A new community-driven approach to Peace
At Pathways To Peace we believe peace begins with the individual, and by working together can we truly build an enduring Culture of Peace.
In 2014, we are taking this belief to a new level, with an ambitious project we hope will become the global template for Peacebuilding, municipal action, and peace education in cities around the world.
It begins in Ashland, Oregon. That’s where we are launching the first city-based Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI) Peace Commission. CPI-Ashland will engage the community, city government and school district with the goal that the city itself identifies itself as a Culture of Peace. Integral to that goal are:
– Official guidance of this enterprise by the City of Ashland through a peace commission.
– A commitment by the Ashland School District to promote peace education throughout the schools, including the use of nonviolent communication and conflict resolution at all grade levels.
– On-going, inclusive explorations of what it means to be a culture of peace, identification of ways to more completely realize that culture, and frequent publicizing of peace building work.
– The awareness by all segments of Ashland of how they are already building a culture of peace, and their commitment to develop further that dimension of their activities.
– Widespread use of Peacebuilding tools that emphasize mutual respect and restoration of right relationships.
CPI-Ashland is about shifting mindset and behavior, enabling deeper connections and wider collaboration in creating a peace culture through local efforts in business, education, government and environment. The organizing image being used is the PTP Peace Wheel. Through the commitment of individuals, combined with the structure and connectivity of the city, we hope to create a new model that can be replicated in at least 25 more cities in 2015… and then throughout the world.
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