Our mission is to inspire people to resolve conflict in a peaceful and productive manner.
Why This Matters
Millions of people are displaced each year by conflict and violence.
24 people every minute flee from conflict and persecution
Global peacefulness diminished by 27% last year
$13.6 trillion dollars lost globally from war and conflict- $1,876 for every person on the planet.
The average cost of violence to victims in the US is $500 billion per year.
SC women killed by men exceeds TWICE the national average
1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men become victims of violence in their lifetime.
Rotary Club of Greenville
Why We Need Conflict Resolution Skills
We live in a world of many cultures, colors, backgrounds and beliefs. As the world becomes bigger and smaller at the same time, we are challenged to co-exist with people who may believe or look different than we do. How can we build unity when we are polarized by racial, ethnic, religious, and political differences?
Peaceful Conflict Resolution Can be Learned
The Rotary Club of Greenville is committed to creating a more peaceful community. We believe peace is a skill that can be learned and we strive to bring education and awareness into our community.
Helpful Steps Toward Peace & Conflict Resolution
- Listen carefully
- Practice understanding
- Engage peacefully
- Forgive when necessary
We encourage you to begin courageous conversations necessary to assure progress, peacefully and productively.
Watch highlights from 2019 conference
“Peace is a Verb, An Action Word”
Glenis Redmond, nationally known poet, was commissioned to write an original poem for the 2019 Rotary Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference held on May 3, 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina. Her poem, “Peace is a Verb, An Action Word”.
Glenis Redmond has held two poetry posts as the Poet-in-Residence at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina, and at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Glenis is a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist and is listed in their National Touring Directory. Her poetry has taken her from the Peace Center to the White House and from Hawaii, working on behalf of the Kennedy Center, to the Middle East, working on behalf of the State Department. In 2011, she was a founder of Peace Voices, a poetry program dedicated to poetic outreach and engagement in the community through the Education and Outreach Department for the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina. Glenis believes that poetry is a healer and she can be found in the trenches across the world applying pressure to those in need, one poem at a time.