- Know the day-to-day “how” of building small zones of peace, and;
- Develop skill in maintaining these small zones of peace, once constructed.
Shared values (like-mindedness) and cooperation with others help us build foundations for a healthy community life. Groups of individuals that develop beyond these foundations into actually growing community life can become zones of peace when they, also, have:
- Sustainable practices for resolving conflict between members; and
- Skill at creating elegant solutions for solving the problems that arise in conflict areas.
At New Horizons -- we call individuals who function in this way – exceptional leaders. We call groups that function in this manner – exceptional communities. The New Horizons’ Small “Zones Of Peace” Project has created an intriguing model for training and empowering exceptional leaders (in our model "followers" are also demonstrating a kind of leadership) and developing exceptional communities. Our community development model and our personal commitments to functioning, individually and collectively, in this fashion are “how” we build small “zones of peace.” Think about it -- the "what" (of your vision) and the "how" (of your method) for building zones of peace. At least building small ones by thinking globally, acting locally, minute-by-minute. Nothing necessarily grand. Just "being" the peace you wish there to be. And, imagine! What more could you do today to build zones of peace everywhere you go? And how can you achieve this, day-by-day? Today, more than yesterday. Tomorrow, more than today. Send me your visions and viewpoints at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe it's even time for us to consider plans for our another art and essay contest. You might be our next first prize winner!