Mike Abkin's Blog (11)

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.

Added by Mike Abkin on March 19, 2012 at 1:21pm — 1 Comment

Rebuild the Dream -- Of Symptoms and Disease

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…


Added by Mike Abkin on September 22, 2011 at 8:35pm — No Comments

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

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 . . .

Added by Mike Abkin on September 22, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Resilience and Adaptivity: Local Communities Globally Networked

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.


Added by Mike Abkin on August 12, 2011 at 7:13pm — No Comments

For Right Relationship with Food: Food Day, October 24

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…


Added by Mike Abkin on July 10, 2011 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Peacebuilding and Functional Medicine: An Isomorphism

I was in Los Angeles this past weekend for the 50th reunion (!) of my North Hollywood High School class of 1961. Classmate Jack recounted how, about 10 years ago, he phased out of his general surgery practice and into the field of functional medicine. It was as if he’d worked himself out of a job in surgery as he’d begun treating his surgical patients à la functional medicine and found that in so many cases they no longer needed surgery.

It dawned on me that functional…


Added by Mike Abkin on June 30, 2011 at 1:16pm — No Comments

American Pie, American Community

I cried "the day the music died" (how many of you are old enough to remember that?), and I cried watching this demonstration of a heartland American community coming together in joy and harmony – a demonstration of a culture of peace.

Added by Mike Abkin on June 5, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Economy: Gloomy or Hopeful?

The economic situation -- gloomy? Or perhaps actually hopeful?

Economics is fundamentally the science of how we humans (actually, it could possibly be extended to other species, as well) allocate the scarce resources at our disposal to maximize our utility, or what we might call "happiness." We can arguably say that the most basic of those scarce resources is the time we have on this planet.

Love is another basic resource at our disposal that increases happiness, but love…


Added by Mike Abkin on June 4, 2011 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Revolutionary Evolution toward a Culture of Peace:Inside-Out, Bottom-Up, Topsy-Turvy

Earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes, uprisings of the oppressed, nuclear meltdowns, global economic and financial collapse. Of historic proportions, all around the world, and all virtually in the blink of an eye.

And what of peace? In this revolutionarily evolutionary, topsy-turvy world turning upside down, what can peace mean? What is the role of peacebuilding in such a world? How do we go about it and make it practical in our daily lives, no matter who we are…


Added by Mike Abkin on May 24, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments

On the Move with Climate Change

In 2008, a National Intelligence Assessment judged that “global climate change will have wide-ranging implications for US national security interests over the next 20 years.” Later, in 2009, National security analysts and policy makers further concluded that “changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in…


Added by Mike Abkin on May 22, 2011 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Visit The Green Pen!

The Green Pen is my personal soapbox, a place for me to express thoughts and feelings, musings and rants, to have fun with words -- about things spiritual, environmental, social, political, economic. And of course about peace. Soapboxes are in public places (as London's legendary Hyde Park) on purpose, and so I invite conversations with you, for it is through civil discourse that we can gain some perspective on the seeming chaos of…


Added by Mike Abkin on April 28, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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