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Nobel Peace Prize 2015: Awarding the Collective

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Today the Nobel Committee awarded the 2015 Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, a coalition of four civil society organizations: • Tunisian General Labour Union • Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts • Tunisian Human Rights League • Tunisian Order of Lawyers The Committee credits the Quartet with fostering peace during a… read more

Peaceful Experiments: Newsletter

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Time for Some Creativity Over the last five years, the US military budget has soared to new heights: $663.4 billion per year. Imagine what we could do—in any country—with a comparable budget for building peace. Time for some peaceful experiments! Read the October 7, 2015 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.… read more

When We Talk About Healing

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What comes to mind when you think of the word “healing”? What opens in your heart as a result? Inspired by the tropical greenery outside my window (I live in Panama), I envision a lushly regenerating Earth. I’m also seeing subtle waves of compassion awaking the leaders of our military, prison, banking, media, and electoral… read more

Changing Seasons: Newsletter

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Educating Our Whole Selves “Educating the mind without also educating the heart is no education at all,” Aristotle once said. This week’s newsletter offers plenty for educational resources to strengthen the heart (and the mind). Happy Fall! Read the September 23, 2015 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.… read more

A Week in Kos: Pathways to Peace

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  If you’ve regularly been following news about asylum-seeking refugees, you’ve likely heard about the Greek island Kos, a major passageway into Europe for people fleeing war-ravaged places like Syria and Afghanistan. I’ve just spent a week in Kos—my partner is producing refugee stories for a Dutch public broadcaster (we parted ways in Kos; he’s… read more

Michael Nagler speaks at UN-Podcast

  If you had ten minutes to stand before the United Nations to talk about the role of the media in building a peaceful world, how would you begin? What would you say? What concrete recommendations would you make? Well, our very own Michael Nagler was there on September 9, 2015 to speak at the High… read more

Communicating & Acting for Peace: Newsletter

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Giving Peace a Chance We’ve seen a lot of positive images in the media as of late: people opening their hearts (and their homes!) to refugees, banding together and doing what they can to help others fleeing war and persecution. Read the September 9, 2015 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.… read more

Ending Mass Violence and Poverty

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Ending Mass Violence & Poverty in Our Time Please join us at this benefit for the Democratic World Federalists on the occasion of International World Peace Day. Michael Nagler will be among the panelists, and Mark Pilisuk, author of The Hidden Structure of Violence: Who Benefits from Global Violence and War, will open the event… read more

Take Heart and Take Action—to End War

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By Tord Dellsén and Stephanie Van Hook   A month or so ago, many of the headlines streaming through social media emphasized the negative responses to refugees making their way into Europe for sanctuary. It was enough to make a person feel like humanity had reached a new low. And then, something happened: people began… read more

Michael Nagler to Speak at United Nations

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UN Forum on The Culture of Peace to Include the Role of Media Noted peace scholar Michael Nagler to serve as panelist Petaluma, CA, September 7, 2015 – Read the headlines on any given day, and it’s easy to assume that people are driven by conflict and greed. But are we getting the whole—or even… read more