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Want to find a growth industry?

Want to find a growth industry?  Look no further than the peace business.  Not only has it been enormously successful over the past two decades, but demand may well soon skyrocket.  The reason for this explosion is simple - with a burgeoning world population and ever increasing demands for earths' resources, companies, governments and communities will expend greater efforts negotiating the conditions in which resources are exploited.

Before focusing on the emerging demands for peace…


Added by Alan Tidwell on June 16, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Training in London on Dialogue and Peace Processes

Dialogue, Mediation and Peace Processes: Advanced Mediation & Peacemaking in Complex Conflicts


October 3rd – 5th, 2011

London, UK…


Added by Rocky Mountain Peace Institute on June 16, 2011 at 11:20am — No Comments

Knowledge Management for Whom? A Response to USAID’s KM for Development Conference

By Zarrin Caldwell (Cross-posted from TechChange Blog)

I had the opportunity to attend a conference at USAID a fewweeks ago on the theme of Knowledge Management (KM) for Development ( It was a great space to learn about the challenges that the development community is facing related to sharing, gathering, and analyzing data. Clearly, it’s critical to know what works (and doesn’t) when decisions to support programming are being… Continue

Added by TechChange on June 16, 2011 at 10:38am — 2 Comments

Transformational Leadership Foundation Programme

Want to Change the World? Start With You!

Develop your confidence, communication and leadership skills in a practical 'hands-on' way.

Looking to make a difference in your community or in the world, then this is the course for you.

...Your Journey begins with an intensive and…


Added by Nina Pavlovska on June 16, 2011 at 9:28am — 3 Comments

"How to Write a Master's Thesis"

I've been to several peace universities now, and graduated from two of them. I can say lots of great things about all the schools (and point out the opportunities for growth too). One area for growth is support in writing the Master's level thesis.


In a lot of the 1- and even 2-year programs, very little time is devoted to research methods. Students in these programs come from all sorts of backgrounds--I've met nurses, musicians, engineers, lawyers, teachers, and of course…


Added by sowmya ayyar on June 16, 2011 at 1:45am — 2 Comments


An ASEAN Monetary Fund was envisioned by the late PH strongman Ferdinand Marcos. That bank could have been financed by his gold. Today the said vision is becoming closer to reality, as Asian countries have legitimately accepted the concept. This article is hereby republished to drumbeat the need for the Fund.




Erle Frayne D. Argonza





Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 15, 2011 at 6:33pm — No Comments

The White Rose: A Lesson in Dissent

The date was February 22, 1943. Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie, along with their best friend, Christoph Probst, were scheduled to be executed by Nazi officials that afternoon. The prison guards were so impressed with the calm and bravery of the prisoners in the face of impending death that they violated regulations by permitting them to meet together one last time. Hans, a medical student at the University of Munich, was 24. Sophie, a student, was 21. Christoph, a medical student, was…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 15, 2011 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Congress Members Sue Obama to End War

On Wednesday in federal court, 10 members of the U.S. Congress sued President Obama in an attempt to end U.S. involvement in a war in Libya.

These are the plaintiffs: Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Walter Jones (R-NC), Howard Coble (R-NC), John Duncan (R-TN), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), John Conyers (D-MI), Ron Paul (R-TX), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Tim Johnson (R-IL), and Dan Burton (R-IN).

According to a statement from Congressman Kucinich:

"The lawsuit calls for injunctive and… Continue

Added by David Swanson on June 15, 2011 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Conflict and Intelligence

Great product by Lawrence Woocher

Added by Rocky Mountain Peace Institute on June 15, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments

How we can help your organization tell its story

We can help you by providing a platform four you you to tell their story online in a positive way. How can we work together to do that?

In lesotho we did a workshop on the impact of the internet on Afrcian youth. Here it is. Only 30 minutes. The YouTube stories the resulted are on"I am Africa. This is my story..." sponsored by UNESCO Power of Peace Network. Please Join

How can we get the word out to your youth? feel…


Added by Richard Close on June 15, 2011 at 10:12am — No Comments

New online platform - India Civil Society

A new online platform was set up a week ago for India Civil Society- It is a place to share and exchange experiences and nurture a network of those engaged in development issues particularly HIV in India.


