You are warmly invited to the next Trio Gathering. It will be Saturday morning, 12 November 2016, 10am-noon in our home. The topic is Global Citizenship and Sustainable Peace.
This Trio will be a bit different in that we are encouraging you to attend some of the 50+ events during Geneva Peace Week (7-11 November). Click on the previous link to access the program. We will meet the day after (12 November) and you can share some of the highlights, issues, tools, etc. that you have found helpful, especially those with practical applications for promoting peace.
--Trio Gatherings provide a relaxed place where colleagues can interact on important topics for mutual learning and support. They are informal and not sponsored by any organization/group. The gatherings are part of our commitment to encourage “global integration”—connecting and contributing relevantly on behalf of the major issues facing humanity and in light of our core values. The hosts (Michèle and Kelly O'Donnell) are consulting psychologists working in the areas of personnel development for international organisations, humanitarian psychology, anti-corruption advocacy/action, and global mental health.
It was very special to meet together last Saturday, following up Geneva Peace Week (7-11 November 2016) (GPW) and interacting over the topic of “Global Citizenship and Sustainable Peace.” Thanks for coming and sorry to have missed those who could not make it. We are also very grateful for the GPW organizers, UNOG, the Graduate Institute of Geneva of International and Development Studies, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform in collaboration the Swiss Confederation.
GPW was stimulating and sobering. It is just so hard for example, to fathom how many millions and millions of people in our world, and across human history, have been victims of conflict, violence, etc. suffering crippling physical and psychological traumas, and paying the ultimate price with their lost lives. The GPW events and the Trio event touched us deeply. They definitely stirred up existential reminders of our own precarious vulnerability, including death, anxiety, and guilt, yet also a determination to pursue justice, hope, good-over-evil, and find inspiration as well meaning/purpose through both our faith and the courageous examples of fellow humans.
We are also reminded just how vast, expanding, and strategic the peace and security sector is. We want to keep learning more (at some point hopefully finding a grid to help navigate it better), work together more with colleagues in this sector, and include peace and security issues more into our own work.
Below you will find a list with links to the 11 GPW events that we attended. The list also includes about 30 resources that we found particularly helpful from the events and our Trio event. Please add to the list and we will post it on the Trio website.
We look forward to seeing many of you at the next Trio on 10 December, “Living in Integrity as Global Citizens.”
--DME for Peace is a “global community of practitioners, evaluators and academics that share best and emerging practices on how to design, monitor and evaluate peacebuilding programs. Through greater collaboration and transparency, we hope to increase the effectiveness of the peacebuilding field.” (quote from website) Short video overview HERE
--Methodologies in Peacebuilding Evaluations: Challenges and Testing New Approaches, Thania Paffenholtz, Evaluation Connections, European Evaluation Society, Aug 2016, pp. 8-9
--Civil Society in Peace Processes at a Glance, Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative April 2016
--Understanding African Armies, ISSUE, Institute for Security Studies, European Union, April 2016
--Leckman, Panter-Brick, and Salah, Eds. - book: Pathways to Peace: The Transformative Power of Children and Families (2014)
--World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) - Play and Resilience Project
--World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development, World Bank, 2011
--Human Right to Peace (proposal to the UN by civil society), Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law, March 2016; Note: cannot find the doc, but some background to this topic is on the UN Human Rights website HERE
--International Peace Bureau (IPB) Founded in 1891, it is "a global network of peace groups, with 300 member organisations in 70 countries, with an office base in Geneva."
SIPRI - Stockholm International Peace Research Institute is "an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources."
engagement with non-state armed groups: dilemmas, challenges and techniques
--States of Fragility report, OECD, 2015
Some Resources from the Trio Event
--Global Geneva (newly launched magazine, Edward Girardet editor; see Yazidis: Life after Genocide)
--Peace Psychology for a Peaceful World, Dan Christie, American Psychologist, Sept 2008
--Confronting Trauma: A Primer for Global Action, Rolf Carriere, UNITAR et al, 2016
--NGOs aren't just mute. They're being gagged, The Guardian, Nov. 4, 2106
--Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale, The Lancet, Oct 5, 2016
--Nonviolent Peaceforce is “a global non-profit organization. We protect civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies. We build peace side by side with local communities. We advocate for the wider adoption of these approaches to safeguard human lives and dignity.” (quote from website)
--Peacebuilding and Institutions Building, Sarah Hearn, Center for Policy Research, UN University/NYU, Feb 2015
--UN resolutions on women, peace and security (list, overview, and links)
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