BASES FOR A CULTURE OF PEACE
In 1995, UNESCO proposed that we create a culture of peace that could replace the current culture of war. Such a culture would have values, attitudes and behaviors that rejected violence, endeavored to prevent conflicts by addressing root causes, and aimed at solving problems through dialogue and negotiation. The UNESCO group posited that such a culture could be constructed on a foundation of bases that could be contrasted with a culture of war. Our news categories are based on their suggestions for these bases.
The People’s World Peace Project (PWPP) seeks to contribute to our sense of common humanity, promote global citizenship, and inspire concerted effort to achieve peace by raising awareness and connections among the many people who are dedicated to creating peace and justice. PWPP, working with its media partners, national and local NGOs and individual peace makers, will post articles and other content on www.PWPP.org fostering a culture of peace and acknowledging people who are working toward the betterment of the world around them and who are discovering and implementing solutions to the greatest challenges facing humankind.
STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
We believe world peace has been in the hands of those more concerned with power than the well being of people, and that we are missing opportunities to end a needless loss of life, and the misallocation and depletion of resources.
We believe that we cannot rely solely on our political leaders to design and implement policies that foster peaceful coexistence and that the most direct path to world peace is from the bottom up, beginning with each one of us.
We believe sustainable peace requires a moral foundation and hope that a more informed world citizenry will realize that caring must dominate fear and greed.
We believe that the communication made possible by the Internet will provide a pathway for world peace, as people from all parts of the world and walks of life have the opportunity to work in concert to influence how world peace is accomplished and maintained.
PWPP seeks to achieve its mission by pursuing the following objectives:
- To provide a framework for the exchange of information among those working to establish peace with justice both locally and globally.
- To foster communication and dialogue among those who have different perspectives on ways to achieve peace and justice.
- To provide readers with updates on the activities of hundreds of world peace organizations combined with solutions-oriented, world peace news coverage.
- To contribute a research base for the development and promotion of ideas, methods, and actions that will advance the long-term prospects for peace.
- To provide the network of resources needed to develop effective peace work, and furnish a base for the collaborations and unified action needed for the attainment of peace with justice.
Joseph de Rivera | Director, Editorial Board Member
Joseph served three years in the Navy Medical Service Corps before teaching at Dartmouth College, New York University, and Clark University where he helped found its Peace Studies Program. He is currently a research professor in Clark’s departments of Psychology and International Development, Community and Environment. The author of numerous articles and books on emotional experience and societal peace, Joseph is the editor of the Handbook on Building Cultures of Peace.
Devon Grayson-Wallace | Editorial Board Member
Devon Grayson-Wallace graduated from Clark University with her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Concentration in Peace Studies. Thereafter, she moved to Washington, D.C. where for two years she worked as a lobbyist on domestic policy issues for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, the largest peace lobby in the country. Since moving to Maine, she has become an active volunteer with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and has joined the board of Peace Action Maine. She now lives in Portland with her dog, Moxie; her horse, Bach; and her partner, Pete.
Randy Labbe | Co-founder, Editorial Board Member
Randy’s professional background is in the music industry. The founder of several music festivals, he has produced nearly 100 international releases (including 10 Grammy nominated records) as a consultant to Telarc, Rykodisc, and other record labels, and is a co-founding partner and former Vice President of Industry Relations at Emergent Discovery, LLC. He graduated from Clark University in 1982 and his interests include social movements and most of the visual and performing arts.
Bob Kelleher | Co-founder
Bob is adjunct professor in the MBA programs of Ann Maria and Nichols Colleges. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University following an interruption for military service at the end of WWII. He earned his PhD at the University of Santa Clara and built distinguished careers in both academia and in the business world. His most recent work, prior to PWPP, was the writing of a book about the challenges of building community in the contemporary world.
