Peace as understood by PIA

“Peace is what we have when creative conflict transformation takes place non-violently.” (Johan Galtung)

Peace is a concept which deals with broad matters of persons, the environment, economics, and politics.

Peace, defined by academics, is the opposite of direct, structural and cultural violence.

Peace does not abolish conflict!
Peace is not only the opposite of war!
Peace is a process!

Peacework as understood by PIA is open to a myriad of actors with various aims and means. In this respect, PIA does not give precedence to certain aims or approaches, but instead believes that as long as groups and people are committed to the Gandhian principle of non-violence: the unity of aims and means we can always find common ground.

We feel that this enables PIA to authentically affect and direct change at all levels of society (be it directly, structurally or culturally), to raise awareness and to encourage more peace-oriented activities in schools, organizations and communities around the globe.

PIA’s concept of peace is that of open inclusion of actors and their aims, which are traditionally compartmentalized and separated based on the status quo’s set of values. Thus, these initiatives rarely find themselves operating, interacting and working with one another in collaboration and partnership. PIA believes that unifying people and processes oriented toward peace, including both formal (institutions, foundations, organizations, governments, etc.) and informal (loosely or non-affiliated actors, social movements, artists, activists, community groups, etc.) actors will allow us to effect noticeable change.

We need many "peaces"!

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