Monthly Archives: May 2013

Building a bridge for peace

On our field visits we went to the community of Pagagawan in Maguindanao. This area has seen its share of conflict, displacement, and violence over the last years as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has sued for the right to self determination and ancestral domain. Evidence of this traumatic past was made clear in … Continue reading →

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Field Exposure Hybrid Course

Our nonviolence course went very well last week. As you can see by the last two postings the simulation exercise played out far differently than any other year we did it and our last day included a demonstration of the martial art Aikido followed by a meaningful closing program.   This week I am co-facilitating … Continue reading →

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Simulation: The Incident at Bobaar-2

Every year at MPI we do a simulation where we set up two classes as communities in conflict. Participants get to practice the peacebuilding and nonviolent skills they are learning in class. This role play always plays out differently. This year our students delighted us by really practicing nonviolence. Some highlights:   -In the midst … Continue reading →

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Simulation: The Incident at Bobaar-1

The following is the simulation we have used for 3 years now at MPI. This allows the participants to practice skills they have learned and have a bit of fun on the fourth day of classes. Each person is given a role to play. Some are peacemakers, some are peace “spoilers” and some are apathetic. … Continue reading →

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Things Overheard

“The problem in our community is about relationships…” said one participant to another in an intense conversation as the two participants walk away from class for lunch.  This is an advantage of sequestering participants in one venue for a week long intensive course. Facilitators and participants, live, breath and sleep conflict transformation models and frameworks. … Continue reading →

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Crazy Ideas for Peace

John Lennon sang a song entitled Imagine where he invites us to imagine a world with “nothing to kill for”, all people living in peace and devoid of greed and hunger. Indeed, one of the first tasks of peacebuilding is to imagine the kind of perfect world we want. For without an idea of what … Continue reading →

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Co-Facilitation at MPI

All courses here at MPI have co-facilitators. There is usually a local Filipino/a teamed up with an international person. This works well even though it may seem excessive to the US education scene. Having two facilitators, especially in an intensive cross-cultural setting like MPI, is critical for both the content and process of any training. … Continue reading →

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The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute-How Does it Work?

Every May persons from all over Philippines, Southeast & South Asia, the Pacific and beyond converge in Davao City, Mindanao to learn and share their desire for and experiences with overcoming violent conflict. This annual event, the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI), runs for three weeks, hosting multiple classes of one week each. This year we … Continue reading →

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The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute-Brief History

In an effort to further enlarge the dialogue space in a polarized Mindanao and to address local issues of violence, a cross section of Filipinos and Philippine based NGO leaders journeyed to the Eastern Mennonite University Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) in the year 1999. Transformed by that experience and supported by the Catholics and Mennonites, … Continue reading →

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Conflict Intervention Strategies in Mindanao

Since 2001 I have been primarily engaged with civic groups working at conflict transformation in Mindanao. In this blog posting I will highlight two of the conflict realities, a brief historical perspective and intervention strategies.   In the 70’s and 80’s Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos practiced divide and rule politics in a feudal way, brutally … Continue reading →

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