How can peacebuilders work for social justice as well as peace?
Advocacy and Peacebuilding The Peacebuilder's Dilemma In the last few months, I've been involved in dozens of discussions about creating a peacebuilding architecture in the United States. No matter what the topic or venue we keep running into a dilemma. How do we reconcile two goals that seem to conflict with each other that are near and dear to our hearts: Most of us became and remain peacebuilders because we believe in social change that would lead to a more inclusive and just society. Despite the fact that most of us are advocates for change, our work has brought people on all sides of an issue together in an attempt to reconcile their differences. In the simplest possible [...]
An Architecture for American Peacebuilding Last week, two of my AfP colleagues and I joined about 70 other people at George Mason University’s Point of View retreat center to take the first steps toward building what we are calling an “architecture for peace” in the United States. The conference was run held using strict Chatham House rules, so I can’t talk much about the specifics of what took place. I can however, talk about What we mean by an architecture for peace Some concrete steps we have already taken and others whose next steps will follow soon and will be discussed in future blog posts I first began thinking of the importance of workshops like this when I attended the launch of Douglas Irvin-Erickson’s [...]
How peacebuilders deal with power is an increasingly important question, especially when we work in our own country and deal with issues that touch us personally.