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ROTARY CLUB OF OKOTOKS. SERVICE ABOVE SELF. GLOBAL CONFERENCE FROM REACTION TO PREVENTION:. CIVIL SOCIETY FORGING PARTNERSHIPS TO PREVENT VIOLENT CONFLICT AND BUILD PEACE JULY 19 – 22, 2005 AT THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK. BACKGROUND:.

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ROTARY CLUB OF OKOTOKS

SERVICE ABOVE SELF


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GLOBAL CONFERENCE FROM REACTION TO PREVENTION:

  • CIVIL SOCIETY FORGING PARTNERSHIPS TO PREVENT VIOLENT CONFLICT AND BUILD PEACE

  • JULY 19 – 22, 2005 AT THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK


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BACKGROUND:

  • In response to a call to action by U.N. Secretary Kofi Annan

  • For Civil Society Organizations to help prevent violent conflict


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BACKGROUND:

  • Over 1,000 participants from around the world, including a handful of Canadians

  • Facilitated by the European Centre for Conflict Prevention

  • Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and the International Development Research Centre Canada among 27 sponsors


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OUTPUT:

  • Canadian Action Agenda on Conflict Prevention

  • North America Regional Action Agenda

  • “People Building Peace: A Global Agenda For The Prevention of Violent Conflict”

  • The latter document feeding into the U.N. General Assembly September 2005


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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 1. Promote human security and address the root causes of conflict:

    • Prevention and sustainable peacebuilding,

    • Implement demilitarization, disarmament and resettlement processes,

    • Provide sustained support for reconstruction,

    • Generate cultures of peace from the grassroots up by mainstreaming peace education, cultivating conflict resolution life skills and promoting reconciliation


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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2. Make prevention the fundamental goal of collective security arrangements:

    • An internationally agreed program of action for prevention and peacebuilding,

    • Integrate early warning, response and local capacity building,

    • Provide more resources for prevention and peacebuilding…


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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 3. An integrated architecture of effective institutional capacities and partnerships:

    • Strengthen Civil Society Organizations for prevention and peacebuilding,

    • Enhance leadership,

    • Increase the capacities of regional organizations.


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  • You can read my 5 page summary of these documents in more detail at:

  • http://www.cultureofpeace.ca/GPPAC2005.htm


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PEACE EDUCATION WORKING GROUP

  • On behalf of the Canadian Culture of Peace Program (http://www.cultureofpeace.ca ), and my work with Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace ( http://www.peace.ca ), a Canadian Peace Education Strategy and the Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada ( http://www.peace.ca/CanadianAgenda2005.htm ), this reporter ( Robert Stewart ) participated in the Peace Education and Conflict Resolution Education Working Group, which met over four days.


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PEACE EDUCATION WORKING GROUP

  • The purpose was:  

    • to review the state of affairs of peace education and conflict resolution education around the world

    • review how we may build a peace education and conflict resolution education community around the world

    • how we may build connections that empower for peace education and conflict resolution education around the world

    • identify contextually and culturally sensitive programs and practices

    • review how we may ‘institutionalize’ peace education and conflict resolution education around the world (i.e. how we can make it last)


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PEACE EDUCATION WORKING GROUP

  • A pre-reader was provided of reports from various countries on the state of affairs of peace education and conflict resolution education (which will become available on the Internet – the current draft is available at http://www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/crecountry.htm ).

  • The output from this working group will feed into our next meeting at the Second Annual Conference on Conflict Resolution Education, September 28 to October 1, 2005 in Columbus , Ohio (ref.  http://www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/holddate.htm ).   We are looking for a representative of the Canadian Government to participate.


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WORLD FUTURE SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE:

  • Theme: “Foresight, Innovation and Strategy”

  • July 29 – August 1, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois

  • Over 1,000 participants from around the world


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ISSUE AREAS:

  • Technology and science

  • Resources and environment

  • Learning and education

  • Health futures

  • Governance and community

  • Social and cultural trends

  • Futures methodologies and processes

  • Business and careers

  • Values and spirituality


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BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE:

  • A better future is a future with peace:

    • "We need to adopt the mindset of most professional futurists and become systemic optimists - those who believe that life can get better, but only if we fundamentally alter the way we think and do things.  We need to embrace whole-system change." 


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THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION:

  • Massive forces are transforming the 21st century, driven by technology and innovation.

  • Our task is to understand and redirect these forces toward a Culture of Peace and Non-violence (much like a judo expert redirects the force of his/her opponent).


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CULTURE CHANGE:

  • Our new media (computers, internet, real time television, cell phones, etc)

    • drive new perceptions

    • drive new worldviews,

    • drive new understandings,

    • drive new psychology,

    • drive new relationships,

    • drive new institutions,

    • drive new culture.


