The world we live in is not peaceful. War, violence, inequality, and a warming climate plague our planet. If you have toured the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Museum or heard an atomic bomb survivor tell their story, you have glimpsed the horror of war and a historical lesson urging us to resolve conflict peacefully. The people of Hiroshima have contributed greatly to the development of peace culture. In fact, they may have invented the term. However, even in Hiroshima, only rarely does a discussion turn toward how human society has to change if we hope to create a culture of peace. Many agree that the current system isn’t working, but we lack a viable, clearly superior alternative.
Peace Culture Village is a training camp where we work on this alternative through methods of peaceful conflict resolution and problem-solving in a diverse, international community devoted to mutual respect, benefit, and satisfaction. Villagers, campers, and visitors explore what peace means to them, learn how to practice peace in their home communities, and gain skills relevant to conflict resolution, environmental sustainability, and self-sufficiency.
The two pillars of PCV’s training are conflict resolution (living peacefully with others) and environmental sustainability (living peacefully with nature). Conflict resolution means working together to identify problems and solve them in ways that benefit everyone, including our plant and animal neighbors and the Earth itself. Environmental sustainability is a non-negotiable requirement determined by our planet.
Working with others and the earth to produce food and energy is an important component of peace culture. Farming gives us ample opportunity to struggle with problems and figure out, as a group, how to solve them. When we work together to grow food, keep warm, and stay entertained, we realize our reliance on one another and, despite seemingly insurmountable differences and conflicts, are forced to cooperate. At PCV, farming is itself a conflict resolution method.
❖ Mutual understanding and respect
❖ Open mindedness
❖ Active listening
❖ Food self-sufficiency
❖ Energy self-sufficiency
❖ Zero waste
❖ Appropriate technology
❖ Restoring soil, water and air
❖ Contributing to the future
Most of us tend to get trapped in blocs of belief with little or no communication between blocs. PCV welcomes people of all races, nationalities, socio-economic backgrounds, political persuasions, and religions to address problems collectively and lovingly. No matter where you are in life—college student or grandparent, cashier or CEO, activist or politician, farmer or city dweller—as long as you strive to live peacefully, we look forward to your participation.