The following proposal is provided for example.  Consider initiating a Rotary University/College Chair in Peace Studies in your area:

University of Calgary Rotary Chair in Peace Studies - A Proposal

 

To Whom It May Concern:

I have drafted the proposal below.  Any suggestions, ideas, opinions would be appreciated. 

I would start by seeking my Rotary Club of Okotoks support for this, to then take to the “Consortium of Calgary Rotary Clubs” and the District Governor.  I believe my Rotary Club would back me on this.  (I have already delivered this proposal to the Rotary District Governor for the Hamilton Area with respect to a McMaster Rotary Chair in Peace Studies – she spoke at our last McMaster Conference and has committed to take it to the College of Past District Governors for discussion.  That will give me real feedback as to what works and what doesn’t.)

I look forward to your feedback.

Regards,

Bob Stewart


 

 

Dear __________,

It has been my dream to see University of Calgary build a pre-eminent peace studies program.  I also have a great belief in the potential of Rotary to advance peace, goodwill and international understanding.  I have been thinking about a proposal (copy below) that I believe would be mutually advantageous for Rotary and the University of Calgary : A University of Calgary Rotary Chair in Peace Studies.

Sponsorship of a “Chair” in any studies gives a University the opportunity to hire a pre-eminent scholar in the area of interest, and offer superior programs that are not currently available.  I have had very general conversations (careful not to raise expectations) with the Directors at UofC and they would be very interested in working with Rotary on this.

The “bottom line” for Rotary would be something like a commitment for $200,000 per year for 5 years (Total $1 million; spread over say 20 area Rotary Clubs it averages $10,000 annually; spread over say 1,000 area Rotarians it averages $200 annually).  I believe that the return on this very affordable investment would be tremendous for Rotary, University of Calgary , peace students, and the community (including individual Rotarians).  (I have not factored in the potential of matching grants, which could reduce Rotary Club’s costs further.)

As a Rotarian, Calgarian” and with a student at University of Calgary , I believe in the merits of this project so much that I would pledge to contribute the first $10,000 seed capital to get it started.

Do you think this is something that the District and Rotary Clubs of the Calgary Area would be interested in pursuing?  If so, how would you suggest proceeding?  Any advice to improve this proposal would be appreciated.

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.peace.ca/canadiancultureofpeaceprogram.htm )  

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

 


                                                                                                                                                  DRAFT FOR DISCUSSION

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY ROTARY CHAIR IN PEACE STUDIES – A Proposal

“But the greatest challenge, of course, is to those Rotary clubs in neighborhood of universities.”  From the Rotary International publication ‘The Seven Paths to Peace’ http://www.peace.ca/rotarysevenpathstopeace.htm

 

Preface

The Rotary peace initiative is a pragmatic process to simply provide the venues, support and guidance to ‘Open Space to Open Minds and Hearts to Peace’.  The process is open, transparent, patient and committed, drawing people from all walks of life, freeing them from their stasis and mobilizing them.  All citizens have to be leaders in their own right, drawing on their own potential and inner strengths, galvanizing, inspiring and energizing the paths to peace.  Everyone is a peace leader and peace educator.    Building a healthy culture is about building healthy relationships.

 

1. Goals

  1. support and advance the contemporary Paths to Peace, building peace in our communities and world
  2. build partnerships and relationships between civil society/service clubs like Rotary and universities to advance peace
  3. support universities and their students to be peace leaders and peace educators
  4. develop peace, order and good governance

 

2. Issues

  1. concern about the direction the world is going, trending to more Culture of Violence
  2. governments alone can not ‘fix the problems’ – citizens must actively support
  3. Rotary support for advancing peace, goodwill and international understanding, as part of its Rotary Objects ( Mission )
  4. need to promote a venue for putting “Best Practices” on the table for dialogue
  5. need to promote a venue for community outreach to build local and international peace skills  

 

3. Selling Points for Rotary 

  1. support the goals of Rotary by building peace, goodwill and international understanding (Rotary’s Fourth Object)
  2. mobilize citizens to achieve Rotary goals (a vast resource)
  3. humanitarian goal of lowering the human costs of violence (in our homes, schools, communities, and internationally)
  4. making a difference building a better world, and improving quality of life
  5. by building people and reaching out to loftier goals, give Rotarians a new form of ‘currency’
  6. in the process, help the University of Calgary succeed in their peace and other goals

