Articles by Kyoko Okumoto

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The Arts-based Approach in Peace Work: Dynamic Peace and Dynamic Art (2016)
Kyoko Okumoto - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 May 2017

To understand the concept of peace within the context of action, this paper proposes a new definition, “dynamic peace” as opposed to “static peace.” The “actors” play the role of dynamic peace workers. Within this approach, “dynamic art” may be defined as “art that reveals and highlights conflict.” This arts-based approach is enriched by creative dialogue, and its actors become peace workers who are in essence “citizen artists.” The analysis is based on the methods and theories of Johan Galtung, and his TRANSCEND Theory is applied here to the relation between the arts and society.

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The First NARPI Summer Peace Training
Kyoko Okumoto – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Oct 2011

The Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI), as a civil society peacebuilding group representing voices from throughout Northeast Asia, was born out of the following idea. In this region where the Cold War still remains, there is a critical need for the implementation of measures which will prevent future military action and loss, and for peaceful resolution for historical and political conflict.

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