Comrades in Peace

Institutes Offering Models of Conscious Evolution
Based on the work of Ken Wilber, Integral Institute’s mission is to awaken humanity to full self-awareness. By providing research and education that foster behavioral, cultural and social self-awareness, the Institute helps global leaders improve the human condition. The Institute believes that humanity lives with the consciousness necessary to compassionately integrate the Spectrum of Consciousness. Among the primary goals of the Institute is cultivation of leadership to meet the complex, global issues facing humanity in the 21st century, and in particular, those issues that can only be solved using an integral approach to interdependencies. In sum, Integral Institute aims to help solve the world’s most complex problems
Conceived by Dr. Don Beck and Chris Cowan, Spiral Dynamics is an advanced extension of the bio-psychosocial systems concept originated by the late Dr. Clare W. Graves. Spiral Dynamics reveals the hidden complex codes that shape human nature, create global diversities, and drive evolutionary change. These dynamic Spiral forces attract and repel individuals, form the webs and meshes that connect people within groups, communities and organizations, and forge the rise and fall of nations and cultures.
Founded by Dr. Barry Johnson, Polarity Partnerships presents a method for managing interdependent opposites in order to be strategic about tapping the power of opposing ideas. When done well, the tension between opposites is converted into a creative synergy called “virtuous circles,” where opposite poles reinforce each other in a positive way. When we mistakenly see a polarity to manage as a problem to solve, the tension is converted into destructive synergy called "vicious circles," and the opposite poles reinforce each other in a negative way. Polarity Thinking promotes "both/and" solutions, as opposed to "either/or" problem solving.
Peacebuilding Organizations and Social Justice Causes
Founded in 1982 by constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute is a civil liberties organization that provides free legal services to people whose constitutional and human rights have been threatened or violated. Rutherford has emerged as one of the nation's leading advocates of civil liberties and human rights, litigating in the courts and educating the public on a wide spectrum of issues affecting individual freedoms. The Institute’s mission is twofold: to provide legal services in the defense of religious and civil liberties and to educate the public on important issues affecting their constitutional freedoms.
The World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) is a democratic, non-military, federal world government that can solve world problems peacefully and administer those affairs which transcend national boundaries for the benefit of humanity. WCPA administers and operates under the Earth Constitution, which was prepared by an assembly of international scholars and jurists and unveiled in 1991. WCPA also leads the Earth Federation Movement, an interactive network of world citizens, non-governmental organizations, and peace thinkers dedicated to promoting planetary awareness of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.
The Peace Alliance Educational Institute is a 501(c)(3 )nonprofit that advocates for peace throughout the United States. We take the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the centers of national discourse and policy priorities. Our network includes volunteer grassroots teams in cities, towns, colleges and high school campuses across the nation. We advocate for evidence-based peacebuilding legislation and policies that will enhance our capacity to reduce violence through prevention and intervention – building sustainable peace both domestically and internationally.
CodePink is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs, and other life-affirming activities. CodePink is not exclusively women – we invite men to join us – but we are particularly eager to see mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters, female workers, students, teachers, healers, artists, writers, singers, poets and all outraged woman rise up and oppose the global militarism.
Roots Action is an online initiative dedicated to galvanizing Americans who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection – and defunding endless wars. We will not be silent as Congress and the president continue to squander billions of dollars on foreign wars, causing destruction and hatred overseas while failing to meet the needs of the vast majority of people in our country. We will not stand by as people lose their jobs and homes due to Wall Street schemes abetted by both major parties. We will take action -- independent of both party leaderships.
The National Peace Academy is a non-profit educational organization that seeks to address today’s unique social, political, and ecological challenges by preparing individuals and institutions with knowledge and skills to take actions to make our world a better, more peaceful place. The National Peace Academy is a principle-based, learning institution that strives to embody and reflect the principles and processes of peace as it supports cultures of peace through engaging in the promotion of peace education, research, and policy.
Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. We find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities. Although the world is overly polarized, we remain optimistic. Our view is that, on the whole, history is moving in a positive direction, and there are successful examples of conflict resolution - such as in South Africa - where an unjust system was transformed through negotiations and an inclusive peace process.
The U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity established in 2005, which directs a nationwide effort to recognize peace leadership. The Foundation publishes the US Peace Registry, awards an annual Peace Prize, provides educational programs, and plans to build the US Peace Memorial in Washington, D.C. These projects will move the U.S. toward a culture of peace and honor the millions of Americans who have taken a stand against war and devoted their time to finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts.
