Here you will find video and audio resources generated from NPA sponsored and hosted special events.

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”).

Listen to the Dialogue

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.

Resources and References

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:

  • September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows: Missions and Goals
  • 911 Stories: Our Voices, Our Choices, designed to revisit paths that could have been taken in the days after 9/11 by telling stories of people who were committed to nonviolence and opposed to war and acted on their commitments.
  • The “Peaceful Tomorrows” issue of The Change Agent,a national magazine published by World Education, includes articles, poems, and first-person narratives that teach the history of 9/11, wrestle with important legal and ethical questions related to security and liberty, examine the ‘rule of law’ in the context of terrorism, and provide a forum for the voices of people seeking justice and reconciliation. It offers many extremely moving stories about 9/11 and its repercussions.
  • We invite you to enter into conversation with teachers in diverse classrooms.  Please join the topic at this website established for “Teaching September 11

Evening Format

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.

Question 1:

  • Fishbowl : First, Michael Nagler presented on “the story of belonging (aka “new story); then the following question was posed to 9/11 families and NPA: How does your work express your vision for the future?
  • Breakout Session – visioning session with participants: Create a collective vision for a future of belonging.

Question 2:

  • Fisbowl: Michael Nagler presented on Constructive Program; then, question posed: In what constructive ways have you or could you set about building part of that future?
  • Breakout session: Same question, but groups might chooseto focus on one area of their vision, eg media, AND what constructive programs do you think are needed to fill out the picture? (what have we collectively overlooked?)

Question 3:

  • Fishbowl: Michael Nagler explains Satyagraha; then question posed: What strategies do you have in mind or are you already practicing to overcome the inevitable resistance to your work?
  • Breakout: Same question, and here again: it might be a balance between what is needed and what is happening already.

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