(AV17758) Creating an Infrastructure for Peace

November 12, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs

dr. jorde orthey jamei ver is an
educator and peace builder whose keynote is inspiring cooperation on behalf of
the common good dot is president of the National Peace Academy of the United
States and is founder and serves on the Leadership Council for the Global
Alliance for ministries and departments for peace of peace
she is taught at both the high school and university levels including Norwich
University the oldest private Military Academy in the United States her shared
responsibly her shared responsibility and shared leadership model has been
used in sports politics education and grassroots organization in the past in
the world of fastpitch softball dr. dot is known for her revolutionary fast
pitch hitting technique the may ver method secrets of hitting success she is
co-author of the book conscious education the bridge to freedom and is a
keynote speaker and work workshop facilitator at conferences worldwide
before miss mayor comes to stage I’d like to talk a little bit about her
National Peace Academy it’s in its third year here in the United States and is
headquartered in Shelburne Vermont with an education office at Adelphi
University in New York it supports advances and nurtures
cultures of peace by preparing the next generation of peace builders who will
bring their unique background to communities and the corporate nonprofit
and government workplace the National Peace Academy learning programs support
the development of full spectrum of the peace builder inner and outer personal
and professional and facilitates the development of peace of systems
local locally and globally please help me in welcoming Dorothy neighbor thank you you’re most kind and maybe we
hit a home run this evening it is always such a joy and I want to say thank you
and Pat thank you I understand that it’s rare at the university level to have a
director as involved and effective as you are I hear that from the students
here so bless you thank you I also want to thank everyone who has made it
possible and at Iowa State University and Nadi and Clare of congratulations on
the program and congratulations on the turnout well done so in it as far as
hosting wha this week I also want want to thank all of you many of you are here
tonight who have helped to make it possible for me to be here and I’m
deeply appreciative and in fact I perhaps you’re familiar with the banner
of peace designed by Nicholas Rorick a painter who has painted over 7,000
paintings circle of humanity meaning one human family and when we learn to
acknowledge and appreciate the arts science and religions of one another
throughout the world we will indeed live in PAC’s cultura by culture of peace so
it has deep meaning to me that this banner of peace and I think it also does
211 days of global unity the central Iowa team you know 11 days starts on
September 11th and runs through the 21st of September which is the International
Day of Peace the UN International Day of Peace and the eleven days are to inspire
inform and involve and this team do you mind just standing for a moment please
this team is doing a remarkable job in Ames Iowa and so I would like to take just a
moment and share one more thought and as I do I’m going to you know I was at the
opening dinner the other night with the team and they were sharing the many many
events during these eleven days here in Ames and of course they are part of a
greater team and that has a ripple effect like dropping a pebble in a pond
of teams all over the country and all over the world around 11 days so I’d
like to ask Heather to step up just for one moment because I want to gift
Heather when I asked at the dinner so how did this 11 days team come together
all fingers pointed in that direction and you probably know Heather Withers
and I’ve actually am and I’m gonna yeah you’re getting ready to say something I
can tell you are Pat okay so just making sure but the reason I asked you up here
is I just I want to gift you with a banner of peace pin and Retin recognize
your peacebuilding efforts we shared all of our team because we’re
small but mighty and with all of you so thank you please go to the table
Dorothy is doing something tomorrow and boom tells you about it here coming back
to speak with teenagers and the evening something you can take with you
bookmarks of what’s going on 11 days of global unity and a partial listing
because we’re getting more events all the time of what’s going on so please
take them from the table and there’s an event on the 14th sponsored by the
Niagara in nineteen thank you thank you and thank you for your peace building
efforts in 1935 Franklin President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was joined by
members of his administration at the time and including Henry Wallace
Secretary of Agriculture who was actually signing something called the
Rorick pact it’s still in our State Department and it’s something worth
researching for those of you who are involved on the student level here at
the University can you imagine a banner of peace flying the way the Red Cross
flies and this banner of peace and 29 countries by the way signed this
declaration called the rort pact to fly in times of peace and war over education
institutions libraries museums etc to protect the culture and more than that
honor the culture at all times I’m going to suggest this evening that we hold
