Communities@Peace: Draft Declaration: Calling for Community Guidance as we finalize for i-CANADA launch
October 18, 2011

++ Action Requested: Please review the Draft Declaration below and then provide your comments on our Social Media Forum at
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=3890931 or send an email to bgander@cata.ca 

Canadian Peace Service  Vision: the Communities@Peace  Declaration

The Vision of the Canadian Peace Service is to ensure that by the year 2020 Canada is acknowledged to be the world leader in the creation of ‘pragmatic peace’, because of two unique programs: Civilian Peace Service Canada aimed at creating peace professionals, and Communities@Peace, aimed at establishing community-based peace practices. 

The Canadian Peace Service is a partnership comprised of the Brian Bronfman Family Foundation, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), the Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC), and i-CANADA.  For them, ‘pragmatic peace’ is the practical implementation of peace initiatives.

This partnership understands that Canada has a precious gift:  Canada is the world in miniature.  Canada welcomes and includes people from more cultures per capita than any other nation.  Through its history, Canada has developed a core capability for negotiating between national sovereignties, rather than fighting.  Canada is in truth a “trans-national” nation, embracing the patchwork quilt of humanity with a culturally-embedded expertise in peace creation.   

Canada invented international peace-keeping, from a foundation of experience in domestic accommodation. Canada traditionally celebrates people who have the most difficult kind of courage --  the courage of the peace-maker.

Today, however, Canada has let its heritage go undeveloped, and is not even in the top half of the countries around the world which contribute troops for peace-keeping.

Canadian Peace Service will re-ignite the flames that drove Canada to create global peace-keeping.  The Canadian Peace Service will rebrand Canada, and breathe life into its reputation as the global innovator for peace-making.

 Civilian Peace Service Canada

Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC), will lead the world with the first accreditation program for Peace Professionals, Youth Peace Apprentices and Peace Volunteers.  

Conflict prevention, as well as resolution and/or transformation, is increasingly recognized as critical and requires a distinct skill set.   As with doctors, lawyers, engineers and soldiers, peace workers must be assessed and accredited for competence and professionalism. Astoundingly, before the ground breaking work of the CPSC, there was no standard for assessing the qualifications of disparate civilian peace workers.[1]

Creating a peace profession, in conjunction with intelligent communities, has the potential to prevent and stop major conflicts, including wars.  In addition, this will have a number of other long and short-term positive outcomes, among them:

·   Prosperity through consumer and investor confidence;

·   Reduction in unintended harm caused by well-meaning, unaccredited peace workers;

·   A strengthened society by reinforcing values and expertise in conflict resolution through the spread of Peace Professionals and their knowledge, in traditional and digital outreach formats, as well as participation in national and international decision making;

·   Career opportunities for employment in societal development, civil security and dispute resolution, using online databases and search engines to augment expert guidance;

·   Multiplying and enhancing Canada’s reputation across the globe and create an “overhang” of goodwill.

CPSC will work with youth and community leaders, local and regional officials, federal and provincial leaders, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), and private sector partners to:

·         provide the assessment, training, and accreditation of Peace Professionals, Youth Peace Apprentices and Peace Volunteers;

·         facilitate the deployment of peace professionals, apprentices and volunteers to areas in need;

·         conduct comprehensive research in threat assessment and early warning indicators;

·         carry out evaluation, follow-up, and continuous improvement of its programs; and

·         effectively engage with the Canadian Government and general public on matters pertaining to preventive peacebuilding and how it contributes to economic prosperity and social cohesion.

By professionalizing peace work and giving it the credibility, respect, and visibility it deserves, Canadian Peace Service ultimately strives to become a firmly established, key component of Canada’s reputation for living in harmony at home and peacekeeping abroad. Preventing the escalation of conflict into armed violence will ultimately save billions of dollars and lead to wealth creation and the avoidance or alleviation of untold suffering.

 Communities@Peace

Communities@Peace will channel social and technological energy towards serving the highest aspiration of an Intelligent Community: to live our lives in harmony. It will make use of i-CANADA’s extensive social and technical networks in communities across the country, to establish programs aimed at curtailing conflict that strains the fabric of the community -- conflict between domestic partners, commercial organizations, social groups, economic interests, and employee-employer relations. 

A parallel initiative, Youth@Peace, will bring technology together with social networks to guide youth through a path of peace training, experiential learning and ultimately assessment and formal accreditation.  It will work with existing “best in the world” training organizations and with communities throughout Canada to: a) train youth in the competencies of nonviolent conflict management; b) support existing training and learning institutions and organizations in the development of a curriculum of peace and conflict studies, drawing on world-best examples of “what works”, and make it accessible through online hubs; c) provide career opportunities for employment in community development, peacemaking and civil security. 

Communities@Peace is based on the i-CANADA framework for collaboration, in which Open access ultra broadband infrastructures facilitate new support systems that will dramatically expand networking and understanding for all groups within the community.  New forms of telepresence collaboration stimulate collaborative research, innovation, the creation of new young collaborations.

Through Communities@Peace, a focus program is being created called the Domestic Violence Eradication (DOVE) Program.  DOVE’s objective is to mobilize Canada's advanced technology sector and the networks of Intelligent Communities such that Canadian communities establish the knowledge-based intelligent solutions and parallel social supports, to ameliorate the single most pervasive human rights violation in Canada today.

Other Communities@Peace programs focus on educators, using advanced technology through social stakeholders to provide a more engaging and interactive learning experience that make the lessons of peace-making more accessible than ever.  Learning truly takes place beyond the classroom, tailored to each individual’s own unique style, pace, place and time.  Virtual collaboration between potential partners is assured of success.

Advanced forms of entertainment and information services are also harnessed to Communities@Peace, using new media productions and community home entertainment centres to present new ways to provide peace-making skills. New frontiers in digital media produce new collaboration-centric products, services, investments, international trade and employment opportunities for all Canadians, thanks to a competitive blend of creativity and technology.

++ Call To Action

Achieving global recognition as the foremost nation in the development and implementation of pragmatic peace, will support Canadian opportunities around the world in business, social programs and global development.  We urge you to join those already participating in our vision to create the Canadian Peace Service ……. The World’s Leading developer of pragmatic peace.

(signatories to the Declaration, then direct to signing page)



[1] Documented in the CPSC White Paper, (July 2007): http://www.civilianpeaceservice.ca/documents/exec_summary-en.pdf.