‘World Café’ Round Tables - November 26 - 27, 2005


THEME: “Advancing a Peace Education Strategy: What Is Needed To Support and Help Peace Educators In All Walks Of Life”

The main part of the Conference is Saturday, November 26 and Sunday November 27.  We intend to start each day with a Keynote and Inspiring Speaker.  The majority of Saturday and Sunday is planned to be in a ‘World Café’ format (  http://www.theworldcafe.com ), to maximize participant interaction and collaboration in discussing issues and solutions needed to support peace educators.  I think you will find this ‘World Café’ format a good progression from our previous ‘Town Hall’ format to more of an ‘Open Space’ format.  Over the two days, we expect to have 5 or 6 – 1 to 1.5 hour dialogue sessions with as many as 25 to 30 tables, and hence we trust we will cover a lot of topics of interest to participants.  With the Theme above in mind, you are invited to submit topics that you would like to see discussed at a series of round tables.  As a minimum, we expect there will be tables and/or rooms of particular interest for teachers, university and college faculty, NGOs, students, and others.  We expect a large number of topics may be selected prior to the conference, but there will be room for topics that are placed on the table for discussion at the conference.  We will converge Sunday afternoon to present summary conclusions and recommendations.  It is hoped, for example, that our recommendations could be submitted to Governments, Teachers’ Colleges, Provincial Peace Education Conferences, etc. for consideration and advancing.  Many recommendations may be acted upon by individual participants in their own spheres of influence.  We will be asking for volunteers to host/facilitate each roundtable dialogue.


(Note - participants are welcome to suggest issues they wish to discuss to Bob Stewart at stewartr[at]peace.ca .  Each round table will have a facilitator and recorder, who will present the highlights to the whole conference at the end of each day.)

Evolving Canadian Model for Culture of Peace Program and Peace Education 2005 - A Powerpoint presentation provided November 26, 2005 to the Peace Education Conference in Canada.  An excellent summary of recent developments in peace education and the culture of peace program in Canada, available for any organizations and individuals interested in advancing peace education and the Culture of Peace and Non-violence Program in their area.

LEADERSHIP IN TRANSFORMATION OF THE PEACE PROFESSION - What peace leaders, educators and actionists need as they strive to build a Culture of Peace and Non-violence in Canada and the World.   Background reading is the basic curriculum for a semester course in Leadership and Peace, developed by Robert Stewart, C.A., C.M.C., September 2005.  Modelled after the experiences of Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace and the Canadian Culture of Peace Program.
- download Powerpoint format
- download Microsoft Word format
This discussion will bring in the results of the preceding Leadership and Peace Workshop November 21 - 23, 2005.

"Modelling Education in a Culture of Peace" - This group will look at our current classrooms and schools, compared to the strived for ideal under a Culture of Peace and Non-violence, and how we may go from where we are to where we want to be.  The background reading, with improved formatting, is available on the Internet on the link http://www.peace.ca/PARADIGMSHIFTINEDUCATION.doc in Microsoft Word.

Advancing a Peace Education Strategy: What Is Needed To Support and Help Teachers (K - 6; 7 - 12)

Advancing a Peace Education Strategy: What Is Needed To Support and Help University and College Faculty

Advancing a Peace Education Strategy: What Is Needed To Support and Help Educators in Governmental Organizations

Advancing a Peace Education Strategy: What Is Needed To Support and Help Educators in Non-governmental Organizations

Advancing a Peace Education Strategy: What Is Needed To Support and Help Students 

Advancing a Peace Education Strategy: What Is Needed To Support and Help Parents and Other Educators

Developing a School Peace Education Program

Developing Distance Peace Education Programs - a proposal for consideration is available at http://www.peace.ca/distancepeaceeducationproposal.htm 

Culture of Peace Education Gaps that Require Filling (Draft discussion available in HTML)

"Mobilizing Peace Education Resources".    Give educators the peace tools and they will do the work.  We will table the results of the Friday workshop for group consideration.  The intended outcome is a clear picture of what education resources are available in Canada, and what we need to do to obtain and/or expand on them.  Discussion will include information, financial and human resources for peace education.

