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
Today I have added two very important elements – Discussion Guidelines (see sub-menu under Rotating Leadership), and Responding to Critical Reflection (see sub-menu under Conflict Transformation). Both of these topics point to the vital roles and responsibilities of group members! The process of Peace & Power depends on every person in the group, not the designated leaders alone. In traditional groups, we have learned to depend on the group leader to “manage” the discussion and to keep “order” when an issue arises in the group. In Peace & Power, it is your responsibility as a member of the group to do your part in creating constructive discussions, and in creating constructive responses when an issue arises. So check out these two new pages! And please leave your comments for discussion here! I will respond!
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”