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Global Peacemaker Network

The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) is proud to create the Global Peacemaker Network, an online platform for students, teachers, conflict resolution and peacebuilding professionals, policy makers and global citizens. This network is an open source virtual space with information about Peacebuilding and Community Building acting as a social network utilizing technology, education, vocational tools , global resource mapping along with security and development topics from around world – from Conflict Resolution Education materials for teachers to the impact of technology and natural resources in global security. We welcome you to view the Resource Library below and contribute a resource.

World Humanitarian Day 2016

We are in the midst of the greatest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime, we are witnessing human suffering unlike any we've seen before. This is our chance to act and put humanity first. We all have a role to play. read more

Global Peace Index 2016

In the 12 months since the last Global Peace Index, increased conflict, terrorism and the refugee crisis suggests a less peaceful world. However, despite the increasingly unequal gap between peaceful and less peaceful nations, there are positive trends where the data tells a different story. read more

What is restorative justice?

"Restorative justice represents a paradigm change from thinking about justice as a mechanism for social control to thinking about justice as a mechanism for social engagement," says Dr. Brenda Morrison, the director of Simon Fraser University's Centre for Restorative Justice. "We know that people who are engaged in healthy ways socially and emotionally make better decisions, and so restorative justice seeks to be socially and emotionally intelligent justice." "Conflict is a normal part of life. It can either shut us down, or it can provide us an opportunity to learn and grow and better understand each other. And that's what restorative justice is." "Because it's emotionally intelligent, [restorative justice] repairs that visceral aftermath that we experience in injustice." read more

Forest Whitaker: Work together as a unit to resolve global problems

Forest Whitaker talks with Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar about the ecosystem of partnerships that helped him build the Whitaker Peace and Reconciliation Initiative. read more

Open MIT Courseware

Unlocking Knowledge MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. Empowering Minds Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication. read more

Vision of Humanity Mexico Peace Index Map

Interactive online map of Mexico ranking of each state statistics and its violence quotient. read more

Vision of Humanity:A Timeline of Peace in Mexico

A timeline of peace in Mexico from the hight of the drug war to present day. Graphic read more

Democracy Index 2015: Democracy in an age of anxiety

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories—this covers almost the entire population of the world and the vast majority of the world’s states (micro-states are excluded). The Democracy Index is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Based on their scores on a range of indicators within these categories, each country is then itself categorized as one of four types of regime: “full democracies”; “flawed democracies”; “hybrid regimes”; and “authoritarian regimes”. read more

Strategies to Prevent Youth Violence

Researchers have linked a lack of social problem-solving skills to youth violence (Pepler and Slaby 1994; Baranowski et al. 1997). When children and adolescents are faced with social situations for which they are unprepared emotionally and cognitively, they may respond with aggression or violence. Many assert that we can improve children’s ability to avoid violent situations and solve problems nonviolently by enhancing their social relationships with peers, teaching them how to interpret behavioral cues, and improving their conflict-resolution skills (Nadel et al. 1996). Social-cognitive interventions strive to equip children with the skills they need to deal effectively with difficult social situations, such as being teased or being the last one picked to join a team. They build on Bandura’s social-cognitive theory, which posits that children learn social skills by observing and interacting with parents, adult relatives and friends, teachers, peers, and others in the environment, including media role models (Bandura 1986). Social-cognitive interventions incorporate didactic teaching, modeling, and role-playing to enhance positive social interactions, teach nonviolent methods for resolving conflict, and establish or strengthen nonviolent beliefs in young people. read more

The Conflict Resolution Education Connection

The Conflict Resolution Education Connection People around the globe have started embracing conflict resolution as a key component of a quality education. We invite you to use this site to explore some of the wide array of available materials that support conflict resolution education (CRE as we like to call it). Perhaps you might even contribute some content after you get to know us and see areas of need that you can help fill. read more