I invite you to join this online community

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on June 15, 2011 at 8:20am — No Comments

Who is 'the development industry'?

The short answer: Most of the time 'we' are the development industry - not just 'them' (those with Landcruisers and daily allowances)...

Mina, a volunteer with
Engineers Without Borders in Ghana shared some interesting reflections on how he perceives 'the… Continue

Added by Tobias Denskus on June 15, 2011 at 7:54am — 10 Comments

PONDER LINE: Nigerian Election Aftermath and the Martyr vocabulary


Currently I am a serving corps member in Abuja. I could remember the text that got to me at the day of the Nigerian general election from comrade Moses, a friend who we stayed in camp together.

It read:


Can you…


Added by Chika Onyenezi on June 15, 2011 at 6:47am — No Comments

Women and the Media Force







cc:Image from Pulsewire

Over the years, there have been great discussions about women representation at different levels – globally, regionally and locally. These discussions have…


Added by zoneziwoh on June 15, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Humanitarianism and Three Block War

Traditionally, multinational military forces have accomplished a wide range of tasks while intervening in armed conflicts.

Combat operations, inter-positional activities, as well as assisting civilians in meeting basic needs, have been included as part of a military’s mandate. It is not a new phenomenon for troops to rebuild schools, dig wells, offer food and medical aid, build and manage emergency camps for refugees and internally displaced persons, evacuate civilians, as well as… Continue

Added by Dr. Sarah Meharg on June 14, 2011 at 12:33pm — No Comments

POEM: In search of Bedlam

                             To identify with my past…I sought you my soul

I learnt of priest’s chalice

Filled with wine of disgust

Shared among inmates of sanity


I learnt the gates are metal high

Shadows of past roaring near

I seek bedlam for my soul’s rest…


Back to the soil I grew upon,

Wetted by my saliva

Stamped by my milky toes


I grew on this…


Added by Chika Onyenezi on June 14, 2011 at 12:25pm — 2 Comments

Child Brides: Forced early marriages

“When I was 10 my parents arranged for me to marry in the forest. They pretended it was just a party. But it was a wedding and they sent me away. My mother never told me I was going to be married. They came and took me by force. I cried but it didn't make any difference.” - Child Bride aged 10.


Throughout the world, the problem of early, forced marriages of children is considered to be a violation of basic human rights. It has been estimated that 49 countries have a…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on June 14, 2011 at 11:45am — No Comments

A peace community's unrelenting commitment to peace by Hasan Dodwell

In rural Colombia, choosing to follow a path of peace is not an easy option. Those who declare neutrality in the conflict are labelled as enemies by those who follow a “with us or against us” logic. It will thus often lead to further stigmatisation and even more suffering. But, when those declaring their commitment to peace are driven by the conviction that a new reality is not only necessary but essential, there is no deviation from that path, regardless of the consequences. This…


Added by Joel Gabri on June 14, 2011 at 8:37am — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good afternoon to fellow global citizens!


East Asia has been hit with the fever of the ‘China syndrome’ symptomatic of a giant that is just awakening. Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan were the specific neighbors that complained about Chinese forces’ incursion into their claimed island territories.


China’s bullying of its neighbors…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 13, 2011 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Three major gifts we loose with time and experience.

After working in media and communication for years, I came to discover that surprisingly we loose three major gifts while growing up. This loss affects our way of dealing with conflicts or daily situations in our lives drastically.

-Until the age of three, we breathe in a healthy way: we fill our lungs and our stomach with air, then we exhale it (try to watch a baby breathing). At the age of three, we loose this gift. We start filling our lungs only, the reason is not clear to me yet.…


Added by Tanya Awad on June 13, 2011 at 4:20pm — No Comments

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