ERIC Number: EJ1041199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-1740 0201
Sustainable Communities: A Lens for Envisioning and Achieving a Community-Based Culture of Social and Ecological Peace
Verhagen, Frans C.
Journal of Peace Education, v11 n3 p297-316 2014
One of the obstacles to dealing with the social and ecological crises that obstruct the achievement of a culture of peace is silo thinking in global governance. A unidimensional mode of planning, silo thinking leads to decisions based on the area of expertise of a particular agency or intergovernmental organization and fails to recognize linkages between social, economic, and environmental factors. To promote a comprehensive way of thinking, this article proposes the notion of "sustainable communities" (SC) as a lens for envisioning and planning for a culture of peace that integrates these linkages concretely at the community level. To provide the conceptual background for the SC lens, a literature review of the manifestations of the sustainability revolution that have emerged in the last four decades will be provided. A description of the constituent characteristics of the SC lens and a discussion of its educational utility for peace educators will follow, concluding with some reflections on the way forward.
Descriptors: Peace, Teaching Methods, Sustainability, Communities of Practice, Correlation, Environmental Influences, Social Influences, Economic Factors, Governance, Conflict Resolution, Urban Planning, Energy, Efficiency, Leadership, Global Approach
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