“Peace and Power” is a way of working together with other people equitably and cooperatively – ways that nurture each individual, strengthen group solidarity, and that open the door for dealing with conflict in a context of peace and love. This process has been used in many groups world-wide – volunteer community groups, formal classrooms, committees, activist groups, and even in families! The process seems simple (and it is) but it is also very hard, because it challenges so many competitive and divisive ways we have all practiced for years. But in the context of a group of people who come together with the intent to change toward “Peace and Power,” it is a rewarding experience that becomes more and more “easy” as you go along!
This web site provides the basic principles and processes upon which action in a group is built. The pages of this site provide an online “handbook” companion to the 8th Edition of the book Peace and Power: New Directions for Building Community“. This web site also provides a resource that the book alone cannot provide: discussion and interaction! The blog page is where you can see messages related to recent ideas of “Peace and Power”, and where you can comment freely on any of the ideas! You can also enter a comment or question on any of the pages, other readers can respond, and I will respond as well!
Everyone is welcome to participate in this blog conversation. I intend to respond promptly, and will model values of “Peace & Power” in doing so. In this spirit, I request that as a participant you consider the “power of responsibility” and respect the following guidelines:
- Please identify yourself.
- Refrain from harmful flaming or name-calling. Negative feelings and thoughts are welcome as long as they are expressed without harming others.
- If you have a criticism (which is also welcomed here!) focus on also sharing alternative possibilities to consider.