Maximizing Citizen Participation and Accelerating Solution-Oriented Activity
in a Time of Unprecedented Challenges
The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative
The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative provides research for critical challenge alerts, and support for collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives which seek to maximize citizen participation, and accelerate solution-oriented activity.
The CPCS Initiative is now making accessible an 85 page paper which summarizes work by its founder (Stefan Pasti) from 2001 through June, 2015.
The paper is titled "Recalibrating Our 'Moral Compasses': to resolve unprecedented challenges and discover our collective spiritual destiny” (June, 2016 version). The Summary Paper was updated in June, 2016 (minor editing, making links current) and now has a 4 page preface.
The summary paper provides evidence which identifies unprecedented challenges ahead, and advocates for collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives on a scale most of us have never known before.
A brief overview of the paper is provided below.
Most of the outreach related to the CPCS Summary Paper is being done on the Twitter platform, through tweets to specific organizations and individuals—and by way of creating a #CPbCSus hashtag.
Hopefully, the #CPbCSus hashtag will also assist with creating a community of people who—like the CPCS Initiative Founder and Resource Coordinator Stefan Pasti—are focusing on minimizing disconnect and supporting maximum clarity on both the nature of the challenges ahead, and what collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives will make best use of the knowledge, skills, and resources each one of us has to contribute at this critical time.
Key outreach documents include:
1) “Unprecedented Challenges Ahead--November, 2015” (2 pages; Nov., 2015)
2) “Launching the Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative Hashtag (#CPbCSus)” (5 page overview of the CPCS Initiative) (Nov., 2015)
3) the new "Preface to the CPCS Summary Paper" (4 pages; June, 2016)
Brief Overview of the Paper
Evidence supporting the urgent need to reach positive tipping points on many of these challenges as soon as possible includes: an 11 page arrangement of quoted passages in Section II [72 quoted passages which are drawn from the following CPCS Initiative critical challenge assessments: “IPCR Critical Challenge Assessment 2011-2012: Summary Report” (444 pages; January, 2012); “Invitation Package for Possible Board of Advisors” (589 pages; November, 2013); and “An Assessment of the Most Critical Challenges of Our Times” (36 pages; May, 2015)].
A 6 point discussion and commentary of the Section II assessment (in Section III)—which provides evidence for viewing the #2 challenge identified in Section II (the Marginalization of the Treasured wisdom of Religious, Spiritual, and Moral Traditions) as a serious blind spot with implications which are far from being fully appreciated.
Resolving the unprecedented challenges identified by the critical challenge assessment in this summary paper will almost certainly require problem solving on a scale most of us have never known before. To help readers appreciate what such problem solving might look like, Part A in Section IV provides a 26 point list of criteria—recommendations for collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives which (for example): 1) citizens from every variety of circumstances can trust and believe in… trust and believe that the initiatives will make best use of the knowledge and skills each one of us has to offer.
Part B (of Section IV) provides descriptions of 4 key collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives, which are an example of a “constellation of initiatives” that meets the 26 point criteria in Part A.
Those 4 collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives are:
1) the Recalibrating Our “Moral Compasses” (ROMC) Survey Project
2) Community Visioning Initiatives
3) Neighborhood Learning Centers
4) the Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education (NTNCE) Project (which advocates for a new section in local newspapers for reader contributions which identify helpful people and valuable resources, and reinforce important community goals)
Section V of the 82 page summary paper provides five recommendations for the kind of project development necessary to arrive at the most effective Recalibrating Our “Moral Compasses” (ROMC) Surveys—which, as previously mentioned, are viewed as a key “building block”, and a most useful starting point, for leading into the “constellations of initiatives” approach described in Section IV.
Specifically, descriptions are offered for 19 specific organizations which could be key partners in realizing the potential of Recalibrating Our Moral Compasses Surveys--and 43 other organizations are mentioned as key starting points for identifying potential survey respondents. Also, since a marginalization of the wisdom of religious, spiritual, and moral traditions is seen as a serious blind spot (with implications that are far from being fully appreciated), 3 suggestions are detailed for workshops—in local Neighborhood Learning Centers, during local Community Visioning Initiatives)—which could do much to reverse such a marginalization. The 3 suggestions: Spiritual Friendships, Interfaith Peace Vigils, and Spiritually Responsible Investing. Section V also includes a brief concluding comments section.
Concluding comments (in Section V) include:
If many people could see and feel the practical value of carrying out similar forms of the four collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives described in this paper, such solution-oriented activity could become a common experience… a common cultural tradition… a cultural tradition which can link many diverse communities of people together, in a fellowship of people working towards the greater good of the whole… and a cultural tradition which can help pass on to future generations the most treasured wisdom human beings have accumulated in more than 5,000 years of human history.
Section I is a 6 page introduction to the four previous sections.
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CPCS Initiative Summary Paper