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Why and how our inherent traits enable us to replace today's culture of violence and adversarialism with a new culture of peace and mutualism
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The Day After Peace - (Education version) Spanish Subtitles

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Planetafilia - Federación Mundial de Naciones

Planetafilia - Federación Mundial de Naciones | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Somos Ciudadanos del Mundo comprometidos con el establecimiento de una Parlamento Mundial Ciudadano y la transformación de la ONU en una Federación de Naciones con Sistema Parlamentario Mundial.
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Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood

TED Talks When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of Star Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic?
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30 Ways to Engage Your Social Media Influencers - Salesforce Marketing Cloud

30 Ways to Engage Your Social Media Influencers - Salesforce Marketing Cloud | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
These are a few ways to reach out to and engage with your influencers that can easily be incorporated into your existing social media strategy. Start with one or two and go from there to find the approach...
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A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Kid President, knowing this, has put together a video you can play each morning as you wake up or to share with your friend who needs a kick in the right direction. Take a moment and spread some encouragement. "It's everybody's duty to give the world a reason to dance."


Created by Kid President and Brad Montague. Special thanks to Robert Frost, that dude from Journey and the movie Space Jam.

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Do yourself a favor and just stop and watch this for a couple of minutes, dude!

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There's More to Life Than Being Happy

There's More to Life Than Being Happy | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness
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In a new study to be published this year, psychological scientists asked nearly 400 Americans aged 18 to 78 whether they thought their lives were meaningful and/or happy. Examining their self-reported attitudes toward meaning, happiness, and many other variables -- like stress levels, spending patterns, and having children -- over a month-long period, the researchers found that a meaningful life and happy life overlap in certain ways, but are ultimately very different. Leading a happy life, the psychologists found, is associated with being a "taker" while leading a meaningful life corresponds with being a "giver."

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Culture of Peace and Non-Violence | UNESCO

Culture of Peace and Non-Violence | UNESCO | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
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In its essence, the culture of peace and non-violence is a commitment to peace-building, mediation, conflict prevention and resolution, peace education, education for non-violence, tolerance, acceptance, mutual respect, intercultural and interfaith dialogue and reconciliation. It is a conceptual as well as a normative framework envisaged to inspire thoughts and actions of everyone. Therefore, it requires cognitive as well as the emotional abilities to grapple with our own situation in a rapidly changing world as well as with the emerging world society. This aim entails not just more factual knowledge, but also the broadening of our consciousness and the willingness to develop a new awareness, a new way of being in this world, a new “mental mapping”.

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Israel and Iran: A love story

When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like "Israel loves Iran," "Iran loves Israel" and even "Palestine loves Israel."

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Centro para la Comunicación No Violenta:| The Center for Nonviolent Communication

CNVC is a steward of the integrity of the NVC process and a nexus point of NVC-related information and resources, including training, conflict resolution, and organizational consulting services.
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La Comunicación NoViolenta (CNV) está basada en principios de no violencia -- el estado natural de compasión cuando no hay violencia presente en el corazón.

NVC empieza asumiendo que todos sentimos compasión por naturaleza y que las estrategias violentas -- ya sean éstas físicas o verbales -- son conductas aprendidas que la cultura prevaleciente enseña y sostiene. CNV también asume que todos compartimos las mismas necesidades humanas básicas, y que cada una de nuestras acciones son estrategias para satisfacer dichas necesidades.

Las personas que practican la Comunicación NoViolenta han encontrado mayor autenticidad en su comunicación, mayor entendimiento, conexiones más profundas y resolución de conflictos.

La comunidad CNV está activa en más de 65 países alrededor del mundo. Averigue más sobre cómo CNV está cambiando el mundo, y como usted puede participar.

