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JOY PARTAIN (CENTER) WITH TWO OTHER SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
This super workshop poster was created by member Eva Soltes for a hand drumming workshop by fellow member Master Percussionist Big Black* at her Harrison House conference and retreat center in Joshua Tree, CA
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"If there is to be peace in the world. There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities, There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors, There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home, There must be peace in the heart."
- Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)
Our WeDoPeace Travel Club arranges for members to travel to places to meet up with peacemakers where the quest for peace with justice has succeeded or is still a work in progress .
Members familiar with the culture act as social hosts on our tours which are lead by guides from the leading travel companies; (i.e., Oya Tiglioglu Zacker who leads our tours in Turkey )
A Universal Model For
Walter Sylvester & Sharon Ernst
Our attention has for some time been directed at the broad goal of reducing violence in this world. As a result we have concluded that the way to successfully do so is to teach and train all of us in how to use the skills of peacemaking in our daily lives.
After researching what societies have been doing in this area, we are convinced that the vehicle for achieving this goal is thru organizing WeDoPeace volunteers into activist groups in every community tasked with a two-fold mission which will transform all cities and towns into places where peacemaking is woven into the very social fabric of the community.
The first mission is to introduce and implement into the community our universal conflict resolution education and training package of programs called WeDoPeace101; and the second is to make our WeDoPeace Circles available to anyone and everyone across the community who is in conflict and needs the assistance of one of these peacemaking circles to resolve the conflict; whether it be in the home, neighborhood, schools, workplace or the greater community
The first mission is to introduce our WeDoPeace 101 age-appropriate package of peacemaking programs into the community and its school system for all pre-schoolers, K-12 students and adults.
This package has five parts - each appropriate for a different age group:
Part 1) encourages parents to play the “Cool School” computer game with their preschoolers:
Cool School:Where Peace Rules is an interactive computer game designed to teach children about conflict resolution in a lively, fun, entertaining, and developmentally appropriate context. It was developed by interactive gaming veteran F.J. Lennon, whose credits in the industry include projects for the Walt Disney Company, Sesame Street, and Mattel. This game provides children with a positive alternative to the violent images that pervade the video game world. In contrast, this game teaches social skills, and allows children to learn about foundational social skills in a constructive, socially-positive, school environment
Part 2) requires K-12 administrators to make primary and secondary school conflict resolution and peer mediation programs an integral part of the daily culture of their schools in the same way that the Friends School of Minnesota, the Peace Center of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and the Peace Foundation of New Zealand have all successfully done for decades and which will all for a reasonable fee introduce and help implement into other school systems upon request.
Like The Peace Foundation of New Zealand's Cool Schools Peer Mediation Program for Primary Schools and it’s Leadership Through Peer Mediation Program for Secondary Schools, the Bucks County Peace Center School programs in Pennsylvania are for K-12; while The Friends School Program in Minnesota is for Grades 1-8.
They are all whole school programs that teach essential life skills for peaceful conflict resolution suitable for all members of the school community; students, teachers and parents. The skills taught empower individuals to build positive, caring relationships with others especially when conflict arises over differences.
The Bucks County's Project PEACE for example is a comprehensive approach to peace education and violence prevention that promotes a safe school environment and encourages optimal learning through academic and social growth. Training is offered to administrators, educators, support staff, students and parents with continued follow-up and support over a three to four year period.
Part 3) introduces a restorative justice system into the local school system to replace the universally discredited disciplinary system of suspensions and expulsions; thereby allowing more students to graduate high school:
The guiding principles of restorative justice are:
1. An offense is against human relationships. 2 Victims and the community are central to justice processes. 3. The first priority of justice processes is to assist victims. 4. The second priority is to restore the community, to the degree possible. 5. The offender has personal responsibility to victims and & community for offenses committed. 6. Stakeholders share responsibilities for restorative justice through partnerships for action. 7. The offender will develop improved competency and understanding as a result of the restorative justice experience.
Part 4) requires the school system to adopt the American Psychiatric Foundations “Typical or Troubled Teen” program to train teachers in spotting troubled teens:
One of the American Psychiatric Foundation's most widely implemented programs, the Typical or Troubled? School Mental Health Education Program educates high school teachers, coaches, bus drivers, and other school personnel about the warning signs o mental health problems. Adults close to teens – especially parents, teachers, coaches and other school personnel – should learn how to recognize the warning signs of mental health problems, and know how to refer the teen to a mental health professional.
Part 5) directs those minors not still in school and all adults in the community to learn peacemaking skills by taking the free Conflict Resolution Network’s Online Conflict Resolution Course .
CRN's E-Learning Certificate Course is an in-depth course in Conflict Resolution skills. Study is undertaken online under the guidance of a trained teacher (Certificated Course) or without a teacher (Non-Certificated Free Course). The course will usually take 30-40 hours of study to complete
The Conflict Resolution Network, is a long time pioneering leader in providing conflict resolution skills education and training to build stronger organizations and more rewarding relationships. Communicating creatively can start from where you stand. It may be within family, community, government or the international arena. Conflict Resolution skills are the tools to move the rocks from the path. All CRN material on its website can be freely reproduced provided the copyright notice appears on each page
The second mission is to provide to the community conflict resolution assistance through the use of our WeDoPeace Circles to settle all kinds of personal, family, neighborhood, workplace, business, and community disputes. These five types of peacemaking circles can be used either separately or in combination:
We Do Peace Circles (WDPC); Mediator Assisted Peace Circles (MAPC); Family/Dating Peace Circles (FDPC); Restorative Justice Peace Circles (RJPC) and Transformative Mode Peace Circles (TMPC).
WeDoPeace Circles (WDPC) can be used to resolve conflicts differences between yourself and another without the assistance of a third party mediator.
Mediator Assisted Peace Circles (MAPC) can resolve conflicts between yourself and others with the assistance of a third party mediator in all manner of personal, consumer and business disputes in home, school, workplace, neighborhood and community venues.
Family/Dating Peace Circles (FDPC) can heal divisions between yourself and those close to you; or, in what prove to be intractable conflicts, assist you in working out mutually agreeable terms of separation or divorce through the assistance of a third party mediator.
Restorative Justice Peace Circle (RJPC) can provide healing opportunities replacing retribution with rehabilitation in a broad spectrum of social venues not just in the judicial arena for victims of crime & their offenders. Restorative Justice Peace Circles, with the assistance of a third party restorative justice facilitator, can also bring the benefits of the restorative justice approach to our schools, colleges, private business and governmental workplaces.
Transformative Mode Peace Circle (TMPC) allow parties to transform the long term dynamics of their relationship while they address current concerns with the assistance of a non-directional transformative facilitator.
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Started by walter sylvester Jul 27.