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Paz & Mente
We are Paz & Mente (translates as Peace & Mind): a Brazilian transdisciplinary educational organization dedicated academically and professionally to the fields of Studies of Peace and Conflicts, Studies of Emotions, and Contemplative Science.
What moves us
Providing meaningful education through our programs, where intellectual knowledge goes through experience and provide opportunities to connect people in a free, inclusive, and plural way. Stimulating the creative, self-reflexive and collaborative potential to develop awareness about intra and interpersonal conflicts.
Our aspiration is for our programs to provide the flourishing of constructive human potentials and support the transformation of society starting from people with socio-emotional skills who are able to live collaborative relationships based on compassion and community sense.
people from different parts of brazil were directly impacted through our programs since 2015.
people from different parts of the world were directly impacted through our programs since 2016.
What is Peace and Conflict Studies?
The field of Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) is fundamentally a transdisciplinary academic field based on areas such as political science, history, anthropology, philosophy, theology, and psychology, aligned with contemplative traditions, theoretical approaches and lessons learned from practice.
As an academic discipline, the PCS is less than 100 years old and remains in a constant state of development, being continually shaped and refined. Through research, educational activities and practices, the field seeks to investigate the nature of conflicts, violence and its roots, the relations of power in conflicting systems and the transformative processes that lead to a dynamic and inclusive peace.
What is the relevance and applicability of Peace and Conflict Studies (EPC) in the present times?
We are living in difficult times. The lack of socioemotional capacity to deal with conflict is an obstacle to the perpetuation and exacerbation of conflict.
Issues related to Peace and Conflict have been a perennial concern across cultures throughout human history. We are essentially relational beings, and in the complexity of our relationships, of course, conflicts emerge. Conflicts are part of life, the point is how we deal with them.
In Conflict transformation relationships and emotions are the core of the work.
It is through our relationships that we derive meaning and understanding of our place in the world. Emotions arise and as a result tensions and conflicts emerge. PCS offers practices, tools, theories and training that seeks to allow our socioemotional skills to flourish allowing us to deal with conflict effectively, compassionately, constructively and conscientiously.
- Conflict transformation -
What it is to be a Peace Worker?
A Peace Worker is a person who is willing to be in constant training and to develop socioemotional skills to deal with conflicts in a nonviolent way.
To become a peace worker is to be open to continually changing worldviews and to observe destructive patterns to transform them into more wholesome ones. This work is a transformative art. A peace worker, just like an artist, prepares through developing their techniques, theories, and practices. This constant journey of seeking to be skillfully equipped involves training in openness and learning to "be structured in order to be flexible." The invitation is for each peace worker to "be their own chairperson" (a saying by Ruth Cohen). It is a call to self-accountability for one's own intrapersonal and interpersonal experiences. Being a peace worker is training in lovingness and sensitivity. It means learning to act out of serenity. It is allowing things to arise, to manifest, but also to dissolve, for that is the nature of all experience. It is to develop the awareness that we are interdependent, so our thoughts, actions, and attitudes affect the whole, and the thermometer of our training can be measured in how constructive our action in the world is.
What is peace and what is the role of the peace worker in this process?
Peace is a state of mind. Peace by itself does not exist. It is a plastic word whose meaning depends on the agent who experiences it and perceives it. In our journey, the peace worker becomes the peace(s) and as a result, puts it into practice through action; whether personal or professional.
Working with these issues is - at the same time - an art and a skill. Peace workers are invited to go beyond the mere technicality from methods and theories. They need to see their work as a creative act in constant movement and transformation, something closer to the artistic search than a technical process. Peace workers are willing to risk to the unknown.
“ It is a journey for great explorers in search of their vocation. Finding vocation is the same as finding oneself, and from this encounter, it is possible to understand one’s place into the world (Lederach*, 2011).”
* John Paul Lederach, Founder of Conflict Transformation and Professor Emeritus Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and Eastern Mennonite University.
Who can become a peace worker?
Since the PCS is a transdisciplinary field, its contents bring benefits in several scopes and can be used in all areas of practice:
People who experience conflict in their lives - it means all of us - and who wish to develop socioemotional skills and tools to deal with them and transform them nonviolently in both professional or personal environment.
Professionals from all areas
People in the areas of entrepreneurship, law, education, psychology, diplomacy, art, health, politics, education, business and many others, who seek to develop or deepen their socioemotional skills and tools to transform conflicts.
People who are already working with conflict - including, but not limited to, the judiciary and judicial mediation - who wish to develop and refine their socioemotional skills and tools to deal with conflicts and transform them nonviolently.
What is missing in your academic journey?
Lined up chairs, square rooms, white walls and cold classrooms? You sit and hear - sometimes without listening – as if you are a passive spectator of a teaching process that takes place vertically, compartmentalized and with the theories and practice being isolated from each other.
A process that just adds an extra line in your resume, but do not potentialize all that you have to offer to the world.
If you are tired of this conventional system and are open to experience a non-conventional system based on a transformative academy? Then we have the right program for you.
Our Postgraduate Program offers a meaningful education
A program where intellectual knowledge goes through experience and considers all the relationships involved in the process.
All acquired knowledge will be put into practice in both personal and professional contexts and you will develop and deepen socioemotional skills to deal with conflicts in a nonviolent way. Our state-of-the-art facilitators will work closely with each Peace Worker, offering opportunities to flourish their constructive potentials so that learning become meaningful and the educational experience is transformative.
Besides transformative, your academic experience can be international
The credits of our program can be availed for the Master's program of the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies by the University of Innsbruck, Austria, due to our international cooperation.
- Workload of 540 credit hours distributed in four semesters -
The program is based on Contemplative Pedagogy
Between the immersive face-to-face immersive modules that is complementary contents at an online platform built exclusively for Peace workers:
Peace and Conflict Studies I
Peace and Conflict Studies II
The Art of Care
The Paz & Mente community
- Sharing knowledge -
Paz & Mente
Our publishing house was born in November of 2018 from the identification of a huge gap in Brazil: the lack of materials published in Portuguese language in the fields of:
Peace and Conflict Studies
Study of Emotions
Wolfgang Dietrich's "Many Peaces" trilogy, originally published in 2012 by Palgrave - one of the best publishing houses in the world - is unprecedented in Latin America and will be our first publication.
Volume 1: “Interpretações de Paz(es) na História e Cultura” (From the original "Interpretations of Peace in History and Culture") will be available soon.
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