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Recent Posts

The Political is Personal–And Vice Versa

October 18th, 2021|Comments Off on The Political is Personal–And Vice Versa

The political and personal and vice versa. See how viewing these two statements from a systems perspective can help change the way we try to change the world.

Commons Project

September 30th, 2021|Comments Off on Commons Project

The Commons Project is one of the most promising efforts to build community and confront toxic polarization on line.

Zebras, Unite!

September 21st, 2021|Comments Off on Zebras, Unite!

In the next months, I'll be writing about groups which will be featured in my new book, Connecting the Dots. This one is about one of my favorites, Zebras Unite.

Stranger’s Guide

September 14th, 2021|Comments Off on Stranger’s Guide

Stranger's Guide is a travel magazine and a whole lot more. Here, I look at how it adds to my work as a peacebuilder.

La Rentrée

September 7th, 2021|Comments Off on La Rentrée

Vive la Rentrée! When I used to spend a lot of time in France, the first week in September was known as la rentrée because it felt like the whole country [...]

Connecting the Dots Across Generations

June 28th, 2021|Comments Off on Connecting the Dots Across Generations

Connecting the Dots Across Generations I haven’t written a blog post in three weeks. No, I haven’t been goofing off or enjoying our return to so-called normal. Instead, I’ve been trying [...]

Political Therapy–2

June 8th, 2021|Comments Off on Political Therapy–2

The second in a pair of posts about the need for society-wide therapy in response to the crises of the 2020s.

Political Therapy–1

May 31st, 2021|Comments Off on Political Therapy–1

The first of two blog posts on why we need social therapy. Inspired by my own therapist, of course.

Democracy in America

May 12th, 2021|Comments Off on Democracy in America

Many of us think that democracy is under threat in the United States. In this week's post, I discuss how and why people reach such a conclusion, if it warranted, and, especially, what we can do about it.

Having Fun While Building Peace

April 20th, 2021|Comments Off on Having Fun While Building Peace

Having Fun While Building Peace I’m told that I’m pretty funny,This is the first time I've used footnotes in a blog post. It's fitting that the post is about humor. [...]

Getting Beyond High Conflict

April 6th, 2021|Comments Off on Getting Beyond High Conflict

In this week's post, I use publication of Amanda Ripley's new book, High Conflict, to discuss how her work has changed the way I do my own work.

Finding the Dots

March 30th, 2021|Comments Off on Finding the Dots

I will be writing a book on social change called Connecting the Dots. Here is my reasoning fo rch

The World is Messed Up Discuss

March 18th, 2021|Comments Off on The World is Messed Up Discuss

Three events in the late 1980s turned my professional and political life around. They are still relevant today. Not just for me. For you, too.

Connecting the Dots

March 8th, 2021|Comments Off on Connecting the Dots

This blog post is actually a draft of the first chapter of my next book, tentatively entitled, Connecting the Dots, in which i'll try to show how young people are leading the way toward taking peacebuilding, democracy, and social justice to scale.

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.

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