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GYR TheaOnBLMThea, from the U.S., at a panel about inspirational global movements for changeAs our Global Youth Rising group sat this week, coming together after the events in Nice and the coup in Turkey, we pondered what the response could be from a group of people doing the work to create new realities around violence. An ongoing thread during our time together has been the fact that none of this is about violence happening “out there” – we are all connected to the people involved and to the causes and outcomes of our interactions together. As we all know, simply not being involved in an active war doesn’t mean we’re ‘at peace,’ and so we tend to ignore the possible growing systems and structures that are instigating violence.

GYR TatianKristinSibiu cropFor a group coming together from so many different corners of the world, what has been striking is the widespread presence of hate in our various cultures. It has been painful to watch a language of hate mainstream itself into our common rhetoric – stemming from a persistent feeling of distrust and fear that seems to be intensifying and spreading widely around the globe. Many of us came to GYR in Romania hoping to discover together new ways in which we could address this undercurrent of hate, identify the root causes, and create lasting solutions – working in community with other peacebuilders from around the world instead of in our own countries since this culture of hate seems to be spreading globally.

Kristin
July 17, 2016

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As a Global Youth Rising participant from Scotland noted during a time of sharing our stories within small groups, “conflict is so pervasive, and yet we neglect it”. This theme seems to run through our time together here in Romania.

GYR Scene1There are many things we know we will encounter in life as we navigate the twists and turns of education, starting and raising a family, establishing a career. So we develop the inner and outer tools for navigating safely – training, education, skill-building, and tricks of the trade. We want to be able to move around, and so we have cars and we take driving lessons at a certain age and practice driving – stopping, parking, high and low speeds, etc. We know people get sick, and so we teach people how to care for themselves – nutrition, washing our hands, first-aid skills – and as our research shows us new ways of caring for ourselves, we teach folks new skills.

In all this, there is from time to time conflict. Conflict happens every day – with friends on the playground, in families, between partners, in businesses, in governments. All too often, though, training and education for navigating conflict is not part of the preparation-for-life package. And so, we don’t look upon and manage conflict as a normal and natural part of life and relationships, one that presents opportunities for creativity, growth, and win-win resolutions. Instead, we view conflict as abnormal, something to be avoided and suppressed, and win-lose propositions.

The young peacebuilders at Global Youth Rising have been exploring this phenomenon. What causes this to happen, and what can we do in each of our own contexts to transform the “neglect” of conflict?

Kristin
July 17, 2016

Friday, 15 July 2016 15:42

GYR Blog Post #2

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It’s very challenging to go to sleep inspired by the power of being in a space with 70 peacebuilders and ready to write a blog sharing the hope and possibility of being here – and then to wake up to the news of Nice, France, and the other examples of…
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:52

Global Youth Rising Blog #1 (Days 1 and 2)

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We made it to the beautiful, mountainous town of Paltinis, Romania! It’s a small village, where we’ve gathered with nearly 70 young adult participants and trainers from over 20 countries. In the course of the first day, the group developed a shared vision for the peacebuilding training to take place…
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The International Youth Peace Forum, Global Youth Rising 2016 (GYR), takes place in Romania in July 10-20, 2016.  GYR is being organized by an alliance of global organizations dedicated to the empowerment, leadership, and participation of youth, and to tackling the most challenging conflicts and drivers of war and violence…
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Friday, 15 February 2013 16:53

National Peace Academy Tour to Costa Rica!

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SAVE THE DATE: National Peace Academy TOUR TO COSTA RICA September 7-14, 2013 National Peace Academy is excited to announce a first-time opportunity to explore peace in Costa Rica with an NPA edulearner. Read the full itinerary here . Tour beautiful Costa Rica, enjoy a unique peacelearning experience and support…
Monday, 04 February 2013 16:51

Avenues to Accountability

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Anglican Women’s Empowerment, Network for Peace Through Dialogue, International Institute on Peace Education, National Peace Academy, World Council for Curriculum and Instruction, The Pasos Peace Museum, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom cordially invites you to Avenues to Accountability. Please join us for a symposium on Militarism, Trafficking,…
Thursday, 24 January 2013 13:26

NPA V.P. for Academic Affairs Speaking at UN

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The UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action cordially invites you to a brown bag lunch event on: Integrating Peace Education and Peacebuilding: A Framework for Transformative Pedagogy Wednesday 30 January 2013 1:00 – 2:30 pm 1 UN Plaza (DC-1), 20th floor Conference Room John Paul Lederach describes peacebuilding as…
Friday, 11 January 2013 22:03

Meet Sandy: NPA’s Director of Development

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Please help us welcome NPA’s newest team member The National Peace Academy is very excited to introduce you to our newest team member: Sandy Sbar. As you know, several months ago we were thrilled to be in the position of being able to put out a call for a Director…
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