Maximizing Citizen Participation and Accelerating Solution-Oriented Activity
in a Time of Unprecedented Challenges
The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative
About the IPCR Initiative
The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (IPCR) Initiative
[Note: The IPCR Initiative was the predecessor of The CPCS Initiative, which began in 2013.]
My beliefs that there is a critical need for an exponential increase in compassion for our fellow human beings—and that at no other time in history has there been more potential for such an increase—have urged and inspired me for a long time. (I have been inspired by people and resources from many different religious, spiritual, and moral traditions.)
Specifically, from 2001-2013, one of my most important priorities (in my free time) was building The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative (previous website address www.ipcri.net --currently archived). I was (and remain) very much interested in exploring how the above mentioned unprecedented potential might be realized. This exploration identified a set of critical challenges (see “A List of Ten Critical Challenges”) which (it seems to me) will require problem solving on a scale most of us have never known before—and a “constellations of initiatives” approach to overcoming those challenges, at the local and regional levels.
The "constellations of intiatives" approach: The IPCR Initiative advocated for a combination of preliminary surveys to 150 local leaders (as preparation for Community Visioning Initiatives), time-intensive Community Visioning Initiatives supported by many “Community Teaching and Learning Centers” (offering workshops suggested by the preliminary surveys), and “sister community” relationships as a way of creating local community specific and regional specific “constellations of initiatives” responses to the challenges of our times.
Below I have listed some of the “Key Documents” of The IPCR Initiative. [In addition, two of the early IPCR Initiative documents--made before 2007--are accessible in the "Collected Writings of Stefan Pasti" section of this website)(see #7 and #7.5 in that section)]. There are also three sections further below: “Major IPCR Outreach Efforts” and “Two IPCR Newsletters”—and a link to video documentary about Community Visioning Initiatives titled “Chattanooga: A Community with a Vision”.
[Above text by Stefan Pasti, Founder and Resource Coordinator for The CPCS Initiative--and past Founder and Outreach Coordinator for The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative. (The former IPCR Initiative website, at www.ipcri.net went offline in 2013.)]
21 Key IPCR Documents
“Spiritually Responsible Investing: Integrating Spiritual Wisdom into the Everyday Circumstances of Community Life” (12 pages) (2007)
"Spiritual Peacebuilding: 47 Quotes and Proverbs" (12 pages; August, 2007)
"Peacebuilding in its Most Compassionate Form" (41 pages) (Aug.-Nov., 2007)
“A 15 Step Outline for a Community Visioning Initiative” (28 pages) (2008)
"1000Communities2" ("1000Communities Squared") (164 pages; June, 2008) 1000 Community Visioning Initiatives X Community Centers with Ongoing Workshops + Sister Community Relationships = an exponential increase in our collective capacity to resolve the challenges of our times
“125 Related Fields of Activity” (2 pages) (2009)
"15 Sample Preliminary Survey Questions" (12 pages) (2009)
"Brief Descriptions of The Eight IPCR Concepts" (26 pages) (2005, 2009)
[Special Note: The Spring, 2005 issue of The IPCR Journal/Newsletter (see section below) has descriptions of seven of the eight IPCR concepts. This document was eventually modified and retitled "Ten Steps for Long Term Culture Change" (30 pages; March, 2014)]
"The Twilight of One Era, and the Dawning of Another" (35 pages; Sept.--Oct., 2009)
"48 Different Ways of Describing The IPCR Initiative" (32 pages; February, 2010)
"The IPCR Workshop Primer" (425 pages) (Feb. 2010)
A Comprehensive Summary of the IPCR Initiative; including “36 Problems That May Arise (in preparing for, and implementing, Community Visioning Initiatives)” (Section 11), a section which was only included in this document.
