WPI Vision

OUR VISION

Our vision is a world beyond war by 2030 and humanity united by a global system of peace with justice.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to advance the Global Peace System by supporting, developing and collaborating with peacebuilding efforts in all sectors of society.

In contrast to the advocated and perceived military security offered by the prevailing the international system, the peace system provides greater justice, economic well-being and ecological security. The Global Peace System is not a static end-product of a peaceful world, but a dynamic, imperfect process of human evolution which leads to an increasingly nonviolent world with more equality. Large shifts have taken place in terms of global collaboration, constructive conflict resolution and social change. Numerous, undeniably demonstrable trends leading us toward the evolution of a Global Peace System are already evident.

 

WPI Core Values

OUR CORE VALUES

Nonviolence – We promote strategic and principled nonviolent solutions over any kind of armed conflict.

Empathy – We view social problems through the eyes of others and respectfully communicate with each other in the pursuit of mutual understanding.

Planetary loyalty – We consider ourselves global citizens, living in harmony with humanity and nature.

Moral imagination* – We strive for a moral perception of the world in that we: (1) imagine people in a web of relationships including their enemies; (2) foster the understanding of others as an opportunity rather than a threat; (3) pursue the creative process as the wellspring that feeds the building of peace; and (4) risk stepping into the unknown landscape beyond violence.

*This concept was developed by peace and conflict studies scholar and practitioner John Paul Lederach in his book “The Moral Imagination. The Art and Soul of Building Peace“.

OUR AREAS OF FOCUS

We support

Vietnam The Power of Protest

Support Rotary International’s focus on peace by aiding the Rotarian Action Group for Peace with human, logistical and content-related resources.

Support development of effective strategies to convince Americans that the United States should not promote war, militarism or weapons proliferation, but rather embrace conflict resolution practices that have been shown to prevent, shorten, and eliminate war as viable alternatives to local, regional and global conflicts.

Support building grassroots social movements seeking a world beyond war.

We educate

APPRA General Conference

Actively contribute to peace science and public scholarship on war prevention issues.

Share information and resources with multiple constituencies in an understandable manner.

Provide evidence-based information on peace and conflict issues with immediately potential doable policy advice to public policy makers.

Advance the understanding and growth of the Global Peace System.

We engage

APPRA Conference Conversation

Participate in peacebuilding networks and membership organizations.

Connect likely and unlikely allies to create new opportunities.

Convene national and international experts in ongoing constructive dialog on war prevention issues via our Parkdale Peace Gatherings.

OUR PREMISES

We are at a stage in human history where we can say with confidence that there are better and more effective alternatives to war and violence.

A Global Peace System is evolving.

Poverty, racism, sexism, xenophobia, employment, energy, education, the environment and other social and natural factors are interconnected in peacebuilding.

Peace Science and Peace Education provide a path to a more just and peaceful world.

Multi-track diplomacy offers a sectoral framework for creating peacebuilding opportunities.

Parkdale Peace Gathering, Oregon, USA

Our team members

Al Jubitz

President, Jubitz Family Foundation

A native Oregonian, Al received his BS degree from Yale University in 1966 and earned his MBA from the University of Oregon School of Business in 1968. Al retired from the family business (Jubitz Corporation) after a career spanning 34 years. He also served as a director of two private start-up companies. Al is President and founder of the Jubitz Family Foundation which directs funding to organizations that foster peacebuilding, environmental stewardship and early childhood education.

In 2010, Al and his wife Nancy were recognized nationally by United Way USA with the Tocqueville Society Award for their ongoing commitment and support. He is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon, Class 20, and also serves on the Leadership Councils of Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Portland Children’s Museum and the National Advisory Board of Environmental Defense Fund. He is Director Emeritus of Morrison Child and Family Services and an emeritus trustee of Outward Bound Wilderness School. Al and his wife Nancy have been married 49 years. They have three grown daughters and four grandchildren. He enjoys hiking, playing squash and golf.

Al believes that Rotary is uniquely capable of turning the world toward nonviolent conflict resolution, ultimately leading to a world beyond war.

David Prater

Program Manager

David holds an M.S. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University and a B.S. in Marine Transportation from the California Maritime Academy.

