Category Archives: Crazy Ideas for Peace

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 →

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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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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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Three Views

My colleagues at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute suggest there are at least three views of things that are metaphoric for seeking solutions to violent conflict. The view from a helicopter, Land Rover and walking. Viewing problems from a helicopter presents a flattened and panoramic field of vision where only major features of the terrain are … Continue reading →

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Peacebuilding is all About Relationships

As I travel back into Somaliland for the sixth time since I began coming here in March 2013 I am taking stock in what, if anything, I have actually contributed toward the greater common good here. Is it only me as a trainer who walks away from an intense 4 days of grappling with the … Continue reading →

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Ceasing and Seizing

Much to my chagrin a friend pointed out that I misspelled the topic of my last post (since corrected). Ceasing, the word I first used, is to hold back from doing, disappear slowly and end activity while seizing is  grab, take, catching and forceful holding. Now, I could claim travel fatigue as I wrote that … 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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