Sometimes a fellow writer sums up my hopes and goals so articulately, I have nothing else to add. Brad Heckman does precisely that in his posting today.
I wish we in the peacebuilding community could really shake things up, and truly awaken the public to mediation and other nonviolent conflict response approaches. I most definitely felt the ground move beneath my feet when I learned that there is a better way of dealing with conflicts…a way that meant neither giving up, nor giving in. One that promotes assertiveness and improves understanding and heals relationships.
I’ve posted before about how we get it wrong in getting the word out. And while we’re not a unified, standardized, professionalized field, we peacebuilders — mediators, conciliators, facilitators, conflict coaches, violence interrupters, trainers, arbitrators, appreciative inquirers , nonviolent communication practitioners, etc. — are nevertheless a movement. A scattered, diverse, motley movement, but a movement nonetheless.
Let’s shake things up and peace out.
Writing about the tremors that shook his home city, New York, Brad reflects on the street scene he encountered when he exited the subway on Tuesday. It reminded him of a Japanes monster movie scene. It’s worth a click just to see the artwork he chose to accompany his post.
Brad Heckman is CEO of the New York Peace Institute.