What We Learn About World, Peace, Service

The Beginning Of Peace

2019 is a year to celebrate in Berlin.

20 years after the beginning of WWII in 1939, young peace activists founded the Weltfriedensdienst in Berlin in December 1959.

This was the beginning of peace work for us in Berlin.

For 60 years now, more than 250 peace workers engaged with partner NGO’s in regions of conflict and crisis around the world to re-establish peace and justice. The Weltfriedensdienst became a pillar of German peace policy. 60 years of Weltfriedensdienst show that local work impacts peace also on the level of the whole society.

Celebrating peace work at Weltfriedensdienst in 2009


The Weltfriedensdienst celebrates 60 years of work in 2019 with a big party on November 22nd, 2019!

For more information please contact Stefanie Wurm, (wurm@weltfriedensdienst.de)

To find out about the acitivities of the Weltfriedensdienst, including a chronicle of the events, please check out the special subpage (in German) at https://wfd.de/60-jahre


Black and White having a real conversation––how often is that possible?

The White Fish

Why is it so hard to talk with white people about racism? asks Robin DiAngelo. The expert in social justice offers some significant answers. „Yes, an individual person of color can sit at the tables of power, but the overwhelming majority of decision-makers will be white. Yes, white people can have problems and face barriers, but systematic racism won’t be one of them. This distinction — between individual prejudice and a system of unequal institutionalized racial power — is fundamental.“ Many white people are not aware of that. They act like a fish that does not have an awareness that it swims in water––and what kind of water it is.

Highly recommended read!

To read to full essay click here


A Source For Research

The Oxford Research Encyclopedia is a huge global project trying to cover all major fields of scientific expertise––including International Studies, and Peace Work. While most of the articles compiled are under subscription, some articles are free. Please check it out here

#The Three Essential Keys  For Peace Explorers

#1: Exploring

Connecting Peace Workers

Key #1 invites you to online learning formats like webinars and expert talk, focused on peace-related topics and sharing through video encounters.

#2: Inspiring

Peace Explorers Share Their Competencies

Good Practice: The second key opens up to the knowledge of Peace Explorers. Partners, Cooperants, and members of the Weltfriedensdienst offer their tools.

#3: Compiling

Peace Topics At A Glance

The third key leads to our treasure chamber. On “A-Z” you’ll find profound examples of good practice, guidelines, and manuals.

#More Inspirations To Learn About Welt, Frieden, Dienst

The earth is the foundation for peace. Many times we work in the field with conflicts about resources as a root for war. Now scientists point to the fact that we need to change the way we deal with the earth because so many species have become extinct lately. This warning was signed by 15.000 scientists from 184 countries. They see the desperate need to act––and our ability to do so. Please click here to learn more about how we can repair the foundation of peace; the earth.

How to study the (false) logic of war with fellow students and renowned teachers when you are far away in the field?

The well-known department on war study’s of King’s College London offers war studies online. You can enroll for the master’s program from wherever you are as you meet conveniently in video-conference calls.

To find out more, please click here for the website of the King’s College London.


Soe people lay the foundation for peace for the whole world…. The Indigenous people of the Amazon are guardians of the planet for us, fighting for the unique area that is the lung of the planet, and for all of us. For years now these guardians gather in the Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica (COICA). Together with the Weltfriedensdienst they just offered a discussion panel in Berlin how European communities can support this fight for life. Before that, the COICA just celebrated the First Amazonian Government Council of the 2018-2022 period. Congratulations! To read the announcement in English. please click here. To read it in Spanish on the Website, please click here.









She takes a stand, 16 years old

Standing in front of a building might not seem to have a big effect. But Greta Thunberg stands in front of the Swedish parliament for weeks and she gained interest in the Scandinavian country. Being 15 years old, she has something to say: Do something about climate change.  The Peace Explorer honors people who change the world by changing the rules we live in awarding them as Peace Punks. Greta is a Peace Punk.

More here

More than 100 years ago World War I ended. What did we learn from it, if anything? Here are three lessons to make peace possible.

Click here please to read newspaper article.

Scotts dead in No Man’s Land Who Fought on Flanders Fields. Stereo picture from World War I.

Which are the global Think Tanks on Peacebuilding? Here is a link to a very useful list of international institutions providing knowledge about conflict transformation.

The shadows of the past are influencing our efforts to co-create a peaceful future: the former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland sheds a light on the impact of unresolved conflicts from history to today’s peace work. Read more 

When people have to flee war and poverty, how can we contribute to a field that knows how to deal with that? In our annual magazine Kompass (this time only in German, sorry!) we take a look at how we can think immigration anew. How is your project involved in working with refugees? KOMPASS-6_Migration-anders-denken_Weltfriedensdienst


Featured Posts & Videos

 How does the manual „Work For Change“ help you in your peace project? Mediator Undine Whande from South Africa gives a profound feedback to the manual of the Weltfriedensdienst and elaborates on the chances and challenges of creating impact on the ground.

To watch the YouTube video please click here or on the image.

„Creating Peace must not be reduced to be an instrument of crisis prevention! (…) I hope your call will be heard.“ Feedback by Cay Gabbe on Kompass #5

To read the whole feedback please click here

Are you a divider or connector?

As peace workers we look at stakeholders in the working field–be it an elder, a policeman or a judge–in many ways, trying to pinpoint if they are a divider or a connector regarding the conflict we are working on.

In our last Peace Explorer Gathering (PEG) we found how we–as stakeholders–need to be connectors, too, not dividing people into static postures of dividing and connecting. In contrast to that there is a fluidity in that, and the stakeholder may change his or her opinion and behavior if new events are occurring in the field. So we need to check our assumptions again and again. More about our findings here.


Stay in contact with fellow Peace Explorers

Just click on a name and see the authors information and what s/he shared


Topic of the Season: The Future of Prevention

How can we co-create peace? This is the topic of the latest issue focused magazine of the Weltfriedensdienst. You can browse the magazine by putting the cursor on the bottom of the front page. A bar with the number of pages will show.


WFD Kompass Nr 5