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Peace and Prosperity Conference Set for April

The map shows the 2015 peace index for Mexico

By Robin Loving Rowland

“The belief that peace is not possible is the greatest impediment to achieving peace,” said Willis Harman, but many in San Miguel believe peace is possible and are actively working to make peace a reality. Camino de la Paz and the Rotary Club are co-sponsoring a free Peace and Prosperity Conference on April 25 from 9:30am to1pm at Hotel Misión, Salida a Querétaro 1. The purpose of this conference is to present the impact of peace on our individual and collective well-being and prosperity. Additional sponsors include the City’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism, Hotel Mision, La Zona Business Association, LifePath Center, and the Nonprofit Resource Network.

Peace and Prosperity Conference
Sat, Apr 25, 9:30am-1pm
Hotel Misión
Salida a Querétaro 1
152 3709
Priority seating available for 100 pesos

Keynote Speaker Paty de Obeso, Institute for Economics and Peace, publisher of the Global Peace Index and the Mexico Peace Index annual measures of peacefulness, will present all new data focusing on what San Miguel and Guanajuato can do to increase prosperity for businesses and individuals. The data estimates the economic impact of violence and the economic benefits that would flow from increases in positive peace, uncovering the relationships between business, peace and prosperity, and promoting a better understanding of the cultural, economic, and political factors that create peace. For more information, see and

Panelist Patricia Tally is the Executive Director of the Peace in Action Collaborative Education Group, founder of the Zihuatanejo, Guerrero Peace Program, and a member of the International Cities of Peace Organization’s advisory board. She will share the ICP’s model for Business of Peace and Prosperity that she presented to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She enlists businesses, tourism departments, education, and service organizations to focus their attention on developing strategies for sustainable peace by lessening poverty and increasing prosperity of the people. For more information, see

Panelist Wendy Coulson, Rotary Peace Fellow, will present solutions for peace in San Miguel. She has years of experience training trainers to implement elementary school peace education programs that have turned violent campuses in Mexico into peaceful places in one school term or less.

Panelist Jean Paul Peretz, Facilitator of the Prem Rawat Peace Education Program, will present the successful results of the PEP with the police force, prisoners, drug addicts, and the public in San Miguel and around the world, where more than 120,000 people participated last year. Results include reductions of gang violence and criminal recidivism and increases of prosperity as measured by overall well-being.

The conference will also present the winners of a student peace competition atthe University of Leon, and all attendees will have the opportunity to ask the experts questions. Priority seating will be available for 100 pesos, and translation headsets will be available for 50 pesos as presentations will be made in English and Spanish.

For more information, contact Tom Schneider, Rotary Midday San Miguel de Allende,, 044 415 109-7688, US 541 729-1263; or Jean Paul Peretz, Camino de la Paz,, 152 2151, US 469 364-9001.


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