Peacewaves Culture of Peace Presentation for PeaceJam

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introduction

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Through sport and playing together you are able to share. Football and the World Cup or the Olympics are way to learn and share about different countries

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Eating a meal together as a family, with friends, or with international travelers you have the opportunity to share with others.

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This is my brother sharing his knowledge about how to play the guitar with is mother in law. Even though my brother is learning Japanese, he was not able to fully explain how to play the guitar, so he had to think creatively and use the little bit of Japanese he could. - Music is a language, and when people from different cultures or languages can use a shared understanding of the language of music to communicate and connect with each other.

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When we think of all life, we have to think of the animals living in environments we don’t always see every day, like those that live in ocean or forest. There are people in this photograph who have come to London from all over the world or represent many different cultures, when we think about respecting all life, we should think about the cultural dimension, not just the what the obvious picture is showing us, or what we think the picture is showing us.

We can also ask the question, is this practice acceptable of for those horses to have to stand there for hours at a time? Are their lives really being respected? What are their stable conditions like, or do they have the opportunity to run freely in the pastures like other horses do? --when we think about respecting all life, we can go deep and ask many questions

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The Red Cross works all over the world, and goes into conflict areas as well as working in places doing disaster relief work. People all over the world recognize that symbol and know that if they are in need and danger of some kind, that the Red Cross will do their best to help them. The Red Cross works to help save and heal lives, therefore the Red Cross works at respecting all live.

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Respecting all life means the insects and the many small life forms we often don’t think about or we don’t want to think about. Even this dragon fly living its life in northern Thailand should be given the opportunity to have its life respected..

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Respecting all life means the insects and the many small life forms we often don’t think about or we don’t want to think about. Even this dragon fly living its life in northern Thailand should be given the opportunity to have its life respected.

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This is downtown Tokyo, and there is lot going on as it is a very busy city. There is a pedestrian overpass which has another road over top of it. Which kind of place would you like to live in, compared with that last photograph in Thailand? Is it more appealing to be in a fast moving modern populated city, or a lush tropical forest spending your days tending to elephants and excited foreign visitors? There is a lot of movement and activity going on in this photograph, if you had to think about what sounds you could hear, what would they be? What would have been the sounds in the photograph with the elephants?

- The population of Tokyo is immense, and the city had to develop to accommodate the many people. Although there are some trees in the photograph, there is mainly buildings and very little green space. Listening to understand can also be related to city planning. If you are one of the people planning to build a big city like Tokyo or you are involved in this process, you have to try and be aware of all the different needs of the people you are trying to help. You also need to be aware of what your limitations are in trying to accommodate the many view points. Assessing a setting takes more then just listening with our ears we, we have t go deeper and understand the environment we are working in. In that respect we have to listen with our eyes too. - Are we more comfortable living a big city or would be prefer a quieter place?

- Can we become immune the to noise of the traffic and city life and still find peace and quiet? It may take more effort to block out the noise around us, so we can sit or work mindfully without being distracted, but it might take a bit more effort.

- When we think about listening to understand, it is important to try and think about listening beyond just what we are hearing, or evening seeing. It is important to listen to our own thoughts and feelings and try to understand what we are telling ourselves internally.

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. These are my two dogs. All their life they have been listening to me, and in tern have been listening to them. I recognize their different barks, for when they want to go out side, when they are happy and playful, when there maybe danger or a stranger they do not know, as well as when they are sad or hurt. Growing up with four dogs over the years, allowed me to listen to the differences in their communication with me. I was also able to listen to understand how they related to each other. I am most familiar with dogs, but I think many pets want to be happy and feel appreciated, so the more we listen to them, in turn the more our pets will listen to us.

- Listening to understand can help us build trust in our relationships, so if I had to tell my dogs to “stay” and wait and wait outside while I went into a store while out walking them, I had to trust that they would not walk off without me, and they trusted that I would come back and not leave them waiting for to long - Our pets (and dogs specifically) have a good ability to sense how we are feeling, for example they know the difference between our emotions if we are really happy and joyful or sad. My dogs developed they own way of listening to me.