together that it is culture that actually unites us in deep relationship
and as we connect heart to heart this this evening
never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change
the world indeed it is the only thing that ever will it’s this team it’s this
group it’s the students I just had the delight to meet some of you it’s naughty
and Clare it’s all of us working together to make that difference
do you know this song I’m going to invite you to sing it with me if you
will you know music is such a universal language and I’ve every place I’ve been
and aims so far we’ve sung is that gun usual or is that usual for Ames Iowa I
love Ames Iowa I love to sing I love music and at the end of the 1990s not
yet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
traveled to Beijing and when she while she was in Beijing Libby Roderick has
written this song how could anyone and it was sung by all of the women at the
International Women’s Conference in Beijing very moving looking at one
another honoring the heart-to-heart connection and recognizing how could
anyone ever tell you you are anything less than beautiful
how could anyone ever tell you you are less than whole how could anyone fail to
notice that you’re loving is a miracle how deeply you’re connected to my soul there’s a story being told on the planet
it’s all about harmony through conflict do you think do you feel do you believe
do you act as if it’s possible to resolve conflict prior to the escalation
to violence it’s not a rhetorical question so maybe even a head nod do you
think it’s possible to resolve conflict prior to the escalation to violence yes
I have to say that sometimes when I ask that question some people say you know
I’m not really sure and then my part a is you know we’ve gotten confused in our
culture between conflict and violence there’s a difference violence is not
inevitable conflict may be inevitable at this point along the human journey but
violence is not and indeed we can learn we can educate ourselves and it’s
education that shaped society not just through our
public schools although that’s a great forum for education but through our
churches through our auntie’s and uncles through our neighborhoods and we are
starting to wake up once again to the necessity and the beauty and I
intentionally use that word because we have forgotten about that a little bit
along the way the path of beauty the beauty of community and of really caring
about one another in community so the essence for us at the National Peace
Academy and for the work that I am so privileged and blessed to be able to do
worldwide with so many colleagues in the peace building field that is just really
becoming visible is right human relationship and I am often and you can
imagine sometimes you know group work it’s easy right it’s like oh it’s so
exciting when you get the idea and then you all get together and it’s like
forming storming anyway so you know norming but now I think we’re getting to
the place of performing so right human relationship and almost every day at
least once I’ll say hmm another study in the science of right human relationship
good on us very challenging and it isn’t enough to wish that we could do better
or communicate with one another we actually need to begin to develop those
tools and those educational courses and experiences for nonviolent communication
for peer mediation for conflict resolution for restorative practices I
could go on and on you know all of this here in Ames Iowa and I know you do
because looking at a lot of the things that are happening you’re doing good
work in Ames I have only to go to Ballard High School and realize that so
it has to do with storytelling how many of you enjoy storytelling and almost
every hand goes up and especially as kids right and then what has happened in
our culture sometimes we forget we grow up and it’s all of that’s a little silly
or that’s whatever we love stories we ourselves are a story you know in the
Mideast right now and many of you I’m sure are aware of this particularly the
students here at the University the Palestine in Israel
youth get together all the time and there are many groups now forming and
not just in the Mideast all over the planet of youth who are recognizing and
it stated very clearly by the youth heroes of peace from Israel and
Palestine who who say and the last September 21st International Day of
Peace I got to moderate a panel where some of them were honored and they make
it very clear we need a different future I mean it’s a little painful out here
right now we need a different future but to have a different future we need a
different story my friends we are the storytellers what is your story and how
are you telling it and it has to do with thoughts word and deed so I want to
share with you friend of mine who travels with me everywhere the wombat
perhaps you’re familiar with this because Fish Tacos the people that are
connected everything’s connected oh not two not three one just one so get in
gear okay okay they bring this back up yes and the
GameChanger we are recognizing we’re acknowledging
we are interconnected and when we really get it when I get it that I’m
interconnected with all of you it’s going to be much harder for me to do
something that is harmful that harms you and that’s happening all over the world
right now so how the story is unfolding and this is through one small lens which
is mine and thank you again for the opportunity to share
