The National Peace Academy is motivated by a vision of “cultures of peace” in the United States and around the world – that is, societies founded upon the concept of peace as articulated in the Earth Charter: “the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.”
Our contribution to the realization of this vision is to advance the transformation to a culture of peace in the United States by elevating in the public consciousness the meaning and value of peacebuilding and everyone’s role in it and developing the full spectrum of the peacebuilder in everyone.
We do this through dynamic, coordinated programmatic initiatives that together address our three areas of strategic priority. All our work is based upon NPA’s “5 Spheres of Peace” Program Framework.
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Through its four cornerstones of peace education, peace research, peace policy, and peace practice, the National Peace Academy carries out its mission in three interrelated and mutually supportive strategic areas:
Shining a Spotlight on Peace Happening
Bringing Forth Peace Perspectives and Practices
Right Relationships in Action: The National Peace Academy responds to current events that impact our country by catalyzing and convening ongoing national dialogue, reflection, and conversations that support a positive peacebuilding approach toward building systems and structures that promote right relationships in all five spheres of peace. In response to the tragic incidents in Ferguson, New York, Baltimore, and elsewhere, for example, NPA is collaborating with The Truth-Telling Project, which seeks to provide space for individuals to tell their truths in a safe, supported way.
Peacebuilder Teleconference Dialogues: Peacebuilder Teleconference Dialogues bring distinguished peacebuilders and peace educators into dialogue with the NPA community. Each 60-90 minute teleconference introduces important and emergent issues and invites guests to engage with speakers through moderated dialogue and Q&A. Free, advanced registration is required. Recordings of past dialogues are available on our educational resources site.
Peacebuilding Communities of Practice: Through its Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive, NPA developed a framework for intensive and holistic peacelearning to advance the development of the knowledge, skills and capacities of the peacebuilder – inner and outer, personal and professional. This PPI model has received excellent feedback from participants and led to many ripples. The PPI experience is now being used as a model that provides targeted training to meet the needs of specific communities of practice.
Peacebuilding in Schools: NPA’s free online Peace, Peacebuilding & Peacelearning Study Guide is designed for seasoned practitioners and those who are new to peacebuilding and who wish to create significant, meaningful and sustainable change in their personal lives, their communities, and the world at large. We are now entering a new collaboration that will draw upon these tools to take peacebuilding education directly into schools.
Metta Roadmap: We are pleased to partner with the Metta Center for Nonviolence around their innovative tool, “Roadmap”. Roadmap serves as a multi-step, co-creative set of tools for collaborating around our various individual visions. Ultimately Roadmap will serve as a method for creating and pursuing strategic thinking toward the realization of all of our goals.
Past Programs & Initiatives
National Peacebuilding Peacelearning Certificate Program (NCP)
The National Peacebuilding Peacelearning Certificate Program (NCP), conducted from 2011-2013, has been temporarily discontinued. The NCP was designed to provide opportunities for gaining breadth & depth in peacebuilding and peace education or for just testing the waters. Students could take one course, sample a few, or pursue a personalized learning journey toward earning a certificate in Peacebuilding and Peacelearning. Certificate Program courses were available online or as short, in-person intensives and are conducted in partnership with leading educators, universities, and peacebuilding organizations around the country.
Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI)
The Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI) was one of NPA’s first programs. It was designed as a weeklong summer program to provide a holistic introduction to peacebuilding in theory and practice. The PPI also supported participants in the preparation of a peacebuilding project to take back to their home, workplace or community. The first PPI took place in 2010 at Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH. The second PPI took place in 2011 at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. Be sure to checkout the peacebuilding stories of PPI alumni and videos and resources generated during the PPI on our educational resources site. The PPI has been re-envisioned as one of our 4 new initiatives -”Communities-of-Practice Intensive: Learning and Planning for Change.”
Peacebuilding Peacelearning Conference
The Peacebuilding Peacelearning Conference was a special 2-day event held in Colorado from February 17-19, 2012. The conference was offered in partnership with the Peace and Conflict Studies program at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration and Creative Governance (3CG). It was dedicated to bringing together peacebuilders from around the world to share their experiences and practical wisdom. The conference was also an opportunity to engage deeply into one of the 5 spheres of peace of the NPA program framework.
International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE)
The International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) is an annual program that brings together peace educators from around the world to network, build community, learn with and from each other, and to exchange best practices around a particular theme. The IIPE was founded in 1982 by Dr. Betty A. Reardon, well known as one of the founders of the field of peace education. The week-long residential program is held in a different country each year.
Global Campaign for Peace Education
The Global Campaign for Peace Education is an informal network comprised of formal and non-formal educators and organizations from around the world, is also coordinated by the NPA. The Campaign helps to facilitate the exchange of ideas, strategies and best practices through a monthly email-based newsletter.