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I WROTE ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE  in response to news and emails about the shootings in Aurora, Colorado.  I wrote after feeling helpless reading  about increased violence in Syria, and Mali, and another…Continue



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Aug 12
laura simms commented on Insight on Conflict's blog post Peace Journalism and Boko Haram by Kirthi Jayakumar
"This is a brilliant and clear article.  I printed it out to bring to a workshop today working with educators moving toward violence prevention in their schools.  The language of conflict strengthens conflict: for instance, "struggling…"
Jun 4
Dr. Samuel Mahaffy liked laura simms's blog post the stories we tell and how we tell them
Apr 10
laura simms replied to Ibrahim Bahati's discussion COMING SOON & CERTIFIED; FREE ONLINE COURSE: Designing Resilient Schools (Open Online Academy, New York)
"I would like to participate, but will be in Haiti for the first session. Can I join in by the second class and catch up by watching the class orhearing it on line?  Laura"
Dec 9, 2013
laura simms commented on Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D.'s blog post Can a classroom stop a genocide?
"I agree that Peace Education is vital for a culture of Peace.  But not only do we have to teach ethics of peace but we have to provide experiences where  the capacity to discern fully between concepts that are harmful and those that are…"
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laura simms commented on Deepa Panchang's blog post Human Rights Day: Under Tents issues statement on forced evictions in Haiti
"Since June 2010 I have been working on projects in Haiti.  presently I work in a small camp on routes des freres. So far there have been no forced evictions. But the possibility of such violent and inadequate evictions looms over the heads of…"
Dec 10, 2012
laura simms commented on Insight on Conflict's blog post Promoting peace through education in Pakistan by Zahid Shahab Ahmed
"Dear Zahid,  thank you for your response.  I was unable to open into the link you sent to me. Is there an error.. or possibly a different link. Also, I have been writing about peace education and storytelling.  Can I send you…"
Jul 24, 2012
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I WROTE ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE  in response to news and emails about the shootings in Aurora, Colorado.  I wrote after feeling helpless reading  about increased violence in Syria, and Mali, and another disturbing series of seemingly unrelated discussions supporting arms trade, fracking and  wolf killings.   A plethora of emails arrived, shared between storytellers working on social issues,  titled GRIEF.   I felt  relief that the title was not FURY or VENGEANCE or FRUSTRATION.    In touching into…See More
Jul 21, 2012
laura simms commented on Insight on Conflict's blog post Promoting peace through education in Pakistan by Zahid Shahab Ahmed
"Can we read more about the project events and strategies that define the peace education program? Are these conflict resolution and/or arts activities, literature, etc..  I am moved by the blog and would love to know more.   "
Jul 20, 2012
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Jul 20, 2012
laura simms commented on Dr Sima Barmania BMdsci MBBS MPH's blog post Women under siege: The use of rape as a weapon of war in Syria
"I am grateful for the article, and the reminder of the increase of rape as a weapon of war.  The cowardice that sustains and empowers degrading acts of sexual violence that renders women powerless in the moment and afterwards, needs to be…"
Jun 19, 2012
laura simms commented on Christine Mosher's blog post The Real Story About Kony 2012 - Huffington Post article by USIP's Sheldon Himelfarb
"will watch the documentary.  I am trying to learn as much as I can about generating open conversations..   thank you "
Mar 21, 2012
laura simms commented on Christine Mosher's blog post The Real Story About Kony 2012 - Huffington Post article by USIP's Sheldon Himelfarb
"I have been visiting high schools in the US during  the last month (while on tour) because of my relationship to Ishmael Beah.  Young people are reading his book , A Long Way Gone.  Because I am his mother, the one who brought him out…"
Mar 21, 2012
laura simms liked Charlotte Freeman's blog post Empowering Women through Radio in Africa - International Women's Day Interview with SFCG Africa Director, Frances Fortune
Mar 8, 2012
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Jan 1, 2012

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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 perform, teach and consult worldwide. Presently, I am working for IMC in Haiti with mothers and children training Haitian Health Workers to tell traditional stories as well as create personal narrative. I teach at the Arthur Mauro Peace and Justice Center, for Columbia University International Conflict Resolution Center and Rutgers University Genocide Prevention and Human Rights Center.

I have worked for organizations such as UNICEF, Search for common Ground and Mercy Corps. Since 1996 I have created intergenerational storytelling projects in communities with roma mothers and children, and orphans in Northern Romania.

