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Nonprofits Advancing Public Dialogue about a “Culture of Peace”

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This chapter frames peace education within the disciplines of communication, adult education, and the broader discipline of political science. It addresses how adult peace education occurs informally in the context of nongovernmental institutions, and specifically the role of nonprofit organizations that comprise civil society and the third sector of the economy.

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Social Capital Civil Society Transformational Leadership Civic Engagement Adult Education 
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  1. The mission of this organization is to reinvigorate American democracy by engaging citizens in the public decision-making that most impacts their lives. Among its noteworthy projects are Twenty-First-Century Town Meetings, a unique, large-scale dialogue process that strives to maintain the values of the traditional New England town meeting while addressing the needs of today’s citizens and decision makers.Google Scholar
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