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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am a 'called' peacemaker in the Quaker tradition, and am the founder and convener of John Woolman College of Active Peace. I was the lead organizer in Windham County, Vermont for our state's award-winning Reparative Probation program, and I originated the idea of Community Justice Centers, which now exist in many Vermont communities. I'm trained as a facilitator in victim-offender mediation, family-group conferencing, the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), and other methods, and was formerly Secretary of a United Nations Working Party on Restorative Justice.
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USA (Nebraska, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania), Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, UK (London), France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Tunisia. Have strong correspondences and associations with peacemakers in many other countries.
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Founder and Convener of John Woolman College. Strong supporter of the (re)emergent field and discipline of Peacemaking.
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French, German, Spanish
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Alternative Dispute Resolution, Conflict Mainstreaming, Conflict Resolution, Development, Education, Organizational Development, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Psychosocial
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Peacemaking theory (the Theory of Active Peace). Junctions between mimesis and morphic resonance, for example. Transactional theories of peacemaking and Restorative Justice. Development of successful organizational and methodic models in teaching peacemaking.
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No Bailout!

Posted on October 1, 2008 at 6:52am 1 Comment

No Bailout!

by John Wilmerding

Prior to the illegal Iraq war, the USA was still floating on a global wave of sympathy following 9/11. The dollar fiat hegemony was intact, and the Afghanistan war had not yet damaged the economy.

But laws of economic equilibrium had begun to come into sway.

Following the collapse of the Soviet empire, laws of economics say that the one on the other side of the globe should also have scaled down. But it didn't. Instead, it… Continue

'Remembering Peacemaking' Workshop January 9

Posted on December 26, 2007 at 2:43pm 0 Comments

John Woolman College

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Contact: John Wilmerding


'Remembering Peacemaking' Workshop Planned for January 9

On January 9, 2007, John Woolman College, along with Imaginaction, Inc., of Pasadena, California, will present 'Remembering Peacemaking¹, a workshop for peacemakers and persons who sense the… Continue

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At 10:03pm on August 14, 2012, Inayat ur Rehman said…

Nice to have people like you

At 11:26am on January 17, 2012, David Crier said…

I am trying to promote the Arc plan and and a discussion at;  

The Arc

 The arc A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State produced by the Rand Corporation. It is a giant leap in the right direction into finding a peaceful solution in the Palestinian-Israeli crisis. It is a ten year plan to develop the West Bank one day connecting it to Gaza. It addresses many of the problems the people of Palestine face in forming a viable state. Only with a prospers Palestinian society that resembles the society of the State of Israel will the people of both societies have any real security. 

They spent more than 3 million dollars and four years in the development of this plan. It is a thirty-three billion dollar plan over ten years that addresses the Palestinian issues of transportation, housing, education, commerce, justice and the contiguity of the State of Palestine. It is a very comprehensive plan creating a clear image of a much better way of life for the Palestinian people. Restoring their dignity and hope for a better future for their children is the best first steps towards peace.

This is the link to an 8 minute and 35 minute video outlining the Arc.The Arc: A Formal Structure For a Palestinian State | RAND 

Here is a link to the Rand Corporation’s web page to the Arc Reach Brief. There is a link to the full outline version of the Arc at the bottom of the page.

The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State | RAND

These are two links of Doug Sulsman presentation of the Arc at the J Street YMCA New York, NY.  



There is no way to peace, peace is the way. The Arc is the way for long term peace to become a reality in the Palestinian/Israeli crisis. The challenges are to make the Arc a reality that more people can see, as well as working out the full implementation of the Arc’s plan. The earlier more people get behind a plan like the Arc the sooner it could become a reality. Everyone should write to their elected representatives letting them know about the Arc and your support of the plan. Who could not support such a plan of a way to peace as the arc. Global Crier 

At 7:05am on December 10, 2011, Bishop Charles K. Kwalia said…

REF: INVITATION TO ATTEND A CONFERENCE OF CROSS BOARDER CONFLICT AND PEACE Greetings from Bishop Charles Kwalia,and members of Mt Elgon Women Peace Development  Forum.I believe and trust in the Lord that you and your dear saints are all fine in the lord. I here by extend this warm invitation to attend our Conference of peace in April 2012 from 16th to 22th for a great prophetic ministry which we received concerning the nation of Kenya and to discover God's council for the year 2012 for God will not do anything before he speaks to His Servants.Amos 3:7. Our commission is to liberate God's people from all oppression of Satan through the preaching and teaching of the word of faith., to empower and send forth God's people to take cities and nations for Christ let us put our hands and co-operate together for the seek of our lord Jesus Christ I hope to here from you and how many are you coming. Receive greeting from the orphans,church and my family in large.Am the Director of Mt Elgon Women Peace Development Forum. Have a nice day. Yours faithfully. Bishop Charles.K. Kwalia. Restoration Baptist Church-Kenya P.O Box 2988-30200 Kitale. Kenya east Africa.

