PETER BERGEL – The Occupy movement has opened space for a national â€“ even international â€“ dialogue on the kind of world we want to live in. It has empowered many citizens to find the audacity and courage to think outside the box â€“ to consider sweeping solutions that were off the table a few short weeks ago.
PETER BERGEL – On Tuesday night a reported 100,000 Americans joined Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz for a national conversation about breaking the partisan gridlock in Washington DC. It was another great example of the growing willingness of ordinary people to reclaim their power from those to whom they have delegated it, only to see it abused.
VERNICE SOLIMAR, PHD – Over the years, students and faculty at John F. Kennedy University have expressed a desire to apply principles of psychology, human development and human potential to social action, diversity and systems approaches to planetary issues…a major need for the 21st century was a new paradigm of leadership that would solve problems, shift systems and create opportunities that engendered respect and care of the community, ecological integrity, social and economic justice and world peace.
NATIONAL PEACE ACADEMY: The National Peace Academyâ€™s understanding of peace is shaped by the definition contained in the Earth Charter: â€œâ€¦peace is the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.â€