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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

ROTARY CLUB OF OKOTOKS

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

global conference from reaction to prevention
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
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
output
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
peace education working group
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.
world future society annual conference
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
issue areas
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
building a better future
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." 
the information revolution
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).
culture change
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
highlights the prescription for change
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
highlights implications for peace
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
what might this mean for rotary
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.”
what might this mean for individual rotarians
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
rotary club of okotoks international program options
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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