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Recent Posts

Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

February 21st, 2021|Comments Off on Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

It is high time that people in the conflict resolution and peacebuilding communities started working with each other once more--the way we did when our field was created almost 40 years ago.

The Peacebuilding Pivot

February 7th, 2021|Comments Off on The Peacebuilding Pivot

Like basketball big men (and women), we peacebuilders have to learn to pivot into new and more productive ways of doing our work, most notably by joining forces with existing movements for social change and social justice.

Peacebuilding Entrepreneurs

February 3rd, 2021|Comments Off on Peacebuilding Entrepreneurs

I increasingly find myself working with students and young professionals who are trying to build a career in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. I often realize that they should start their own initiatives. Here's why.


January 26th, 2021|Comments Off on USTRHT

The USTRHT is one of a number of initiatives that is working to strengthen and build ties across racial lines in the United States. In our case, we focus on reconciliation and healing.


January 18th, 2021|Comments Off on Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan is an accidental peacebuilder. She also is a great one And a funny one. Learn more about her work here.

On Coups and Reconciliation

January 7th, 2021|Comments Off on On Coups and Reconciliation

First thoughts on the implications of Wednesday's coup attempt for peacebuilders and others working for nonviolent social change.

Tackling the Issues

January 4th, 2021|Comments Off on Tackling the Issues

How should we peacebuilders tackle the issues facing this country, especially those that have thrown us all for a loop since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Democratic Crisis

December 29th, 2020|Comments Off on Democratic Crisis

Democracies around the world are in trouble. Read about some things we Americans can do not only to meet the challenges but make democracy far stronger.

Reconciliation 2020

November 30th, 2020|Comments Off on Reconciliation 2020

This post explores why reconciliation has to be part of whatever we peacebuilders do after the 2020 presidential election

Getting (Politically) Unstuck

November 23rd, 2020|Comments Off on Getting (Politically) Unstuck

As a country, we're stuck in a rut. We know we face enormous problems. Yet, we can't seem to do much about them. This post lets you see why taking a step back and viewing our problems from a broader perspective might help.

Bringing Out the Best in Us

November 11th, 2020|Comments Off on Bringing Out the Best in Us

The first of xis pots on what we can do after the election as peacebuilders and more. Based on my encounter with Reos Partners and a recent statement by the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements

November 2nd, 2020|Comments Off on World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements

The World Peace Game is a remarkable tool developed by John Hunter that helps fourth graders produce world peace and have fun at the same time.

Beyond the Election

October 26th, 2020|Comments Off on Beyond the Election

This final post on implementing the Imperative 21 goals for resetting the economy also explores what we could and should do after the US presidential election

Stakeholder Accountability

October 14th, 2020|Comments Off on Stakeholder Accountability

Of the three Imperative 21 imperatives, stakeholder accountability is the most tangible and requires us to change the most in the short term.

Invest for Justice

October 5th, 2020|Comments Off on Invest for Justice

Imperative 21's second bucket of concepts calls on us to invest in justice. That has been important throughout my adult life, but it takes on new meaning in 2020 given the crises we face this year.

Design for Interdependence

September 24th, 2020|Comments Off on Design for Interdependence

This is the second post in a series on Imperative 21, this time, focusing on long-term planning and its implications for peacebuilding.

Imperative 21

September 13th, 2020|Comments Off on Imperative 21

Imperative 21 is a wonderful new business-led initiative to reset the economy around a sustainable future, social justice, and stakeholder capitalism.

Reality Tells Me What To Do: The Peacebuilding Pivot

September 8th, 2020|Comments Off on Reality Tells Me What To Do: The Peacebuilding Pivot

It's time for peacebuilders to pivot and join with those working for social change in the United States at a time when we can be both non-neutral and non-polarizing.

Thinking Like a Startup

August 21st, 2020|Comments Off on Thinking Like a Startup

It would help peacebuilders if they thought and acted more like entrepreneurial startups.

What Kind of Recovery?

July 21st, 2020|Comments Off on What Kind of Recovery?

This post outlines a new book I plan to write and, more importantly, movements I hope to help create as we chart our recovery from COVID-19 and the crises it has sparked.

Facepalm Moments

July 10th, 2020|Comments Off on Facepalm Moments

My grandson taught me that there was a term called facepalm. After I realized that we both facepalmed, I did a little research and discovered that the now iconic gesture gets in our way as peacebuilders. That's what this week's blog post talks about.

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