COMMUNITY PEACE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM
OVERVIEW OF CURRICULUM
This curriculum is designed as a self-paced course of study. Participants will explore topics to the extent which best meets their interests in each. The curriculum is broken into six sections, two which explain and define the peace leadership model, and four of which contain expansive areas for learning, growth, and understanding of various topics and subtopics. Each of the subtopics contain four sections of learning: an overview, which describes each subtopic; videos, which discuss each subtopic from the perspective of an expert; practical applications, which give participants ideas and tools to on how to put each subtopic into practice; and references and resources, which provides a list of books, articles, and websites that participants may want to explore for further information.
The curriculum is designed in a linear fashion, despite the fact that peace leadership, as we all know, is actually significantly more complex in reality. This design allows participants to progress from one topic area to the next with ease of navigation. The curriculum is offered free of charge. We ask only that you participate in the surveys connected to each section of the curriculum to help with improvement and to understand the effectiveness of the program in the practice of peace leadership.
CURRICULUM LEARNING GOALS
The goals of this curriculum are to:
• Increase knowledge of peace leadership terms and concepts.
• Facilitate a holistic understanding of peace leadership components.
• Increase self-reflection in leadership pursuits.
• Create opportunities to engage and foster comfort with those from various viewpoints and backgrounds.
• Provide practical tools for moving forward peaceful change.
• Increase comfort in building and facilitating groups for peaceful change.
• Further development of working and engaging at a systems level.
• Develop ideas for further peace leadership understanding and development.
OVERVIEW OF PEACE LEADERSHIP MODEL
What is peace leadership?
Peace leadership is about our abilities to work together to challenge violence and aggression and build positive groups, communities, organizations, and societies. Peace leadership provides a space for us all to work both individually, and together, to make the world the place where we want to live.
Peace Leadership Model
Dr. Whitney McIntyre Miller and Dr. Zachary Gabriel Green created the perspective of peace leadership that is the foundation for this curriculum. This model is based on four areas where work for peace leadership occurs. These areas are Innerwork– the individual space where we reflect and allow ourselves to engage in peace leadership work; Communities– the space where we share collective knowledge and understanding with each other; Knowledge– the theories, skills, and processes we use to inform our practice of peace leadership; and Environment– the larger space that looks at our systems and operating structures and influence on our on peace leadership.
Drs. McIntyre Miller and Green call these areas parems. They discuss the idea that each of these parems, or areas, overlap and have connections. In fact, they believe that peace leadership only occurs when work is being done to some capacity in each of these parems at the same time. Therefore, the perspective of peace leadership they propose looks like the following image:
This perspective is quite complex- with many overlapping spaces. For simplification, the work of peace leadership can be seen as a grid, demonstrated in the image below. This image clearly identifies the four individual areas of practice. It is important to recall, though, that despite the simplicity of the grid dynamic, peace leadership requires that work must be present, to some dimension, in each of these areas.
This curriculum will focus on each of these areas individually, and will provide a sampling of subtopics available in each area. This curriculum is not designed to be exhaustive, but rather provide an overview of common subtopics in each area. The work of peace leadership is complex, and therefore many combinations of work and practice may occur when peace leadership is present. Those practices discussed below are those most likely help to contribute to peace leadership, and our efforts to move peace leadership forward in our homes, communities, organizations, and societies.