During thirty hours of seminars, the series unfolds in three segments (one weekend each). They explore:
- Using human rights to realize our potential as human beings.
- Understanding different models of peacebuilding to realize our potential as citizens.
- Gaining historical perspective to realize our potential as a society active in the present and committed to a better future.
The certificate program begins with the same three modules, but then adds four additional seminars in conflict resolution, digital art and technology, social innovation and sustainability, for a total of ninety hours in the classroom.
|1. Ser Humano, Tener Derechos||2. Ser Ciudadano, Hacer Paz||3. Ser Presente, Reconocer Historia||4. Ser Pacífico, Resolver Conflictos||5. Ser Empresario, Innovar a la Sociedad||6. Ser Digital, Romper Fronteras||7. Ser Sostenible, Vivir y Prosperar en Paz|
|What does each seminar teach?
|How to use the origins, theory and contemporary practice of human rights to counter chronic violence.||How to conceptualize citizenship and build social movements to fight corruption and discrimination.||How to mobilize memory and the interpretation of the past in contemporary social movements.||How to inventory, analyze, and resolve conflicts in different kinds of social, cultural and political spaces.||How to design and implement social innovations that realize new efficiencies and serve new populations.||How to utilize art, technology and new social imaginaries to break borders and build sustainable peace.||How to create and maintain sustainable solutions, in harmony with the planet and its limited resources.|
|What does the series teach?
|A greater understanding of human nature helps to shape our expectations for peace and justice, and to design interventions that leverage our unique strengths and weaknesses.||Studying comparative examples of citizenship and social movements from around the world helps to translate those expectations into successful models.||Dealing with trauma and the gaps between history and memory helps to overcome cultural obstacles to social change and to build a more inclusive movement.||Working through those obstacles in real time requires conflict inventory, analysis and resolution, through mindful practices and solidarity.||Designing solutions to the underlying social drivers of conflict can benefit enormously from the application of innovative management strategies and human-centered design.||Cheap mobile technology, digital photography and social networking can make the social inputs to conflict analysis and social innovation more democratic and accountable.||A deep understanding of ecology and the limited natural resources on this planet can direct new social movements and innovations towards long-term sustainability.|
|What are the core principles?||Lethal violence is neither natural nor inevitable, and human beings have an inherent capacity for empathy.||Lasting social change is usually incremental and depends upon local appropriation.||Reconciliation requires recovering the stories silenced by acts of violence, and countering the myths created by conflict and war.||Mindful listening and learning are slower and more labor intensive than most military and political forms of conflict resolution, but ultimately more effective and humane.||The same techniques used to maximize business efficiency and consumer appeal can alleviate human suffering and build more equitable societies.||Digital technology and visual culture can liberate humanity if we learn to use them democratically and read them critically.||Solutions to the most pressing problems of peace and justice will only be sustainable if they act in harmony with the planet and its limited resources.|