Engaging Rotarians in Global Violence Prevention

Project Description

The human, economic, social and political costs of large-scale violence and war are immense. Global conflict often has its roots in local conflict. Preventing violent conflict at a local level is usually seen as an issue for the police or military; however, local organizations like Rotary clubs can have a significant impact. In the first part of this seminar, Dr. Bock will talk about how both the horizontal and vertical relationships that Rotarians bring to the table can be leveraged for better community relationships. With more than 1.2 million members in almost 35,000 clubs worldwide, Rotary International is one of the largest organizations with the guiding principles of advancing international understanding, goodwill and peace. Rotarians already maintain strong relationships between clubs and with other organizations, and Rotarians also have important local relationships with mid- and top-level leaders in their communities from the religious, government or law enforcement sectors. In his most current work, Dr. Bock focuses on violence prevention through what he calls “early warning and response systems.”

At this event, Rotarians will had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Bock about how he sees their network and relationships leading to stronger peacebuilding networks, including early warning and response systems. Participants joined the discussion by submitting questions throughout the presentation.

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