Guadalajara, Mexico: City of Peace


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From the new ICP alliance group in Guadalajara, Mexico: City of Peace. A new and amazing worldwide initiative focusing on “subtle activism” is now forming. Here’s a look at the new website. The group’s goals are local to Mexico and developing countries as well as on the global stage.

Note: Introduction page with information primarily at the time of joining International Cities of Peace. For updates, please contact the liaison.

1) Consolidate a solid, accessible, and bilingual (English and Spanish) subtl…e activism resource to provide us with a theoretical framework to base our operations and serve as the basis of our outreach efforts.
2) Educate the general public about the benefits and healing potentials of subtle activism through different social media tools, gatherings, lectures, and more. The pedagogical strategies will initially target Latin American countries and their connection with the rest of the Americas, to later spread to wider audiences.
3) Join the growing network of subtle activists around the planet by consolidating a community of practitioners in different geographic regions. The project aims at consolidating itself as a pioneer in the Spanish-speaking world, especially Latin America.

4) Collaborate, organize, and synchronize subtle activism events within the practitioners’ network and the general public. The often transformative experiences of subtle activists provide the impetus for the perpetuation and unfolding of collective healing.
5) Create an accessible compendium of practices for the activation of our subtle capacities to serve as support and guide for different subtle activism events. In order to have an easier access to various subtle activism practices, we will put together a compendium to invite the active participation of the communities involved.


About Guadalajara (from Wikipedia)

Guadalajara is the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco, and the seat of the municipality of Guadalajara. The city is located in the central region of Jalisco in the western-pacific area of Mexico. With a population of 1,564,514 it is Mexico’s second most populous municipality. The Guadalajara Metropolitan Area includes seven adjacent municipalities with a reported population of 4,328,584 in 2009, making it the second most populous metropolitan area in Mexico, behind Mexico City.

The city’s economy is based on industry, especially information technology with a large number of international firms having manufacturing facilities in the Guadalajara Metro Area. Other, more traditional industries, such as shoes, textiles and food processing are also important contributing factors. Guadalajara is the cultural center of Mexico, considered by most to be the home of Mariachi music and host to a number of large-scale cultural events such as the International Film Festival of Guadalajara and the Guadalajara International Book Fair and a number of globally renowned cultural events which draw international crowds.

Guadalajara is the 10th largest city in Latin America in terms of population, urban area and Gross Domestic Product. The city is named after the Spanish city of Guadalajara, with the name originating from the Arabic word wādi l-ḥijāra (واد الحجارة or وادي الحجارة) the literal translation of the Iberian name Arriaca, meaning “Valley of stones”.

In a 2007 research of the fDi magazine Guadalajara was the highest ranking major Mexican city having the second strongest economic potential of any major North American city and only Chicago scored more highly for sheer economic potential, in the same research was considered the “city of the future” due to its youthful population, low unemployment and large number of recent foreign investment deals, it was also found the third most business friendly city in North America.



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