I always feel such a sense of joyous responsibility being up in front of a
group like this we’re at a threshold moment it’s a tremendous time of
transition on the planet and I don’t think I have to name all of that it’s
pretty obvious economics and I mean really food shelter water name it and
claim it right jobs we could go on and on it’s a real time of transition and
we’re very polarized not just in this country but around the world anyway what
we believe in and what’s right and what’s wrong etc and how to move forward
you know it makes me think of the dark ages can you imagine in the dark ages
what it must have been like if we were a group we probably wouldn’t have any
lights or there wouldn’t be lights of candles but we wouldn’t
we’d be afraid to be seen to gather to speak like this and read and be
culturally creative could we have imagined at that time that we were 102
maybe three steps away from a renaissance of color and sound and
beauty that the world had not seen yet I think we’re at such a threshold in the
human journey I think we are actually at the beginning of a renaissance and we
haven’t yet recognized it I mean think about it even just in the music do you
are you familiar with the Plain White T’s the song of the moment with yes yeah
a couple you see with the play way – my favorite song of the moment right
wing to the rhythm of love figured thought go figure that’s what our teens
are listening to many of them right now that’s a little different than two
nights of the night let’s party it’s it and I love that so I love rap I
love that song some rappers are some of my best buds and what we are recognizing
through conscious rap including included is that there’s a great awakening
happening among all of us and are you familiar with Blessed unrest and Paul
Hawkins I love Paul Hawkins he speaks about interconnectedness and he says the
words a little overused and it is it’s like oh yeah we’re all interconnected
and so how’s that working for us I grew up in New Jersey every once in a while
it just comes out so but so what he says is let’s talk about inter twinkling
which I love you makes you think and it takes me up into the heavens and those
stars rarely are on collision courses I mean truly rarely and they really have
this rhythm this dance kind of down and and the the whole thing so we’re and
also we are not living in a time when there’s going to be one person who’s
going to solve it where there’s going to be one visionary leader whose job it is
to make it all better we are actually living in a time where thousands and
thousands and thousands of individuals and groups are doing their thing and
making a difference it’s not being reported out yet fully enough we’re
still really focused through through the lens often of negativity and violence
reporting but the truth is we’re in the midst of a leaderless movement we are
all our own CEOs and we are all leaders in our own right so when we talk about
infrastructures for peace we’re actually talking about developing creating
institutions and organizations and groups that are created from within an
emerging or emergent world view and I’ll just take a moment and my perspective on
this I mean we’ve gotten so good so good as
humanity and I’ll speak about the u.s. right now the u.s. is really good at
doing the corporate thing really good at individualization and self-interest
really good at containment and isolation really good at research more and more
research about just one thing really good about me and me getting being
strong and filled with the need to get my needs met and getting my needs met
it’s some separation some competition there is nothing wrong with all of that
it’s been a it’s been a good thing over many many many decades even hundreds of
years but it’s used by date is up now what’s emerging naturally and we’re
seeing it with many of our children and there’s some great education studies
coming out at particularly with preschoolers is that the emerging world
view is all about synthesis and cooperation and group work and
recognizing that I give my gift on behalf of the greater good and if my
needs are met within that and I don’t lose myself in that but it’s still very
challenging because we haven’t seen those institutions it’s how we’re
striving to develop a national peace academy in the United States of America
so those principles we are defining those principles now if you have milk in
a refrigerator milks good right we like milk most of us it’s good if it’s in the
refrigerator for like six weeks we’re probably not little not going to pour
the milk and drink it it doesn’t make milk bad that it’s used by date is up on
that milk so we’re not going to drink that milk but it doesn’t make milk bad
so is it possible that we can joyfully cross this threshold into this time that
we are living in and recognize that is if we are in a chrysalis experience a
great opportunity you know you don’t have to beat up on the caterpillar for
it to become a butterfly but you do have to have enough imaginal cells think of
it if every one of us is an imaginal humanity how many imaginal cells will it
take to actually willingly be visionary leaders who see a better future and are
willing to begin to change themselves and work to transform communities to
demonstrate that and again I point to ballard in the in education Nicholas
Rourke I mentioned earlier a painter and we do not fear at the heart of a culture
of violence is not so much loving understanding and tolerance but fear and
