War and terror stress societies, setting in motion a downward spiral. They may be at work, at schools you or your children attend, down the street, or in isolated pockets of your community.
The wars seem to have perpetuated the same misguided belief held by the terrorists — that enemies can simply be eliminated.
Business leaders have also acted to maintain and strengthen community unity, for instance by refusing to ostracize and discriminate in ways that can divide a community.
Many schools use talking circles to bring together students, parents, faculty, and administrators to discuss and address incidents, with written commitments to resolve the harm. This can include promoting truthful crime reporting and testimony, participation in jury duty, identification of factors that facilitate or impede crimes, and other forms of public engagement.
Forming a Bookmakers and Dreamers Clubthese young people, many from families in military service, decided they wanted to learn how to promote peace.
Terrorism has been a factor in relatively few, if high impact, cases of mass violence. Finding ways to support research on gun violence impact and on promising solutions is another area where one can actively promote peace.