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.
Online Courses ⋅
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We periodically offer facilitated online courses led by World BEYOND War experts and allied activists and change makers from around the world.
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 War Abolition 101: How We Create a Peaceful World.
War Abolition 101 is a six week-online course providing participants an opportunity to learn from, dialogue with, and strategize for change with World BEYOND War experts, peer activists, and changemakers from around the world.
A course you can take free at any time:
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. We’ll identify effective strategies & tactics for engaging community members and influencing decision-makers. We’ll explore tips and tricks for utilizing traditional & social media. And we’ll look more broadly at movement-building from the perspective of “fusion” organizing and nonviolent civil resistance. The course is FREE and is not live or scheduled. Enrollment and participation in the course are on a rolling basis. You can enroll and get started on the course here!
Past offerings that will be offered again have included:
Leaving World War II Behind:
War and the Environment: Grounded in research on peace and ecological security, this course focuses on the relationship between two existential threats: war and environmental catastrophe. We cover:
- Where wars happen and why.
- What wars do to the earth.
- What imperial militaries do to the earth back home.
- What nuclear weapons have done and could do to people and the planet.
- How this horror Is hidden and maintained.
- What can be done.
War Abolition 201: Building the Alternative Global Security System
With what do we replace the war system (aka the military-industrial-corporate-governmental complex)? 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? What actions and strategies might we pursue in building this system? War Abolition 201 explores these questions and more with the goal of engaging students in learning that leads to action. There is no requirement to have completed War Abolition 101.
War Abolition 101: How We Create a Peaceful World
How can we make the best argument for shifting from war to peace? How can we become more effective advocates and activists for ending particular wars, ending all wars, pursuing disarmament, and creating systems that maintain peace?
Study and Discussion Guide
Study War No More – A Concerned Citizen’s Study & Action Guide for “A Global Security System: An Alternative to War” is available at globalsecurity.worldbeyondwar.org.
Study War No More is a free online learning tool developed in partnership with the Global Campaign for Peace Education. It supports the study of World BEYOND War’s publication: A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (AGSS). The guide can be used for independent study or as a tool for facilitating dialogue and discussion in classrooms (secondary, university) and with community groups. Each discussion topic features a video introduction from our “study and action partners” – leading global thinkers, strategists, academics, advocates and activists who are already developing components of an alternative global security system.