Curriculum

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?
(modular definition)
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?
(networked definition)
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.