- Previously I have talked about different cultures and the different languages spoken in different countries. Listening to understand also applies to trying to hear what is being spoken or following directions from someone in an area which is new to us. Even if I don’t speak the same language as the person who I am talking with or getting help from, if i apply the theme of listening to understand, I can listen to more then what is being said. I can listen to the way in which this message is being spoken.

- This equally applies when speaking with people in a shared language. Sometimes we hear what is being said, but we can sense that there is a different meaning to those words. Listening to understand can help us create a greater self awareness which can lead to developing a conscious culture. We listen to our own actions and asses if what we are doing is a constructive thing which does not cause any negative impact on others. Developing self awareness is important (I think), and learning to listen to understand can help this process.

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Listening to understand, is to me, also about listening to different cultures and understanding different ways of living other then my own. This man made is living as a fisherman using a traditional method to catch fish with. In order to cast a net like this properly takes practice and is a skill. To learn these skills, we have to use all our senses to help perfect this technique. This similar principle apples to learning how to play a sport like golf or football, we can listen to the rules and the specific techniques to follow, but it is through observing that we are aided and able to understand how to take that action and understand the movement involved.

- Listening to understand is about finding a balance. Partly listening to what we are hearing, while at the same time observing the context in which what is being said, and the way it is being said. This fisherman had to literally had to have proper balance to stand at the front of his boat and through the fishing net in a manor which would not through off his own balance. In a sense he had to listen to his body and have to confidence to trust that physically he could carry out this exercise. - This man and his wife had a number of small hand-crafts in their little boat, which they wanted to sell me. By demonstrating this fishing technique, this fisherman hoped that I would now buy some of the crafts he was trying to sell.

- Listening to understand allows us to question deeper what it is we are actually seeing or experiencing. This man was trying to make a living selling hand-crafts to tourists but was using this traditional method of casting a net to attract my attention. I was impressed with his fishing style, but that didn’t mean I wanted to buy what he was trying to sell me. In this example, listening is about trying to understand the social and economic realities and challenges other people face and we are able to think and question how we should respond. Or if we should respond.

- Peace can be elusive, but it can sometimes be closer then we realize it. Listening with all our capacity for peace or peace opportunities, is a skill which can be developed through deep listening. Listening to understand, also means listening to what is not said or what could have been said, but was not. With that perspective, listening for opportunities to strengthen or build peace can be aided with a greater sense of awareness and being attuned consciously to the different environments or setting we find our selves in.

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To me the sunrise represents peace. Because peace to me is also an emotional understand of myself. It was through watching the sunrise that I felt a sense of peace, because I was able to think deeply inside to what my thoughts were and what it was I was telling my self. Listening to understand is also therefore about personal reflection and understanding our own emotions. We have to listen to our thoughts internally along with listening to the environments we are in. When I have stress in my life or I am thinking seriously about different issues, I find that if I am able to watch a nice sunrise, that experience and setting helps calm the stress I maybe dealing with or think through an issue. Developing a culture of peace means trying to create personal peace as well as addressing the many challenges occurring internationally.

- The sunrise represents an interesting and I think powerful transition which can be related to peace. Through the sunrise, we go from the dark of night and into radiant light. This transition takes place in silence. There is no giant noise that is associated with this process, it simply happens. I recognize I am using this metaphor which does not always easily apply to resolving conflicts directly. But the image I want to suggest is that if we associate war and conflict with darkness and chaos, and peace with light and calmness. Then going from a state of war into a state of peace can be a seamless process or transition.

- I think peace has to start on an individual bases first. Once people are able to develop a sense of personal peace, then I think addressing the challenges of developing a culture of peace will be a smoother process. It will not be easy all the time, but I think it is a good way to start. Individually if we try to recognize where and how we find peace in or individual lives where we can begin to listen to our own thoughts, hopefully we will be able to listen to others and understand their concerns more consciously.

