Past Events/Resources

For the speakers’ bios, see here.

Session 1: OCTOBER 17, 2021 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Non-Violence: Peace Without Guns
Instructor: Mary-Wynne Ashford

About the presentation:
How would you end ten years of war without using guns? That was the challenge the UN gave New Zealand when they were delegated to stop the civil war in Bougainville. The bold response of New Zealand’s military is breathtaking. We invite you to watch Soldiers Without Guns, which is free on Vimeo, before you come to hear about other successful nonviolent interventions.  We will discuss why nonviolence succeeds twice as often as violence in resolving conflict. 

Here is the video of Dr. Ashford’s presentation.

Session 2: NOVEMBER 7 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Civil Society & Peacebuilding
Instructor: Saul Arbess

About the presentation:
This presentation will begin with an exploration of the range of Civil Society participation with short case studies.  Infrastructures for Peace (I4P) will also be identified as a potential breakthrough in how societies respond to conflict and how such a structure would enhance the role of civil society at the local, regional and national level.  Conversation and questions on the material will be encourage and supported. 

Here is the video of Saul’s presentation.

Session 3: NOVEMBER 286:30 to 8:30 pm
What a Peace Economy Looks Like
Instructor: Colin Stuart

About the presentation: 
The presentation will be an introduction to alternative ways of thinking about economics and its assumptions about growth.  It will ask participants to think creatively about what a peaceful, no-growth sustainable and regenerative economy might look like, and actions to get there. The presentation will also serve as an introduction to a deeper discussion and exploration to be offered in the near future, through a short-course or study group, open to all interested in this vital topic.