There is so much exciting – and deeply needed – peace work happening in the world right now. Stories about this work are coming to us so quickly that Envision is transitioning its newsletter from a quarterly format to a shorter, more frequent version to keep you up to date. This new format reflects our commitment to amplify timely stories of local and global peace-building while equipping people with tools to get to the root of social problems and conflicts.
This latest issue focuses largely on the needs and the power of youth. How are youth already engaged in the process of building peace and justice here in the United States and around the world? As we explore such questions, we will also update you regarding our own work and significant milestones such as:
- In early May, Envision welcomed Professor Johan Galtung to our Advisory Board. In addition to being “the father of Peace Studies,” Galtung has participated in the development of many new peace-building institutions – including peace museums. His insight, experience, and his relationships around the world will be invaluable as Envision defines core content and exhibitions.
- Public programs: As described below, Envision recently organized a public workshop and conversation in Philadelphia between Johan Galtung and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. This type of public forum is an important way for us to “foster insight into the meanings and roots of peace.” Coming soon: a film and discussion series that will launch this fall.
- Early this year Envision was awarded a $100,000 capacity-building grant by the SNAVE Foundation. This has empowered Envision to begin the design process for our online museum - a place to come for online exhibitions including stories, tools, art, speeches, videos and conversation. Have you seen an web-based teaching tool that you found particularly powerful? Let us know.
- Partnerships: Envision has started developing an exhibition collaboration with a major Philadelphia museum. We look forward to sharing details over coming months and to inviting you into the process.
Envision is a new kind of museum – a museum for a time of tremendous challenges and opportunities.
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