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Organization: The Virtues Project Germany, TugendProjekt e. V., Deutschland
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TugendProjekt e.V.
Sekretariat K. van Leeuwen,
An den Eichen 1,
D-53639 Königswinter,

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0049 (+)2244-9001661

PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity


PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

The Virtues Project Germany is part of the Virtues Project TM worldwide (more then 90 countries) Homebase: Canada. www.virtuesproject.com

ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.

* formation of TugendProjekt e.V. in 2009, a registered society
* translated a card-set of 52 virtues-cards for use in families, schools etc.
* translated a Leaders Manual for facilitators training and work
* set up infrastructure: website www.tugendprojekt.de & a central office
* 4 facilitators are active in spreading the virtues way of life and education in two days (or three or four evenings) awakenings, lectures and workshops in families and companies,
* 1x in two years a deepening course, in future every year
* master facilitator from Holland supports the facilitators by coaching and by offering every year a two day train-the-trainer course in Germany
* two local virtues connection circles started in 2009 (monthly, open to public and for free). People get an easy access to the 5 strategies and the virtues.
* presentations to several interested parties
* interviews in several media like newspapers, broadcast

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

Yes, we have, even in the short time we have been working now with the Virtues Project. People report every time in words like: There is much more harmony and peace in my family, in my class, in my team. Fewer conflicts. A natural development of
the moral compass by learning to make deliberate choices in different contexts. It is a completely different way of communicating. I now understand behaviour and see the
traits of character. Inner strength and inner peace. Everybody feels heard by using a simple way of coaching and feels supported by finding their own solution for the
problem they are in. It is a peaceful way of handling in sorting out conflicts and diverging interests. No punishment needed where behaviour is consistent and Restorative Justice prevails. Revenge is not an issue anymore. Return to old nonadequate
behaviour is an exception. Self-confidence and self-esteem lead to taking on more responsibility and lead to active participation in demoratic citizenship.

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

In Germany similar obstacles as in Holland:

* The word ‘virtue’ appears old-fashioned and may have a negative connotation after some misuse especially in the 20th century. Law and order did not bring the virtues closer to people. No, it caused 50 million dead in Europe in WW II and many more thereafter. It has not increased justice over the past few decades. The word ‘virtue’ now has the potential to describe a sense of responsibility, based on the right and the capability to judge on own intellect in moral questions.

* Another difficulty is the connection frequently seen with religion. And for sure: all religions work with virtues, just like non-religious communities. Virtues are universal values for moral behaviour. So they need revival. In Germany it is
emerging: e.g. in a TV show philosophers discussed about virtues. And quite often virtues are referred in TV productions.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

In order to create a culture of peace we have planned
* to translate books and more card-sets for subsequent  publishing
* to translate a set of proven brochures for families, schools and leaders
* to publish our own brochures, books and audio books
* formation of more local virtues connection groups
* to train & support more facilitators & develop some further to master facilitators
* to get in touch with sociologists, psychologists & experts in educational sciences at German Universities, to contribute to discussion in the scientific community
* to work together with nurseries, pre-schools and schools to support teachers, pupils and parents in a holistic and integrative approach
* to do professional PR in newspapers, magazines, flyers, lectures and workshops, participation in congresses, to organize open houses (next in March 2010)

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

Strengthen and supported by more and more people who feel responsible for living the culture of peace by using the 5 strategies of the Virtues Project. When more and more people live by virtues and their highest values when they feel confident and have
brought out the best in everyone, the climate of communication and decision-making will change immediately all over the world.
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