World BEYOND War believes that education is a critical component of a global security system and an essential tool for getting us there.
We educate both about and for the abolition of war. Our educational resources are based on knowledge and research that expose the myths of war and illuminate the proven nonviolent, peaceful alternatives that can bring us authentic security. Of course, knowledge is only useful when it’s applied. Thus we also encourage citizens to reflect upon critical questions and engage in dialogue with peers toward challenging assumptions of the war system. These forms of critical, reflective learning have been well documented to support increased political efficacy and action for system change.
With what do we replace the war system? What truly makes us secure? What are the moral, social, political, philosophical and pragmatic foundations of an alternative global security system – a system in which peace is pursued by peaceful means?
Ending War 101 – A course for Rotarians on how to create a peaceful world: August 1 – September 18, 2022 online course registration
How can we make the best argument for shifting from war to peace? What must we understand and know about the war system if we are to dismantle it? How can we become more effective advocates and activists for ending particular wars, ending all wars, pursuing disarmament, and creating systems that maintain peace? These questions and more will be explored in Ending War 101: How We Create a Peaceful World.
Peace Education and Action for Impact
World BEYOND War’s Organizing 101 course is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of grassroots organizing. Whether you are a prospective World BEYOND War chapter coordinator or already have an established chapter, this course will help you hone your organizing skills.
Changing Minds (and Measuring the Results)
World BEYOND War staff and other speakers have spoken to numerous offline and online groups. Often we have tried to measure the impact by polling those present at the beginning and end with the question “Can war ever be justified?”
In a general audience (not self-selected to already oppose war) or in a school classroom, typically at the beginning of an event almost everyone will say that war can sometimes be justified, while at the end almost everyone will say that war can never be justified. This is the power of providing basic information that is rarely provided.
When speaking to a peace group, typically a smaller percentage begins by believing that war can be justified, and a somewhat smaller percentage professes that belief at the end.
We also try to bring in and persuade new audiences through public debates on the same question, offline and on. And we ask the debate moderators to poll the audience at the beginning and end.
- October 2016 Vermont: Video. No poll.
- September 2017 Philadelphia: No video. No poll.
- February 2018 Radford, Va: Video and poll. Before: 68% said war could be justified, 20% no, 12% not sure. After: 40% said war could be justfied, 45% no, 15% not sure.
- February 2018 Harrisonburg, Va: Video. No poll.
- February 2022 Online: Video and poll. Before: 22% said war could be justified, 47% no, 31% not sure. After: 20% said war could be justified, 62% no, 18% not sure.
- September 2022 Online: Video and poll. Before: 36% said war could be justified, 64% no. After: 29% said war could be justified, 71% no. Participants were not asked to indicate a choice of “not sure.”