- If I had to select just one of these six peace themes to explain about what a culture of peace was all about or how people could work towards creating a peace culture, then Listening to Understand would give the best representation of a conscious culture of peace.

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Introduce the next three peace themes. I took this photograph on February 17, 2003. Do any of you know the significance of that that day, or remember what you were doing? I was at a peace march in my city and someone had drawn this peace sign on the street. This day was was the first time in history that people all over the world protested against war and took a public stand for peace. (In some presentations we would show photographs from the different protest all over the globe to show students the masses of people who rallied together, including the 57 people in the Antarctica who gathered for a photograph in the shape of the peace symbol which was taken by a helicopter). Although some people can ague that these protests did not stop the invasion and war in Iraq, however the fact that millions of people all over the world came together to advocate for peace should not be dismissed by the critics. I think the idea of creating a culture of peace became closer to becoming a reality that day. There are unfortunately a number of conflicts which continue today which still need to be addressed, but the peace rallies that day helped give me hope that people were interested in peace and not war.

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This photograph is from a trip I took to Sierra Leon in 2007. When I think about way to reject violence, I have always thought of smiling. Smiles are inviting and generally show a sign of good will and respect. Smiling can bring lots of joy, both those receiving a smile and those sharing one. Out of the hundred or so photographs I took (with an old traditions “film” camera), this was my favorite photograph. The smile from the girl in the center of the photograph was so genuine. I was very please when I had this role of film developed and this photograph came out the way it did.

- Sierra Leone has had a challenging recent history, and although the decade long war is over, there are many issues needing to be tended to. Not every one is as positive and happy looking as the girl in the center of this photograph, which can represent that rejecting violence is not always easy and even when violence is rejected is it not always clear what will come next.

- Smiling at least is one way we can begin to think positively and try to be thankful for the good experiences we have in life.

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The police can help deter violence and put a stop to those who are being violent.

- There for sure is debate around the issue of corruption within police forces, and if in some cases the police create more fear and violence then actually work to achieve a rejection of violence. However, I would rather look at the positive aspect of the good qualities the police can offer.

- Ideally then, when people are traveling in foreign countries and are in need of help or assistance, they should be able to call upon the police for help or assistance.

- Rejecting violence through the presence of police or security officers can positively reenforce the ideas turning to violence is not welcomed and we have to try to keep the peace.

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This photograph is of a girl sifting through a pile of rubbish in Vietnam. Rejecting violence goes to a deeper level beyond just stopping wars and ending physical violence. Rejecting violence also addresses the structural violence within society. What were the reasons that I could travel to Vietnam for a spontaneous month long trip, as apposed to this young girl who had to spend her day looking through discarded wast in hopes she may find something useful. Is it fair?

- What has to be done to reduce structural violence? If we want to help create positive peace from negative peace, how can we contribute to this process?

- Would you rather spend your day doing what this girl has to do, or would you rather take advantage of the learning opportunities by going to school?

- This girl did not have proper shoes or any protective gloves, which brings additional challenges to her situation.

- When we think about violence, it is important to think about the many different forms of violence and therefor try to consider the many way rejecting violence could be approached.

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How do we reject violence? One way is by going to school. This is the school in Northern Vietnam in the town of Sapa. Going to school is one way we learn about our environment and about learning the skills that will help up throughout life. Education is a tool to help us stay away from violence or recognize violence in its many forms.

- What are the way in which you reject violence in your school or community?

- Peace Education is one way we can learn about violence at many levels and begin to think about ways of addressing these violent conditions and therefore reject it.

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Preserve the planet allows us to think about the many resourceful ways we can use the natural products in our community in our everyday life. This means therefore to take special care of our lifestyles to try and not cause to much harm to the environment around us. Perhaps preserving the planet means living a more simplistic life style.

- Think of that photograph of Tokyo, compared with this one, along with your own house, what is the balance? Which community is doing the best at preserving the planet? Should a major developed city be blamed for causing environmental harm as it tries to develop stable economic growth?

