Teacher(s): Felicity Markdal
The thinking that created conﬂict, might not be the thinking that brings us to a place of Peace and understanding. We will explore examples of successful and unsuccessful peace-making, building and creating and see if we cannot add our own thoughts, ideas and creativity to the mix to bring peace in to being.
The course can be divided in to ﬁve main areas, as follows:
Bodies for Peace: In this section we will look at how we use our bodies to campaign and innovate for peace. We will explore how in Liberia women stripped for Peace, using societies standards and restrictions around bodies to push peace on to the agenda. We will look at non-violent techniques such as the sit-in, lie-in and die-in to see how the presence and indeed absence of human bodies can sometimes draw attention to where it is wanted. The art of the street protest, for example the women’s march, climate marching, and Pride parade will be examined to critically analyse what impact these events have politically and socially. In short, we explore how the presence of our bodies, the contours of our bodies and the sight of our bodies can innovate for peace.
Business for Peace: Non-governmental organisations, charities and development funds used to be the sites where Peace was negotiated and put in place. However political and social apathy have meant that very often funding dries up, as short attention spans and aid fatigue see ﬁnancial and political interests jump from health, to education, to the environment and beyond. Peacemakers, builders and creators need to have a way to sustain themselves, to make cradle to cradle closed circuit programmes that ensure needs can be met within the time frame needed. In this section we will look at what Peace can learn from the world of sustainable business
Design for Peace: The world of art and design is a world that is of course renowned for its aesthetics, but can beauty and joy be used for more than viewing pleasure and indeed beused to bring about Peace? We will explore whether art can solve conﬂicts, looking throughout history at how art has been used to communicate across language and other barriers. We will look at protest art from Grafﬁti to fashion and consider what role we think these play in Peace creation. In terms of design we will look at the products and services being created and ideated to see how we can design for a better future together for everyone, from containers that create rain, to straws that clean water.
Play for Peace: Playing, whether it be music, sports or just plain play, often brings a smile to our faces. Smiles and joy are the states of mind perhaps more conducive to Peace. Here we will listen to and consider Protest music throughout the ages. We will analyse concepts such as the Olympics, that were created as a space of Peace within continuous conﬂict and whether this still applies today? Finally looking at how child’s play is used in many different settings to encourage collaboration and cooperation. Is peace Child’s play after all ?
IPC for Peace: In this last section we will explore a little bit the history of IPC as a Peace institute but more importantly look to the present and the future to see what role IPC can, should and could play in innovating for Peace, both within the walls of the school and throughout the schools network.