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Gratitude As An Antidote To Aggression

Gratitude As An Antidote To Aggression | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Grateful people aren't just kinder people, according to UK College of Arts & Sciences psychology Professor Nathan DeWall. They are also less aggressive.DeWall proves his point with five studies on gratitude as a trait and as a fleeting mood, discovering that giving thanks lowers daily aggression, hurt feelings and overall sensitivity.

"If you count your blessings, you're more likely to empathize with other people," said the researcher who is more well-known for studying factors that increased aggression. "More empathic people are less aggressive."

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Are humans predators by nature?

Are humans predators by nature? | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Are humans predators by nature? Or do our instinctual responses tell another story about our true nature?

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Scaffolding for Deep Understanding

Scaffolding for Deep Understanding | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

That learning takes place in a social context is a significant issue. This is why collaboration or ‘cooperative learning’ has become so popular – but it has to be more than social collaboration. Cognitive collaboration needs to be encouraged. As students communicate their ideas, they learn to clarify, refine, and consolidate their thinking. Schoenfeld has said that, ‘Groups are not just a convenient way to accumulate the individual knowledge of their members. They give rise synergistically to insights and solutions that would not come about without them.’


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How Culture Drove Human Evolution

How Culture Drove Human Evolution | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

We've begun to pursue this idea called the cultural brain hypothesis—the idea that the real driver in the expansion of human brains was this growing cumulative body of cultural information.

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Join the 2013 Canadian School of Peacebuilding

Join the 2013 Canadian School of Peacebuilding | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Come this summer to learn with other peacebuilders – local and international, young and old, students, practitioners, and those new to peacebuilding! Each year Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), an institute of Canadian Mennonite University, invites the peacebuilders of the world to gather in Winnipeg, Canada, for a selection of 5 day courses from June 17-21 and June 24-28, 2013. Courses are offered for personal inspiration, professional development or academic credit. Register today or join our email network, also feel free to visit our website, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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World Alliance to Transform the UN

World Alliance to Transform the UN | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

"The Mission of the World Alliance for Transforming the United Nations is to urge and promote a Review of the UN Charter as a first step in reforming or transforming the United Nations, starting with a UN Parliamentary Assembly and moving towards a World Parliament that truly represents the people, including via nation-states and world civil society.


"We’ll work for the establishment of an effective system of global governance that is able to deal adequately with such global issues as peace and security, disarmament, sustainable development, adherence to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international law, and the protection and restoration of the natural environment.


"It should be based on the principles of justice, freedom, democracy, rule of law, equity, self-determination, mutual cultural respect and religious diversity, international fellowship and cooperation."

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Janine di Giovanni: What I saw in the war

Reporter Janine di Giovanni has been to the worst places on Earth to bring back stories from Bosnia, Sierra Leone and most recently Syria. She tells stories of human moments within large conflicts -- and explores that shocking transition when a familiar city street becomes a bombed-out battleground.

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A Pair of Arrows - Peace and Collaborative Development Network

A Pair of Arrows - Peace and Collaborative Development Network | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
The conflict resolution field is nebulous when it comes to defining it or even recognizing it. The paradigm of peacebuilding is constantly shifting and evolv…
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Human -- for better or worse

Human -- for better or worse | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Are people, by nature, kind or rotten? This question has kept philosophers, theologians, social scientists and writers busy for millenniums.
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We frequently feel rather than think our way to moral judgments; in general, the more affective parts of our brains generate quick, intuitive, moral decisions ("I can't tell you why, but that is wrong, wrong, wrong"), while the more cognitive parts play catch-up milliseconds to years later to come up with logical rationales for our gut intuitions.

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International Essay Contest for Young People

International Essay Contest for Young People | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
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As today's young people are crucial for the shaping of our future, it is imperative that they are enabled to develop to their full potential. UNESCO's objective is to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, and fostering useful and long-lasting skills.


This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

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Build a culture of peace by changing the purpose of education

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The slaughter of 20 precious little children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut is horrible evidence that we live in a culture of violence in our country. Other recent murders in Seattle, Colorado, Virginia and 29 violent deaths in Utah during 2012 all attest to how widespread violence is. Unfortunately, there are other examples of violence that are accepted and even rewarded in our society. 