as we watch the artwork that’s starting to come to the fore and with our young
people as well it is more and more and more about peace about right
relationship about love are you familiar with generation waking up I’m asking the
students primarily this is hot off the press about a week ago what I’m going to
show you it’s about a three-minute clip generation waking up who are we as a
generation then this is all on their website but who are we as a generation
what are the unique challenges and opportunities that we face where are we
in the world today what is the state of the world that we are inheriting what
has to change how can we transform our worldview to create a new possible
future what do we do now how can we each in our own unique way contribute to a
thriving just sustainable world and having just barely met some of you I
know that you are asking these questions as well so let me Steve thank you for
walking me through this earlier wherever Steve is honest Ellen I’m Valerie we’re
part of generation we connect and we’re here to tell the story of our generation we have grown up in crisis harmonization
spiritual crisis story of our generation is a generation that was born into deep
political corruption deep social injustice I grew up around a lot of
violence and a lot of poverty I also grew up around a lot of privilege in my
wealth it was always with innovative news that both sides were unhappy what
parts of the world or the country are going to be underwater a few decades
from now I don’t know if any other generation before us that’s had to had
to really think about that we are at a cusp we are at an edge at a boundary the
cliff story of our generation is to either
fall or fly I saw a vision of young people around the world rising up
together joining forces together to bring forth a thriving just sustainable
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world wake up to the challenges and I generate then wake up to the opportunity
now wake up to the fact that we’re all in this together
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is that not hopeful and this was sent out last week and Sherine the one young
woman you saw two or three times she’s the director of the mosaic project in
Oakland California it’s a powerhouse and any any of the
young people if I started to tell you about their backgrounds and what’s
happening on this planet and I know many of you are involved as well and if
civilization is to survive we must cultivate the science of human
relationship the ability of all peoples of all kinds to live together and work
together in the same world at peace President Franklin Delano Roosevelt I
mean we’ve known all of this for a very long time
and how do we do this so at the peace Academy we said it’s great to educate
for peace but what’s peace how do we define peace because unless we can
define it and within an academic setting it’s very challenging so we are using
the earth charter definition peace is the wholeness created by right
relationships with oneself other persons other cultures other life earth and the
larger whole of which all are apart simply put peace is living in right
relationship with self others and the world around us ambassador on world
Chowdhury maybe some of you are familiar with ambassador Chaudhary he’s been at
the United Nations for many years he was formerly from Bangladesh the ambassador
from Bangladesh he’s responsible for the decade for a culture of peace and
non-violence on behalf of the children of the world he’s a great proponent of
women at the center of peace and if you’re not familiar with UN Security
Council resolution 1325 I encourage you to check it out
woman’s voice at the table in terms of decision-making and at the center of
peace and he is asking the big question and it’s being asked now at the United
Nations it’s being asked by many groups around
the world particularly in Spain in Barcelona the big question is is peace a
human right now that may not seem like such a big question but every single
time humanity has asked a big question some great shift some great
transformation has happened example and we could use just the US what do you
think is it a good idea that women have the vote but there was a time what I
would not be up here talking and women in this audience would not have been
able to vote another one what about an abolitionist movement
what about slavery and all of us we have our own thoughts and feelings about all
of this and if you’ve watched some of the movies and if you’ve studied some of
this it’s not a quick fix when a big question is answered civil rights is
still ongoing it’s not a quick fix but we are asking the question is peace a
human right what does that say think about it cast out 20 30 40 50
years from now I think sometimes I may not see it in my lifetime but darn it we
are going to see it and there will be someone standing at a world affairs
series sharing and they those who will you will pass the baton to Claire and me
tea will be up here introducing and they’ll say you know there was a time
when peace did not prevail and in fact we went to war with one another let’s
invite Wendell Berry into the room what we need is here geese appear high over
us pass and the sky closes abandoned as in love or sleep holds them to their way
clear in the ancient faith what we need is here and we pray not for new earth or
heaven but to be quiet in heart and in I clear what we need is here
