"We should urge our students to see through many differences amongst nations and cultures and look at the aspirations and wisdom common to all of us as human beings."—Jing Lin (in Transforming Education for Peace, 2008, p. 313)

Inner Peace & Common Humanity

Doug Knoll Show 
The show’s promo reads, “Everyone faces conflict . . . at home, at work, in the community, in the world. Call Doug, the Lawyer-Turned-Peacemaker, to transform your fights, disputes, and conflicts into peace.”  Radio conversations are accompanied by a written summary of shows.  Topics range from the role of religion in building peace, violent and non-violent conflict, the nature of peace education, mediation and conflict resolution, and more.

Edutopia Social and Emotional Learning
Edutopia pages and videos are offered by The George Lucas Educational Foundation, which “is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.”  At the social-emotional learning link, you can read interviews and more importantly, view videos such as these, showing programs and activities every teacher can employ to build caring classroom communities.  Get a cup of tea and take time to watch these videos and read Linda Lantieri’s interview about mindfulness! Many more wonderful resources are available from Edutopia.

Humankind Radio
David Freudberg is an independent radio producer whose inspiring interviews about peace, conflict resolution, social action, and other topics are an alternative to mass media's many negative messages. The mission statement: "Our vision of community is based on personal ideals and values, such as compassion, service, generosity and equality.”  MP3 downloads and online links are available, including a 5-hour series on Peacemakers! Listen!

Interfaith Youth Core
Founder Eboo Patel founded IYC after wondering, “What if people of all faiths and traditions worked together to promote the common good for all? What if once again, young people led the way?” Today, youth of different faiths work together to improve their communities.  Learn about leadership institutes and programs at schools and universities.

On Being (formerly Speaking of Faith)  
This weekly radio show features conversations “about the big questions at the center of human life, from the boldest new science of the human brain to the most ancient traditions of the human spirit.”  A wide-ranging guest-list, supplementary materials, and podcasts provide a variety of inspiration.  Hosted by Krista Tippett, these shows are among many that help teachers (and all listeners) refocus on the truly important aspects of inner and outer life:

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