Peace and Power: New Directions for Building Community

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2012-01-01

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In the years since the publication of the first edition of Peace and Power: New Directions for Building Community, the author has refined the processes outlined in the book through her experiences in classrooms, committees, and workshops, building meaningful relationships through a nurturing and empowering leadership method. The Eighth Edition of Peace and Power benefits from these years of positive and constructive leadership experiences. This Edition of Peace and Power focuses on clarity, highlighting key elements of group interactions that promote greater group integrity and cooperation. Readers of Peace and Power will benefit from a handbook that inspires ways of incorporating value into work, home, and community. For eight editions, nurse leaders have relied on this book to provide a hands-on guide for developing cooperative group processes and for overcoming the habits of exclusionary group interactions. This book remains a valuable resources for community groups, classes, committees, and others seeking to create change toward a more equitable model and more satisfying (peaceful) group interactions.

Table of Contents

Getting Readyp. 1
Why "Peace and Power"?p. 1
What Is "Peace and Power"?p. 2
Where Do the Practices of Peace and Power Come From?p. 2
The Power of Words to Shape How People Think and What They Dop. 3
What Does My Group Need to Do to Get Started?p. 4
Things to Think About and Dop. 7
Peacep. 9
What Is Peace?p. 9
Peace and Warp. 9
Peace as Commitment and Actionp. 10
Peace Is Notp. 13
Having Good Intentions Is Not Enoughp. 14
Things to Think About and Dop. 14
Powerp. 17
What Is Power?p. 17
Power Values in Actionp. 18
Things to Think About and Dop. 21
Making the Commitmentp. 23
Why Shift to Peace and Power?p. 23
How Do We Begin?'p. 23
The Commitment to Peace and Powerp. 24
Things to Considerp. 29
Things to Think About and Dop. 30
Principles of Solidarityp. 31
What Are Principles of Solidarity?p. 31
Why Do We Need Principles of Solidarity?p. 32
How Do We Start?p. 33
What Needs to Be Included in Our Principles of Solidarity?p. 34
Principles of Solidarity for the Friendship Collectivep. 38
Things to Think About and Dop. 42
Peace and Power Processesp. 43
What Are the Benefits for My Group If We Use Peace and Power?p. 43
What Kinds of Groups Use Peace and Power?p. 43
What Is Different About Peace and Power Groups Compared to Traditional Groups?p. 44
What Happens in a "Peace and Power" Meeting?p. 45
Checking Inp. 46
Checking Outp. 49
Things to Think About and Dop. 50
Rotating Leadership and Responsibilityp. 51
Why Rotate Leadership? Why Not Just Elect Our Leaders?p. 51
How Do We Rotate These Responsibilities?p. 52
The Convenerp. 52
Discussion: Rotating Chair Processesp. 55
Active Listeningp. 56
Discussion in Online Groupsp. 57
Passing It Along: Notes and Minutesp. 58
What Are Some of the Challenges of Peace and Power?p. 59
Variations on Discussionp. 62
Things to Think About and Dop. 67
Peace and Power Decision-Buildingp. 69
Why Use Peace and Power Decision-Building?p. 69
How Is Peace and Power Decision-Building Different from Other Ways to Make Decisions?p. 70
How the Process Worksp. 71
Challenges of Peace and Power Decision-Buildingp. 74
Things to Think About and Dop. 82
Closingp. 83
What Is Closing?p. 83
Why Take the Time and Effort for Closing?p. 83
How Do We Get Started with Closing?p. 84
The Art of Closing: Getting Your Head and Heart Togetherp. 88
Responding to Closingp. 89
Critical Reflection as Homeworkp. 90
Things to Think About and Dop. 92
Conflict Transformationp. 95
What Is Conflict Transformation?p. 95
Relearning Conflictp. 96
How Does Conflict Transformation Happen?p. 97
Foundations for Transforming Conflict into Solidarity and Diversityp. 98
Developing the Skills of Conflict Transformationp. 100
Being Specific About Your Feelings and Your Observationsp. 102
Stating What You Wantp. 104
Responding to Critical Reflectionp. 104
Reclaiming the Virtues of Gossipp. 107
Anger as a Source of Strengthp. 109
Conflict in Online Groupsp. 112
Interrupting Habits That Sustain Divisivenessp. 114
Conflict Transformation and Value-Based Decision-Buildingp. 115
When Transformation of Conflict Is Not Possiblep. 116
Things to Think About and Dop. 116
Period Piecesp. 119
Periodic Review of Principles of Solidarityp. 119
Open or Closed Groups?p. 120
People Joining an Ongoing Groupp. 120
Member Leaving a Groupp. 121
Asking a Member to Leave a Groupp. 122
Ending a Groupp. 122
Things to Think About and Dop. 123
Classrooms, Committees, and Institutional Constraintsp. 125
Can Peace and Power Happen in Traditional Settings?p. 125
How Do We Begin?p. 126
Peace and Power in the Classroomp. 127
What Do We Do Once We Select a Peace and Power Value?p. 128
Things to Think About and Dop. 133
Indexp. 135
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