Voices for a Culture of Peace: Compendium of the SGI-USA Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series, Volume 1

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Culture of Peace Press, 2010 - Political Science - 265 pages
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This book is a collection of rich ideas by leading intellectuals-academics, practitioners, and activists-illuminating issues centering on the culture of peace as a beacon of hope for our time. It is a dynamic, multifaceted resource that elucidates peace as basic to our individual self and highlights our unending human potential. Fourteen speakers with diverse backgrounds and from a vast range of perspectives and experience present their thoughts on how to create and foster a global culture of peace, enhancing our understanding of interrelated topics including personal empowerment, gender issues, conflict resolution, gang intervention, value-creating education and internationalism. This eclectic and thought-provoking series of presentations and interactions is intended to empower community participants with a heightened awareness of how subtle shifts in our attitudes and behaviors can help attain and sustain the culture of peace. The Soka Gakkai International-USA Culture of Peace Resource Centers - located in New York, Santa Monica, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Honolulu, and San Francisco - offer the Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series to engage people in a regular community dialogues on the values, attitudes and behaviors that reject violence and inspire creative energy for peace. Lecturers in this series focus on one or more of the eight action areas defined by the 1999 United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace: (1) Foestering a culture of peace through education, (2) promoting sustainable economic and social development, (3) Promoting respect for all human rights, (4) Ensuring equality between women and men, (5) Fostering democratic participation, (6) Advancing understanding, tolerance, and solidarity, (7) Supporting participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge and (8) Promoting international peace and security.

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The mission of Culture of Peace Press is to publish works that inspire thinking, dialogue and action based on the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace.

Culture of Peace Press is a publishing division of the SGI-USA, the American branch of the Soka Gakkai International, the 12-million-member lay Buddhist organization committed to world peace through cultural exchange and education for the happiness and welfare of all humanity.

The Soka Gakkai, which means "Society for the Creation of Value," was founded in Japan in 1930, based on the teachings of Nichiren, a 13th-century Japanese Buddhist teacher and reformer.

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