|Neighbourhood Parliaments for Peace|
We are just looking for some friends who would vibe with us and support us in a slightly different type of peace-building that we are promoting through our organization.
We believe, in addition to various other approaches for peace-building, say in terms of building attitudes and skills for peace, we should also build structures for peace.
The structures we propose are different. Not the type of organisations where a few work for the peace of all, like NGOs and other civil society forums, but structures that will enable everybody, especially those at grassroots, to participate in a process that leads to peace.
Our proposal is to build what would turn out to neighbourhood peace parliaments.
We want to organize people into neighbourhood parliaments of about thirty families each and federate these neighbourhood parliaments through representative structures at various levels
Ultimately we should have a global multi-tier federation of such neighbourhood parliaments guided by principles of
And that should be the basis of a new social and political and economic order that would ensure peace.
We attach herewith four of our write-ups :
Our assumptions behind this, to put it summarily, are:
We don't just stop at proposing the concept. We enter into action organizing such neighbourhood parliaments and federating them at various levels. We have organized thousands of such neighbourhood parliaments in various places. We give special focus on children's neighbourhood parliaments to begin with. Our courses on children's neighbourhood parliaments are very much appreciated.
Fortunately for us, we are not alone in this process. There are others who start similar neighbourhood-based ventures. These too need to be supported and geared to ultimately become a powerful grassroots-based global structure for peace.
We want your support in this. We would like to continue dialoguing with you on this and have you as our collaborator and partner in this venture.
Could you also please introduce to us friends who would enjoy associating themselves in this task?
May we hear from you.
With RegardsEdwin M. John
Neighbourhood Community Network