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Muslims and Islam Are NOT the Enemy of the West

An open letter to Westerners by Guest Contributor Matthew Johnson Dear Westerners: Muslims and Islam are not the enemy of the West. I wish this statement was without controversy, but with the rising tide of Islamophobia (i.e. irrational fear of Muslims) in the United States and elsewhere, it is clear that it is not. There[…]

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Robert J. Burrowes on the Legacy of War

by Robert J. Burrowes, contributor As the world continues to engage in various commemorations in relation to World War I, Australia approaches the centenary anniversary of a defining event in the nation’s history: ANZAC Day. On 25 April 1915, and for many days after, Australia suffered savage losses at Gallipoli in Turkey. Sometimes when we[…]

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How Sports Can Show You that Peace is Possible

by Sarbjit “Sab” Singh  I’m often asked – as I was last week at the first annual Sports Humanitarian Awards* presented by ESPN – why I started the blog/newsletter Sports Doing Good. Much like more accomplished entrepreneurs out there, I started it because it did not exist. I was someone who wanted to read about stories[…]

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Move This World – Shake your booty for peace

Social change through the art of movement? How does that work? Ask Move This World, an innovative non-profit which not only has that as its mission, but also has a sustainable, revenue-generating, scalable model. So, what does this look like in practice? Facilitators, known as PeaceMovers, will visit a class twice a month, implementing a[…]

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How to Have Difficult Conversations with Family

With the summer holiday season fast approaching, some people are dreading family get-togethers in which topics such as politics, religion, current events always come up and consistently generate tense, maybe even angry, conversations.  Whether it’s anticipating the inflammatory comments of an uncle with opposite political views or fear of falling into the same pattern around[…]

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Mediation in Schools: A Response to New Federal Priorities

Guest Contributor Matt Johnson discusses the benefits of mediation and conflict resolution in schools. (This post originally appeared on Peace is Sexy in January 2014, but following last week’s post, Love, Not Guns, we thought it was relevant to share it again.)  It is laudable that US Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric[…]

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Holding everyone’s needs with care

In honor of the passing of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg on February 7, 2015, we wanted to share with you a few articles about the creator of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). First on a personal note, I had the honor of being trained by Marshall in the intimacy of the masters in peace studies at the European[…]

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Participate in Dreaded Conversations with Ease

Who is that person that you just dread talking to? Is it a colleague or a family member? Or someone at your place of worship or the organization you volunteer with? Or perhaps it’s not so much the person, but a certain topic that you dread talking about? Most of us have at least one[…]