Voices of Harmony and Dissent: How Peacebuilders are Transforming Their Worlds
Have you ever met people who faced deeply into the difficulties of life but still have a sense of joy, compassion, even playfulness? The 15 bold peace-builders in this book are just such people. These bestselling authors shares with you wisdom, inspiring stories and real life experiences. Each shares their best insights about the art of conflict and how to be peace in the midst disruption. More
This volume teaches again and again one vital insight: peacebuilding in deeply divided communities requires a special combination of radical thinking, creative imagination and engaged action. -Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Have you ever met people who faced deeply into the difficulties of life but still have a sense of joy, compassion, even playfulness? These people exude a kind of hope rooted, not in ignorance, but rather the kind of hope that arises as people face the complexity of violence, trauma, abuse and injustice but still somehow find a path toward being peace and transforming the world. Each of the 15 bold peacebuilders in this book are just such people. Each bestselling author shares with you wisdom, inspiring stories and real life experiences. Each shares their first-hand experience of learning the art of conflict, how to be peace in the midst of disruption and how they work at transforming the world.
These great teachers of peace teach you how to:
· Be inspired by the stories of people being peace and transforming the world.
· Be equipped with tools and strategies of peacebuilding in a variety of settings.
· Be nurtured with resources that have helped shape and inspire the author's peace practices.
Authors include: Ovide Mercredi, Mubarak Awad, Stuart Clark, David Dyck, Martin Entz, Harry Huebner, Ouyporn Khuankaew, George Lakey, Ivo Markovic, Maxine Matilpi, Stan McKay, Piet Meiring, Sophia Murphy, Kay Pranis, and Karen Ridd. Accompany these authors as they tell stories about women and peacebuilding, nonviolent action for social change, restorative justice, indigenous approaches to change, spirituality and creative arts, circle process, food security, mediation, inter-cultural peace work, truth and reconciliation.
Voices of Harmony and Dissent holds the heart of how social change happens--people who believe deeply, develop significant relationships, and have the courage to engage together. Each and every chapter provides lessons and inspiration and, most importantly, has a deep resonance that rises from these voices of hard-won experience and reflective practice, an authenticity that touches the reader and points us toward the kind of learning that really makes a difference in our world. - John Paul Lederach, author of The Moral Imagination
Simply wringing your hands over the state of the world is not going to change anything. It's real action that changes the world, and this book gives the reader advice from people who wake up every day and do the hard work of building peace. Bravo! - Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
These stories and essays intimately and powerfully convey two fundamental truths. The first is that history changes only through the actions of people who decide it has to change... The second truth is that the human spirit is worth struggling for, day after day, year after year, no matter whether we are successful or not. In this work, which joins us at the heart, we will always find joy, even in the harshest of external circumstances. - Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science