The Peace Superheroes Series
an article by Marianne Perez de Fransius
I got the idea for the Peace Superheroes Series after completing my masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. Whenever I told people that I'd studied peace, I was met with one of two reactions, "Peace? I didn't know you could study that," or "I'm glad someone is studying that. We need more of it in the world." I quickly realized that while most people like the idea of peace, they don't know how to make it tangible i their daily lives. This is how a super peace project started.
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The Peace Superheroes project is a series
featuring a dynamic and varied group of survivors
of violence come together in an urban environment
to form a team dedicated to transforming the
frequent violence that surrounds them. Over the
course of the season, they work through internal
and external conflicts which help coalesce a
tightly-knit and awe-inspiring group. Viewers
will be entertained by richly imagined and
unconventional characters responding to familiar
yet dangerous situations of all magnitudes in
surprising, creative and dramatic ways.
In a first phase, the Peace Superheroes will
appear in comic book form on our website. But the
vision is for it to evolve into a TV or web
series. The website will have a fan section and a
resource section. Through the fan section, viewers
can receive updates about the production of new
Concretely, the website will include:
Resources to deepen the skills portrayed in the
Links to organizations that deal
with the issues addressed in the series
Games and apps to put players into the situations
depicted in the show
Peace products featured in the series
Have you ever wanted to be a peace hero? Have you
dreamt of participating in something that really
makes a difference? Then, join our team!
As a Peace Hero, you will become part of the
awesome Peace Superheroes community. Well ask you
to help get the word out about the campaign, but
we also want to empower you to be a Peace Hero in
whatever way inspires you! Join here.
You can support the project at http://peace-superheroes.com/donate/.
Question(s) related to this article:
Peace-building Stories, literacy development with peace-building
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Latest reader comment:
The Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation www.tlpeace.org.au not only encourages the sharing of good peace-building stories but the writing of them. Reading development for children occurs when they are exposed to good stories but if those stories also contain peace-building elements then they are also exposed to the language of peace-building and an associated consciousness lift can result. This peace-building language can be patterned when they begin writing their own stories and as a consequence to being instilled into their consciousness, peace-building can become a natural way of thinking and operating. Peace-building stories also present strong peace-building characters who enact peace-building principles often becoming heroes to the children. One example is the Gandhi like character in Herb the Vegeterian Dragon as he chooses peaceful resistance when issues arise. Literacy development and peace-building can occur together.