"Recalibrating Our Moral Compasses" (29 pages; April, 2011)
Another source for evidence supporting my assessments of the critical challenges of our times, and the need for unprecedented collaborative problem solving. The title would be used again in the CPCS Initiative Summary Paper ("Recalibrating Our Moral Compasses: to resolve unprecedented challenges and discover our collective spiritual destiny")
"A Four Page Summary of The IPCR Initiative" (2011)
"39 Suggestions for Preliminary Survey Questions" (36 pages) (2011)
“IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011-2012: Summary Report” (444 pages)
(5 page Table of Contents)
“The Potential of Community Visioning Initiatives (in 500 words)” (2012)
“Community Visioning Initiatives or General Elections?” (10 pages) (2012)
"Evaluating the Effectiveness of Community Visioning Initiatives" (7 pages) (2008, 2012)
[Note: This content can be found on pages 539-546 of the document “Invitation Package for Possible Board of Advisors” (589 pages, 3.6MB; Nov. 2013)
“Introduction to Clearinghouse Websites for Community Visioning Initiatives and Community Teaching and Learning Centers” (6 pages) (2012)
“17 Propositions and Premises which are part of the Foundation of The IPCR Initiative” (2 pages) (2012)
“The Potential of Neighborhood Learning Centers (in 500 words)" (2014)
"A List of Ten Critical Challenges" (1 page) (2014)
[Special Note: there will be documents uploaded here which have links to documents at “old websites” (which are now archived). Thus, there will be some “non functioning” or “no longer active” links in some documents (some, more than others). In documents where it is practical, I will—in the near future—re-create such documents, so that they have “active” links (links now pointing to documents “housed” at this new, active, and online website). Meanwhile, if readers try a link in a document, and find that the link is “no longer active”, readers can try looking through this website—maybe the link is to a document they can find here. There is also the possibility of sending an email to me, and I can post the document in the “Collected Writings” section. So… there are ways to remedy the problem. I thank readers for their patience. SP]
Major IPCR Outreach Efforts
From 2008--2012, three outreach efforts this writer made in an effort to build The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative. Here is a link to a one page description of those outreach efforts, and below are links to some of the key documents used to describe the resources being offered, and the potential for collaboration and partnerships--during those outreach efforts.
1) "1000Communities2 Proposal: Creating a Multiplier Effect of a Positive Nature" (2008)
2) "A Four Page Summary of The IPCR Initiative" (2011)
3) “A List of Ten Critical Challenges” with “The Potential for Community Visioning Initiatives (in 500 words)” on the other side (original outreach version link here)(compare with current versions of “A List…” and “The Potential…”)--and "A List of Ten Critical Challenges with "A Brief History of the IPCR Initiative" on the other side. (2012)
4) A two page commentary titled "Much Unrealized Potential for Community Service"
Two IPCR Newsletters
“The IPCR Journal/Newsletter Spring 2005” issue (14 pages) is noteworthy because it has detailed descriptions of seven of The Eight IPCR Concepts—and much of that content has remained as it was written then [see updated version “Ten Steps for Long Term Culture Change" (30 pages; 2009, 2014)].
“The IPCR Journal/Newsletter Winter 2010-2011” issue (58 pages) includes: a) an 11 page introduction to The IPCR Initiative (“Creating a Multiplier Effect of a Positive Nature”) b) a 15 step outline for Community Visioning Initiatives c) 8 sample questions for a preliminary survey d) a list of 117 related fields of activity e) an introduction to the concept “Peace Returned on Resources Invested” f) a 9 page section titled “A Call to Women’s Organizations Associated with Peacebuilding and Philanthropy” g) a section describing opportunities for local newspapers to contribute valuable community service—and thus contains enough detail associated with the IPCR peacebuilding approach to be a valuable starting point for brainstorming sessions, exploratory meetings, and workshops associated with planning and implementing a Community Visioning Initiative.
Video Documentary "Chattanooga: A Community with a Vision"
My interest in Community Visioning Initiatives was inspired instantly when, in 1994, I watched a documentary titled “Chattanooga: A Community With A Vision” (13 minutes). The video documents two very successful Community Visioning Initiatives organized by the non-profit organization Chattanooga Venture (Chattanooga, Tennessee USA)—one in 1984, and a follow-up in 1993. The 1984 Chattanooga Community Visioning Project (“Vision 2000”, organized by the non-profit organization Chattanooga Venture) attracted more than 1,700 participants, and produced 40 community goals—which resulted in the implementation of 223 projects and programs, the creation of 1,300 permanent jobs, and a total financial investment of 793 million dollars.
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