] peace.ca

 

 

To Reach Peace, Teach Peace

Annual Peace Education Conference brings International attention to  Canada   

 

HAMILTON , ON , October 5, 2005 – If there is to be peace in our time, it is up to the educators to teach it to future generations. Of course, who will teach the educators? This is the main purpose behind the Fourth Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada at McMaster University , presented by the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace and the McMaster University Centre for Peace Studies this November 24 to 28, 2005.

 

This four-day conference has been a much-needed gathering place for the last three years – for not only peace researchers, educators, and activists – but people from all backgrounds, who recognize that the responsibility to cultivate a culture of peace in society belongs to all. Participants in the past have ranged from those who live in residence at McMaster to guests flying in from places as remote and distant as Cyprus .

 

This year’s conference is preceded by a three-day “Leadership and Peace Workshop”.

 

Previous years’ conferences have led to the initiation of provincial and regional conferences across Canada over the last three years. Guest speakers have included: David Adams (http://www.culture-of-peace.info/adams.html), Shall Sinha (http://ssinha.com/bioss.htm), and Senator Douglas Roche (http://www.douglasroche.ca/) – with many other speakers.

 

Not only are established peace researchers and established educators attending, but many students from across the country attend, including many McMaster students from its undergraduate Peace Studies programme. “Three years ago, this conference sold me on my decision to go into peace studies at McMaster”, says Rob Porter, a former Mac student in Honours Peace Studies and Theatre & Film Studies. “The conference attracts the international theorists and activists that helped craft peace studies into an academic discipline, who conceived the materials we read from first year and on in peace studies – and meeting them is an amazing experience.”

 

The conference has been organized by the leadership of Robert Stewart , a McMaster alumnus who graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Commerce. He is now a Chartered Accountant in public practice and Certified Management Consultant who has held many senior management positions in business and government over the past 31 years.  Robert developed his 'passion for peace' through his membership in the Rotary Clubs, who help in sponsoring and participating in the Conference.

 

“I believe we could easily have over 500 participants this year”, says Stewart, who since founding the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace (CCTP) in 1997, has devoted himself to using his professional skills as a general manager and information manager to help advance peace education in Canada and internationally.  “Promotion is where we need the most help right now…our conferences are really good, but they are still relatively unknown to the many who would be interested in coming.”

 

The Fourth Annual Conference on Peace Education in Canada will run from November 24 through 28, preceded by the Leadership and Peace Workshop from November 21 through 23. 

 

Early-bird registration is $200 (or $25 for students, $100 for retirees and non-professionals) if submitted before November 9, 2005. Fees are used to pay the costs of the conference, and any surplus is contributed to the Canadian Peace Education Foundation to support future peace education efforts.

 

For those interested, more information can be obtained on the CCTP website at http://www.peace.ca/ ( http://www.peace.ca/CanadianAgenda2005.htm ), or by contacting Rob Porter at the McMaster Peace and Conflict Students’ Society at pacs@mcmaster.ca.

 

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Contact:

Robert A. Stewart, C.A. , C.M.C.
Tel: (403) 461-2469 (toll free )

Email: stewartr [at] peace.ca