Peace Literacy Community of Practice Gets Grant from the Fund for Santa Barbara

By |2020-04-20T14:05:54-07:00April 20, 2020|


Sandy Jones
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Santa Barbara – The Peace Literacy Institute, an initiative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), has been awarded a grant from the FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA to help establish online classes and discussion groups for its Peace Literacy Curriculum. The grant is part of the FUND’S Emerging Need Grants program, which is dedicated to finding solutions to current and emerging social, economic, environmental and political problems that challenge our society as a whole.

In response to the COVID–19 crisis, NAPF’s Peace Literacy Institute has developed a community of practice, using webinars and Zoom-based discussion groups to give people a place to learn Peace Literacy skills, discuss them with their peers, and strategize how to apply them in their own lives and communities. Part of this community of practice includes a nine-part series entitled “Peace Literacy for Navigating Struggle, Uncertainty and Crisis.”  The series focuses on humanity’s non-physical needs, including practical ideas to help create stronger relationships and communities as we navigate this struggle together.

Research at the Peace Literacy Institute shows that during this pandemic, while many are properly worried about making sure their physical needs are met, we also have many non-physical needs that are as important, if not more important, than our physical needs, especially during times of crisis. People need explanations, comfort, and community on a level that our world has never experienced before in such an extreme way. Peace Literacy provides people the useful tools and realistic hope that are so needed during this crisis.

The nine-part series examines how people can meet their non-physical needs (and help others meet them) in healthy ways. The series delves into how, during a crisis, people can easily become more vulnerable to tangles of trauma such as mistrust, rage, alienation, and helplessness. It goes on to discuss how we can deal with trauma constructively rather than destructively and gives practical ideas to help us create stronger relationships and communities as we navigate these unprecedented times.

The first chapter entitled Purpose & Meaning looks at the ways having higher meaning and purpose can help strengthen relationships and connection to community during these difficult times. The second chapter entitled Nurturing Relationships looks at how we can listen to one another, be respectful of each other, and treat everyone with kindness and compassion.

The series is a way of helping us stay more connected and less fearful during these stressful times. It focuses not only on community-centered healing, but on tools that will still be needed far after we’re allowed back into our offices, classrooms, and community spaces. It is hands-on, easy to join, free, and easily scalable. To find out more, visit

The Peace Literacy Institute is dedicated to teaching people, young and old, from all walks of life, how to understand, confront, and heal the root causes of the problems we all face in today’s world. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon with which you can change the world.”

Peace Literacy is the creation of NAPF’s Paul K. Chappell, who committed himself to nonviolence full-time after leaving the Army as a Captain in 2009. Chappell trained with several colleagues of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including James Lawson, Bernard Lafayette, and C.T. Vivian. Peace Literacy curriculum has been successful with students as young as kindergarten and through adult education, and is already adapting to address this current global crisis through its series on non-physical human needs. Chappell created Peace Literacy to teach people the skills they need to solve the world’s most dangerous psychological, social, and technological problems of our time. By doing so, we have the best chance to survive, and even thrive, even in the COVID–19 world in which we now live.

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If you would like to interview Rick Wayman, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, or Paul K. Chappell, Director of the Peace Literacy Institute, please call Sandy Jones at 310.386.6629. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s mission is to educate and train people of all ages and backgrounds to solve the most dangerous technological, social, and psychological issues of our time, and to survive and thrive in the 21st century. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with consultative status to the United Nations. For more information, visit and