I live in Vermont in Burlington Vermont right now it’s a bit challenging in
Vermont the beauty of Vermont is stunning and there’s always a weekend in
October usually the 1st or 2nd and on a Saturday morning you walk up to the high
point of the hill by the University of Vermont and you can see to the east the
Green Mountains of Vermont and you can see to the west the Adirondacks over
Lake Champlain and here come the geese flocks and flocks of geese it takes me
to my knees every year what we need is here in 2008 a group of us decided
following in the footsteps of well it started all the way back with our
founding fathers actually who some of them were calling for a peace academy
even at that time but all the way through to during the carter
administration when the matzo nagas Commission was Senator Mott Sinagra from
Hawaii and Elise bolding and others traveled this country and asked the
question do we need a National Peace Academy so in 2008 actually in President
Reagan in 1984 signed in the United States Institute of Peace which is still
in existence as an arm of the State Department works primarily
internationally so when we talk about institutions most of the institutions
that have to do with peace right now or any kind of peace work have still been
created within the systems thinking that we were talking about before who’s used
by date is up so what we are striving to do is create an institution that is at
once cooperative we’re working with and through existing universities colleges
learning institutions we are striving to embody and reflect the principles and
processes of peace knowing that it starts with us it has been a little too
easy to come up with a good idea and then say here’s what you should be doing
and it’s time for all of us to take that shared responsibility so supporting
advancing and nurturing cultures of peace preparing the next generation of
peace builders who will bring their unique background to communities and the
corporate nonprofit and government workplace and thanks for sharing that
upfront Claire so times when it’s said twice it’s it
really sinks in this is at the first time at the national level in the United
States of America that this kind of connective tissue is out there making
visible what’s already happening and you know this I mean right here in Ohio
right here in Ohio in Iowa forgive me I was just in Ohio actually with a
September 11th families for peaceful tomorrow’s you may know Bev and John
Titus if they’ve been on the national news as well they lost their daughter
when the in the plane that hit the South Tower and I traveled with them all last
week and spoke at various events so they are obviously still on my mind and when
I think about this because their message right now through their pain and on 911
after 10 years and they would say and through all of this we recognize that it
can’t be about revenge and it can’t be about more war or killing and that’s why
dots here so then she’s going to speak about a culture of peace and educating
for peace because education actually is the key and the truth is educate drawing
forth leading out is the key it’s in each one of us and that’s that’s what we
need need to do is help us inner and outer personal and professional to
actually be the ones who develop the peace systems local to global so that’s
what we’re doing we’re taking a multi-stakeholder approach we used
appreciative inquiry to develop an emergent design process we had a
visioning summit at Case Western Reserve University and then we had a design
summit at Case Western Reserve as well with 200 people to design a shared
responsibility shared leadership model and we’ve got offices all over the
country but no no brick-and-mortar so it’s a it’s an experiment we shall see
and Betty Reardon one of the founders along with Elise bolding and at least
bolding is considered the mother of Peace Research Betty Reardon is
considered the mother of peace education the general purpose of peace education
as I understand it is to promote the development of authentic planetary
consciousness that will enable us to function as global citizens
and to transform the present human condition by changing social structures
and the patterns of thought that have created it this transformational
imperative must be at the center of peace education and just for one moment
change transformation there’s a difference
change if we decide to change the light bulbs that’s great and we can even get
more energy-efficient light bulbs in here we really want to transform this
and this is the the true roof or ceiling we’re gonna cut some skylights in the
ceiling and that’s that’s truly transforming so we are educating through
five spheres of peace learning personal social institutional political and
ecological taking a holistic purview and these are our programs International
Institute on peace education a certificate program peace building peace
learning intensive global campaign for peace education and a teleconference
series that ambassador Chaudhary kicked off and I go into just a little bit of
detail because we’re not the only ones doing this there’s a peace Academy in
Costa Rica there’s patria in Romania there’s the peace building Institute in
Canada there’s John Paul Lederach and money Stoppa about to announce a
Katmandu Peace Academy and I could go on is that not exciting I could go on at
this point but this is not getting reported out so if any of you are Peace