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Marshall Rosenberg - Nonviolent Communication - Online Training Course - CNVC.org

DESCRIPTION: http://CNVC.org - Marshall Rosenberg - Nonviolent Communication - Online Training Course ORIGINAL VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iVmJvmgrNo
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5 Prehistoric People Who Prove Our Ancestors Took Care of the Disabled

5 Prehistoric People Who Prove Our Ancestors Took Care of the Disabled | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Examination of skeletons from past millennia reveals that, at least in some cases, prehistoric humans cared for the sick and with disabilities.
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One more proof that "survival of the fittest" did not necessarily apply to individuals in human societies. If this is the case, then the competition and aggression that assumedly characterized much of human evolution did not necessarily take place. Therefore, the assumption is also false that competition and aggression were genetically programmed into us through natural selection. Let's let go of our myths and let the science speak, folks!

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5 simple ways to teach your child empathy

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Chances are you, or your parents, were brought up as part of a generation that was told “If you’re going to cry, you can go outside”. Today’s society is far more understanding of emotions – both our own and other people’s. But this kind of ‘emotional intelligence’ doesn’t come naturally to all of us. While some seem to be born with a natural affinity for caring and understanding other people, others find matters of the heart awkward, preferring to keep a lid on the whole messy business.

 

No matter our natural disposition, empathy is one skill that can be learned and as parents, we play an important role in teaching our children.

 

So where do we begin?

 

Name the feeling...

It’s good to talk about feelings...

Praise your child when they show empathy...

Talk about feelings as actions..

Encourage your child to think of others..

 

 by Karen Charlton 


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'Tis better to give than to receive? Life scientists find that giving support offers health benefits -- to the giver

'Tis better to give than to receive? Life scientists find that giving support offers health benefits -- to the giver | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Providing support to a loved one offers benefits, to the giver, not just the recipient, a new neuroimaging study reveals. "When people talk about the ways in which social support is good for our health, they typically assume that the benefits of social support come from the support we receive from others, but it now seems likely that some of the health benefits of social support actually come from the support we provide to others," said Naomi Eisenberger, a UCLA assistant professor of psychology and the senior author of the study, published in the online edition ofPsychosomatic Medicine, a peer-reviewed health psychology journal.

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El error de Holmberg y la prevalencia de modelos mentales equivocados

El error de Holmberg y la prevalencia de modelos mentales equivocados | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

El error de Holmberg es descrito por Charles Mann (2006) en "1491: una nueva historia de las américas antes de Colón", un libro que debiera ser de texto para todos los americanos (me refiero a los habitantes del continente americano, sí, el que comprende del Yukón a la Patagonia).

 

El modelo mental creado por Holmberg sobre los pueblos originarios de América persite con la ayuda tanto de Hollywood como de la antropología. Y es que el modelo ha resultado muy conveniente para justificar la depredación de las comunidades originarias, lo mismo en Canadá (donde aún en el siglo XXI hay historias de explotación y acallamiento de los pueblos indígenas) que en la Sierra de Guerrero en México o en Bolivia y Brasil.

 

Desde la óptica de la sociedad occidental seguimos diciendo que los pueblos indígenas están atrasados y que debemos salvarlos de su pobreza. Curiosamente es justo lo contrario. Nuestra cultura depredadora y de consumo está acabando con nuestra civilización y con el planeta. Necesitamos voltear a ver a los pueblos originarios de la tierra, ya que son ellos con sus aprendizajes ancestrales quienes tienen lecciones importantes para salvarnos a todos. La vida de la "comida rápida" debe reencontrar el ritmo de los ciclos naturales de la naturaleza. ¿Estaremos ya listos para ir más allá de nuestra arrogancia obtusa?

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