Interfaith Organizations
The Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world to examine three related areas of global change:
• Patterns in religious beliefs, including how they shape social values and political attitudes;
• Trends in religious affiliation, including the current and projected size of the world’s major religious groups;
• Comparisons of restrictions on the practice of religion, including those imposed by governments, organizations and culture
In 2008, Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize and made a wish: The Charter for Compassion. Since then, thousands of people have responded, and in 2009 the Charter was unveiled to the world. The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical, and spiritual traditions. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and put another there, and to honor the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.
In 1991, the Pluralism Project at Harvard University began a pioneering study of America's changing religious landscape. Over the past five decades, immigration has dramatically changed the religious landscape of the United States. Through an expanding network of affiliates, we document the contours of our multi-religious society, explore new forms of interfaith engagement, study the impact of religious diversity in civic life, and contextualize these findings within a global framework.
The Center for Progressive Christianity provides guiding ideas, spiritual networking opportunities, and resources for progressive churches and organizations with connections to Christianity. We promote an understanding of Christian practice that leads to a greater concern for the way people treat each other, the acceptance of all people, and a respect for other religious traditions. We are opposed to any dogma that limits the search for truth and free inquiry, and we encourage work that eases the pain, suffering and degradation inherent in many of the structures of society.
The Interfaith Alliance (TIA) celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. TIA works to ensure that faith and freedom flourish so that individuals can worship freely or not worship at all, so they can embrace matters of personal conscience without fear of government intrusion, and so that all can live in a vibrant, healthy society.
Spiritual Organizations
Founded in 2012, The Shift Network aims to empower a global movement of people who are creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that in turn leads to a more enlightened society, one built on principles of sustainability, peace, health, and prosperity. Now is the time for an upgrade to our planetary operating system. Through our online Summits and Courses we have already served more than 200,000 worldwide who are committed to shifting our world’s operating system.
The Mission of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM), is to build an enduring sanctuary of visionary art to inspire every pilgrim's creative path and embody the values of love and perennial wisdom. Entheon, a sanctuary of visionary art, will open in 2015 and the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, now in the planning phase, is intended to begin building by 2020. Forty acres of beautiful woods and newly renovated buildings invite the contemplation of art and nature, and provide a center for events encouraging the creative spirit. CoSM honors the transformative power of art to awaken human potential.
Founded in 1988 by Andrew Cohen, EnlightenNext is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to catalyzing evolution in consciousness and culture. We strive to be leaders and pathfinders in the emerging field of integral and evolutionary spirituality. Through our annual cycle of programs, events, and award-winning publications, we are awakening, connecting, and cultivating a global movement of “Evolutionaries” – individuals who feel personally responsible for creating the future.
The Association for Research and Enlightenment is a non-profit organization founded in 1931 by Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), to research and explore transpersonal subjects such as holistic health, ancient mysteries, personal spirituality, dreams, intuition, philosophy, and reincarnation. The mission of A.R.E. is to help people transform their lives for the better, through research, education, and application of core concepts found in the Edgar Cayce readings and kindred materials that seek to manifest the oneness of God, the spiritual nature of humankind, and the connection of body, mind, and spirit.
Founded in 1975, the Federation of Damanhur a federation of communities and eco-villages with their own social and political structure in continual evolution. Damanhur is a centre for spiritual, artistic and social research. Its philosophy is based upon action, optimism and the idea that every human being lives to contribute to the growth and evolution of the human race. Damanhurians maintain that everyone has a divine origin and that our task is to recover the memory and the awareness of this primeval state. Humanity is part of a complex eco-system which includes plants, animals, the earth, and various spiritual forces, with each part a manifestation of an all-pervading force called "God" in all philosophies.
PROUT is an acronym for PROgressive Utilization Theory, a socio-economic philosophy that synthesizes the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of human nature. PROUT’s goal is to provide guidance for the evolution of a truly progressive human society. PROUT is an alternative to the outmoded capitalist and communist paradigms. Neither of these approaches have met the physical, mental and spiritual needs of humanity. PROUT seeks a harmonious balance between economic growth, social development, environmental sustainability, and between individual and collective interests.
Twin Oaks is an intentional community in rural central Virginia consisting of roughly 100 adult members and 15 children. Since the community's beginning in 1967, our way of life has reflected our values of cooperation, nonviolence, equality, and ecology. We do not have a group religion; our beliefs are diverse. We do not have a central leader; we govern ourselves by a form of democracy with responsibility shared among various managers and committees. We are self-supporting economically, partly self-sufficient, and income-sharing. Each member works 42 hours a week in the community's business and domestic areas. Each member receives housing, food, healthcare, and personal spending money from the community.