"E-Learning: Developing an Interactive Module on Peace Through Health" - Content Development Team and Presenters: Megan Arthur, Heather Farrell, Ryan Marks, Nikhil Pai, Avita Sooknanan.  The purpose of this presentation is to present and elicit critical feedback from an audience of peace-oriented educators, students and citizens for a newly developed e-module on the topic of Peace through Health.  This website looks to present an e-learning module for use by a broad range of learners, enabling them to gain an elementary idea of how to contribute to peace through work from the health sector. There is considerable curiosity from many health professionals and peace workers about Peace through Health, and the development of courses and electives on this topic.  This module aims to enable a learner to efficiently grasp the essentials of the topic, in order to decide whether to pursue further learning in Peace through Health.  Conference participants will be asked to engage with the material in an interactive format, where feedback, criticism and questions will be greatly appreciated for reviewing the applicability and clarity of the e-module. [This will take place during Round Table #4 as a follow up to the Keynote Presentation Sunday 9:00 am to individually elicit feedback on the module.]

"How to Win Friends and Influence Others with our Peace Ideas".  It may seem 'foreign' to many peace educators, but we are in the "business of selling our peace ideas to others".  In this discussion, we will use the Draft CCOPP Marketing Strategy to prime our thoughts.

Why Don't People Build Peace? - This is in response to the often asked question, “Why is Person ‘A’ doing so much to promote peace, while there are so many others in his/her organization and generally who appear to underachieve their potential to contribute to a Culture of Peace and Non-violence?”

Managing the volume of peace information, and work - How our Canadian Culture of Peace Program organization, and hence peace education in Canada, and process is evolving.

Initiating case studies conducting 8 Crucial Canadian Conversations: 

  1. the Canada/United States relationship, (eg. reference http://www.peace.ca/canusa.htm )

  2. the Canada/United Nations relationship, (eg. reference http://www.peace.ca/un.htm )

  3. the Anglophone/Francophone relationship in Canada,

  4. the male/female relationship in Canada, 

  5. the aboriginal/non-aboriginal relationship in Canada, (eg. reference http://www.worldviewstrategies.com ), 

  6. the business/community relationship in Canada, (eg. reference http://www.peace.ca/itsgoodbusiness.htm ),

  7. the military/community relationship in Canada. (eg. reference http://www.peace.ca/militaryfunding.htm ), 

  8. the Government/community relationship in Canada (i.e. conversations with the federal government, provincial, and municipal governments to advance the Culture of Peace and Non-violence Program in Canada ; some municipal governments are making significant progress already, such as the City of Vancouver that has a Peace Committee)  

Liberation Theatre (Theatre of Liberation) a.k.a. Theatre of the Oppressed

The Importance of Communication (Nonviolent Communication)

What Do We Want To Do Now To Advance Peace Education in, and through, Rotary?” This will be of special interest to Conference participants that are Rotarians.  The results of this discussion will help to guide collective actions over the next year and years.   Click on this link to see the more detailed invitation.   Click on this link to see a copy of the Powerpoint Presentation used in the Friday Workshop. 

What Do We Want To Do Now To Advance Peace Education in Canada? The results of this discussion will guide our collective actions over the next year and years.  For example, in preparation for Monday's Action Planning Workshop, among other things we will want to discuss training for peace educators, the possible start up of Distance Peace Education, and resources for peace education (informational, financial, human; Canadian Peace Education Foundation: For a World Fit For Children ,  Canadian Peace Initiative Mission, Vision and Charter of Principles ) . 



(Note - this is a work-in-progress - participants are welcome to suggest issues they wish to discuss to Bob Stewart at stewartr[at]peace.ca )