The book “Peace & Power” has always included a chapter addressing ways to integrate this process in traditional groups like classrooms and institutional committees, and now this challenging process has a focus on the website – a “Classrooms and Committees” page! The new page includes basic explanations included in the book, but in addition, offers some ideas for implementing three values that are particularly important in classrooms:
Empowerment for all
Demystification of content and processes (especially processes for grades), and
Recently I had a discussion with a nursing class at York University in Toronto, Canada! No, I did not travel to Toronto – I participated over a Skype connection! The professor, Adeline Falk-Rafael, has used Peace and Power processes in her classes for many years. This class was a leadership class, and the students have been using Peace and Power as a basis for exploring ways to create effective group interactions in the workplace. One of the issues we discussed related to making positive changes in a situation that might benefit from using Peace and Power.
In my experience, it is not possible to use Peace and Power to the fullest extent in most group situations. But it is often possible to bring some components of the process to the group with great success – meaning significant changes in creating cooperative and satisfying interactions. One process that many groups welcome Continue reading “Small steps with big results!”
Recently I visited a nursing leadership class at York University in Toronto by way of Skype! The Professor is Dr. Adeline Falk-Rafael, and the class participants are enrolled in a program for nurses around the world who are seeking licensure to practice nursing in Canada. They had recently read “Peace and Power” (8th Ed.) and had a number of questions about the book. Several questions related to putting the ideas into practice in their leadership roles.
There are no easy answers to these questions, and no magic wands to assure success with any attempts to put Peace and Power ideals into practice. But here are a few ideas to consider when you want to do so:
It is possible to use just one or two components of Peace and Power in a group and make significant changes in how a group functions. If you introduce the reason, or your intention in suggesting that the group use any part of Peace and Power, the group members may be more open and receptive to the idea. For example, Continue reading “Questions from around the world”