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Youths wants Drug Trafficking Non-Bailable …as First National Drugs Prevention Youth Confab Ends in Liberia

Over fifty (50) youth representatives from the fifteen counties of Liberia and national youth institutions have called on the Liberian Government to address key aspects in the fight against illicit drugs and the use of harmful substances in Liberia. The fight toward a drug free society according to the youth, becomes even more worrisome base on the current state of harmful drugs in the country. “We...

Affect change in the 21st century through the progressive graduate programs offered by SayBrook

This is a sponsored post on PCDNetwork   “It’s about making the world better. One relationship at a time. One community at a time.” —Kent Becker, Ed.D., Dean of Social Sciences We are connected to the world around us. Understanding this connection has the potential to bring us closer together and to inform the decisions we make in our personal and professional lives. It has the potential...

The data show with a name!

PCDN Folks, The data show we have been working on now has a name. We already created a couple of episodes on how to find and visualize your uber ride history data and amazon order history data. If you haven’t watched those videos yet, you should click on the links below  and learn how to find and visualize your personal data from amazon and uber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZtUONwlm6s&t=119s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkzCCTMs-B4 Watch...

The Pasta Wars Simulation: Now in Ten Languages!

The Pasta Wars simulation: Coming soon, to a language near you! The Pasta Wars, a prisoners’ dilemma simulation game for teaching negotiation and conflict-related topics, has been translated into ten languages. Teachers and trainers working around the world can now use the simulation with students in their own language, rather than relying on English-language material. The simulation, complete...

How do you anything is how you do everything, Reflections from the 2017 Interaction Forum

Dear Colleagues Over the past three days, the PCDN team has been participating in the 2017 Interaction Forum. We have heard many amazing quotes (the title of this blog come from Nathniel Raymond, Director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). We have inspired, depressed (about much of the current challenges facing the international and...

#letsfindaway

When in December of 2016 the cover page of Time Magazine labeled this country the “divided states of America,” it felt true. A harrowing 2016 U.S. presidential election, left a gash in American communities decades in the making. While activism quickly captured the energy generated by the election results, peacebuilders as well felt compelled to act. Uniquely equipped, a number of changemakers...

Simplifying Complexity or Complexifying Simplicity: The Promise and Perils of Systems Thinking

As we’ve written this week the PCDN team has been fortunate to participate in the 33rd annual Interaction Forum (see our blogs page for a whole series of posts) where we documenting and writing about many of the discussions, innovations, and questions. On the the second day of Forum, I attend a great session on systems thinking entitled, “What is Systems Thinking” Can it help us to respond better...

The Solutions Salon at the Interaction Forum: Building Connections, Solving Problems and Collaborating for Change

As we have noted, PCDNetwork is fortunate to be attending the annual Interaction Forum for several days this week. This morning I attended a wonderful interactive “Solution Salon” organized by several CEOs from Interaction Member organizations.   In this short post, I first briefly describe the session format which is something I think many conferences could benefit from adopting. Second...

Beyond panels and plenaries: how to deliver THE BEST presentation ever

I have been in one capacity or other in the field of Social Change for over two decades.  This means thousands of hours of classroom time and conferences.  As a result, I am NOT the most enthusiastic about sitting for a prolong period and listening to someone talk at me…. I feel like we need to simply shake things up.  In a world were YouTube videos rule and people are reading the least amounts...

Exploring Problem Solving Methods for Social Innovators

Recognizing the way the world works in the 21st century has not come easily to problem solvers. Classic approaches have traditionally restricted our thinking about solutions. They aim to minimize risk and control for fluctuations, reducing change to simple cause and effect models where “if we do x, we can expect to achieve y.” In the fast-paced, ever-changing environments in which institutions...

Call for nominations for the 7th edition of the ICIP Peace in Progress Award

Nominations for the award may be submitted until July 6. The ICIP has announced the call for nominations for the seventh edition of the ICIP Peace in Progress Award. This prize aims to publicly recognize individuals, entities or institutions that, in an outstanding and extensive manner, have worked and contributed to the promotion and building of peace. The ICIP Peace in Progress Award consists of...

President Museveni Owes Northern Uganda Victims Justice

One of the most powerful predictors of success in politics and public policy is the strength of political narratives. But do political narratives represent political reality? President Yoweri Museveni while addressing supporters at Pabo Catholic Mission, Pabo sub County in Amuru said, ” Northern Uganda owes him for fighting tooth and nail to chase away the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgents and...

Ignoring Traditional Justice System will Limit Access to Justice

By: David Martin Aliker The trial of Dominic Ongwen at the International Criminal Court (ICC) may commence on December 5th, 2016. Dominic Ongwen, formerly of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels is accused of being responsible for the war crimes of murder, rape, sexual slavery, torture, pillaging, and the conscription and use of children under the age of 15 to participate actively in hostilities. The...

Will Our Tears for Akena Drop in Vain?

By: David Martin Aliker On Sunday, November 20th,2016 marked a week since Akena Watmon, a child rights specialist was brutally murdered in cold blood. The President of the Democratic Party Hon. Norbert Mao opined an article, Individual responsibility for individual crime in the Daily Monitor. In his last sentence he mentions, “If the case is handled well then Akena’s blood and the tears of his...

Hurry now! Early-bird registration for the Alliance for Peacebuilding’s 2017 Annual Conference is open until June 30!

Alliance for Peacebuilding 2017 Annual Conference October 11 – October 13 This is a featured partner post on PCDNetwork   Hurry now! Early-bird registration for the Alliance for Peacebuilding’s 2017 Annual Conference is open until June 30! This will be your last chance to register early to take advantage of discounted rates.   To register for the 2017 Annual Conference, click here.   This...

The Alliance for Peacebuilding is currently accepting proposals for workshops and panels to be held during days 2 and 3 of the 2017 Annual Conference

Alliance for Peacebuilding 2017 Annual Conference October 11 – October 13 This is a featured partner post on PCDNetwork   The Alliance for Peacebuilding is currently accepting proposals for workshops and panels to be held during days 2 and 3 of the 2017 Annual Conference. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 30th. The Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Annual Conference serves as a dynamic space...

Coalitions, The Good, the Bad and the Effective

As indicated in earlier posts for several days this week the PCDNetwork team is attending the annual Interaction Forum, one of the key convenings of the global humanitarian and development community. See our earlier posts on the first day’s morning plenary  here and here. One of the sessions I attended in the afternoon was a panel on “Coalitions, The Good, the Bad and the Effective” This...

The number one job of everyone on earth is to increase the positive and reduce the negative forces of interdependence

The next few days part of the PCDN team is attending the annual Interaction Forum in Washington, DC. The event is the annual convening (this is the 33rd forum) of the Global Development and Humanitarian Community as Interaction is made up of over 200 leading US NGOs in the field.  Nearly 1000 people from around the world attend the event. As part of our collaboration with Interaction we do write a...

Development in the Post-Paris Agreement

By Dr. Catalina Rojas, Director of Innovation, PCDN I am very pleased to write this blogpost as PCDN partners with the Interaction Forum in its 33rd  annual meeting. A venue where the biggest and smartest minds from NGOs from all over the world unite to learn lessons; share solutions and exchange experiences. Why is this forum different from any other year? To most it looks the same. Huge venue, high...

Why Every Student Should Receive Entrepreneurship Education

All throughout high school and going into college, people would look at my interest in the humanities and my English major and ask that dreaded question “What are you going to do with that?” The assumption there being that there were only a finite number of (unappealing) things that I could do with that. At every program I facilitate with 3 Day Startup, there are students — not just in the...
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