The Peace Education and Action Center has sponsored the following events since its inception in the summer of 2007.
Suncoast Network for Compassionate Communication presents
& CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION
3-Day Southeast US Restorative Circle
introductory training with Duke Duchscherer
Saturday (doors open @8:30) 9a-5p
Sunday October 2 10a-4p
LOCATION: Rising Tide International
The Restorative Circles process has been described as a straightforward problem-solving and nonviolent restoration method that demonstrates how community members can resolve their own conflicts when provided with a constructive form to do so. The establishment of a restorative system empowers communities to consciously choose how they would like to respond to conflict before it occurs - a form of proactive, preventative conflict transformation. It enables them to choose a nonviolent response to conflict that involves the whole community in discovering their own sustainable strategies by addressing immediate as well as underlying long-term causes. Restorative Circles (RC) are being used with great long-term success in schools, justice systems and communities in this country and around the world.
RC Facilitator Duke Duchscherer is a Certified Trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication and is on the Board of Directors for the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. He has facilitated trainings in Restorative Circles and Nonviolent Communication in India, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iran, Croatia, Canada and the United States. He has taught at the European Peace University in Austria and the Rondine Della Pace in Italy, which draws students from all over the world. Duke's trainings and experience builds capacity using Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in areas of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, trauma healing, restorative processes and reconciliation.
Restorative Circles was developed by Dominic Barter by years of practice and skill in resolving conflict in favelas in Rio de Janiero. To learn more about Dom and his work, or to read articles about Circles, visit www.restorativecircles.org. For videos and interviews of Dom explaining both Restorative Justice and Restorative Circles click: http://www.restorativecircles.org/pages/video-vnJgu
September 26, 2010 - Annual Peace Picnic and Celebration of Community Elders
Teach Peace Conference - Where are the R's in Peace? Rethinking Education, Restoring Justice, Respecting Environment
September 27, 2009
September 27, 2009
September 11 - September 21, 2009
Coordinated 11 Days of Global Unity Activities for Sarasota, culminating in International Peace Day.
Screened the documentary The Day After Peace twice in conjunction with the Sarasota Film Society and AnythingArts.com. Collected donations and raised enough money to purchase five DVDs for area high schools.
Sponsored a resolution in Support of Local Citizens taking Action for Peace that was passed unanimously by the Sarasota City Commission.
Was successful in getting the Sarasota County School Board to pass a Proclamation in support of the International Peace Day Initiative.
March 20-22, 2009
First Annual Teach Peace Conference held on New College Campus
Speaker: Paul Loeb; Five workshop
strands - Building a Culture of Peace, Teaching Peace, Personal Peace, the Cost
of War and Mobilizing Youth and Young Adults
February 18, 2009
a Film Screening of 'When I Come Home', followed by a talk with
Aaron Glantz, author of The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle Against America's
Made presentation to the Democratic Women's Club of Manatee County on the importance of teaching peace.
Picture: Piero Falci of One Planet United
Speaks at the Teach Peace Conference
November 24, 2008
John Dear Book Talk at the First Presbyterian Church
Dear was touring in support of his book A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle
for a Nonviolent World. Book discussion
groups were held in Manatee and Sarasota Counties for 6 weeks prior to the
event. Over 250 people attended the
event at First Presbyterian Church.
September 21, 2008
Hosted the first Peace Day Picnic and Honoring Our Elders Celebration at the Friends Meetinghouse. Honored Lottie Swann-Crawford, Peter Duisberg, Mary Elmendorf and Mary Sheppard for their contributions to furthering the goals of peace and justice.
August 9, 2008
Sponsored film screening and facilitated discussion of Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
August 9, 2008
Empathy Before Education Workshop
NVC Practioner Mercedes Frace facilitated this 2.5 hour teacher's playshop for teachers to gain basic skills in Nonviolent Communication.
Sponsored a 2 day Educator Workshop with Nonviolent Communication Trainer Sura Hart. This workshop focused on enhancing teachers' abilities to foster safety and trust and build a more caring, participatory and truly compassionate classroom.
February 1, 2008
Sponsored a one-day parenting seminar with Nonviolent Communication Trainer Sura Hart. Participants gained skills in language and listening that support living and working joyfully and cooperatively with children without resorting to shame, judgment or punishment.
January 30, 2008
Sponsored a talk by Charles Webel, Fulbright Senior Specialist in Peace and Conflict Studies on Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Is a Nonviolent Strategy Possible?
December 20, 2007
a presention by Dr. Will Tuttle, author of World Peace Diet: Eating for
Spiritual Health and Social Harmony.
Organized presentations by diverse groups/individuals to the Sarasota County School Board in response to the incident at Bay Haven Elementary School where students were unable to recognize conscientious objectors during the school's Veteran's Day Celebration.
Sponsored a Film Screening of "Troop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars" which documents an innovative Girl Scout program brings daughters together with their inmate mothers, offering them a chance to rebuild their broken relationships.
November 30, 2007
Sponsored K.C. Walpole's presentation on American Prisons: What's Wrong, What You Can Do About It. Kinloch C. Walpole is the Abbott of the Gateless Gate Zen Center. Mr. Walpole is an ordained bodhisattva teacher in the Kwan Um Zen tradition and has been active in a prison ministry and in prison reform for over a decade. He brings viable new ideas to the issue of American Prisons. Presentations were given at New College (2-4pm) and the Friends Meetinghouse (7-9pm).
Colman McCarthy, founder of the Center for Teaching Peace, visited Booker High School and spoke to approximately 200 students in three sessions on the importance of teaching peace. Later that evening he spoke to about 200 community members at Sanier Auditorium on the campus of New College.
Sponsored reception for SalOm: Step One - Stepping Towards Peace presented by Fuzion Dance Company at Backlot Arts Theater.This dance-based, interactive performance was conceived in 2000 by Keren Shani-Lifrak and was originally adopted by Upper Manhattan Arts Project in New York City.