What a great week!
We have just returned from our 2nd annual Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI), the National Peace Academy's signature week-long program, and part of the new National Peacebuilding Peacelearning Certificate Program.
Owen Milne, Nina Meyerhof, Megan Camp, Gwen Hallsmith (missing Andy Barker)
This year's PPI brought together over 50 people from 15 states and six countries around a goal of building peace in their communities (click here for the press release). In addition to thought provoking plenaries illuminating the five spheres of peace and right relationships, skill-building workshops, and group work around individual's peacebuilding proposals, we were happy to learn with five local Vermont peacebuilders who shared their practical experiences during a panel entitled, "Peacebuilding in Vermont: Practical Experiences in Sustainability, Community, and Social Responsibility." For those who were unable to join us in Vermont we have posted videos of the panel on our website. We know you will feel as motivated as we did when you watch these videos that highlight real world, practical experiences in peacebuilding, sustainability and change.
We also had an exciting surprise during the PPI. Lou Ensel, our partner at the Biosophical Institute, announced a $20,000 matching grant to the National Peace Academy! By the end of our week together, we had already raised $5000 for a total of $10,000 for the National Peace Academy. Click here to watch Lou's official announcement and click here to make your contribution which will be matched by the Biosophical Institute. Every dollar you gift NPA right now turns into two dollars in support of this learning institution - Thank you!
As we close a joyful week, we hope that you will hold July 2012 open in your calendars when you'll have the opportunity to join us at the Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive 2012 in Santa Barbara, California!
With gratitude and love from all of us at the National Peace Academy
P.S. For those of you looking for a small taste of PPI 2011, we invite you to check out the reflections of Daryn Cambridge, shared in his personal blog.