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Thousands of creative initiatives for preventing and stopping violence are already in use throughout the world – but these successful approaches are not reaching most of the people who could use them in homes, streets, schools, and in international relations.

You can take part in transforming violence by:

Help to create a travelling Exhibition

Get involved: Visit Cultivating Community at the Eden Project (November 6 2004 - January 31 2005). Work with organizations and individuals to bring the traveling exhibition and conversations to your community

Add to the evidence: Social Intelligence Database.
The Social Intelligence Database - which will contain over 200 creative strategies to prevent, halt and heal violence - includes a wide variety of programs and techniques, including art, sports, gardening, economic development, leadership training, rites of passage, theatre, spirituality, dialogue, restorative justice and innovative approaches to education. Each has a ?transformative? approach that treats people with respect and deals with the roots of violence.

Get involved: You can participate in the work of transforming violence.
Find out about activities that are using creative approaches to address issues of violence in your local community and at the international level (for example, classrooms that have an exchange program or videoconferencing with schools of predominantly different ethnicities; citizen’s groups that monitor the media for bias and try to increase coverage of non-violent perspectives; a community gardening program that gives at-risk youth an opportunity to learn business skills while providing food to elders in the community; men who are committed to stopping violence against women by talking and listening to boys about the issue; or listening projects/living room dialogues between people with different viewpoints). Please add your story to our database of innovative projects and programs by telling us about the initiatives that inspire you.

You can also send photographs, interviews, video, graphics or other documentation that can be used to create the exhibition and web site. Tell Us

Adapt a Strategy to Your Community
Adapt one of these strategies or projects and use it in your own community. Or get involved in an existing program.

Get involved:

  • Choose a project that is based on your own talents or interests – whether it is music, gardening, business, children, or sports… People are using all these ‘tools’ (and more) to transform violence. New Action.
  • You can participate in a project that is listed in our database (media watch, correspond with refugee children, host a house party to collect money to rebuild Palestinian homes, curriculum exercises designed by Eye to Eye, Teaching Tolerance, etc.)
  • Invite your friends or colleagues or community members to participate in a project with you, whether locally or through the web.
  • Document your experience (using photographs, exhibition panels, artwork, interviews) and tell us about it.

Change the Conversation about Violence
You can learn about new thinking and new ways to act to prevent, stop or heal violence – and then talk to your friends, families and co-workers about these new ideas and initiatives. Change the tone of the conversation from hopelessness to creativity…Inspire people to see new possibilities…to consider their own contribution … and to get involved!

Get involved:

  • Choose some of the ‘promising practices’ in our database of international projects and make a presentation to your classmates, religious community, officemates, or friends. Facilitate a discussion about projects that could work well in your community.
  • Work with a group to write an essay or make a poster about new ways of thinking and acting in response to violence.
  • organize a dialogue rather than a debate about a burning political issue (for example, the Israel/Palestine conflict or war as a tool for combating terrorism). The dialogue can be organized through your workplace, religious group, service organization, educational institution or other community group. Use the guidelines for Eloquent Listening and Dialogue Compared with Debate. Invite a facilitator who is trained in dialogue and listening.
  • In discussions with your friends and colleagues, practice using the guidelines for Eloquent Listening and invite others to use them when discussing controversial topics.

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