This Project is an ongoing collaborative effort of Colorado Volunteers to construct a Regional Model of the U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence. The scope of this Model Project will be limited to the domestic activities of the Department of Peace and Nonviolence.
Domestically, the Department of Peace and Nonviolence will develop policies and allocate resources to effectively reduce the levels of domestic and gang violence, child abuse, and various other forms of interpersonal violence.
The goal is to support the Colorado Campaign by demonstrating how a Department of Peace and Nonviolence will add value to our community.
This website will document the progress of the Model Project during its three phases: Startup(current), Operation, and Assessment of Effectiveness.
Using the proposed Legislation (H.R. 808 & S. TBD ) as the "blueprint", an abbreviated organizational structure will be put in place for a regional DoPN center. The scope of this project will be limited to the Domestic Activities of the DoPN. (For the purposes of this Model Project, we assume that the DoPN Headquarters in D.C. is already operational.)
Local resources will be used to create a model of the DoPN and then simulate its operation. Resources will include volunteers from the Colorado Campaign, Universities, Peace & Justice Organizations, local public agencies (i.e. Human Services, Law enforcement, etc.), as well as local Congressional staff members.
Traditional Role Play Model
Given the above ground rules for this Model, volunteers from Colorado organizations and educational institutions will assume the operatonal roles of key local DoPN leadership as “administrators” and “hands-on workers.” These acting DoPN personnel will simulate (at a top level) how a DoPN can translate local needs into an effective intervention program.
[Note: this portion of the Model DoPN Project can benefit directly from the 60 years of experience with the Model UN efforts that over 400,000 middle school, high school and college/university students worldwide participate in every year.]
As a parallel effort, the insights gained from this traditional modeling effort will be transferred into state-of-the-art software modeling tools to create a virtual model of the Regional Department of Peace and Nonviolence.
The results of this Modeling effort will provide valuable information that can contribute to the State and National Campaign.
Our overall Mission is to work with our Senators and local district Representatives, discuss how the DoPN can add value to their Districts/State and to better understand their concerns and issues with the proposed bills. Issues and proposed solutions that are identified during this simulation will be communicated to the National Campaign for future revisions of the pending legislation. The results of the Modeling effort may also be used in future commitee hearings.
The results of the Modeling Project may also be used by our local activists who are working with their members of congress, writing editorials, conducting local radio and TV interviews, organizing local talks and trainings, getting city council endorsements, visiting with Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs, Military Officials, Prison Officials, Directors of Abuse Shelters, School Boards, etc. to share and discuss how a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence would benefit Colorado and our communities.