journalists please start telling the story the Global Alliance for ministries
and departments of Peace actually in two weeks there will be a South Africa
summit in Cape Town the theme of which is Ubuntu in action in 2005 in London
about 40 of us got together representing 12 countries and founded this global
alliance and at the time there wasn’t an infrastructure for peace called such as
a ministry or Department of Peace and now after all these summits and all this
work the Dalai Lama is in support happy to give my support to such a body whose
responsibilities would include being a consistent voice for non-violent means
of settling disputes Desmond Tutu go for it and one day will ask why are we so
stupid for so long because of something so obvious and Archbishop to
– we’ll be welcoming through video the delegates representing over 40 countries
now in Cape Town in two weeks and there are now four ministries of peace on the
planet Solomon Islands Nepal Costa Rica where
President Oscar Arias in 2009 welcomed 200 delegates representing 36 countries
and announced the ministry of justice and peace and on July 9th when South
Sudan became a country and I spoke of globalization and really like taking it
it global we made history as a human family on July 9th as heads of state
around the world welcomed this country the first cabinet the first government
at its beginning to have a minister of peace at that level at the table I mean
does that not get you excited that gets me excited it’s happening and we need to
tell this story to start painting the picture of what’s it’s like putting
pieces of the puzzle in place and you know when you do those giant thousand my
mother used to love those jigsaw puzzles and it would start out with those first
like three pieces I say I yay and by the time you keep putting the pieces and
these are the first the first few pieces and at the UN there’s a peace building
support office and Hillary Clinton’s Secretary of State now Hillary Clinton
just a couple of months ago giving her major Middle East policy and
encouragement speech maybe some of you are familiar with that if you’re in
international law and relations and all of that what was the first sentence out
of her mouth it is time to push for peace the week after Mayor Cory Booker
in Newark do you remember when the Dalai Lama
went to Newark New Jersey and there was a huge peace education summit and people
came from all over but really all over the world but certainly all over the US
because there are ten states in the United States who have legislation at
the state level for peace education now I mean imagine 10
that’s a lot we need to be telling that story like Costa Rica as a country has
it throughout the entire country plus they have a national peace academy plus
they have a Ministry of peace it gets more exciting right there’s an
infrastructure of peace so what is it that’s happening and here’s is the quote
that speaks to me in my lifetime developing the capacity to operate from
the nothingness of the now the ability to discern and take the next step in
situations where old structures have broken down and new structures have not
yet emerged is perhaps the most important core capacity of navigating
work in life in this century Otto Sharma you know you theory I’m sure so here are
some things that are happening and we we could spend luckily two days talking
about the various things that are happening on this planet right now and
I’m sure if each one of you had the chance to come up and speak you know at
least one thing that’s happening even particularly locally good things
happening the Ohio dispute resolution Commission and for nineteen eighty nine
they’re the first ones with the longitudinal study and they are making
history from the United States by teaching elementary school children
conflict resolution and peer mediation throughout the state and they and let’s
talk about taxpayer dollars for a moment twelve dollars per child per year to
educate our elementary children with these basic skills use your words I mean
it’s pretty basic by the time they’re in junior high if
that has not happened and though that skill set is not there for dialogue and
communication and putting your feet in the feet on the floor and being able to
talk about how you’re feeling and you know all of that two hundred and twelve
dollars per child per taxpayer why because of the discipline problems art
of hosting in columbus ohio phil casa healthcare a guide and one of the
founders of the peace academy actually deep dialogue and listening a skip mode
steve showed me how to use that a skill a skill
is for all of us and particularly when we talk about because it gets a little
overwhelming if we go to countries and when we go to politics if we try to
start there if we try to start too big it’s almost overwhelming but when we
talk about dialogue and conflict resolution as we ourselves learn to do
that gradually we become the very ones who are in the positions so that when a
conflict because we know hot spots where there’s high infant mortality rate where
people don’t have a voice and they can’t get their basic needs met I’ll guarantee
you within six months to a year some sort of violence maybe even war civil
war is going to break out well what are the conditions for peace what are the
three things that if they were present then I could say but I’ll guarantee you
there with a strong civil society infrastructure where people’s needs are
getting met and where they do have a voice you’re going to have a right
