The purpose of the National Peace Academy is to support, advance and nurture cultures of peace by conducting research and facilitating learning toward the development of peace systems – local to global – and the development of the full spectrum of the peacebuilder – inner and outer, personal and professional. In fulfilling this purpose, the National Peace Academy embodies and reflects the principles and processes of peace.
In the United States, we are experiencing a period of change of historic magnitude. We are troubled with a trillion dollar war, collapsing housing and financial markets, soaring energy prices, a homicide rate ten times that of other leading industrial nations, and a prison population that includes 1 in every 100 citizens. The nation is seeking solutions that are cost-effective, sustainable, and address root causes rather than merely symptoms.
Change of this magnitude requires learning, commitment, and action of equal magnitude, both personal and collective. There is a pressing need for structures and institutions to facilitate that learning, nurture that commitment, and make possible that action. The National Peace Academy is one of those institutions.
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