Before his interest in studying the nonviolent alternatives to war, David worked for the U.S. Department of Defense as a civilian navigator and rescue swimmer. Over the period of three years, his work took him to Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. While experiencing many regional conflicts through the lens of an American DOD employee, David took interest in learning alternative approaches to address these issues, ones that do not involve the disruptive tactics seen in today’s foreign policy. David now focuses his research on exploring ways to better communicate the social and economic costs of war, and the many viable, more effective, nonviolent alternatives.

Kristin Henderson

Kristin Henderson

Research Affiliate

Kristin earned her Master’s in International Relations from CSU Chico. She wrote her thesis on the rehabilitation of child soldiers in West Africa. She then spent the next year working in international development while in Chico, CA and had the opportunity to work overseas on a health and sanitation project in Ethiopia.

In 2017 Kristin relocated to Washington, D.C. to work with an organization focusing on youth development and peacebuilding in Liberia. Her work has been guided by a passion for advancing human rights in conflict zones and supporting peacebuilding as well as conflict resolution in African countries. In addition to her work with the War Prevention Initiative, Kristin serves on the Advisory Board of OMPT and works as a researcher for the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.

Molly Wallace

Contributing Editor, Peace Science Digest

Molly Wallace is Contributing Editor at the Peace Science Digest and Visiting Scholar in Portland State University’s Conflict Resolution Program.  Previously, she taught in the International Affairs and Political Science Programs at the University of New Hampshire and Brown University.  Her recent book, Security without Weapons: Rethinking Violence, Nonviolent Action, and Civilian Protection, explores nonviolent alternatives for civilian protection in war zones—and particularly the unarmed civilian peacekeeping work of Nonviolent Peaceforce in Sri Lanka.  More broadly, her research and teaching interests include nonviolent action; conflict resolution/transformation; military desertion/defection; peacebuilding and development; transitional justice and reconciliation; humanitarian intervention, civilian protection, and the “Responsibility to Protect” in postcolonial contexts; discursive and psychological conditions enabling political violence; gender and global politics; and international ethics.

Molly earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Brown University and her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Mount Holyoke College.  She served as a volunteer mediator with the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island and previously worked with non-governmental organizations in the fields of conflict resolution and international affairs in Washington, DC—where she was living and protesting during the first few years of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  She is pleased to have the chance now to integrate her academic and antiwar activist commitments through her work with the War Prevention Initiative.

Raised in Oregon but then an East Coaster for a couple decades, Molly is happy to have finally returned with her spouse and daughter to the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

Patrick T. Hiller

Executive Director

Patrick holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and an M.A. in Human Geography from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany.

He teaches at the Conflict Resolution Program at Portland State University. Following an interdisciplinary approach, his work and research interests encompass war and peace, conflict resolution, peace studies, environmental issues, ethnicity, human rights, nationalism, social justice, Mexico, Latin America, social/peace movements, identity formation, culture and conflict and migration. He studied and worked on those topics while living in Germany, Mexico and the United States.

His writings and research are almost exclusively related to the analysis of war and peace and social injustice and, most often in the form of structural violence and power dynamics with an emphasis on human dignity, solidarity among all peoples, equal participation of all peoples, the role of the governments and the promotion of peace. Patrick seeks to contribute to the growth of the still young peace and conflict studies field.

Patrick is the Vice-President of the International Peace Research Association Foundation and served on the Executive Committee of the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (2012-2016). He served on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War (2013-2016), he is member of the Advisory Council of the organizations International Cities of Peace and PeaceVoice/PeaceVoiceTV, member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Peace Institute, member of the Peace and Security Funders Group as well as member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. He is the founding editor of the Peace Science Digest. In his free time, Patrick enjoys the outdoors and is a committed triathlete. He lives in Hood River, Oregon with his wife and son.

Ray G. Jubitz

Ray G. Jubitz

Super Volunteer

Ray is the former Executive Director of the Jubitz Family Foundation. He was a volunteer for 12 years with the International Executive Service Corps as its country director in Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Sri Lanka where he gained an immense appreciation for cultural diversity and community investment.