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 kaplianlal thangluai on December 8, 2009 at 1:07pm
this is a very beautiful tips. i will share these tips to some of my friends who are into peace activities. This is the need of the hour for i need peace in me. Information that you have share and the link are very useful. Keep it up
Comment by Impact Creators (Awa) on December 7, 2009 at 11:13pm
Peace begins from within. Each and every person should seek for inner peace and believe me, it will ooze like liquid virus and touch so many lives that you will never believe. Change also begins with our individual selves. I wish you all what you wish yourselves and love ones. Peace & Love
Comment by Jan Snoeks on December 7, 2009 at 1:56pm
The link in item 10 is not working. What is meant is probably: http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/
Also do have a look at the following related sites:
http://www.onlinevolunteering.org
http://www.unvolunteers.org
Best regards to all, Jan.
Comment by Robert Egwea on December 7, 2009 at 10:46am
Thanks for the tips which are ever so useful. In fact I am already doing most of the above as a parliamentary candidate. Please click on this link to see my facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/egwea?ref=profile
Comment by namaganda on December 7, 2009 at 9:48am
thanx for the words of wisdom i believe that if used by all this world wil lack conflict.
Comment by chika onah on December 7, 2009 at 5:50am
Thanks for these 10 tips for the coming year and please above all these do them nonviolently and remain a soldier without "gun".
Comment by Sharon Groenmeyer on December 6, 2009 at 10:16pm
Thank you for these wise words. I would like to add a comment on the role individuals play in their communities.
Pt 11. recognise the role each person plays in their community. Acknowledge their role so the person is conscious that s/he is spreading peace through language and actions.
Comment by Professor Abdul-Mumin Sa'ad on December 6, 2009 at 2:41pm
Thank you Craig Zelizer for these wonderful 10 points agenda for peace in 2010. I would like to add that those of us with families should make peace a constant topic for discussion and pondering on family meal tables.
Comment by Sagar Sharma Gaudel on December 6, 2009 at 11:06am
Many many thanks for these valuable tips.
Comment by James Benson Macarthy on December 6, 2009 at 9:08am
I am also suggesting that sporting activities be included in the programm as a whole, because with sporting activities you be able to bring people together and can preach peace to then.
this is my own suggestion.

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