Are We Done Fighting?
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Powerful tools for spreading peace in your community


  • Are We Done Fighting? explores what makes peace spread, and how we can use this knowledge to thrive and live in harmony
  • Draws on academic fields like neuroscience, social psychology, behavioural economics, and anthropology to offer profound insights into human behaviors and human problems
  • Short chapters are complemented by practical exercises ideal for facilitated group learning
  • Practical book full of cutting-edge research
  • You'll learn of peace workers on the front lines achieving what we might think is impossible and you'll see how they do it
  • Due to its practical nature, Are We Done Fighting? could be used by book clubs, school groups, service clubs, religious communities
  • Are We Done Fighting? draws from Quaker thinking and experience and shares the wisdom and examples of this community that has been successfully working for positive social change for centuries
  • Intended audience: Activists, service club members, liberal churches and other faith groups, teachers, individuals interested in non-violent ways to oppose racism and the spread of violence

Powerful tools for spreading peace in your community

Unfounded beliefs and hateful political and social divisions that can cascade into violence are threatening to pull the world apart. Responding to fear and aggression strategically and with compassion is vital if we are to push back against the politics of hate and live in greater safety and harmony.

But how to do it?

Are We Done Fighting? is brimming with the latest research, practical activities, and inspirational stories of success for cultivating inner change and spreading peace at the community level and beyond. Coverage includes:

  • An explanation of the different styles of conflict
  • Cognitive biases that help explain polarized and lose-lose positions
  • Practical methods and activities for changing our own and others' minds
  • When punishment works and doesn't, and how to encourage discipline in children without using violence
  • The skill of self-compassion and ways to reduce prejudice in ourselves and others
  • Incredible programs that are rebuilding trust between people after genocide.

Packed with inspiration and cutting-edge findings from fields including neuroscience, social psychology, and behavioural economics, Are We Done Fighting? is an essential toolkit for activists, community and peace groups, and students and instructors working to build dialogue, understanding, and peace as the antidote to the politics of hate and division.


Foreword by George Lakey
About Quakers and the Author
Introduction
Using This Book
      Activity: Learning Contract or Journaling
      Activity: Your Values and a Special Person
      Activity: Your Strengths

Section 1: Peace and Power
1. What Peace is Not
      
Tips from This Chapter
      Activity: Group Ideas — What Peace is Not
      Example: Experience Changes Beliefs in Kenya

2. Us and Others
      Tips from This Chapter
      Activity: Transforming Bias

3. Power-over
      Tips from This Chapter

4. Power-with and Power-from- within
      Tips from This Chapter
      Activity: Walk Around
      Activity: Find Your Power-from- within

5. Process and Change
      Tips from This Chapter
      Activity: Meeting an Unsympathetic Politician

Section 2: Communication Skills
6. Firm Belief
      Tips from This Chapter
      Activity: Decision Making
      Activity: Our Position

7. Treating Emotions with Care
      Tips from This Chapter
      Activity: Making Connections

8. Communication
      Tips from This Chapter
      Activity: Rewording a Conflict
      Activity: Concentric Circles
      Questions for This First Concentric Circles Activity

9. Conflict
      Tips from This Chapter
      Activity: What Would You Need?
      Example: Who Gets Recognized?

Section 3: Violence and Interpersonal Peace
10. Seeing Violence
      Tips from This Chapter

11. What's Natural?
      Tips from This Chapter

12. Safety
      Tips from This Chapter
      Activity: Accepting Everyone
      Example: The Nashville Sit-ins

13. When Hate Rises
      Tips from This Chapter
      Activity: Violence
      Example: Sammy Rangel

14. Violence in Social Change
      Tips from This Chapter
      Example: Elections in Idlib City
      Activity: Four Elements
      Activity: Follow the Leader

15. Who Benefits?
      Tips from This Chapter
      Activity: Mainstream and Margins

16. Oppressors and Victims
      Tips from This Chapter
      Example: Pronouns
      Activity: What's Changed So Far?

Section 4: Inner Peace
17. Connection
      Tips from This Chapter    

18. Changing Ourselves
      Tips from This Chapter
      Activity: Kindness Meditation
      Activity: Gratitude

Section 5: Structural Peace
19. Who's Dreaming?
      Tips from This Chapter

20. Just War, Just Peace, and Responsibility
      Tips from This Chapter
      Example: Healing and Rebuilding our Communities

21. Unarmed Civilian Protection
      Tips from This Chapter
      Example: Bear Clan Patrol
      Activity: De-escalation on the Subway

22. Mediation
      Tips from This Chapter
      Example: Concerned Citizens for Peace

23. Peace Education
      Tips from This Chapter
      Example: Power-with the Smallest Children?
      Activity: Peacebuilding Dreams
      Activity: What is Peace?

24. What Peace Is
      Tips from This Chapter

Appendix 1: What We Mean by a Culture of Peacebuilding
Appendix 2: The Basics of Facilitation
Notes
Index
About New Society Publishers

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Published 28 May 2019
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EAN13 9781771422970
Language English
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