On September 11, 2016, NPA founder and peace journalist Robert Koehler spoke at the Peace Walk & Talk in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, held in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Bob’s report:
On September 11, 2012 the National Peace Academy joined the Metta Center for Nonviolence, September 11th Families for a Peaceful Tomorrows, and individuals from around the globe for an inspiring evening of connection, conversation and relationship building through a dialogical engagement with the paradigm shift “from aloneness to all-oneness” through the power of nonviolence. The evening was an opportunity to hear stories from participants of how the new paradigm thinking deepens the commitment to peace building, and how we might work together to build strategy to take all of the various good projects in the “movement toward peace” to the next level.
The interactive discussion invited everyone to contribute. The dialogue was structured to move from the largest frame — what is the “New Story” — to best practices for public participation, low-risk options for people to find solutions to some of the tough challenges facing us (“constructive program” work) and not-so-low-risk options (“Satyagraha”).
If you were unable to join us on September 11 you can listen to a recording of the dialogue using the audio player below. Please note that the “break-out” sessions are not recorded, however, you will be able to hear a report or “harvesting” of these dialogues.
We invite you to review the following documents from the co-hosting organizations that were shared as background material before the teleconference.
From the Metta Center:
From the National Peace Academy:
From September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows:
The dialogue followed a “world café” or “occupy café” format. Hosting partners provided brief introductions followed by an inclusive dialogue process that explored meaningful questions. Three questions were planned to be explored in breakout sessions, however time only permitted the participants to explore the first two. Following a discussion of each question, a “harvesting” took place with the entire group, culivating some of the important ideas explored.
This study guide is divided into three units, one each for children, youth and adults. The curriculum provides exercises and resources appropriate for the primary (elementary) and secondary (youth – adolescents) classroom. The adult curriculum is intended as an introductory self-study guide.
The 90-day curriculum is divided into 12 weekly lessons, requiring between 45-90 minutes per lesson. Two weeks are given to each of the 5 spheres of the National Peace Academy framework. The first lesson provides an introduction to all 5 spheres and the final lesson holistically weaves the 5 spheres together through practical applications.
Given the broad and holistic scope of this curriculum, most exercises and activities provide only an initial introduction to the many theories, ideas, and practices of peace and peacebuilding. Teachers should treat this curriculum as an introduction and should complement relevant exercises with follow-up activities. In some instances, additional preparation may be required before engaging in exercises. However, in most instances lessons are designed to stand-alone. When and where possible, suggestions for additional resources are also provided.
The Teacher’s Guide includes:
Lesson-based guide to the concepts of peace research for you and for others specifically designed for children.
Robert Koehler, nationally syndicated columnist and self-proclaimed peace journalist, shared his reflections on what it means to be a peace journalist, what drew him to that calling, and the role of peace journalism in healing divisiveness of our nation. Bob says, "We can't report the truth until we find it in ourselves. We need to put violence into its larger context; it never happens solely in isolation. Conflict is easy to report; understanding is far more complex. We need to report the complex story. The media have a crucial role to play in the creation of peace - and its opposite."
Lesson-based guide to the concepts of peace research for you and for others specifically designed for youth.
Lesson-based guide to the concepts of peace research for you and for others.
The National Peace Academy strives to maintain an open and reflective learning community and we count on your input and feedback to help us learn and grow as an institution.
On July 21, during the 2011 Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI), the National Peace Academy hosted a very special panel discussion and dialogue on “Peacebuilding in Vermont: Practical Experiences in Sustainability, Community, and Social Responsibility.” The National Peace Academy is pleased to make available the videos of this special event so that others might be motivated by the peacebuilding efforts taking place at all levels in Vermont.