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Raising Peace Consciousness through Peace Education:. A Community Collaborative Approach Connecting Community and Communities. Bob Stewart, C.A., C.M.C. Director of Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace My Story. Making a difference A wakening A calling
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Raising Peace Consciousness through Peace Education:

A Community Collaborative Approach

Connecting Community and Communities

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  • Bob Stewart, C.A., C.M.C.

  • Director of Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace



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My Story

  • Making a difference

  • A wakening

  • A calling

  • Finding peace

  • Giving peace

  • From a labour of Love to embracing the Power of Love

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  • “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”. Gandhi

  • Peace Education = learning the skills, attitudes and behaviours to live together more successfully

  • Personal Calling and Transformation

  • What is in it for me? Self first vs. selfish

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Personal Transformation

  • Peace Movements have tried 3 ways to end war:

  • Activism

    Fails because protestors are not heard, outnumbered and tend to violence

  • Humanitarianism

    Fails because outnumbered, outfinanced by war makers & after the fact

  • Personal Transformation

    Fails because nobody has really tried it

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Peace Tool Kit

  • Servant Leadership & Situational Leadership

  • Social Intelligence: How to Build Better Relationships

  • Conflict Transformation

  • Transformative Communication

  • Open Space Technology

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  • Macro Peace: The Big Picture 1 (at end) – The Peace Pie, or “MacroPeace” – The Big Peace Picture (a Conceptual Map)

  • Empowerment and Life Skills Coaching

  • Peace Psychology

  • Spirituality For Dummies

  • Transforming The Institutions of Religion to a Culture of Peace: The New Revelations

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  • Peace Begins With Me/ Ted Kuntz

  • Culture of Peace Program

  • Youth Driven Service Learning

  • School Peace Programs: Model Culture of Peace in Schools (eg.  Montessori) = Transformative Learninghttp://www.schoolpeaceprogram.org

  • Training the Teacher

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  •  Junior Peace Achievement

  • Psych-K

  • New Modalities – (MacEwen, Matrix)

  • Sixth Senses (intuition)

  • Healing (all relations, including earth)

  • Transformation Teams

  • Stress Reduction

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  • Curricula

  • Videos Training Videos: Overview Part 1 and Part 2

  • Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Change ManagementVideo - Managing the Journey (Ken Blanchard)Book - Mission Possible: Becoming a World-Class Organization While There's Still Time (Ken Blanchard and Terry Waghorn; "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level at which we created them." Albert Einstein; Mission Possible offers the kind of ideas that change the world.)

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Social Intelligence

  • These two words succinctly and clearly capture the essence of the purpose of peace education and the Culture of Peace Program

  • Social Intelligence by its nature works to change behaviours, forge values and incite institutional transformations from the current culture of war and violence to a Culture of Peace and Non-violence.

  • Social Intelligence is readily understandable, acceptable and supportable by most Canadians.


  • The Must Read Book:

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Community Centres for Teaching Peace & Peace Cafés


  • Building peace by connecting community through service learning in a consciousness stimulating environment.

  • Rob Porter

  • From Hamilton to Moncton

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Community ‘To Do’ List:

  • Develop inventory of organizations and people in Community and area who contribute (or whose mandate contributes) to Peace at the personal, family, community, region or world levels

  • Host Peace Café evenings at existing cafés, using local people (from inventory above)

  • Speak to local “Meet Up Groups”

  • provide simple advice to ‘non-card carrying’ peace supporters

  • speak to schools

  • Organize local high school ‘peace committees’

  • Develop a central resource centre

  • help develop video assisted training

  • Encourage/Stimulate the development of municipal peace commissions as an integral part of the city (see Hamilton example)

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Foundational Principles

  • Primary purpose is to educate, stay peaceful and help others to achieve peace.

  • A constructive approach: Positive aims attracts Positive results.

  • Self help with mentors = empowering

  • Holistic

  • Fellowship and sharing

  • Self supporting and independent

  • Non-controversial

  • Neither endorses nor opposes any causes

  • Based on broad spiritual principles

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Spiritual Intelligence

  • Balance – finding the middle way

  • Choices- be conscious; reclaim your power

  • Process – taking life step-by-step

  • Presence – living in the moment

  • Compassion – awakening our humanity

  • Faith – trusting in spirit

  • Expectation – expanding our reality

  • Integrity – living our truth

  • Action – turns knowledge to wisdom

  • Cycles – for every thing there is a season

  • Surrender – embracing a higher power

  • Unity – remembering our connection

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Attracting Resources

  • The vast majority truly wish for peace: they are willing.  For those who wish to contribute but do not know what or how they can contribute,  our task is to help them.  This means the potential opportunity for the vast majority of human resources to be on our side (and the financial resources also).

  • We must appeal to “what is in it for me?” – the value added to people’s lives.

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Information & Communications Technology

  • 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.

  • The most significant change that now makes peace possible is the Internet and new tech including social medias.  We must use technology more effectively.

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Consciousness Rising

  • Cultural Creatives is a term coined by sociologist Paul H. Ray and psychologist Sherry Ruth Anderson to describe a large segment in Western society that has recently developed beyond the standard paradigm of Modernists versus Traditionalists or Conservatists. The concept was presented in their book The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World (2000), where they claim to have found that 50 million adult Americans (slightly over one quarter of the adult population) can now be identified as belonging to this group. They estimated that there were an additional 80–90 million Cultural Creatives in Europe as of 2000.

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Learning Process

  • Our mantra is “Teach Peace – Be Peace – Reach Peace”. “The most effective learning is self appropriated, self directed learning”, said Carl Rogers (noted psychologist and educator).  Using ourselves as examples, we wished to make a difference with our lives and help build peace in our communities and world.  This initially meant learning all that we could about peace building.  We have put all that we have learned over the past 15 years onto our web sites at (and others) so that you may learn it in a fraction of the time.  We are also in the process of developing a series of videos – effectively “Everything You Wanted To Know About Peace But Did Not Know Who To Ask!”  Also see “Peace For Beginners (And A Resource For The Rest Of Us)” and the related documents at

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Teach Peace more effectively

  • the best way to learn is to teach: the idea of teaching challenges us to refine our learning and put it into practice.  We believe in the power of Service Learning (also known as Praxis).  For example, we have employed numerous university students and young adults in our Peace Education Conferences and Peace Cafés – they report that they have learned more practicing peace in these settings where they organize and lead workshops than in other venues.

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Servant Leadership

  • Service Learning/Teaching to becoming a Servant Leader. 

  • A Servant Leader is a person who leads by example.


  • we must model the Culture of Peace of which we speak.  Otherwise no one is going to ‘buy’ what we have to ‘sell’.  As Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”.

  • ‘Be The Change’ video

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School Peace Programs


  • We will change how schools are run

  • Transforming schools and classrooms to a Culture of Peace

  • Anne-Marie Collette

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Discernment: Finding our truth

  • It is everyone’s responsibility to use our discernment to choose which choices and actions are right for us (i.e. Follow your truths). 

  • As Buddha said, "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."

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Sharing the Peace Journey

  • We are all in this together.  Peace is a journey, not a destination.  If we follow the Peace path, we will reach ever increasing levels of peace, love, harmony, consciousness and happiness while making a significant difference with our life and in the lives of others. 

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The Inukshuk: Guide to Safe Passage

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  • It is our pleasure and honour to share the Peace Journey with you.

  • Thank you

  • Bob Stewart



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