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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The new leader will be the collaborative catalyst

  • Society will change

  • We can’t change the past or the present, but we can change the future

  • Infiltrating works better than revolutionizing


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HIGHLIGHTS - The Prescription for Change:

  • work smarter not harder

  • expose current paradigms (their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats)

  • cross pollinate new ideas and collaborations

  • develop new tools and language

  • craft a new narrative

  • infiltrate all institutions, everywhere

  • find opportunities for change

  • support communities of fans

  • recapture the spirit of the citizens and amateurs who are good citizens rooted in amoré: love and passion.

  • Lever our power of information and social capital for the common good – be entrepreneurial; developing sustainable action

  • Champion peace and all its elements


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HIGHLIGHTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR PEACE

  • The future of power and force

  • Look at nature – stress creates evolution

  • Dissatisfaction with the status quo is healthy and necessary

  • Civil society – the real and future superpower vs. no government wants to recognize people power because it threatens them

  • The larger the network, the greater the value

  • Transformational model


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HIGHLIGHTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR PEACE (cont.)

  • Organic learning environments

  • Internet/distance learning – the most effective education is self-learning

  • The greatest law enforcement challenge of the information age: positive ID of criminals/terrorists, before they act, while preserving civil liberties

  • Find solutions to the bad guys’ problems


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HIGHLIGHTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR PEACE (cont.)

  • Importance of addressing systemic problems

  • It is relatively easy to deal with technological change – the challenge is the social and behavioural side

  • The importance of Social Intelligence

  • There is a lack of public discourse about these vital things


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HIGHLIGHTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR PEACE (cont.)

  • Total solutions and service (holistic)

  • Transformation management vs. institutions that do not know how to grapple with ‘cultural’ change (starting with the Peace Industry and Peace Professionals)

  • A new Social Contract: ethics, accountability, citizen involvement, collaboration, flexibility, patience with its citizens and civil society organizations, educational institutions, business, media, religions, etc.


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WORLD FUTURE SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE:

  • Met and listened to incredibly interesting people; learned lots

  • 2006 Conference July 28 – 31, Sheraton Centre, Toronto

  • 2006 Theme “Creating Global Strategies for Humanity’s Future”

  • Web site: www.wfs.org

  • Canadian Centres for Futures Studies http://www.futurescanada.ca


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WHAT MIGHT THIS MEAN FOR ROTARY?

  • Rotary will have to change with the times = transformation management to achieve Rotary’s full potential

  • Rotary will have to “live on purpose” = members of the future will force Rotary to “walk the talk” (particularly re Peace)

  • Address systemic problems

  • As a truly international organization, Rotary will have to build its Social Intelligence


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WHAT MIGHT THIS MEAN FOR ROTARY? (cont.)

  • work smarter not harder (use our ‘business’ smarts to stop under-achieving our potential)

  • expose current paradigms (their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats)

  • cross pollinate new ideas and collaborations

  • develop new tools and language

  • craft a new narrative

  • infiltrate all institutions, everywhere

  • find opportunities for change

  • support communities of fans

  • recapture the spirit of the citizens and amateurs who are good citizens rooted in amoré: love and passion.

  • Lever our power of information and social capital for the common good – be entrepreneurial; developing sustainable action

  • Champion peace and all its elements


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WHAT MIGHT THIS MEAN FOR ROTARY? (cont.)

  • “… Rotarians believe that if there is failure in the avenue of international service, there may be no need for concern about the other avenues of service. … and this book (“Seven Paths To Peace”) is presented in the hope and belief that there are thousands (now millions) of hands which up to now have not been lifted – but which now may be persuaded to row a new and firm course.”


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WHAT MIGHT THIS MEAN FOR INDIVIDUAL ROTARIANS?

  • We good people need to work on leader motivation:

    • Our own personal leadership – we can do better

    • Leaders close to us (in our organizations)

    • Political and “establishment” leaders

    • Alternative leaders (eg. Good citizenship civil society organizations)

    • Future leaders – our youth


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Rotary Club of Okotoks – International Program Options

  • Interact

  • Rotaract

  • Rotary Community Corps

  • Rotary Fellowships

  • Rotary Friendship Exchange

  • Rotary Volunteers

  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

  • World Community Service (humanitarian)

  • Youth Exchange

  • http://www.rotary.org/training/elearning/programs_files/frame.htm


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Rotary Club of Okotoks – International Program Options

  • My peace initiatives:

    • Web site and conferencing

    • Peace education programming

    • RI’s Seven Paths to Peace

    • Rotary Peace Parks

    • Peace Rotarians Action Group

    • Rotary University Chairs in Peace Studies

    • Rotary Peace Plus Program

  • My goal: help Rotary achieve its peace goals

  • www.peace.ca/rotary.htm


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Rotary Club of Okotoks – International Program Options

  • Suggest an International night to discuss:

    • The various options

    • Members wishes

  • Homework: please give your consideration to International Program


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THANK YOU 

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