relationship in a relatively peaceful Society Ballard high school and in Iowa
and I know the person to talk to afterwards if you’re interested in
knowing more about that could just raise your hand please Linda’s Linda and
you’re about to see an article about that in what paper the Ames Tribune and
check it out absolutely one of the leaders in the nation Kenya the country
Kenya with Peace councils at all levels now because they had peace committees
when they were going to the voting polls and women started this in Kenya and
those peace committees worked so well that there wasn’t the amount of violence
so now they have they are calling for peace councils infrastructure of peace
throughout the country so that there is not so much violence and ultimately
here’s another possibility I’ll say is it is it probable that we can make
violence history we can make violence history the interval in Burlington which
is under water right now has inspired many many grow grow food grow Hope
programs throughout the country and it’s a great peace system and that when I met
with the executive director before our intensive at Champlain College this
summer he said huh it really makes me think about this as a peace system when
you talk about it in terms of right relationship because
from the farmers to the crops to the community to everybody sharing in that
to the CSA’s you know helping out the farmers and bring in the food paying for
it early etc to the hospitals and nursing homes and the shelters to the
composting back through it is one great system we need more recognition of peace
systems there is no time left for anything but to make peace work a
dimension of our every waking activity at least building would say that over
and over again and when we think of peace work as doing our own work with
ourselves and then the work with others and then all of us with this beautiful
planet we all call home in terms of living in right relationship again
there’s hope we can talk details we’re gonna open it up for questions in about
two minutes here but I want to invite you to think about something for a
minute about 15 years ago it occurred to me that of all the things and from
softball to education to playing guitar to getting to speak to do it you know
sometimes you just have a life like that that seems a bit eclectic but education
always runs through it but I realized that the key note really for me my real
job my real gift is to inspire cooperation on behalf of the common good
each one of us has a unique strengths each one of us has a gift to offer to
this world and it is unlike the gift of any other what is yours
what is the story that is being told by your behavior by how you show up I invite you to take just 30 seconds and
strive to be really comfortable with this it’s not always a comfortable place
and go inside sit in your heart for a moment touch that place where your
unique contribution it isn’t about being a banker it isn’t about being a farmer
it isn’t about being a parent it’s about a quality that is your unique
contribution in this world so we’ll just take 30 seconds
let’s together as you touch that place if you can put a
word or a sentence to it you have another 30 seconds turn to the person
next to you and just dare to give it voice dare to give it voice 30 seconds
and I’ll call you back 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 I invite you back
and I invite someone to dare to speak their contribution aloud I invite
someone to dare to speak their it’s not something we’re particularly comfortable
with particularly in our Western culture this would someone share their unique
contribution and your name please love it’s one of the most powerful things on
the planet and it’s a word like peace it doesn’t always get the credit that it
deserves thank you for doing that one more and then we move on to the final
piece in QA one more compassion your name sir Jerry thank you Jerry thank you
takes a lot of courage to show up qualitatively I invite you to try it on he drew a circle that shut me out
heretic rebel thing to flout but love and I had the wit to win we drew a
circle that took him in Edwin Markham there are so many details that can be
shared there are so many research stories and you know the Iowa Peace
Institute that’s what I started to say before when I tripped over Ohio the Iowa
Peace Institute was one of the first institutes in the United States of
America in fact I met the mayor earlier today who was actually the first the
second president ambassador John McDonald was the first here in Iowa it’s
a you have a deep history here in Iowa of peacebuilding and I named it that I
you know peace building is only a word that’s come up into our vocabulary in
the last five years or so and at the peace Academy we’re now coining a word
Pease learning it’s happening and some of the deepest roots are right here in
Iowa so with that I’m happy to talk some of the research also or whatever you
want in some of the details and more specifics and let’s start telling the
story of living together in a culture of friendship living together in a culture
of peace which means living together intentionally in right relationship
thank you so Claire and Neetu you you are going
about to tell me how we’re doing timewise there’s a microphone at the
back of the room if anyone has a question you can feel free to ask that
question and while if anyone is thinking that they might have a question or not