My performances combine myth and personal narrative. My commitment is to empowering and protecting women, environment, and the uses of meditation and narrative in peace building. I am consultant for CANCER
STORIES at ETSU, and on a curriculum team in Portland, Oregon designing an alternative high school based on the arts, the music building and tolerance.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Haiti, Nepal, Philippines, Sierra Leone W. Africa,
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
New York, United Staes
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
I am a consultant and trainer for several organizations: including Intrnational Medical Corps working in Haiti; Eastern Tennessee State Universities work with compassionate communication for doctors; and with Rutgers University Center for Genocide Prevention , Human Rights and Confict Resolution
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) ?
Conflict Resolution, Culture, Gender, Human Rights, Psychosocial, Refugees
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Communication, Program Design, Qualitative Skills, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
The role of narrative in gender based violence. How the teling of personal narrative can empower and also protect without retraumatizing.

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the stories we tell and how we tell them

Posted on January 30, 2011 at 12:42pm 9 Comments



     For the last three months, since being evacuated from Haiti,  I have been thinking about how genocides become permissible and violence encouraged  through storytelling. How we tell the story and who tells it makes the difference between  promoting  peace and resilience or creating  an army of ignorance and violence.  Whether the leaders is the one who cares only for his or herself, or is the ruler who serves the needs of their world (people, nature, spirit ) with…


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At 9:28am on November 2, 2011, Paudyal, Dhruba P. said…

Dear Ms Laura

Thank you very much for this peaceloving connection. I inspire you experience from around the world incl. Nepal and hope that such a stock of knowledge shall be shared in the days to come not only with me but to the entire global family committed to peacebuilding.

At 10:36am on June 27, 2011, Civil Lines Club said…

Respected, I visit your profile its very comprehensive and highly appreciated document; I want to learn some positive education regarding your significant expertise and experience.  I am zafar saleem bangash chairman civil lines club, this network working globally for promoting of public relation at world wide the reason is we want to learn some things from each others, provide some services. So I invite you to join Civil Lines Club, there are lots of opportunities. I am waiting your nice reply.

Thanks and take care.

Zafar Saleem Bangash


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At 6:28am on May 18, 2011, Civil Lines Club said…

Dear Civilians,


Public Relation in World Wide Network for Business Community & Humanitarian Welfare.


To strengthen the matrix of community by promoting public relations, welfare, assistance,  motivation, mobilization by means of social integration of students,

All meeting held on 05:00 pm

Meeting every Friday (Kohsar) &

Meeting every Sunday (Margala)
Civil Junction (Restaurant) Gol Market St. 08, F-7/3 Islamabad Pakistan

Zafar Saleem Bangash (Chairman) 0092-333-5254688

At 2:32pm on March 15, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Laura,

Nice to meet you here. We can be good friend and partners in peace activities.

At 10:30am on February 19, 2011, shyam tosawad said…
Dear friend
"Vasudev kutumbkam" entire world is a family, this was a teaching of our Indian culture and tradition.
We created countries, boundaries,religions.But this is the time to realize that we are one, our source of life and breath is same , we naturally interconnected with each other.When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equally important, valuable and respectable.God has given us a human life to look after the wellbeing of all living life in this planet.
At 5:47pm on February 1, 2011, Jeanette C. Patindol said…
Yes, I fully agree about how storytelling and journalism (which is still a form of storytelling) can and should work together to not only reflect people's current realities (even so, there are so many angles/lenses, not just one) but to reveal actualities... I call it the "are you a mirror or a lighthouse?" question which I ask mostly young audiences when I do trainings in peace journalism for them. This is what funds my passion, too, in writing children's stories.

Thank you for your recent post and for all the good work you do, Laura! We storytellers must band together more! : )
At 3:11pm on January 30, 2011, George Weiss said…
hi laura! thank you for accepting my "friending" request. yes, i thought that you may find us on the same page, in some way, when I started reading your blog. We are revamping our website, and hope it to fully renewed by mid-february. So in the meantime our old website will have to do: if you send me your email adress, i can send you more press materials which give an idea. let me know which field of application for our "anti-propganda" methodology you are most interested in. we are interested in finding partners to collaborate with around the world.
At 4:12am on January 19, 2011, Mahmood Alam said…
thank u duddi.
At 11:50pm on September 20, 2010, musa z. usman said…
wishing you success in your great job saving the oppressed
At 6:49am on August 23, 2010, Global Foundation said…
Hi Laura
There is devastation by rains and floods in Pakistan.Thre are pictures of flood victims recently added at my are invited to visit my page and see the pictures.
Working for Humanity in need
Waris Ali

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