Or is it better that people should live in houses made of bamboo with out heating and running water? The theory of preserving the planet is wonderful, but there are many questions to ask about how to actually achieve this.

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Preserving the planet means working the field and supporting the crops which grows the food we need to eat.

- To what extent do you think about where your food comes from? What is the process it goes through to get the the supper market store must of us go to to get our daily or monthly food?

- Would any of you be willing to spend the better part of you days working in the fields growing and harvesting the seeds in the hot sun and rain like the people in this photograph?

- Are we ready to give up our cars or public transport and just walk every where so as to help reduce our carbon-footprint?

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When we think about preserving the planed, how much of the planet are were really talking about? Do we consider the many people who live and work in this area of the world, or ask the question of what does preserving the planned mean for this fellow in the picture?

- Are there customs and traditions which would give up where I am from in order to help create better balance globally for the planet and the billions of people who all live and share this earth together?

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It was very relaxing to spend three days on a nice house boat after spending 4 days hiking up in Sapa in the poring rain. I want to preserve the planet so other people can also enjoy these wonderful places. Traveling allows us to experience different live styles and meet people form many cultures and customs. Engaging in discussions about global issues such as how to preserve the planet can be an interesting discussion, because we have to try and understand the many associations people have with their community and thus the planet.

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Rediscover Solidarity can have a number of different meanings too. Like the other themes of Manifesto 2000, I have created my own association for what these themes mean and how they can be recognized a daily. This is the group of people I traveled hiked through the town of Sapa with. This group had people from China, New Caledonia, Malaysia,Canada and Vietnam. Even though we were all from different countries, we were all interested and compelled to travel to Sapa to learn more about life and the cultures of Northern Vietnam.

I think of Solidarity in terms of, people being from different places or back grounds, but who can come together because of a common interest. Despite the many different languages within the small group we were all able to communicate together, even though it took some time to translate specifically what was being said. Rediscovering solidarity allows up to be open to learning from these different people through their language and culture.

- Backpacking through Vietnam with a guitar has its challenges, and crossing rivers and climbing and hiking along muddy narrow paths was equally difficult. However, as I pointed out before, music has a universal language of its own. In the evening time after a long day of traveling during the entire month I was traveling there, I was able to play guitar and sings songs for others. The other people in the group or that the hostels/guest houses I stayed at were also able to play my guitar and share their songs.

- Traveling with a guitar (or an other instrument) can also create solidarity among fellow travelers who would not normally have any reason to approach or talk to you. But having this guitar opened up that friendship. - Peace sometimes is hard to see, or we see more division among groups of people, but if we search for openings or can fine one common element of unit, such as an interest in music or a guitar in this example, it is likely that other other similarities can be discovered too.

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- Rediscovering solidarity can take work like all of the peach themes talked about, but if we are open and conscious of the possibility of seeing and understanding a connection between different people or groups, we and understand some elements of how we can work together every day to create a peace culture.

- The individual grains of rice growing need that garden to grow heathy together. Each grain is individual, but it grows united with all the other grains of rice

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A flower has individual peddles. Each peddle is unique and has its individual design. It is all the individual peddles which together make up a flower. A flower without any peddles is not much of a flower and a flower peddle not connected to its flower, is not a flower. Solidarity is represented in this image by the unity of the many individual parts which when it i brought together and creates what is known as a flower.

- Are there groups which you belong to because of a specific unified interest? Or are you part of a school team where you contribute your individual skills to work together? Or perhaps you also play music or sing in a choir and have a good understanding of how to create unit. As well you know it is often challenging to work as a team, or for everyone in the band to hit that same note at the same time consistently.

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This photograph is of special importance to me. It continues to represent the idea that that every flower and plant makes up a garden. While in Vietnam I went to the monastery where the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh had done his formative Buddhist training and had lived from many years before he had to flee Vietnam. I am not a Buddhist, however, I have read a number of books about peace by this monk and have a deep respect for his efforts to work for peace, both though his practice and his simplicity in explaining about peace theory.

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