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Continuous Support from European Universities to Peace Education in Colombia: A report from the Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck (Austria)

As the peace initiatives in Colombia continue to flourish during the challenging phase of the implementation of the peace agreements between the government and the FARC-EP, several universities from Europe are visiting the country, learning from and lending support to local approaches to peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

Peace-building Stories – connecting children and young people to peace-building ideas

Peace-building stories are stories that build hope and peace in hearts and minds and are meant to be shared especially with children. The story themes reflect upon the inherent structural inequalities and rather than perpetuating cynicism, fear or despair they purposefully re-focus attention upon building hope and introduce nonviolent, peaceful processes by offering a simple means for the creation of imaginative, nonviolent, collective solutions. One story, Donald the Drake, has been written in response to the uncertainty about the future of democratic processes within the United States and the consequential impact upon world peace. It focusses attention upon exploring how citizens can bring out the best in their elected leaders in peaceful, nonviolent ways instead of allowing fear to dictate thinking and action.

The internet can spread hate, but it can also help to tackle it

Social media has changed the way we communicate. It offers valuable opportunities for connection but at the same time segregates people into social ‘bubbles’ that echo and legitimise one’s own opinions. Peace education and digital literacy can be combined to transform the internet into a more positive and hopeful space.

Positive Peace: New and Updated for 2016

The Institute of Economics for Peace (IEP) launched ‘Positive Peace 2016’, their latest report which presents a compilation of IEP’s most advanced research to-date. The report investigates the eight domains of Positive Peace, why they are important, and how they work together to reduce levels of violence and improve resilience and peacefulness. Without a deeper understanding of how society operates it will not be possible to solve humanity’s major challenges. Positive Peace, combined with systems thinking, provides us with a unique framework from which to better manage human affairs.

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