City Organizer Program
Sponsored by the Global Peaceful Cities Project & Schenectady County Community College
all founded by Bethany Gonyea, MS
When we start a peace project, not only are we preparing to bring comfort and solace to many people, we are simultaneously beginning a journey that inspires the best within ourselves. Our lives are profoundly enriched as we empower others with this highly specialized skill-set.
We have provided this blueprint to support you in organizing, hosting, planning, and maximizing your local Peaceful Cities Project. In the first lesson, we have provided a video that will give you an overview, and then use the manual for specific references.
Peaceful Cities volunteers are working to demonstrate that when a relatively small group of people meditate with the intention to increase peace within an area, it has an impact on quality of life shown by (in this case) a measurable reduction in violence. (We are interested in measuring changes in other variables as well.)
We are forever grateful to the TM organization for performing seminal peace meditation research. Their twenty-three articles published in rigorously peer-reviewed journals have documented this phenomenon beyond a doubt.
However, their studies were conducted using a more costly and less accessible method. The Peaceful Cities research team has created a protocol that is accessible to everyone at no cost. This protocol has been designed utilizing the most current findings in intentional research, and also includes the evidence-based tool, the Heart Lock-in, by the Institute of Heartmath, an internationally recognized research organization dedicated to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions, and build energetic resilience for healthy happy lives.
Beyond the research itself, we have witnessed Peace Projects offering communities a way to access no-cost opportunities to learn and practice transformative self-care skills that significantly enhance health and community outcomes.