Mike Abkin
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Happy Birthday National Peace Academy!

Yes, it’s true! The National Peace Academy – “where peacebuilders go to grow” – is three years old this month, and we are celebrating with the launch just this weekend of a brand new, sleek, spectacularly redesigned website. Check it out, and enjoy.See More
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"The National Peace Academy is three years old and celebrating with a spectacularly redesigned website: ww.nationalpeaceacademy.us."
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Michael Abkin, Ph.D., is member of the Board of Directors at the National Peace Academy, working nationally and globally to educate for right relationships and safe, healthy, and sustainable communities, and to increase public awareness of and support for a culture of peace. He previously served on the National Peace Academy staff as Education and Corporate Affairs Coordinator and before that as Director of Operations at Peace Partnership International and Special Projects Coordinator for The Peace Alliance and its Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace. In his former 34-year academic and private sector technical career, Mike applied systems analysis and simulation modeling for international agricultural development and air transportation, including projects that took him to Nigeria, Korea, Austria, and Venezuela. Then, at the Foundation for Global Community, Mike designed and facilitated courses related to personal and cultural transformation and sustainability, developed a vocational training program in Afghanistan, and was project manager for the Foundation’s program at the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona. Mike taught high school French and mathematics with the Peace Corps in Nigeria and has volunteered at home with local nonprofits, city government, and political movements. He earned his doctorate in systems science at Michigan State University and served on the faculty at Michigan State from 1971-1981. Mike enjoys traveling in the world, walking in nature, and musing in prose and poetry.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Nigeria, Korea, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, California
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What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Member, Board of Directors for the National Peace Academy
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What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Democratization, Development, Economics, Education, Environment, Facilitation, Organizational Development, Peacebuilding, Oragnizational Development
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Communication, Curriculum Development, Program Administration, Program Design, Research, Quantitative Skills, Training

Mike Abkin's Blog

Happy Birthday National Peace Academy!

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 1:21pm 1 Comment

Yes, it’s true! The National Peace Academy – “where peacebuilders go to grow” – is three years old this month, and we are celebrating with the launch just this weekend of a brand new, sleek, spectacularly redesigned website. Check it out, and enjoy.

Rebuild the Dream -- Of Symptoms and Disease

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 8:35pm 0 Comments

Rebuild the Dream is a movement to recapture the essence of America's progressive values. They offer a program of "10 critical steps to get our economy back on track." On the one hand, the 10 steps are very sensible proposals to bandage many of our social, economic, and political ills. And I support them.

On the other hand, the 10 steps are just that, 10 unrelated policy…


"World peace could be closer than we think." Could it really??

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Last week, some friends participated in an email exchange prompted by an article in the current issue of Foreign Policy in which American University Professor Joshua Goldstein provides data to support his title,“World peace could be closer than you think.” But is it really?

Read more . . .

Resilience and Adaptivity: Local Communities Globally Networked

Posted on August 12, 2011 at 7:13pm 0 Comments

I envision a world of local, resilient, adaptive communities who are networked in a web of interdependence with other local, resilient, adaptive communities all around the world. That global linking provides for macro-level resilience and adaptivity to complement the micro-/local-level resilience and adaptivity.


For Right Relationship with Food: Food Day, October 24

Posted on July 10, 2011 at 7:31pm 0 Comments

Peace, according to the Earth Charter, is the "wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part." Our relationship with the food we eat is, clearly, an essential component of that peace. The ways in which we choose, prepare, and consume what we put in our bellies, and how we dispose of any waste produced in the process, are a reflection of our beliefs and attitudes toward, and hence…


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At 3:36am on August 29, 2011, Dennis Bours said…

Dear Mr. Abkin,


Given your field of work, strong peace activism and focus on Asia, I would like to bring your attention to the upcoming Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) not-for-profit event; "The Asia Pacific Mediation Leadership Summit - From Talk To Action", taking place in Bangkok 2 - 4 December 2011, which brings together mediation and ADR specialists from various fields; including family mediation, commercial and workplace mediation, court-annexed mediation, conflict and community mediation, climate change and disaster response mediation and various cross-sectional themes, like for example human rights, cross-cultural dynamics and women in mediation.

Do have a look at my profile and the Mediation Summit's link (www.mediation-leadership.com), feel free to email me or send me a message when having any questions regarding participation or collaboration and also do feel free to forward the information about our Summit to your colleagues.

Kind regards,

Dennis Bours

At 3:52pm on April 5, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Mike,

happy to meet and visit your profile here. keep it up and we

can be good partners on common issues.

At 7:50pm on September 22, 2010, Pastor Samuel Muderhwa M said…
Dear Mike
I would like to greet you and interest to be your friend, with collaboration our website has details of our location.

At 2:20pm on February 3, 2009, shyam tosawad said…
Dear friend
Violance,war,conflicts,sufferings my desire to see world in peace and non violance has motivated me to join this network."Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world as a family, this was a teaching of our culture and traditional.we created countries,boundries,religions,cast,race for a genuine reason or a false reasons for any reason.but this the time to realise that we are one and we naturaly interconected with each other ,which we can just realise by watching inhale and exhale of breaths the source is same ,without any descrimanation,religion,bonundries, equaly for all living life of universe .When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equaly important,valuble ,respectable .we should follow the nature's rule ,non violance .peace ,god has given us a human life not for destruction but for lookafter the wellbeing of all living life.
i shall be happy if you could include me in your circle of friends
At 2:19am on March 21, 2008, Chris LeGore said…

I found your page through Zafar Saleem Bangash's Page. It seems we share some common interests so I wanted to make my introduction. I'm Chris from New Orleans. I'm studying Comparative legal systems at Tulane Law School and am very interested in Human Rights and Mediation and Negotiation. Given our common interests it would be good to start communication so we can refer to each other for advice in the future. Please take a minute to view my page and leave a message if you like.

At 3:03am on February 4, 2008, Rosen Dimov said…
Thank you very much for the advice and contact details provided. I appreciate your efforts and attention. Please tell me if I could one day do something for you as well.

The fact that there are still heartily good people, as you are, gives me a boost of social energy. Thanks...Good luck!

At 3:46am on February 1, 2008, Rosen Dimov said…
If someday you have a way to Bulgaria, please contact me and I will guide you into local civil society. :)

In case there is anything I could be helpful with, notify me: I am at your disposal!

Good luck.

Rosen Dimov,
At 4:36pm on November 26, 2007, James said…
You may already know about it, but just in case it’s something that would benefit you…

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To go straight to the profile registration page, just click the link below:
At 10:47am on July 20, 2007, Alana Lea said…
Hi Mike, I'm so happy to find you here - and not surprised. Please come join me at the PeacePortal.Ning.com to help create a stronger presence for the Department and Ministries of Peace. Love, Alana
At 1:23pm on July 19, 2007, Muhamamd Moosa Rind said…
dear freind,
i have very very inspired ur white here and glasses like looking sceintis but if u dont mind, let me introduction your self.


Muhammad Moosa Rind

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