Monthly Archives: August 2016

End of Enemy Series

Reframing Communications skills are essential to transforming conflict. Reframing is the ability to distill charged, perhaps negative and loaded statements and see the essential needs of the speaker. For example:   “I hate her…she doesn’t respect me.”   As a listener, you might reframe that exclamation as:   “You have a need to be respected … Continue reading →

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End of Enemy Series

4. Creating Reality I have been intrigued by the question of how much of our world we create in our own minds. This question was made really clear on the streets of Kabul and rural north of Afghanistan. This journal entry from: 24 Oct 2012…posted to a student on the topic of culture on the … Continue reading →

Posted in: Afghanistan, Crazy Ideas for Peace, End of Enemy, Musings

End of Enemy Series

Interlude to the Present I am currently in northern Thailand giving a series of talks on peacebuilding and human security at the Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace (IRCP) at Payap University. I experienced a wonderful example of the positive/creative language I have been blogging about when Dr. Suchart Setthamalinee, IRCP faculty, invited me to … Continue reading →

Posted in: Crazy Ideas for Peace, Education, End of Enemy, Musings

End of Enemy Series

Alternative Language (cont.) In my last few posts I suggested that we dispense with fighting enemies and focus on creating the world of peace and security we want. I pondered if the place to start was transforming our English Language idioms that are shot full war-like language. …How many of you caught that I just … Continue reading →

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End of Enemy Series

Alternate language Have you ever pondered if and how our very use of language keeps us focused on the fight with enemies? For example, what do we call the dots in front of a series of items on a page?  Bullet points?  Have you ever noticed how soaked the English Language is with war making? … Continue reading →

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End of Enemy Series

Human Security Goal Since taking on an advisory role for the Alliance for Peacebuilding I have been pondering the meaning of security in light of the stream of violence and fear that wash through our news each day.   I contend that the opposite of violence is not peace. It is imagination and creation. To put … Continue reading →

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Coffee for Peace

 A simple coffee bean bringing world peace. Sound outrageous?  Well that is the grand plan if the PeaceBuilders Community Incorporated (PBCI) in Davao City, Mindanao has its way. Beginning only ten years ago as a presence among parties in the long running wars in the southern Philippines, they currently have Peace and Reconciliation Communities spread … Continue reading →

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