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Calling all Peacebuilders (to Canada)

I just came across the Canadian School of Peacebuilding site:  very interesting.  It has a home at Canadian Mennonite University, which according to their site has one of the world’s biggest undergraduate programs in peace and conflict studies.  That is very cool!

Here’s the basic idea:

“How do we support and sustain the imagination and genius needed to shift from cultures of violence to cultures of peace? How do we equip people on the ground to act courageously for peace? How do we resist the temptation to make things bigger, more complex and more violent? How do we cultivate the daily practices that move in the opposite direction?

These are the challenges of peace as set out by Albert Einstein. These are the challenges of peacebuilding the annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding has been designed to address.

The Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), a program of Canadian Mennonite University, has been created to serve practitioners, professionals, activists, students, non-governmental organizations and faith-based groups engaged in peacebuilding. Its goal is to serve peacebuilders around the world by bringing them together in a collaborative learning community, nurturing and equipping them for various forms of peace practice and exposing them to some of the most significant, emerging ideas and teachers in the field.

This second annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding will be held at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg, MB, from June 14 to July 2, 2010. Three 5-day sessions, each with two or three courses running concurrently, will be offered for academic credit or for professional training for practitioners.”

As you might know Canada, along with the Scandinavian countries and a few others, is one of the biggest supporter of U.N. Peacekeeping, and, generally, everything about peace and conflict resolution.

This looks like yet another timely and innovative initiative.



November 19, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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