Category Archives: Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute

Learning by Doing

Things got really tense in Dapat when young John killed the neighbors chicken. In fact, tensions broke out to the point where the lowlanders blockaded the highlanders, threatening to kill any who crossed into their territory. Some tenacious villagers from the highlands succeeded in bringing the two sides together to negotiate a settlement. And then … 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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The Beauty of Diversity

The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) has now into its 15th year. Over that time there has been an amazing continuity in the facilitation team which has seen the same international and Filipino facilitators each year while mentoring a younger group of facilitators.   As I ate breakfast this morning I, as an American, was sharing … Continue reading →

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Travel Zen

I am ready for my annual trip to the southern Philippines. This trip routing is rather long, 72 or so hours from waking to arrival in Davao, the venue for the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Training (MPI). This is my 13th time to be a part of this wonderful event but it was almost not to … Continue reading →

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One healer, one protector

Two days before I flew to MPI, I went to the dentist. With a double whammy of replaced fillings on both sides of my mouth, the right side never quit aching and was unusable for chewing. It was sensitive to hot/cold changes and often shot through my jaw with pain. On our field visit to … Continue reading →

Posted in: Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, Musings

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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