The United States has changed a lot in the past 10 years, and we are excited to continuously re-envision the National Peace Academy's purpose in the midst of those changes. In the fall, we will provide an opportunity, much like at our first design summit, to hear from the practitioners in the fields of peacebuilding work to ask together, “What is NPA now called to do in this new context?”. Together we will re-envision the next ten years of the National Peace Academy, committing to our intention to always be both an institution of learning and a learning institution.

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The last few years have forced us to examine ourselves and the approaches we have relied on, given the changing nature of our society. Democracy is being threatened on multiple fronts, white supremacy is gaining ground, all types of groups are being marginalized in ways not seen for years, climate change and armed conflict threaten the future of all living things. Frankly, many of us are tired and discouraged.