The purpose of this article to present a detailed plan of activity individual and groups can use to plan for organizing for a local Peace Congress. The article will define peace, describe how to make a personal commitment to peace and prescribe activity for organizing a peace congress.
Anyone can organize for peace beginning right where they are one person at a time. Yes, anyone can and you can, too.
What is Peace?
What is peace and what makes it a worthy goal? Peace as a conditional context and idea is personal, communal, and political. Peace is a desirable condition among people as individuals and groups to live unhindered and unrestricted by the views, values, strengths, and powers of others. The condition of peace suggests tranquility and quiet among relationships of individuals and groups. Anyone can organize for peace beginning right where they are one person at a time. Yes, anyone can and you can, too.
Peace is a worthy goal for persons concerned about themselves, their families, their communities, and the world. Peace is a worthy goal of self interested individuals and groups invested in the human future.
Peace is not a human achievement by incident. Peace is a human achievement resulting from focused and determined intent. Peace is not the absence of conflict and misunderstanding. Peace is acknowledging and planning for the potential for conflict before it arrives. It is a certain knowing that even should conflict arise that no one feel, sense, or experience threat of intimidation or violence while the conflict is being managed and resolved. Anyone can organize for peace beginning right where they are one person at a time. Yes, anyone can and you can, too.
Personal Commitment to Peace
Nothing is real until it is personal. Personal experience validates human reality. People that have experienced violence in any context do not know violence in theory. They know violence as a matter of real personal experience. They have experienced violence by parents or other adults, sexual violence in the form of incest or rape. Violence is real for them as a result of real personal experience.
Peace must be arrived at by the same kind of real experience. Peace can be felt and experienced for a moment when we find time to be alone by ourselves. In quiet still moments, the only challenge to personal and emotional peace is settling thoughts and how they affect personal thinking and feeling.
When individuals and groups can focus on the personal and the shared experience of peace; peace can be discussed, planned for, and organized for. Anyone can organize for peace beginning right where they are one person at a time. Yes, anyone can and you can, too.
Steps to Organize a Peace Congress
A congress can be the act of coming together and meeting. It can be a single meeting or session of a group, or a continuous coming together of individuals and groups for intentional thought and action.
A Peace Congress is an intentional setting for likeminded and similarly thinking people to come together and meet to brainstorm ways to live peacefully with each other in community and how to promote ideas of peace. The following activity can have you ready for your first Peace Congress in 30 days of less.
- Decide you have a personal and passionate commitment to your own self interest to develop and promote peace in self, community, and the world.
- Seek out one other person that shares your personal and passionate self interest in developing and promoting peace. One has become two.
- Develop a one sentence statement of your shared peace mission. The language may develop as your group grows. Create one sentence to speak for your mission.
- Together, make a list of others you believe may share your shared personal and passionate commitment to peace. These should be people that together you believe also have a vested interest in their future and their family’s future. You won’t know the same people. Work to agree on between three and seven to invite to a peace discussion and brainstorming session.
- Establish a date for your first Peace Congress in your living room or kitchen within the next two weeks while your hearts burn to organize to make a difference.
- Invite the persons you have agreed to invite. Make every effort to do this in person so the person you invite can feel your passion. Only prepare for persons that commit to come to your peace congress brainstorming session. Whether that is two, three, for our more doesn’t matter. Starting right where you are, keeping mind that anyone can organize for peace beginning right where they are one person at a time. Yes, anyone can and you can, too.
- When it is time for your living room or kitchen congress to convene, be welcoming and loving to your guests. Talk without end in mind or agenda. You meet to talk about ways to develop and promote peace beginning right where you are. Your only goal is to be able to make a few notes from your time together with the intent to commit to meet again after thinking about all you have discussed.
- Between your meeting, make sure you and your partner talk to everyone that met with you to feel them out for their commitment to work towards the development and promotion of peace.
- At your next meeting, decide what small thing you might do together. Decide one small thing that you might do together to develop and promote peace.
- Continue to get to know your group. Care about your group. Develop and promote peace within your group. After 90 days together, you may determine it is time to grow your group to influence a larger audience to share your personal and passionate commitment to peace.
All things healthy grow. My friend, Cora Mauzy says in her approach to leadership, “This will work if your work it.” You can do this. I know you can.
Believe in your personal and passionate commitment. You can make a difference beginning right where you are. Anyone can organize for peace beginning right where they are one person at a time. Yes, anyone can and you can, too.