12 Actions for a More Peaceful 2014 (please add your own suggestions)

Dear PCDN Colleagues

I wanted to put together a list of 12 possible recommendations to help make the world more peaceful and encourage others to contribute their own lists as we move into 2014. Please also consider Paying What You Can to Support the Work of PCDN. For more info click on the Support Link.


1) Examine how to create more peace in your personal life - If we do not have some degree of peace in our own internal lives, there is the question of how effective we can be in helping to build peace in our organizations, communities, societies and the world. There is no recipe for building peace, but there are many options that people have explored such as mediation, yoga, exercise, writing, reflecting, building community and more. Some key resources here are: Peace Revolution, Beliefnet.com, The Fetzer Institute, Charity Focus and The Daily Good.


2) Advocate for a Change in Global Priorities- There is a desperate need to change global spending and priorities. The global community spends more than 1.6 trillion USD per year on security,  126 billion USD on global development, less then 10 billion on UN Peacekeeping operations, and less then 4 billion USD on peacebuilding and conflict resolution activities. Until this mismatch of funding and need is changed, building sustainable peace will be remain difficult. In addition a challenge in conflict prevention is that often policymakers, NGO professionals, academics and others may have information about the potentially negative direction of conflicts. However, translating this information to effective policy changes often requires extensive advocacy campaigns by individuals, NGOs, religious groups and the larger civil society. Advocacy can mean anything from writing a legislature, talking with policymakers, taking direct action and more. For some useful examples of Advocacy Approaches see the International Crisis Group, Women Thrive Worldwide and the Genocide Intervention Network.

3) Share your experiences and hopes for peace, as well as frustrations around conflict - This site is intended as an open resource where people can share both their success stories of helping to address conflicts around the world, and also ask questions/inquiry about ways to improve practice. If you have a particular success story, please share it with others. If you have questions/challenges that you would like input on please feel free to post it on this site in a forum discussion or blog and of course on other social networking sites.


4) Read Positive Peace Media News in the World - Despite the many hardships in the world, there are countless organizations that are reporting and supporting positive social change and reporting on innovative work taking place every day. Some key resources include Peace Direct, the Daily GoodGood, and Dowser.  Also see the PCDN guide to key media resources in peacebuilding

5) Support Organizations working to effect change in the world - There are thousands of dynamic organizations around the world working to address conflict, build community, foster economic development and more. There are many ways you can support organizations such as contributing financially, volunteering, and more. I do not want to endorse specific organizations, but some resources that can be helpful in identifying opportunities include the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Interaction, GuideStar, Global Giving, among others.


6) Mainstream a Conflict Sensitive Approach into your organization/company - Many organizations and companies around the world are beginning to look at how they can integrate a conflict sensitive approach (see the work of International Alert) throughout their external and internal operations. This means examining how an organization's internal hiring, procurement and other policies, as well as the external interactions and services can help to potentially reduce conflicts.


7) Get Additional Training/Education - There are many different paths to pursuing a career in international conflict and related fields. If you feel like you might benefit from additional training there are many academic options, professional training programs, summer institutes and more that can help provide additional training and skills. See the Guide to Training on the Network, the Guide to Academic Programs or  Guide to Emerging Trends in Online Education.


8) Join an Existing Network - There are many academic and professional networking organizations that exist around the world that focus on conflict related issues. In the United States, the Association for Conflict Resolution is a network of practitioners, the Alliance for Peacebuilding is a network of organizations, the Peace and Justice Studies Association is a network of academics and activists, the International Conflict Management Association has an annual conference. Also see the Guide to Key Network Organizations.

9) Engage in Productive Dialogue with Others - One of the keys of addressing conflicts is building understanding and connections between people with diverse perspectives. There are many organizations working on facilitating and engaging communities in dialogue, conversation and discussion. Find an organization in your community, or start your own process. Some great resources in this area include  Masterpeace, Sustained Campus Dialogue Network, Public Conversations Project , the Kettering Foundation, and the World Cafe.

10) Foster Sustainable Economic Development - One of the key ingredients in building peace in post-conflict societies is to help create sustainable economic opportunities for communities. This can be done through a variety of means, international development, social entreprenuership, socially responsible investing, lobbying for changes to foreign assistance programs and more.

11)  Engage in a Social Change Career - Find  a way to move into a career that provides more meaning in service of others. See PCDN's Career Resource Guides.

12) Build Community in your Own Life - There are many ways to build community in your own personal and professional circles. If you don't know your neighbors, invite them over for a party or gathering, start a new group to gather people around a common interest, look for exiting volunteer opportunities (see www.volunteerweb.org), contribute time and resources for helping others, etc.

Please feel free to add your own suggestions and lists for a more peaceful 2014.


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Comment by Michelle Lee Rosenthal, LMSW on January 2, 2012 at 2:04am

I believe a resolution has to be entered into the United Nations for a Vote for a permanent Global Truce and a  Global Cease Fire.  I believe if all the world leaders agree to say just two words at the same time much of the fighting will stop.  These two simple words are Cease Fire!  We can video all of the world's leaders meeting in the United Nations and Saying those words out loud together:  Cease Fire, Cease Fire and then the fire will cease!

It is not that hard.  We, humanity just has to become resolved to inspire it to happen and then it will.

Please check out my blog which is a collection of over 80 blogs of the "Going For A Global Truce" Peace Movement: http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/profiles/blogs/a-blog-...

Best wishes for the Mew Year.  May we make it through this year in peace and in a Global Truce and Cease Fire!!!

