Maximizing Citizen Participation and Accelerating Solution-Oriented Activity
in a Time of Unprecedented Challenges
About the CPCS Initiative
The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative
The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative provides research and analysis for critical challenge alerts, and research and support for collaborative problem solving initiatives which seek to maximize citizen participation.
Stefan Pasti is the Founder and Resource Coordinator for The CPCS Initiative, and currently the sole organizational person.
Below is some of the “backstory” of The CPCS Initiative.
Stefan Pasti has been actively involved in peacebuilding and community revitalization work for over 30years—as a writer (in a variety of genres, including short novel and short story); an editor (newsletters, quotation collections); an advocate of ecologically sustainable communities; a practitioner of voluntary simplicity; and, from 2001-2013, as founder and outreach coordinator for The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative (see “About The IPCR Initiative” for more information, and key documents).
In May, 2013, Mr. Pasti consolidated 4 websites—The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative, Community Visioning Initiatives Clearinghouse, Community Teaching and Learning Centers Clearinghouse, and his Collected Writings website—and the common thread running through the result was Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability.
Although Mr. Pasti does not have traditional credentials or professional experience, he has a “trained eye”, and a well seasoned intuitive “feel”, for analyzing complex information regarding challenges of our times, identifying pathways for solution-oriented activity to flow, synthesizing such information into understandable parts, and organizing those parts into a well organized document (much like the work which would need to be done to sort through participant input during a Community Visioning Initiative). (For more information about Mr. Pasti, see the “About Stefan Pasti” section of this CPCS Initiative website.)
In October-November, 2013, Mr. Pasti wrote and compiled a summary statement document titled “Invitation Package for Possible Board of Advisors” (589 pages; 3.65MB). The “Invitation Package…” is a compilation of observations from a wide range of vantage points, which provides both a “big picture” assessment of the critical point we are at, and more than enough evidence that we have the resources to overcome the challenges of our times. Mr. Pasti also created many supporting documents for the “Invitation Package”, including a 20 page introduction, and a 27 page “long version Table of Contents” both of which can be used as an “Executive Summary”. Shorter supporting documents include “A List of Ten Critical Challenges” (1 page), and “The Potential of Community Visioning Initiatives (in 500 words)”.
Beginning in December, 2013, The CPCS Initiative launched a new and comprehensive campaign called “Tipping Point Action: Citizen Participation in Times of Unprecedented Challenges.
The primary goal of the Tipping Point Action Campaign (see also Press Kit for the Tipping Point Action Campaign webpage) is to encourage citizens from every variety of circumstances to help create, become involved, contribute to, and participate in one or more of the thousands of Community Visioning Initiatives (or similar stakeholder engagement/collaborative problem solving processes designed to maximize citizen participation) which will be needed to exponentially accelerate solution-oriented activity at this critical time.
During November-December, 2014, Mr. Pasti created key documents for The Recalibrating Our “Moral Compasses” Survey Project, which include a 74 page prospectus, a 13 page overview, and a 5 page “Project Overview and Invitation to Collaborate”. Those key documents are accessible at the ROMC Survey Project webpage.
During March-April, 2015, Mr. Pasti created the Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education (NTNCE) Project. The Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education (NTNCE) Project advocates for a new section in newspapers associated with small and mid-sized towns. The new section (NTNCE section) would be used to highlight and accumulate stories, personal experiences, and other forms of reader contributions which identify helpful people and valuable resources, and reinforce important community goals.
During May-June, 2015, Mr. Pasti wrote and compiled the the 85 page paper "Recalibrating Our 'Moral Compasses': to resolve unprecedented challenges and discover our collective spiritual destiny" (June, 2016 version)—which summarizes Mr. Pasti’s work from 2001-2015. The Summary Paper was updated in June, 2016 (minor editing, making links current) and now has a 4 page preface.
In May, 2017, Mr. Pasti revised an updated an older foundation piece "Ten Steps for Long Term Culture Change"--which has now become "13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change" (a kind of second CPCS Initiative Summary Paper). He has also added an introduction (based on his most recent approaches to advocacy)—and added an Appendix [which includes “Unprecedented Challenges Ahead—February, 2017” (2p.) and “30 Propositions and Premises which make up The CPCS Initiative” (4p.)]. It makes it all seem very doable.... This “13 Step” document can create, and/or contribute to, many positive multiplier effects--and assist with accelerating solution-oriented activity at this most critical time. Mr. Pasti urges readers of this webpage to make use of this “13 Step” resource.
Key outreach documents include:
1) "13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change" (78 pages; May, 2017)
2) “Unprecedented Challenges Ahead--February 2017” (2 pages; Feb., 2017)
3) “Launching the Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative Hashtag (#CPbCSus)” (5 page overview of the CPCS Initiative) (Nov., 2015)
4) the new "Preface to the CPCS Summary Paper" (4 pages, June, 2016)
5) 8 page introduction to The CPCS Summary Paper (Oct. 2016 and Jan. 2017)
6) "Convergence of Critical Challenges Alert to Peacebuilders, Chaplains--from cpcsi.org" (10 pages; Feb. 2017)
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