Jonathan Rudy
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Ahmed N. Musa left a comment for Jonathan Rudy
"Hello Jonathan,  I has been long since we wrote to each other! I hope you are still around here on PCDN? Just wondering if you had come back to Hargeisa, as you wished to do so? I am now a co-founder of Hargeisa School of Social Work and I…"
Aug 24, 2014
Jonathan Rudy commented on Insight on Conflict's blog post Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram? by Kirthi Jayakumar
"Kirthi thanks for this article. It is refreshing to hear your call for empathy as a means of addressing phenomenon such as Boko Haram. You remind me why I am a member of PCDN...we are a collection of people who offer solutions other than violence as…"
Jun 30, 2014
CDA commented on Jonathan Rudy's blog post Reflecting on Peace Practices
"Hi Jonathan! CDA is now a member on the PCDN. Those looking for the case study you worked on can find it on our new website, here."
Jan 14, 2014
Andreas Sihotang and Jonathan Rudy are now friends
Jan 14, 2014
Jonathan Rudy replied to Mukhtar Senggirbay's discussion Skype conntections between universities on conflict resolution topics
"Mukhtar:  This is an idea I have thought of for some time. I have a class of undergrads starting in January in my course entitled Peacebuilding Themes and Trends. Lets chat some more about this by email. peace...jon"
Oct 25, 2013
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NGO Conference-November 2, 2013

NGO Conference November 2, 2013 Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania Sponsored by Elizabethtown College Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking …See More
Oct 17, 2013
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Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources

For your reference use, may I suggest the WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources (,  a cost-free website directory that is based at Elizabethtown College (PA, USA), is part of the WWW Virtual Library System, and has over 2000 carefully selected, annotated links in 35 international affairs categories,…See More
Sep 5, 2013
Jonathan Rudy is now friends with NDAWULA DANIEL, Mina Mohammadi Kartalaie, CLEMENT AWANFE NGUETO and Syed Ameer Ali more
Aug 21, 2013
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Mar 22, 2012
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Mar 12, 2012
Ahmed N. Musa left a comment for Jonathan Rudy
"hello Jonathan, it is been for a while since i wrote to you. the last time u wrote to me u were telling me dat u might come back to hargeisa to do some seminars, have u gone back to hargeisa? I finished my studies in India and i am back home,…"
Dec 20, 2011
Jonathan Rudy replied to Craig Zelizer's discussion Great Article by Dr. Erica Chenoweth in Foreign Policy, Think Again: Nonviolent Resistance
"Thanks Erica. Keep up the work and writing. I reference your material in my teaching nonviolence. Your work is key in changing hearts and minds."
Aug 25, 2011
Jonathan Rudy and Foundation Deegaan are now friends
Jul 6, 2011
Barry Clemson left a comment for Jonathan Rudy
"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…"
Jan 25, 2011
Jonathan Rudy and Rashad are now friends
Dec 29, 2010
Jonathan Rudy commented on Jan Oberg's blog post We invite you to "Imagine A Better World" - A brand new Pro-Peace platform
"Peaceful interaction, free of violence, is the norm of human interaction. I welcome a site that focus on this and imaging a future that validates all people and works for the highest common good.   I hope the platform becomes a clearing house…"
Dec 29, 2010

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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)
Seeking solutions through imagination and creativity, I am a big picture thinker and base my actions and recommendations on restorative practices. I have more than 20 years experience in Africa and Asia facilitating strategic peacebuilding and development from a partner and relational orientation through field assignments, leadership postings and regional levels portfolios.

I providing mentoring in the following areas:
*peace program design
*monitoring and evaluation services
*conflict transformation education
*nonviolence strategic brainstorming and training
*technical services
*experience in Africa, Asia & Pacific
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Bangladesh, Botswana, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines, Somalia, South Africa, Southern Sudan, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Vietnam
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Peacebuilding Mentor and Active Nonviolence Social Change Strategist
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, Dialogue, Facilitation, Refugees
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Evaluation, Program Design, Research, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
-Conflict Composting
-Mentoring in Peacebuilding
-Spirituality and peace
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
CDA Collaborative Learning projects: Reflecting on Peace Practice (Mindanao) and Listening Project (Mindanao)

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The Energies of Conflict

Posted on October 15, 2010 at 1:05pm 0 Comments

I was listening to a great talk by James O'Dea on transforming conflict through four sacred skills of peacemaking (see and something struck me about accessing energies to sustain the peacemaker.