Michelle Rosenthal, LMSW (646) 492- 3976


Comment by FREDDY ORTIZ NISHIHARA on December 27, 2011 at 10:27pm

Congratulations Graig is a good list of recomendations but maybe the differences between our societies can show some diferences in the aplication , I could sugest to accepts us with all our differences in culture, economics , religion and politicals fields. Practicing something wich is common to any good man with any criteria :real values, no discrimination, respect to others as we would like others respects us,Empathy, love to our mother nature and its creatures,to learn to share and not to be selfish,  to tell the truth, help others when we can, to be honest and sincere, defend the real Peace and its basis.

Well finally I wish every body in the world a good new year 2012 and the best for you and your families, since Lima- Peru.

Comment by Anita on December 27, 2011 at 10:21pm

There are many good ideas here, and I thank everyone for their comments.  I really appreciate what Cindy said, "In order for peace to manifest and to sustain and to be an international effort, our actions must be congruent to our words spoken. We are all connected."  We need to walk the walk and talk the talk, walk our talk, and talk our walk...(if that makes sense ;-))  Be true human beings. 

Thank you Nova also, yes, peace should be a family value.  The family is a core unit of society, and when we have peaceful families...transforming society will not be an impossible task anymore. 

Personally, I commit to praticing inner peace through meditation.  It is from the peace within, that I can share it with those around me.  My family, teachers, colleagues and friends.  I cannot give to others what I do not have myself, that is why it is my first resolution to maintain peace within myself, my mind at all times...not to waver in the face of fear, conflict, anger or greed. 


I would also like to express my gratitude to my team at www.peacerevolution.net for the work they keep doing to help spread peace in, and peace out to the young generation. 

Happy new year! May 2012 be known as the year of peace. 

Comment by Apong Suganda on December 27, 2011 at 5:59pm

We have managed to erase class differences in masarakat, but we create a new class. The new class distinctions within masarakat Indonesia for example, is the educated classes and class differences are not educated,claim this distinction is not addressed to the professionalism and system differences in wagesbut addressed toThe behavior of individuals and groups oft he educated classesclearly distinguishes itself from the uneducatedfor exampleeach session of both large and small business within the forum appear differences between the educated classes refer to the regulations and legislation and limited by the budgetwhile the non-educated side with the reality and customs.

Realities and rituals are one mean by two words, usually infact say when the case seemed to happen at present, said to be custom designed with regard to the teachings of the ancestors of water falling down reality, life-giving tree 

Comment by Atwan Nayef Atwan Alsyoof on December 25, 2011 at 9:36am

peace is a value word if we know what exactly means,so looking for peace now a days like looking for a needle in pile trows, why because of differences in , religions,cultures,languages,races,nations,and we need full understanding between these issues

Comment by Cindy Barg, M.Ed, LMHC on December 25, 2011 at 9:13am

In order for peace to manifest and to sustain and to be an international effort, our actions must be congruent to our words spoken. We are all connected.  This world is indeed very small.  It is much easier to love in this lifetime than it is to forge ahead in discord. We must all come together collectively and unreservedly.  More importantly, we must all empower others to grasp and gather the threads of their loves with great compassion in our hearts. .It is imperative for all of us to endeavor  to gather a unified perception of life, where conflicting ideas, events and life circumstances can be reconciled into a much greater harmony.  With that, comes great humbleness at its core.  For those who hold their egos too high, thwarting change and flexibility negates collaborating in harmony. It is our collective responsibility to do something, anything, to relieve suffering and to encourage hope.  Let us all walk together in not compromising our values, our principles and our commitments to revitalize, motivate and strengthen  a humanitarian mission in which we all can make an enormous difference to bring about peace daily with utmost integrity.

Comment by Mary lee Madison on December 20, 2011 at 11:25pm

Peace begins with each of us, extending "Peace to our neighbors" and viewing people no matter where we find them to be important to us  so much so that we advocate with our voices and our actions for the prosperity and welfare of our brothers and sisters everywhere. Begin with one Random Act of Kindness and increase the pattern of demonstrable concern for others through a behavior and position towards others that says "I care about you".

Comment by Zeru Fantaw on December 20, 2011 at 3:07am

 in order to bring lasting peace in the world we live in the democratic and civilized nation should support the people rather than the dictators of Africa.

Hence, ANY FOREIGN AID TO AFRICA OR DEVELOPING NATIONS SHOULD BE BASED ON HOW THE EXISTING GOVERNMENT IS RESPECTING HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM OF PEOPLE TO SPEAK, WRITE AND VOTE FOR THE PARTY THEY WANT TO CHOOSE. if the western really want to see peaceful Africa they have to follow the above principles that could bring lasting peace for the nation that are suffering a lot.

Comment by Susmita Barua on December 19, 2011 at 11:00pm

I like all of them. In my own words I like Inner peace through mindfulawareness to be the basis of world peace. Also resolve conflicts through understanding interdependence between self and society, economy and ecology and work for a mindful system change that integrates personal, interpersonal and social, and economic values within our mind. Bridge gaps between model (concepts and idealized constructs) and reality (actual need and field experience). Also like to bring spiritual intelligence in solving long-standing problems. 

Peace, joy and happy holidays to all



Comment by dewan jalal uddin chowdhury on December 19, 2011 at 8:10pm

I want to add a new point and its social & family values.Whatever we do for establish peace in the world will be meaningless unless we don't give our attention on family and social values.

The 1st identity of a  human being is that  he/she is a member of a family or society.If he/she does not learn a moral education and values from his/her family and society, he/she never realize the value of  peace.As a result we get peace-breaking  incident from such a social member.If  we look at the most peace breaker persons of the world like Hitler, Saddam, Bush, we discover that all of them were coming from a broken family or from such social environment where the meaning of peace is totally absent.

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