At 6:33pm on August 20, 2011, Craig Zelizer said…
Hi John more than open to chatting
At 12:44am on August 16, 2011, Yigal D. Kahana said…

Hi John. How are you these days?

At 2:57pm on April 8, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Mr. John,

Thanks for your pretty words. We will continue this struggle.


At 3:45pm on April 7, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Mr. John,

Its my pleasure to go through your profile here. We can be good friend

and partners on common issues in near future.

In Peace.
At 12:16pm on February 2, 2011, Barry Clemson said…


Denmark Rising is on its way to you. And thanks for the names of your Danish colleagues. I sent Holger a message and am in process of contacting Lasse.


I inscribed the book to you BEFORE I noticed your request to inscribe it to the college ... maybe some of them will actually buy it and I can then print more!!

Grace and Peace,




At 6:44pm on February 1, 2011, Barry Clemson said…

I set out to show that nonviolence could deal with Hitler.

My novel, Denmark Rising, is lavishly praised as a compelling, impossible-to-put-down story that convincingly shows the Danes largely foiling Hitler with nonviolent strategies. It expands the possible and fires our imagination.

If you will read it, I will send you a free copy. Peace and Grace,

Dr. Barry Clemson


At 4:42am on October 31, 2009, nancy louise bisset said…
Hello John
It is a pleasure getting to know you because a friend from Germany, Pete s/n named: Foxman3000. He sent me your link, telling me to check out this site. Pete did not know weeks before, I tried to get on this forum and when I got to the part you needed three http:// addresses, I lost it, and cried. I have very limited PC skills, I must learn a new one and work on that until it is in my head before I move on, Overwhelming takes me over. : -)

The only difference this time, I had tried getting a blog set up on Missing and mind-controlled children. Finding them, who is taking them, where and make just the Awareness of this action, will in turn lesson the energies gotten from this kind of horrible thing. People do not want to hear ugly things, My parents just turn a deaf ear hearing a word like pediphile, or sex slavery with using children, for Royals, Preachers, Priests, Government officials, Educators, you name it the sex-with-children is rampid. NOT NICE on the News. They tell it once for the shock. SO it is buried, because it is these eleite that are into this. USA's cosmic Project was hacked into by David Kuresh, he was protecting the children not harming them., Later his mommy was killed because she opened her mouth to tell the world why her son and his whole community was killed. Sacrificed. So My heart hears the children crying out for hel[p, to have this stuff stopped. Jacobs Ladder a true story about an Amish boy that was kidnapped and bird-caged and mind-controlled. He broke free. A powerful story, happening less then an hour from my home too ) Amish community where much of this is done)

This is about peace, and helping humanity in the fields that each of us are in. I am just a concerned Being, No degrees, two years of vocal music training, that is it. But Life is my best teacher, experiencing and I plan to do that here with your help, guidence in area you can help me and I hope that I can add a different perspective to your work, or give encouragement.

I love you already because of Peter. I was afraid that I would not be approved, but next AM I saw I was. OMG thrilled I cried. Now if I had not gone that day, when a whisper came in my ear, to try to open a blog, I would not have had that link to put in one of those blocks on sign in info for this site. Timing!!! I also had some links in a folder I know how to find, quickly. My Own way. : -))))

You are a wonderful Being, Love all your info. I am lilty white, was with an Afro/American for 12 yrs. he raised my two sons as his own. A verteran, from the Gulf, he looked like Martin Luther King Jr's son. I always teased his mommy, "where were you in a certain yr.???" He crossed/over 1-27-2007, at 45. Two yrs. before we joked about who ever went first the other would shout out Hello and I told him, If you go first, tell me what the heck is going on over there. And John, He did. : -)))) He even introduced me to a prophet 1 yr. before his crossing. This prophet told me who and what he would look like my guide/Mentor, about I will change my Path and write a book and on and on.. that was told to me 2008. In 2009 Jan 9, I met my guide, 4 wks into this new journey, I got a pic sent to me, and all what the prophet told me. He sounded anglo-saxon, was India/Irish, Handsome as prophet told me, tall (6') and he had already been teaching me my new path, just did not think of my help as a new path, but my eyes opened up after seeing all the signs given to me. See how controlled and in different constructs that keep us BLIND, locked from our true knowledge.

I do things about the missing kids, follow up stories they tell for the sensationalism then bury it, or milk it to death, and hand it over to the likes of Nancy Grace. I have sent e-mails to News Directors desks and call them via phone. The missing children story as a hype is done daily. Gets good ratings.

So it is great to have feedback and stretch yours and others directions your path is going. I love Peter in Germany. His music he shares was used to bring my mentor/guide and I closer in our journey, a precious soul. I owe much to Peter and the song "The first Time ever I saw your Face' was a share I used that connected in so many ways with my guide.

Looking forward to chat and encourage you in your work. That is one of my special gifts. : -) (Love your hat, we connect already. : -)
Much Love Hugs and Peace.
Nancy Bisset USA : -)

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