ROTARY’S MISSION "Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that: –provides humanitarian service, –encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and –helps build goodwill and peace in the world." Ref:
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? The most important life skills are not being taught in schools or by parents (eg. Social intelligence, conflict transformation, relationship building, communications, peacebuilding, etc.) After working in peace education for over a decade, it is clear that, in the next twenty years, we’re going to get the society we’re creating now. But, we have it in our power to build a better world … a world with peace. As Rotarians and Leaders in our Communities and Families with a Peace Mission, if we want to increase our success, –Take the time to look at what we are doing now, and –What will we do in the near future, to make it a saner and more socially intelligent place to live for all of us? What we must do is bring our leadership & management acumen to bear on Peace.
My Story: Peace passion ignited by Rotary: –What peace meant to me and why –15 Years of Research/Work –Web site and conferencing and networks –RI’s Seven Paths to Peace dissemination –Rotary Peace Parks –Peace Rotarians Action Group –Rotary University Chairs in Peace Studies –Rotary Peace Plus Program –District Peace Initiative –www.peace.ca/rotary.htmwww.peace.ca/rotary.htm
Annual Peace Education Conference in Canada co-hosted by RC Okotoks with Senator Doug Roche, author of ‘The Human Right to Peace’, and Dr. Shall Sinha presenting as Gandhi
United Nations Culture of Peace Program Peace Education Social Intelligence United Nations Culture of Peace Program Rotary Peace Programs Peace Education & Action Social Intelligence & Fellowship
ROTARY “PEACE PLUS” Violence is a disease We have the antidote: it is peace education All we have to do is inoculate all the children in the world with peace education It is a big job, but we can do it If not us, then who?
DISTRICT PEACE INITIATIVE Primary Vehicle: Peace Education (i.e. learning the attitudes, skills and behaviours to live together more successfully). At its heart is raising Social Intelligence and Self Actualization. Committee and Resources: to provide leadership, direction, support and challenge for Rotarians, Clubs and District. What you share you strengthen We need your help: I want you to look at what you and your Rotary Club is doing to help advance peace. I want you to help RI to achieve its potential to bring peace to the world. In the process, you will become a better person, and your Club will become a better Club … that I guarantee.
Quick list of easy things we Rotarians can start with: Peace libraries (books and videos) Rotary peace resource people to help Clubs Contests Concerts Conversation cafés Speaker series Peace schools, universities, etc. Junior Peace Achievement Program Peace Education Conferencing Awards Peace parks with content Marketing campaign Mentoring Fill gaps
For more info or assistance: Bob Stewart, C.A., C.M.C., P.H.F. Peace Educator & Leader Calgary, Alberta, Canada