As part of the Spirit of Humanity Forum’s activities, the GHFP and partners are proposing a three-part dialogue series in order to explore the
nature of peace and how to apply this understanding in the process of creating a global culture of
The first dialogue was hosted by the GHFP in December in East Sussex, England. This dialogue
was specifically concerned with building structural peace and took our innate peacefulness as a given.
Therefore the focus was on the structures, systems and institutional cultures required to bring about a
common political vision of peace as well as on identifying particular practices of peace and
peacefulness which could lead to the transformation of individuals and communities internationally
The second dialogue, held at the Fetzer Institute in June 2016 in Kalamazoo,
Michigan, USA, explored the nature of peacefulness from its spiritual dimension and consider the
realities within a given local context, such as communities, that might support the practice of
peacefulness. A distinct theme is transformation through a spiritual pathway and how it might inspire
us to live our lives from the inside out in more peaceful ways and towards a global transition from
separation and fear to interconnection, oneness and love.
The third dialogue is planned to take place in October 2016 in Reykjavik as part of the inaugural seminar of Reykjavik Centre for Peace and the celebration of 30th anniversary of Regan and
Gorbachev meeting in Reykjavik. It will seek to investigate into governance features and international
policies of a peaceful state. Important questions, such as 'How might we express the spiritual depths of peacefulness within a systemic context, such as a city or a nation?' and 'What are the criteria for a city or a nation and its institutions to be deservedly counted as peaceful?’ will to be posed in this
dialogue to understand political processes, including the responsibilities of individuals, institutions and
communities, that contribute to the collective intention of peace.