NAPF Peace Leadership Program
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This course teaches the powerful form of leadership that is needed to promote peace and justice in communities, countries, and the world. Most leadership books and courses are focused on business, but this course will teach the form of leadership that Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Susan B. Anthony practiced. It is also the form of leadership that our world will require if humanity is going to solve its most serious problems and survive in the 21st century.
"The military has really excellent training in waging war, but most activists have no training in waging peace, and I realized that activists need to be as well trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war. Violinists, martial artists, and filmmakers all realize they need some sort of training to be effective, but activism is the only art form where people think they can just show up to a protest and not have any training and write something on a sign and think they’re going to be effective. And I think we have to change the paradigm of activism toward recognizing that it is an extremely difficult art form. Your job is to transform how people think about the most controversial issues in the world, and you’re trying to transform how people think when people might potentially kill you over these issues. It requires very detailed training. I think one reason activists aren’t more effective is that they don’t have the kind of training to take their activism to a higher level."
-- Paul K. Chappell, in an interview in Guernica Magazine
In addition to the NAPF Summer Course (see below), Paul K. Chappell also offers two-, three- and five-day training programs tailored to any organization's needs. This training can be offered for academic credit, as it is at the University of San Diego, or more informally.
For the five-day course curriculum, click here.
For a course overview and testimonials, click here.
For more information on Peace Leadership trainings, email Paul K. Chappell.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation presented its second five-day peace leadership summer course at the beautiful La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara, California, from July 21-27, 2013.
Click here for a summary of the 2013 Peace Leadership Summer Course.
A five-day intensive course on peace leadership and the skills for waging peace, the NAPF Peace Leadership Summer Course is led by West Point graduate and NAPF Peace Leadership Director Capt. Paul K. Chappell. Participants will be empowered with the understanding and skills needed to further the causes of peace and justice and help them make a positive difference in their lives, communities, and the world.
The 2014 Peace Leadership Summer Course will take place from July 20-26, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California. We are limiting the number of participants in the summer course to 25, so please do not delay in submitting your application should availability still exist. Unfortunately, because of insurance restrictions, participants in the course must be 18 years of age or older.
Click here to apply online.
1. How much does the course cost?
The course has different costs based on your lodging preference. If you have a room all to yourself ("single"), the cost is $1,050. If you share a room with one other person ("double"), the cost is $900. If you share a room with two other people ("triple"), the cost is $800.
2. I am going to have trouble affording the course. Can you lower the price for me?
Comprehensive leadership courses almost always cost several thousand dollars, but our priority is to make this course not only useful and transformative, but also affordable. Because we do not want money to prevent people from attending this course and receiving the training that can help them make a positive difference, we are only charging people for food and lodging, not the training itself. One drawback to charging such a low price is that any additional discount would have to be picked up on our end. We are a nonprofit and currently do not have the funding to cover these food and lodging costs.
3. What do the costs include?
The costs include course materials along with food and lodging for six days at La Casa de Maria retreat center in Santa Barbara, CA. The costs do not include travel.
4. Are there any ways I can raise money to attend the course?
One way is to get a local peace group, university, or organization to sponsor part or all of your trip, and in exchange you can give them an abbreviated Peace Leadership course based on specific things they would like to learn. Paul Chappell will help you develop a workshop that suits their needs. There are many other creative ways that you can raise money to attend the course, and if you think of something that works please let us know so that we can share it with others. If you want to raise money to attend this course it is important to understand that this training is an investment not only in your education, but the future of our planet. Peace leadership skills are also life skills. An education in waging peace can improve our performance in the workplace, strengthen the quality of our human relationships, and empower us with the ideals and tools to better our lives and the world around us.
5. Are scholarships available?
If we receive grant money for this course we would like to provide scholarships that can cover part or all of people’s lodging and travel.
6. Since the cost of the training is low, are you expecting any other obligations from participants in the course?
Although we are only charging for food and lodging, we do not think of this training as free. In many leadership courses the training is the most expensive component, and we also want you to pay for this training. But we want you to pay by taking action for a better world. We hope this course will give you a foundation for waging peace that you can build upon for the rest of your life. We hope that you will pay for this training by deepening your commitment to serve our country and planet.
7. If one lives near Santa Barbara and does not need to stay at Casa Maria for the duration of the training, is there a lower price?
No. We put a lot of thought into that, and letting people commute to the course without staying at the retreat center presents some problems. First, people can benefit a lot from the discussions they will have with each other outside of the training, and staying at the same place builds camaraderie. Second, allowing some people to commute divides those attending the course into two separate groups (the group that is staying at the retreat center will bond tighter), which might cause cliques to form. Third, traffic can be bad in the morning and if people are staying at the retreat center then there is less concern about people showing up late and missing training. Fourth, since we are limiting the number of participants to around 20 or 25, allowing someone to commute takes away a slot from someone who is willing to stay at the retreat center.
The following resources will give you an introduction to some of the material that will be covered in the summer course.
1. Paul Chappell, NAPF Peace Leadership Director, gave this lecture on waging peace on September 21, 2011.
2. How to Destroy the Occupy Movement and How to Prevent it from Failing by Paul K. Chappell
4. Fighting with Another Purpose: An interview in The Sun magazine