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Sunday, 24 January 2010 19:41

Peace Cafés in 2010

Would you like to start a peace café in your community soon?

Maybe you don't currently call it a "peace café", maybe it's a worker co-operative café or coffeehouse or community centre, maybe it's a public outreach centre or a general public education centre. There's many terminologies that can be used to describe the idea.

Today I'm in Waterloo at the Wilfred Laurier University's Global Citizenship Conference, to present on peace cafés and I've found yet another group working on something similar. The approaches to creating a space for community engagement and empowerment are as varied as the communities within a city, region, province, state, or as varied as cultures worldwide. There is no one way of doing it, no cookie cutter that will work everywhere like a franchise. (Not that any franchise can work anywhere...)

As I said there's many approaches, most of which follow the path of forming a group of interest, finding a space of interest, and working together with a common cause and common values. A peace café may be something which exists only at certain times at first (event-based approach) or may exist where food and drink aren't yet necessarily available (someone's office with a self-serve kitchenette), or may travel as a meeting concept (like conversation cafés). Maybe it's a concept you'd like to connect to similar kinds of businesses (like a bed & breakfast, an inn, etc.).

Do any of these things sound like something you're involved with? Or want to be? If we don't know about you yet, perhaps you should contact us -- info AT peacecafe.ca.

No scope is too small. Some might be too big, but never too small.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010 19:37

Canadian School of Peacebuilding this Summer

This second annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), a program of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), will be held in Winnipeg, MB, from June 14 to July 2, 2010 (www.cmu.ca/csop). Three 5-day sessions, each with two or three courses running concurrently, will be offered for professional training for practitioners or for academic credit. The Canadian School of Peacebuilding has been created to serve practitioners, professionals, activists, students, non-governmental organizations and faith-based groups engaged in peacebuilding. Its goal is to serve peacebuilders around the world by bringing them together in a collaborative learning community, nurturing and equipping them for various forms of peace practice and exposing them to some of the most significant, emerging ideas and teachers in the field. If you or someone you know might be interested in this program -- check out their site at www.cmu.ca/csop.
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