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Lars and PeaceTilesLars Torres, a longtime NCDDer who recently switched from being a Researcher for AmericaSpeaks to independently running his own arts-based dialogue organization called the Global Peace Tiles Project (I know – takes some guts!), just added an update to Peace Tiles’ facebook group. I’m so happy for him; he’s accomplished so much already – that I thought I’d share the announcement on the NCDD blog…


Peace Tiles Update :: November 2007
To members of Global Peace Tiles Project

Lars Hasselblad Torres

Hey everybody,

I hope you’re well. Up here in Vermont we just received our first real winter dusting – about 3-inches of snow. We’re excited to feel the change. There also been some great things happening with Peace Tiles, so will get to a real quick summary:

1 – St Egidio Workshop in Kenya
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Ronald Onyango of St Egidio Community – a residential care center for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS – reports on a successful workshop with over 60 children! Read his report here:
http://mixedmedia.us/peacetiles/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=105&Itemid=1

2 – Peace Tiles at Boston International School
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The Boston International School has begun to use the Global Peace Tiles project as a way to cultivate environmental stewardship among students in its afterschool programs. The effort will culminate with an exchange of tiles with youth in Senegal, West Africa.

3 – Peace Tiles Coverpop!
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Thanks to the generosity of webapp developer Jim Bumgardner, Peace Tiles has another fun feature at peacetiles.net – Coverpop! Its a great way to gather and view a large collection of images – have a look for yourself:
http://mixedmedia.us/peacetiles/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=79

4 – African American Health Project
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AAHP has been using the Peace Tiles process to raise awareness about the global AIDS pandemic and to encourage involvement in World AIDS Day activities. Read more about AAHP at:
http://mixedmedia.us/peacetiles/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=96&Itemid=1

5 – Peace Tiles at Global Health Conference
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We’ve been invited to submit a workshop proposal for the Global Health Council’s annual conference in May, 2008. This will be a wonderful time to recap progress since the effort began in 2005 – and to inspire a whole new cadre of health professionals! Ideas? Please send them to peacetiles@gmail.com

6 – Winnipeg-Kenya Prisons Exchange
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A great prisons-exchange pilot is warming up between Stony Mountain correctional facility and inmates in Nakuru, Kenya where local partner REPACTED (http://www.repacted.org) has been using the Peace Tiles process to open discussions about HIV/AIDS among inmates. Stony Mountain gave approval for Peace Tiles as an activity for inmates, and expect to send their tiles to Kenya in January, 2008.

7 – Goucher College World AIDS Day Event
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Following on a presentation of the Peace Tiles project at Goucher College, students in the International Studies program will host a World AIDS Day Peace Tiles workshop to raise campus awareness, and then bring the tiles with them to South Africa as a gift to brighten the walls of children’s AIDS-service organization. Go Goucher!

8 – New Resources at peacetiles.net
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I’ve updated the links in various categories of Peace Tiles’ initiatives, including Urban Visions, Conflict and HIV/AIDS. Check them out at:
http://mixedmedia.us/peacetiles/index.php?option=com_weblinks&Itemid=23

9 – Twinfield School Residency
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In January 2008 I’ll be running one of the more ambitious Peace Tiles activities I’ve been involved in yet: a 500+ all school extravaganza around the theme, “What is my place?” The purpose is to produce a mural that captures the vitality of the Twinfield School community – from Kindergarten through all staff. Younger children will read, “The Big World and the Little House” to help them get into this (somewhat abstract but rich) theme.

10 – Forthcoming: Peace Tiles Planning Guide
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A new guide to planning a successful Peace Tiles workshop is being written. The purpose of this guide will be to help educators, parents – anyone who’s thinking about using Peace Tiles – to plan the “big picture” – from finding a theme that resonates with youth to securing community involvement to “putting the tiles to work.” It will also include 4 inspiring examples of how Peace Tiles workshops have been realized around the world. Look for it December 1!

11 – From the Archives: WAD2005 in Northern Michigan
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I was surfing the web the other day to discover anything that I might have missed – there’s alot going on! – and came across this lovely article written by children at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum – host of a World AIDS Day exhibition in 2005. Check it out at:
http://mixedmedia.us/peacetiles/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=106&Itemid=1

12 – AIDS Ride 2008 Peace Tiles
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Organizers of a bike ride from Toronto, Canada to Mexico City are planning to conduct at least 4 Peace Tiles workshops along the way, in an effort to produce a mural for exhibition at the World AIDS Conference which will be held in Mexico City in 2008. For more information about this exciting endeavor, visit:
http://www.aidsride2008.org/

That’s all for now; if you’ve got some news, ideas, or questions -please join us at our new Facebook group – its where I’m hoping the “networking” and discussions for Peace Tiles will be taking place in the future:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4819594719

Thanks everyone! Peace, and stay strong,

lars

www.peacetiles.net | peacetiles@gmail.com | 802-563-2757

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. lhtorres says:

    sandy, you are a dear – thank you for republishing this entry to the NCDD community! I promise, I am going to marry my Facebook life and the NCDD network one day soon! In the meantime, thank you for all the support – can't wait to share more as it evolves.

    best,

    lars

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