The Next Peace Leadership Summer Course is taking place July 20-26, 2014 in Santa Barbara!
(For information on applying CLICK HERE to see the flyer)
LIVING PROOF AND PEACE LEADERSHIP (Pictured above are my father, myself, and my mother) Click Picture to Enlarge
Growing up in Alabama as a child of a half-black and half-white father and Korean mother, I am living proof of progress. Only 4 percent of Americans approved of interracial marriage in 1958, and in 2013 the approval rating was 87 percent. Born in 1980, I grew up feeling like an outcast because of my racial background, but I have seen attitudes change in my own lifetime, and my existence has become living proof that attitudes can change. However, positive change does not happen by itself. We must make it happen. As a descendant of slaves, I have civil rights today because of those who waged peace before me. Two hundred years ago American women could not vote, own property, or graduate from college, and every woman who has those rights today is also living proof of progress. In school most students are not taught that men, women, and people from all ethnic backgrounds have benefited enormously from waging peace. Although humanity has a long way to journey to fully achieve peace and justice, if we have made progress, why can’t we make more progress? Just as soldiers are trained to wage war, how much further could humanity progress if citizens were trained to wage peace?
I did not like reading books as a child, but West Point taught me that “Leaders are Readers.” Books can possess a power capable of changing our lives and the world, and this is why slave owners made it illegal to teach slaves to read, the Nazis burned books, and dictators ban books. Because neither of my parents graduated from college, they emphasized the importance of a good education. At West Point I learned that our education must go beyond the classroom by including meaningful life experiences and the books we choose to read for our personal and professional development. Education is power, and if I wanted to heal the trauma from my violent upbringing and make the most of my life, I had to educate myself in a way that strengthened my humanity. To create more living proof of progress throughout the world, we must recognize and strengthen our shared humanity, and learn the peace leadership skills that empower us to wage peace.
THE ROAD TO PEACE BOOK SERIES
To learn how waging peace can improve our personal lives, communities, and the world, a useful place to start is books. To build a foundation for waging peace, which is vital to peace leadership, I am writing the Road to Peace book series. This is a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. This book series is a resource for anyone who wants to understand how positive change happens on both the global and personal levels. The books can be read in any order, and each book journeys deeper to reveal the solutions to our human problems and unlock the secrets of our humanity.
#1 – Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of Peace for the 21st Century (Publication Date: February 2009)
#2 – The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future (Publication Date: April 2010)
#3 – Peaceful Revolution: How We Can Create the Future Needed for Humanity’s Survival (Publication Date: February 2012)
#4 – The Art of Waging Peace: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World (Publication Date: July 2013)
#5 – The Cosmic Ocean: New Answers to Big Questions (Tentative Publication Date: 2015)
#6 – Soldiers of Peace: How to Wield the Weapon of Nonviolence with Maximum Force (Tentative Publication Date: 2017)
#7 – The Muscle of Imagination: How Humanity’s Most Dangerous Power Strengthens Us to Wage Peace and Remake the World
Click the following link to learn more about the books…
NAPF PEACE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (COURSES AND TRAINING)
In addition to learning about the power of waging peace through books, you can also attend the training courses I teach. Offered in the summer in Santa Barbara and in the winter as a graduate-level class at the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences, this course teaches the powerful form of leadership that is needed to promote peace and justice in communities, countries, and the world. I also offer this training in communities around the country (and internationally). Most leadership books and courses are focused on business management, but this course teaches the form of leadership that Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Susan B. Anthony practiced. It is also the form of leadership that our world will require if humanity is going to solve its most serious problems and survive in the 21st century. Peace leadership skills are life skills, and the ability to resolve conflict and wage peace not only allows us to make a positive difference in the world, but in our communities, families, and personal lives.
To learn more about the NAPF Peace Leadership Course visit http://beapeaceleader.org/