New Approach to Collaborative Problem Solving and Citizen Peacebuilding
(being introduced by two companion websites and four key documents)
[Below is the first section of a 6 page introduction to the Community Visioning Initiative Clearinghouse website and the Community Teaching and Learning Center Clearinghouse website. The complete 6 page document is accessible from this link (“Intro to CVI and CTLC Clearinghouse Websites”)—or from the websites themselves.]
The websites, the documents, and the approach
We are in uncharted territory, for there is no culture or association of societies that ever existed on planet Earth which has had to resolve the kind of challenges the next few generations of people will have to resolve [see “A List of Ten Critical Challenges” (also accessible from the last page of all four key documents below) and the longer Table of Contents for “Many Dangers Signs Flashing Red”].
This introduction provides an overview of an approach to collaborative problem solving and citizen peacebuilding which emphasizes Community Visioning Initiatives and Community Teaching and Learning Centers.
The websites which are introducing this new and comprehensive approach to collaborative problem solving and citizen peacebuilding are:
1) Community Visioning Initiatives Clearinghouse (at www.cviclearinghouse.net )
2) Community Teaching and Learning Centers Clearinghouse (at www.ctlcclearinghouse.net )
The “clearinghouse” part of the titles emphasizes that these websites can serve as gathering points for information, resources, model project case studies, and best practices which are contributions to realizing the potential of these problem solving and peacebuilding processes. In addition, each website has a Discussion Forum which can serve as an aggregator for related resources, shared experiences, and thoughtful discussion about the documents below, the “125 Related Fields of Activity”, (some of which are listed on the left side of the clearinghouse webpages), and any other topics which will be helpful to resolving the critical challenge ahead.
The key documents associated with this new and comprehensive approach to collaborative problem solving and citizen peacebuilding are:
1. "Many Danger Signs Flashing Red" (65 pages) (Nov. 2012)
4. "Key Organizations, Initiatives, and Insights" (149 pages) (Nov., 2012)
This writer advocates for a combination of preliminary surveys to 150 local leaders (as preparation for Community Visioning Initiatives), time-intensive Community Visioning Initiatives supported by many “Community Teaching and Learning Centers” (offering workshops suggested by the preliminary surveys), and “sister community” relationships as a way of creating local community specific and regional specific “constellations of initiatives” responses to the challenges of our times.
For a Peaceful and Sustainable Future,
Stefan Pasti, Resource Coordinator
Community Visioning Initiatives Clearinghouse
Community Teaching and Learning Centers Clearinghouse