On the Content and Focus of IPCR Workshops
In general, IPCR workshops will provide an overview of evidence supporting the need for an IPCR Initiative [see Section 3, and many other parts of this “IPCR Workshop Primer” (“48 Different Ways of Describing The IPCR Initiative”, “The Twilight of One Era, and the Dawning of Another”, etc)], and provide an introduction to some or all of The Eight IPCR Concepts.
The Eight IPCR Concepts are:
“Community Good News Networks,” “Community Faith Mentoring Networks,” “Spiritual Friendships,” “Questionnaires That Help Build Caring Communities,” “Community Visioning Initiatives for Peace,” “Spiritually Responsible Investing,” “Ecological Sustainability,” and “IPCR Journal/Newsletters”
1) Sections II—VI: some historical background, and evidence for some of the many critical challenges we face
2) Section VII and Appendix O—detailed excerpts from many articles and websites about the depth and implications of the Debt Crises
3) Section VII “Solutions”—over 100 pages, including the subsections:
“The ‘Constellation of Initiatives’ Approach of The IPCR Initiative”
“Transition Ahead: Less Megacities and More Ecologically Sustainable Towns and Village”
“Increasing Transitional Employment”
“About the ‘Interfaith’ in Interfaith Peacebuilding”
“Community Service Opportunities for Local Newspapers”
“Re-defining Wealth--and Other Community Service Opportunities for Investors”.
In the “Solutions” section there are references to many service-oriented initiatives, and much detail provided about their work, to illustrate as clearly as possible that we have the necessary knowledge and resources to overcome the challenges of our times.
4) An Appendices which details IPCR resources, and the IPCR “Constellation of Initiatives” approach, and which includes the following sections:
A. A List of Ten Critical Challenges Identified by The IPCR Initiative
B. 17 Propositions and Premises which make up the foundation of The IPCR Initiative
C. The IPCR Initiative Mission Statement
D. Brief Descriptions of The Eight IPCR Concepts
E. The “1000Communities2” Proposal
F. The Potential of Community Visioning Initiatives (in 305 words)
G. A 15 Step Outline for the kind of Community Visioning Initiatives advocated by The IPCR Initiative
H. Suggestions for Making Best Use of the Community Visioning Initiative (CVI) Process
I. 117 Related Fields of Activity
J. List of Most Inspiring Initiatives Known to This Writer
K. (Draft) Section #7 (part of “IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011-2012”) “A marginalization of the treasured wisdom associated with religious, spiritual, and moral traditions” (“Commentary” piece)
L. A Sample Questionnaire from The IPCR Initiative (16 Questions) (Some suggestions
for questions to use in preparing for Community Visioning Initiatives)
M. The IPCR Resource Sharing Policy
N. About the Writer and Compiler of This Document
O. Additional Evidence of Critical Challenges—updated August 4, 2011
P. Community Visioning Initiatives or General Elections?
There is much that can be done to generate goodwill and promote peace that has not yet been done. There is much potential which can be explored in the context of IPCR Workshop discussion.
Encouraging and Facilitating a “Constellation” of Initiatives
There are many important initiatives which are critical to overcoming the challenges of our times, but which are not quite “coming through the mist as much as they should be.” The IPCR Initiative can be very helpful in exactly these kinds of circumstances, as The Eight IPCR Concepts encourage and facilitate a “constellation” of initiatives by which the best (in the view of the participants using these processes) associated with individual spiritual formation, interfaith peacebuilding, community revitalization, ecological sustainability, etc. can bubble up to the surface, be recognized as priorities, and therefore be brought forward as appropriate recipients of peoples time, energy, and money. Many people can realize the wisdom of deliberately focusing the way they spend their time, energy, and money so that their actions have positive repercussions on the goals listed in the IPCR Mission Statement, and on many or all of the “117 related fields of activity”. As the ancient Chinese proverb states: “Many hands make much work light.”
Workshops introducing The Eight IPCR Concepts (“Community Good News Networks,” “Community Faith Mentoring Networks,” “Spiritual Friendships,” “Questionnaires That Help Build Caring Communities,” “Community Visioning Initiatives for Peace,” “Spiritually Responsible Investing,” “Ecological Sustainability,” and “IPCR Journal/Newsletters”) can be a starting point for many practical collective efforts, based and sustained at the local community and regional level, and representing contributions towards the goals listed in The IPCR Mission Statement. I am confident that applying these concepts—at the local community and regional level—will provide for each of us more and more opportunities to contribute towards such goals, more and more understanding about why we would want to contribute—and more and more opportunities to encourage and support each other in the process.
Location, Cost, Facilitators
Workshops providing an introduction to The IPCR Initiative—and to some or all of The Eight IPCR Concepts (“Community Good News Networks,” “Community Faith Mentoring Networks,” “Spiritual Friendships,” “Questionnaires That Help Build Caring Communities,” “Community Visioning Initiatives for Peace,” “Spiritually Responsible Investing,” “Ecological Sustainability,” and “IPCR Journal/Newsletters)—are now being offered in the Leesburg, Virginia area.
Facilitation services for IPCR Concept Introduction Workshops are currently offered at a rate of $75 for a 1 hour workshop, $100 for a 2 hour workshop, $150 for a 3 hour workshop, and $200 for a 4 hour workshop. (Longer workshops will have greater variety in the approach, structure, and content of the workshop experience.) The recommended number of participants for workshops is 5-15 people. [i.e. If there are 5 participants for a 2 hour workshop, the cost would be $20 for each participant; if there are 15 participants for a 3 hour workshop, the cost would be $10 for each participant.] Currently, the only person facilitating IPCR Workshops is the founder of the IPCR Initiative, Stefan Pasti. (For more information about Stefan Pasti, see “IPCR Staff” in “About the IPCR Initiative”)
The cost, suggested by The IPCR Initiative, of attending such workshops is deliberately affordable, to emphasize and encourage frequent participation. Participating in IPCR Concept Introduction Workshops at intervals—over a long period of time—will make it possible for participants to come in contact with a valuable variety of input and experiences relating not only to the IPCR concepts, but to many other efforts associated with peacebuilding, community revitalization, and ecological sustainability.
The location of IPCR Workshops will be determined according to demand-- and according to availability of public access community use buildings.
For more information, please contact:
Stefan Pasti, Founder and Outreach Coordinator
The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative
P. O Box 163 Leesburg, VA 20178 (USA)
(703) 209-2093 firstname.lastname@example.org
IPCR Copyright Policy
In light of the urgent need to build bridges and increase collaboration between communities of people, all of the documents, information, resources, etc. created by The IPCR Initiative are viewed as resources which ought to be made as accessible as possible to people who can make good use of them. Therefore, all such documents and information (including this document) may be reproduced without permission, and distributed in any way the user believes will be consistent with the goals listed in The IPCR Mission Statement. [Please note: Quotes, statistics, and other copyrighted material used in IPCR documents have been appropriately attributed to their copyrighted sources. Readers may thus be assured that The IPCR Initiative encourages and supports the proper referencing of copyrighted material to their copyrighted sources.]
Peacebuilding in its Most Compassionate Form
Peacebuilding in its most compassionate form is not a competitive field of activity. Viewed in this light, the most valuable forms of peacebuilding will nurture, support, and sustain the development of an infinite variety of other forms of peacebuilding, community revitalization, and ecologically sustainability initiatives. The IPCR Initiative is an effort to nurture, support, and sustain peacebuilding in its most compassionate form.