From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. To read the post on the web site, click here.
By Jacqueline H. Wilson
A colleague once remarked about northern Kenya as we flew over it en route to South Sudan, “I’ve been to many parts of the world, but I believe this is the most desolate place I have… Continue
Added by Viola Gienger on October 22, 2013 at 4:33pm —
Cross-posted from DM&E for Peace
As the administrator of DM&E for Peace, Search for Common Ground is often asked which resources are being accessed the most. After all, there are so many different resources on the website – where does one even start?
The answer, of course, depends on what you are looking for – which is why we created an extensive… Continue
Added by DME for Peace on June 25, 2013 at 9:18am —
- Brandeis University in Massachusetts is offering a Master’s Program in Coexistence and Conflict with several scholarship opportunities. The program is geared towards professionals.
- The Summer Peacebuilding Institute in Harrisonburg, Virginia is still open for the 2012 year. The institute offers courses in development, humanitarian assistance,…
Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 12, 2012 at 6:03pm —
Here are some interesting links I came across this week:
- For those of you in the academic world who haven’t heard of this free citation service, Zotero, check it out. Makes collaboration, citation and organizing your sources much easier.
- In the face of the recent attention afforded to the London riots, this view is…
Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 15, 2011 at 6:16pm —
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Madness masquerades as rational-legal in today’s postmodern context. The fiasco over the collective bargaining issue in Wisconsin, a state in the USA, is strong evidence of the erasure of the boundary between madness and rationality.
Industrial relations modalities of the moment have already graduated to a higher ground since the early days of management science. During those ancient days—of the likes of Taylor, Fayol, Weber—it was still customary to… Continue
Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 18, 2011 at 5:19am —
Imagine! Employees working collaboratively, addressing challenges, overcoming obstacles, being cordial and an encouragement to each other. No more watching your back or hurtful gossips. No one is trying to bully, manipulate or get you. Hey, you can even be vulnerable... This is not a dream it is possible in most workplaces.
For the next 10 weeks my company is sponsoring a Peace@work initiative as part of our contribution to the global peace… Continue
Added by Joyce Odidison on March 8, 2011 at 5:52pm —
Big money is on the table. $2.5 billion
here. $40 billion
This week it’s SoCap
. Last week it was the U.S. Global Leadership… Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 5, 2010 at 3:46pm —
This new blog, engagingpeace.com, has several concrete purposes:…
Added by Kathleen Malley-Morrison on September 5, 2010 at 8:37pm —
The following article was adapted from Faye Dresner’s article, “Leader: First Know Thyself
.” As I read it, it occurred to me that the term leader
could easily be replaced with [aid worker
] and the message remain directly relevant. In many ways, all aid workers, whether the volunteer or director, act as leaders as we strive for the self-awareness to be…… Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 30, 2010 at 6:00pm —
- The New Economics Foundation found that the earth is using up resources faster than ever. The study monitors nature’s capital and concluded that this year the earth was using up its own natural
resources to support itself a full month earlier than in the previous
- August 19th was World Humanitarian Day. The…
Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 20, 2010 at 10:26am —
I have may have spoken too hastily in the past regarding conflict resources in the DR Congo. My rage at the inherent abuse led me to think that boycotting and protesting companies was perhaps the best way to go. I realize now, that I was wrong. This is the wrong approach.
Over the past six years, I have delved into this subject more than any other and have even gone so far as to ban all products for my personal use if I didn't know EXACTLY where they came from and what… Continue
Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 10, 2010 at 1:00pm —
I arrived in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, land of cacao and coffee, almost a week ago now. It’s not my first time in West Africa. I had been to Cote D’Ivoire in 2004, and during that time experienced the violence between pro-government militias and the French peacekeeping troops. At that time, military roadblocks were common along all roadways and made travel throughout the country incredibly… Continue
Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 2, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
01 May 2010
Solidarity greetings to all toiling men and women of the Philippines and the world!… Continue
Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 30, 2010 at 11:14pm —
The Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research (CHRDR), part of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, is pleased to announce the development of the Human Rights Web Archive. As part of Columbia’s larger initiative to collect free and at-risk web resources, the Human Rights Web Archive is dedicated to preserving web-based information of importance to the global community of… Continue
Added by Tessa Fallon on April 22, 2010 at 3:30pm —
The ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi) is making an effort to try and eradicate conflict metals from the tin industry. The extraction of raw materials in Continue
many parts of the world funds extreme acts of violence; war crimes,
crimes against humanity, mass murder, rape, torture, enslavement, the
recruitment of child soldiers, mass abuse and displacement of people.
The complexity of…
Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 29, 2010 at 11:42pm —
It’s been almost two years that I have been pushing different computer companies to better track their supply chains in an effort to stop the flow on money into conflict zones. My pleas have mostly fallen on deaf ears.
While I can’t entirely endorse any of the companies’ efforts, since I feel they still fall short of being fully responsible, I feel that Hewlett Packard… Continue
Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 22, 2010 at 6:30pm —
So anyone who reads this blog probably knows by now that I write a lot about conflict resources. I have been scanning the mining news and other humanitarian sites for many years now, and the more I read and follow, the angrier I become.
I am angry because the abuses are so vast and I am disgusted because we as Canadians are so intricately involved in violence around the world and seem to not know about it, or worse, not care. We focus instead on providing relief from the problems we… Continue
Added by Rebecca Sargent on January 14, 2010 at 7:34pm —
I’ve never understood violence. perhaps it’s because i never had to face it until i was older. not old enough to understand it, but old enough to not be scarred for life. my childhood was happy, safe, loving and with every possible advantage a child could start with. that’s why i’m where i am today.
but many are not so lucky as i. they face danger every day. they know the feel of starvation, their bellies swollen from days without food. violence surrounds them. many children must… Continue
Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 13, 2009 at 3:09pm —
I am just in the process of organizing my journals so that i can tell you what process i have gone through thus far in my quest for a conflict free laptop, a laptop that doesn’t fuel a war or support human rights violations. this struggle has so far been going on for almost 6 months– several letters, phone calls, emails, and research and I am no where near finding a conflict free laptop for myself. i have promised myself i will not get one until i can find a completely conflict free… Continue
Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 13, 2009 at 3:08pm —
Many of the resources in our everyday gadgets are mined in conflict zones, by war profiteers. Cobalt, coltan, tantalite, copper, tin, aluminum, diamonds, …. these metals and minerals that are in our cellphones, our computers, our blackberries, our i-pods, our devices, all our everyday gadgets and luxuries could have helped to ensure a civil war continued. They could have helped to ensure destruction, chaos and death continued. For example, the resource extraction of raw materials in the DR… Continue
Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 13, 2009 at 3:05pm —