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, community education, and citizen peacebuilding initiatives which seek to maximize citizen participation, and accelerate solution-oriented activity.


The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative is an effort to apply the accumulated wisdom now accessible to us towards the general goal of integrating spiritual wisdom into the everyday circumstances of community life--and towards the specific goal of generating practical responses to the challenges of our times.

Below are documents and resources which this writer feels are his best contributions (so far) to realizing the goals in the two Mission Statements above.

Key Documents and Resources

1)  “We interrupt this broadcast….”  Climate Emergency Op-Ed  (6 pages, 2401 words) (updated January, 2020)--First half of Op-Ed: 20 points (almost all evidence-based with source references) highlighting the need and the urgency for Climate Emergency Action.  ​Second half of Op-Ed--Solution Approach being contributed: 5-10 page overviews on how to achieve Zero Carbon ASAP from thousands of positive tipping point organizations and institutions can be catalysts for thousands of local Community Visioning Initiatives

2)  "Brainstorming 100% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions ASAP Campaign"  (157 pages; June, 2019)--includes list of 616 positive tipping point organizations and institutions (in 30 categories, and with Twitter profiles) in Appendix 10.

3)  “Harvest Song”  (Summary Document) [78 pages (3.9 MB); Nov-Dec, 2018]--identifies challenges ahead and potential solutions via 20 tweets from many people; 26 text boxes with information, statistics, and graphics; 17 text boxes by this writer; and 64 links)

4)  Examples of Community Visioning and Strategic Planning (from portfolio of Planning Next organization), and this writer’s preferred example of Community Visioning: 13 minute documentary “Chattanooga:  A Community with a Vision” (1993)--Highly Recommended)

5)  “Convergence of Critical Challenges Alert to Peacebuilders, Chaplains--from”  (10 pages; Feb. 2017)-- In February, 2017, The CPCS Initiative issued a Convergence of Critical Challenges Alert.  An introduction to the full text document “Convergence of Critical Challenges Alert to Peacebuilders, Chaplains--from” (10 pages; approx. 3500 words) was directed to:
a)  peacebuilding organizations and peacebuilding graduate study programs
b)  chaplains and offices of religious and spiritual life at universities and colleges
c)  national and international organizations associated with religious and spiritual life in higher education

6)  "Recalibrating Our 'Moral Compasses': to resolve unprecedented challenges and discover our collective spiritual destiny" (summary document) (85 pages; June, 2015; updated July, 2016)--Section 2 risk assessment p. 9-20 includes excerpts from numerous high credibility sources for each of the ten challenges identified; Section III discusses the “Marginalization of the Treasured Wisdom of Religious, Spiritual, and Moral Traditions--a serious blind spot with implications which are far from being fully appreciated; Section V provides detailed overviews of solution approaches:  Recalibrating Our “Moral Compasses” Survey (ROMC) Projects, Community Visioning Initiatives, Neighborhood Learning Centers, and Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education sections in local newspapers.

7)  "Growing Wisdom and Compassion in Small Communities (13 Steps)" (78p) (summary document) [older CPCS Initiative document "13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change" (78 pages; May, 2017) re-titled in 2019]  [overviews of seven of the thirteen steps were offered in the first IPCR Initiative Journal/Newsletter--see “The Seven IPCR Concepts” (p. 3) in The IPCR Journal/Newsletter Spring 2005”]

8)  “’Holding Together’ During the Climate Emergency Era” Climate Emergency Questionnaire  (14 questions; 10 pages) (August, 2019)--many questionnaires were developed over the years, following the original inspiration from the Queries used by the Quaker community.  The first long collection:  Section 10 “39 Suggestions for Preliminary Survey Questions” (as preparation for Community Visioning Initiatives) on p. 104 of “The IPCR Workshop Primer” (425 pages) (Feb. 2010)

9)  "30 Propositions and Premises of The CPCS Initiative"  (4 pages; May, 2017)--provides insights into the balancing I have done between the second mission statement above and the first.

​10)  Major IPCR Outreach Efforts
From 2005--2012, I carried out four major outreach initiatives--to share educational resources, and in an effort to build The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative.  Below are links to some of the key documents/educational resources being shared during those outreach efforts.
a)  "The IPCR Newsletter/Journal Spring 2005" issue  (14 pages; 2005)
b)  "1000Communities (squared) Proposal:  Creating a Multiplier Effect of a Positive Nature"  (1p; 2008)
c)   "A Four Page Summary of The IPCR Initiative"  (2011)
d)  “A List of Ten Critical Challenges” (closest version I could find) with “The Potential for Community Visioning Initiatives (in 500 words)” on the other side (also used about this time--two page commentary titled "Much Unrealized Potential for Community Service" ) (2 pages; 2012)

11)  "The Spirit of the Sacred Hoop" (11 pages, short story) (First version Fall, 1984; first revision Spring, 2004; minor modifications Summer, 2006; Winter 2013-14)  The story is about a tribe of people who are experiencing great challenges, a young woman’s vision of a bird who conveys a message of great importance to the tribe, and a great journey undertaken by the tribe to find the tree at the center of the sacred hoop.  I believe that it is a healing story, and I myself have read it many times with that outcome in mind.  I wrote two different postscripts for this "Sacred Hoop" story:  "A Postscript to the short story 'The Spirit of the Sacred Hoop'" (3 pages; January, 2009 and April, 2010), and "16 Facets of the story 'The Spirit of the Sacred Hoop'" (5 pages) (March, 2014).  These postscripts provide insights which may help readers appreciate the most important messages of the story.

12) “Where a Village is Tended, a Toxic Waste Dump Cannot Grow” (16p) (outreach document) (April-May 1991)—includes 51 point list “How modern agriculture-based villages can contribute to continuity of peaceful human settlements”, and many quotations and proverbs.

13)  "An Arrangement of Quotations from 'Sathya Sai Speaks' (Vol. 1-15)"  (301 pages) (September, 1996--February, 1997) [permission to publish received 2004; revised page references to new editions of ‘Sathya Sai Speaks” (2006)]  [“Sathya Sai Speaks” Vo. 1-15 are collections of discourses made by Sri Sathya Sai Baba (1926-2011) during the years 1953-1982.]  This writer hereby attributes the inspiration for the approach and substance of The IPCR Initiative and The CPCS Initiative, his personal capacity to see good in the efforts of people from many different faith communities and cultural traditions, and his personal faith in a positive outcome regarding the challenges of our times to close contact, over many years, with the wisdom and compassion in the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.


Longer Documents
(which include much of the research which is the foundation for other shorter documents)

1)  "Invitation Package for Possible Board of Advisors"  (589 pages, 3.6MB; November, 2013)
          (Table of Contents)

2)  "IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011-2012: Summary Report"  (444 pages; January, 2012)
​          (Table of Contents)

Many other documents and resources in “Collected Writings of Stefan Pasti” section

[Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative, critical challenge assessments, unprecedented challenges ahead, maximizing citizen participation, accelerating solution-oriented activity, collaborative problem solving, community education, questionnaires and surveys, community visioning, neighborhood learning centers, community service, newspapers, education, peacebuilding, culture change, etc.]

Key Documents and Resources

Maximizing Citizen Participation and Accelerating Solution-Oriented Activity
in a Time of Unprecedented Challenges