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New thinking is leading to new actions. Transforming Violence has found hundreds of stories and examples of people using new thinking and taking new forms of action. They are transforming violence from the ground up.

For stories about how people are using gardens and earth stewardship to transform violence, see Cultivating Community at the Eden Project.

Stories of other ways that people are taking creative action can be found in the social intelligence database. Here are just a few. Tell us stories about actions you are taking or have come across so that they can be added to the Social Intelligence Database.

Eye to Eye
This program enables Palestinian children isolated in refugee camps to communicate with children and schools around the world by means of a web site. They write accounts of their life and take photographs and video which are posted on the web site. People send responses and questions to the children after seeing their writing and photographs. A school curriculum adapted to the requirements of the National Curriculum in the UK has also been developed covering History, English (media literacy), and Citizenship (human rights).

Peaceful Tomorrows
September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows was founded by relatives of victims of the September 11th attack who wish to put their grief into action for peace. Its mission is to seek effective nonviolent responses to terrorism, and identify a commonality with all people similarly affected by violence throughout the world. In January 2002 and June 2002 Peaceful Tomorrows delegations visited Afghanistan and met with relatives of victims of the US military action, in order to share grief, and highlight the effects of war. In 2002 they lobbied congress asking for an assessment of the number of victims of this US actions and compensation for innocent victims. In January 2003 a delegation visited Iraq making people-to- people contacts at schools, hospitals and universities. On their return they challenged world leaders to find alternatives to military action in that nation. Members of Peaceful Tomorrows have spoken at public meetings at over 200 events throughout the U.S. to educate people about the need to understand how non- military responses can create more security and more justice.

The White Ribbon Campaign
There is a nationwide campaign by men in Canada to stop violence against women. Men publicly sign a pledge not to commit, condone nor remain silent about violence against women. They also train boys and men to be peer mentors and teach a curriculum on violence against women to children of all ages in hundreds of schools throughout the country.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission, South Africa
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission came about through a political compromise in the negotiations to end white rule in South Africa. It was an agreement to give amnesty for human rights abuses in return for telling the truth about what happened under apartheid and during the civil war. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has established a precedent that has since been followed in over twenty countries with histories of human rights abuses.

Global Children’s organization
Bosnia, South Africa, N. Ireland, Israel, USA
Since 1993 Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian children have travelled to the Adriatic coast to summer camps where they form friendships with children from other countries and ethnicities, including those who have been involved in violence towards their own families. The camps include conflict resolution through role-play and peer mediation as well as art, music, swimming, storytelling, games and other forms of play therapy. There are also summer camps for Protestant and Catholic children in Northern Ireland, for Israeli and Palestinian children, black and white children in South Africa, and Latino and African-American youth in Los Angeles.

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