James says that in his peacebuilding he is always "aware of the dimensions of the problem but not inside the problem." Called the cycle of violence, these… Continue

Conflict Composting: Microbes

Posted on September 13, 2010 at 9:12am 0 Comments

In composting our conflict we looked at the refuse, elements of water and air and now the microbes necessary for the composting process. There are three types of microbes that operate in a compost pile at three different temperature ranges. There are those who can operate in the cold and those that operate when the compost pile reaches beyond 110 degrees. The hungriest microbes operate best in 70-90 degrees. Warm weather composting is the quickest and most effective way to remake the… Continue

Conflict Composting: Elements

Posted on September 5, 2010 at 4:25pm 0 Comments

I n this blog series I am likening conflict transformation to conflict composting. We have seen that this process of composting is actually taking the dead mater, adding some elements of air and water and finally putting some little critters called microbes into the mix and the result is rich blend that regenerates the soil. I suggested that the dead plant matter we added first might be analogous to the trauma and brokenness that violent conflict leaves in its wake and be seen as an… Continue

Conflict Composting: Refuse

Posted on August 31, 2010 at 9:04am 0 Comments

I have always has some discomfort with the term conflict transformation because it is so nondescript and sterile. The word transformation reminds me of transformers (see Schematics for Peace Blog posting in February and March) or worse evokes the image of those awful transformer toy movies in which mechanical things can reassemble themselves into robot war machines. Perhaps likening transformation to composting is a much more organic metaphor including that which is intrinsic to the… Continue

Conflict Composting: Composting Essentials

Posted on August 27, 2010 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Twenty-five years ago I was studying International Development at Bethel College in Kansas. One required course was International Agriculture. This was a practical class with a real garden containing real soil and plants. While the instructors, Paul and Mary McKay, incorporated all the ‘state of the art’ sustainable agriculture practices known in that day, what I remember most was making a compost pile. It has stuck with me all these years that what I would rather do is grow soil than… Continue

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At 3:36am on August 24, 2014, Ahmed N. Musa said…

Hello Jonathan, 

I has been long since we wrote to each other! I hope you are still around here on PCDN? Just wondering if you had come back to Hargeisa, as you wished to do so? I am now a co-founder of Hargeisa School of Social Work and I remember you asked me onetime if I would come back to Hargeisa to teach, so here I go! Thanks and let me here from you if you are still around!


At 4:48am on December 20, 2011, Ahmed N. Musa said…

hello Jonathan,

it is been for a while since i wrote to you. the last time u wrote to me u were telling me dat u might come back to hargeisa to do some seminars, have u gone back to hargeisa? I finished my studies in India and i am back home, working with a local NGO as project manager, a gender equity project in Somaliland funded by International Solidarity Foundation. Hope all s well around you! update me! Nabad Galyo

At 6:32pm on January 25, 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 11:35am on December 29, 2010, Jeanette C. Patindol said…
I am honored to be your friend. Thank you. Nonviolence is difficult, even impossible, to practice, without a sense of spirituality infusing it. I hope to learn more from you in your sharing here. Abundant blessings!

At 2:07pm on October 8, 2010, Ekwonna, Emmanuel Chukwunomnso said…
Dear Friend and Fellow Peace promoter,

Think about the hope of the women,youths, disabled persons, orphans and vulnarable children in your country and give assistance to one. They are the hope of every nation and when you do this, you are promoting peace in the world at large and the almighty God will reward you.

Emma Ekwonna Youth Empowerment Foundation {EEYEF}
At 7:02pm on September 11, 2010, Mission Nonviolence 2010 said…
Hi Jonathan
We are planning to establish a peace center in violence prone region of India. The idea behind is creating alternative employment for violence victims. Enable them to cope up violence and lead peaceful lives. The peace center will provide violence data for researchers and peace activists. We are now looking for collaboration with other organisations, will you be interested to work with us.
With Regards
Hindol Goswami
At 8:36pm on May 30, 2010, Global Foundation said…
hello Jonathan

I am pleased to tell u that i am here in NY to have knowledge over Peacebuilding Insititution and fundraising for our project.
I hope u will guide me in this regrad

Hoping for an earlier reply
Waris Ali
At 2:59am on May 18, 2010, Andrew Benson Greene said…
Conflict Prevention peace building, children's rights, human rights and technology are part of my core theme. I am pleased that we are on the same page. thanks for connecting Jonathan, Andrew
At 6:42pm on January 28, 2010, James L. Foster said…
Thanks, Jon,for your email. I, too, am Anabaptist in theology, but not in an Anabaptist church. Here in Knoxville, I have found interest in Anabaptist practice almost totally missing in the Mennonite congregations. I have changed my affiliation to the UCC which locally is the most engaged in peace and justice of any of the local churches. Until i made this change, I too was finding peace activism a very lonely occupation. I have just noticed that you have a number of blogs up. As soon as I can garner a few minutes , I will peruse them. Thanks for sharing. Jim
At 10:36pm on January 5, 2010, G Alexander McDonell said…
I am honoured to be your friend. It sounds like you are doing some really good work. What attracted you to me?

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