Under the theme of “Bridging gaps and next steps in war prevention” the Parkdale Peace Gathering 2 brought together a group of scholars, practitioners, Rotarians and other individuals dedicated to peace. We were glad to host conflict resolution experts such as Harry Anastasiou, Rob Gould and Tom Hastings from Portland State University, Tim Hicks from the University of Oregon and Elaine Hallmark from the organization “Beyond War” and the manager of the Rotary Peace Centers, Brad Lauman.
It was also our pleasure to have presentations and discussion by three invited guests from other parts of the country. Historian and author Kent Shifferd discussed “The Peace System – strategic next steps of translating the knowledge into action”. Author and expert on peace and social justice issues Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer talked about “War Prevention – Illuminating problems and shedding light on alternative possibilities and practical pathways for action”. Hardy Merriman, Senior Consultant at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict” presented his thoughts on “Contemporary nonviolent struggle and war prevention”.
In a very inclusive environment all participants were able to add substance to discussions of advancing war prevention. It is now our task in the War Prevention Initiative to synthesize the information and take the next steps – we are grateful for all help and collaboration.
Director, War Prevention Initiative