 

4. Proposed Approach to University of Calgary to Build the Relationship

  1. agreement/pledge of the Rotary Four Way Test
  2. guided by the protocols at http://www.peace.ca/CCOPPprotocol.htm
  3. invite University of Calgary to participate
  4. give University of Calgary our financial support: a commitment for $200,000 per year for 5 years (Total $1 million; spread over 20 area Rotary Clubs it averages $10,000 annually; spread over say 1,000 area Rotarians it averages $200 annually; matching grants from governments and RI may be available to reduce Club commitments further)
  5. Open Space to Open Minds and Hearts to Peace (eg. Conferences, workshops, meetings, web site, email listserver, etc.)
  6. helping University of Calgary setting own goals, problem solving, change management, agent of change (Self-directed peace education and activities; ask what interests University of Calgary with respect to peace; bring Rotarian business skills to assist the University in developing its plans)
  7. promote Servant Leadership (complimentary to “Service Above Self” and peace)
  8. Make a peace library of books and videos available at University of Calgary (a University of Calgary Rotary Peace Resource Centre )
  9. Courses in servant leadership and empowerment; OST – The Practice of Peace; conflict transformation; Difficult Conversations/Crucial Conversations/ Confrontational Conversations; building relationships; values and ethics of a Culture of Peace; relationship building: the male/female relationship, youth relationship, different cultural and religious relationships; violence prevention (in our schools, homes, communities, internationally, ourselves).  I have identified peace education gaps in my paper at http://www.peace.ca/CCOPPpeaceeducation.htmAlso consider offering distance peace education http://www.peace.ca/distancepeaceeducationproposal.htm and the activities at http://www.peace.ca/foundationactivities.htm  .
  10. Tasks below

 

5. Tasks

  1. An initial meeting(s) with University of Calgary to explore/initiate relationship:

(a)     starting with the Director of the University of Calgary Consortium for Peace and Human Security

(b)     explain our goals, issues, proposals and seek advice how to build on this  (a number of iterations will probably be necessary)

  1. Orientation/information sessions:

(a)  What is the Rotary Peace Paths Program and Rotary goals?  See http://www.peace.ca/rotarysevenpathstopeace.htm

b)      What are the University of Calgary goals?

(c)  What can we do together

  1. Develop an Action Plan, gaining respective approvals and financial support
  2. Implementation
  3. Monitoring
  4. Evaluation and adjustment

 

6. Suggested Timeline

  1. Summer and Fall 2005                       - Identify Rotary facilitator(s) to lead/shepherd this Group; do our homework (information gathering, inner dialogue)
  2. Summer and Fall 2005                       - An initial meeting(s) with University of Calgary to initiate relationship (at the level of Director and Faculty)
  3. Summer and Fall 2005                       - An initial meeting(s) with University of Calgary Governance level leaders
  4. Fall 2005 to 2006                               - Orientation/information sessions
  5. Fall 2005 to 2006                               - create a University of Calgary Rotary Peace Resource Centre
  6. Fall 2005 to 2006                               - Design University of Calgary Rotary Chair in Peace Studies Program
  7. September 1, 2006                            - Program commences
  8. Ongoing                                            - Monitoring, evaluation and adjustment

 

Conclusion

Within the framework of the Fourth Object, and quite affordably, Rotary Clubs of Calgary and Area have a tremendous opportunity to advance a significant peace education program at the University of Calgary , for the benefit of Canadian and International Students, as well as Area Residents (including Rotarians).

If Rotarians and others are attracted to these paths in increasing numbers, it could make a vast difference in the vitality and impact of Rotary.  More important, however, is the possibility that all humanity might somehow avert the calamity of war and the destruction of civilization itself.  This is why Rotarians believe that if there is failure in the avenue of international service, there may be no need for concern about the other avenues of service. ” From the Rotary International publication ‘The Seven Paths to Peace’ http://www.peace.ca/rotarysevenpathstopeace.htm

 

Input, comments and suggestions are invited.

Prepared by

Robert Stewart, C.A. , C.M.C.

International Chair, Rotary Club of Okotoks , Alberta (D5360)

Interim Director, Canadian Culture of Peace Program

stewartr [at] peace.ca