IPCR Journal/Newsletter (Winter 2010-2011) features “Multiplier Effect” paper and new PRORI concept
Attached to this post is a pdf file of The IPCR Journal/Newsletter (Winter 2010-2011 issue). This 58 page issue features a most comprehensive introduction to The IPCR Initiative (a 11 page paper titled “The IPCR Initiative: Creating a Multiplier Effect of a Positive Nature”), and parts of a work-in-progress on a concept called “Peace Returned on Resources Invested” (PRORI).
Much of what makes up the rest of this issue are references to fields of activity which are—from this writers’ point of view—a part of the “constellation” of initiatives necessary to overcome the challenges of our times. [Special Notice—added in late: “A Call to Women’s Organizations Associated with Peacebuilding and Philanthropy. (9 pages)] A central focus of The IPCR Initiative is its advocacy for a combination Community Visioning Initiatives, "Community Teaching and Learning Centers" with ongoing workshops, and "sister community" relationships as a way of generating an exponential increase in our collective capacity to overcome the challenges of our times. This writer is hoping readers will see that the above combination of approaches can be used to create “constellations” of initiatives which are local community specific and regional specific.
A very important feature of the Community Visioning Initiatives the IPCR Initiative proposes is the job fairs which come at the end of the Community Visioning Initiative process. Such job fairs provide opportunities for all key stakeholders in the community (businesses, organizations, institutions, government, etc.) to demonstrate their upgraded awareness—and their interest in the welfare of the community—by offering and facilitating new employment opportunities… and thus assisting with a just transition from patterns of investment which in only limited ways represent solutions to prioritized challenges to patterns of investment which in many ways represent solutions to prioritized challenges.
The pdf file (mentioned above)--accessible here as an attachment-- is also accessible at the website of The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative, at www.ipcri.net (in both the “Keynote Documents” section of the homepage, and “The IPCR Journal/Newsletter” section). The layout of this IPCR Journal/Newsletter, on the pdf file, is such that copiers at office supply stores, etc can print out a hard copy in double-sided format (cost per 48 page copy—between $4 and $5). Since all IPCR Initiative documents are accessible for free, readers who would like to have a hard copy are encouraged to download the pdf file, and then print out a copy for themselves (and for others too, if there is interest).
Below is an excerpt from the “Letter from the Editor” (myself), from p. 2 of the issue—and the entire “Table of Contents” (from p. 3). In the years ahead, we will need the best efforts we can make at working together to overcome the challenges which are ours to meet and overcome. This writer hopes that his contributions are practical and relevant, and inspire others to find more and more ways that we can encourage and support each other. Then we will surely succeed.
With Kind Regards,
Stefan Pasti, Founder and Outreach Coordinator, The IPCR Initiative
[and Writer and Editor for The IPCR Journal/Newsletter (Winter 2010-2011 issue)]
From the “Letter from the Editor” (p. 2)
“We have both the resources and the specialized knowledge necessary to overcome the challenges of our times….which is exactly why peacebuilding approaches are needed—so rather than use up resources fighting amongst ourselves, we can make best use of what we have. There may be many people in our communities who use irresponsible and disrespectful language in ways which do not suggest that their motive is to respectfully provide good service to their fellow human beings, and contribute to the greater good of the whole. And there may be people in our communities who—regardless of the difficulties and urgencies associated with resolving multiple crises—choose to focus their attention of trying to make money by preying of people’s fears, manipulating people’s trust, and/or encouraging people to abandon hope in higher aspirations, and indulge in unhealthy, or immoral behavior. The IPCR Initiative recognizes that such behavior is clearly counterproductive to the building of caring communities; it can be very dangerous for community morale; and it can become a crippling obstacle in times of crises. What we need instead are 1) people who prefer the kind of peacebuilding which supports and actualizes mutually beneficial understandings, forgiveness, and reconciliation—and which abstains from violent conflict resolution—as a way of bringing cycles of violence to an end 2) people who use resources carefully, so that there is surplus available for emergency assistance and 3) people who support community life and cultural traditions which ‘… bring to the fore what is often hidden: how many good people there are, how many ways there are to do good, and how much happiness comes to those who extend help, as well as to those who receive it.’”
Table of Contents
“The IPCR Initiative: Creating a Multiplier Effect of a Positive Nature” (complete paper)
Appendix: The IPCR Mission Statement
A 15 Step Outline for a Community Visioning Initiative
One Example of the Benefits of Preliminary Surveys
“Community Teaching and Learning Centers”: A Special Form of Community Education
A key role that can be played by philanthropy
A List of 117 Fields of Activity Related to Peacebuilding, Ecological Sustainability,
and Community Revitalization
One of the Most Persistent Ironies in Life….
A Mini Questionnaire from The IPCR Initiative
Excerpts from “Brief Descriptions of The Eight IPCR Concepts”
A just transition to patterns of investment which in many ways represent solutions
to prioritized challenges
Another Mini Questionnaire
Community Education for a Full Range of Peacebuilding Roles: Ecovillage Design Curriculum
Local Currency and a Just Transition to More Solution-Oriented Employment
Introducing the Concept of “Peace Returned on Resources Invested”
Excerpt from “The Food and Farming Transition: Toward a Post Carbon Food System”
Excerpt from a “Farmer Seeking Apprentice” Application Form
Permaculture: Some Key Concepts
On the subject of finding contentment and quality of life
while consuming less material goods and ecological services
“The Great Way is very level….”
Evaluating the Action Plans (associated with Community Visioning Initiatives)
Opportunities for Local Newspapers to contribute very valuable community service
A Call to Women's Organizations Associated with Peacebuilding and Philanthropy
Notes and Source References
About the Writer and Editor [of The IPCR Journal/Newsletter (Winter 2010-2011 issue)]
About IPCR Workshops
An Invitation to Assist the Efforts of The IPCR Initiative
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