Elise bolding wrote a book called cultures of peace the hidden side of
history for those of you who are researching and doing some work on this
as well as students a culture that promotes peaceable diversity involving
constant shaping and reshaping of understandings situations and behaviors
to sustain wellbeing for all one of the things that’s starting to happen in this
country and we have support from many members of the military as well
recognizing and it’s been called forth by some of the leaders in the military
we hear them talking about it the recognition that peace it’s necessary to
learn the skills of peacebuilding to educate ourselves as peace builders and
when you think about it that leads us politically to institutionalize peace
building and the military is very good at peacekeeping and as we start to
institutionalize peace building we then have political infrastructures existent
military and some countries at this point do not have military they’re
working at things a little bit differently and dialogue and deep
listening become part of the way through in terms of recognizing needs that need
to be met in differences in culture so those things are starting to happen at
all kinds of level in many levels in many countries around the world do we
have a question your name please your name is they might have to do the
bottom if you press the button on the bottom and hold it okay I’m Linda
because this was so helpful to me I would like to ask if you’re willing to
share with this group the iceberg example of how we can see ok the lens of
violence versus the lens of peat okay so this is one of the things when I am
invited into a university class in particular and work at this from a bit
of an academic angle and imagine a triangle and imagine an iceberg where
you can only see the tip of the iceberg but underneath you have two other points
so this is direct violence right here and we see it with school shootings we
see it with the well all kinds of violence I don’t need to take time to
say that under here we have structural violence and cultural violence so what
are the structures the political laws the rules and regulations the
institutions that actually make it possible for our cultural norms to make
direct violence okay because until we deal with what’s below the tip of the
iceberg and recognize those structures and the changes that are necessary so
that the cultural norms shift UNEP do you know the definition of
insanity doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result
we we can keep trying to fix this but that it’s not changing so let’s look at
a triangle over here that has yet to be defined and at the top here what are we
seeing direct peace can you identify those conditions and lots of us are
challenged still in this world right now to even identify what direct peace looks
like and then I will ask what are the structures necessary in Washington DC in
our local policies and politics and local government that create the
cultural norms that become acceptable and one very quick example as a softball
coach in 73 and when I first started coaching at the varsity level it was not
uncommon after a big win for everybody to go over to somebody’s house pop a keg
and everybody drank and then everybody drove home that was a cultural norm when
I was growing up I’m sure for many of you in this room
and thousands tens of thousands of people died from drinking and driving
then MADD came about Mothers Against Drunk Driving then sad came about
Students Against Drunk Driving today they are students against
destructive decisions and what started to happen is the structure started to
shift we had breathalyzer laws and when and now today if you watch television
you will see commercials where the alcohol and liquor industry alcohol
liquor industries the alcohol and automobile industries are both putting
big dollars into media campaigns that show people dropping the keys into the
hands of the designated driver and what are they saying if you’re going to use
our products please use them responsibly that’s a big shift into a culture of
right relationship those structures have shifted the cultural norms have shifted
it is no longer acceptable directly acceptable to to drink and drive so what
are those conditions it’s a great exercise next next question okay your
name please Tom did it go off again you have to hold
the bottom either okay well your name is Tom and I’m interested in the peace
education efforts of course and I’d like to talk to the educator from Ballard as
well but I also have an observation but maybe you could speak to the issue of
the current social studies curriculum and go ahead just speak louder just
mm-hm yes yes yes yes and we are not
developing all of that core curriculum we are developing some courses but again
we are striving to serve as connective tissue there are there are many
curricula out there actually that are actually teaching peaceful non-violence
and not just from an activism standpoint but from the actual idea of how people
have lived like that we just we have not reported out that side of history so yes
and I’m happy to have an offline conversation with you Tom at the close
if you want some of those references be delighted yes that is happening yes if
there are no other questions I’d like to thank you for coming and bringing your
message of hope to our campus and invite everyone to stay for further
conversation with our guests so please join me in a round of applause thank you