Molly Kellman | Operations Manager
A member of the class of 2017 at Clark University, Molly is majoring in International Development and Social Change. She works with the emergency overnight shelter at Abby’s House Worcester and with outreach to sexually exploited. She joined PWPP in her freshman year and continues her interest in the local impacts of global discourses and power structures. After college, she hopes to advocate for the medical and legal rights for those who have been sexually exploited and work to restructure public housing policies to make them more accessible to single women and survivors of abuse.
Pete Haase | Webmaster
Pete has nearly twenty years of experience designing IT solutions. His past work for national organizations and Internet firms has made him well versed in multiple web platforms, analytics, and social media. Pete holds Computer Information Systems and Business Management degrees from the University of Maine, along with multiple IT certifications. As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, and actor, the vast majority of his offline time is spent immersed in the arts.
Syeda Mahnoor Amjad | Intern
Syeda Mahnoor Amjad calls Karachi, Pakistan home. She is currently a sophomore at Clark University with the intention of pursuing a double major in International Relations of Asia and Sociology. She interns with PWPP with the firm belief that diversity and a variety of cultures should be enjoyed through coexistence rather than using these differences to inflict conflict. Spreading the awareness for living peacefully and promoting the tolerance towards one another is what she seeks to do. In addition to this, she loves to read books, discussing practical problems highlighted through current affairs, and encouraging equal rights especially for women.
Rachael Chen | Intern
Rachael is from Needham, MA. majoring in political science with a concentration in law and society. She’s on the Women’s Basketball Team and the Mock Trial Team at Clark, and tutors at Bruce Wells Upward Bound. After graduating she plans to go to law school. She is particularly interested in family law, specifically domestic violence and child abuse issues.
Ralitza Mondal | Intern
A member of the class of 2019 at Clark University, Ralitza plans to major in Economics and Mathematics. She is originally from Bulgaria but has lived in Bangladesh. She has joined PWPP because she wants to spread awareness through media partners to make people aware about the world issues today. She has participated in video making to raise awareness on Migration, Diversity and Social Inclusion, an initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration. Ralitza has also helped raise awareness for the environment in Bangladesh through her high school. She likes participating in Model United Nations conferences and reading magazines such as The Economist. After college, she hopes to work as an urban developer and help people in a non-profit organization dealing with the struggles by migration and diversity.
Sweta Basnet | Intern
A biochemistry major, minoring in Spanish, Sweta is a member of the class of 2018 at Clark University. She was born in Nepal and raised in New Hampshire. She believes that peace is the correct way to resolve any conflict between people or nations. Three years ago, she worked with an organization that prevents human trafficking and rescues women who have been trafficked. Sweta believes in equal human rights and justice for citizens who have been treated wrongly. Her goal in the upcoming years is to become well-educated about peace advocacy and international relations.
Alexandra Navarro | Intern
Alexandra is from Harlem, New York. She is currently a sophomore at Clark University studying French and Psychology. She is also an intern with the Horizons For Homeless Shelter’s organization and an intermediate Spanish Tutor. She joined PWPP at the beginning of her sophomore year in hopes to help promote world peace. She is interested in someday moving to Paris and continue a program for social work after graduating.
Mya Juliet Kyaw | Intern
Juliet joined Clark at 2015 with plans to major in International Development and minor in Philosophy. She is from Myanmar (Burma) and growing up in a precarious political and socioeconomic landscape has fueled her passion for justice, youth leadership, and sustainable development. She has volunteered extensively in her community and has been selected to attend regional exchanges, concerning with entrepreneurship and environmental conservation in the ASEAN region. She joined PWPP, hoping to learn about the conflicts occurring in Southeast Asia and their consequences on the people, including the Burmese refugees settled in Worcester. She hopes to become well-educated to contribute effectively to national and international efforts to develop her country.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
John Massaua | Advisor
John is a principal of JRM & Company, a business development consulting firm. He was with the Maine Small Business Development Centers, an SBA partnership program based at the University of Southern Maine, for ten years, seven of them as the Maine SBDC state director. A graduate of Fordham University with an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson, he has held high-level executive positions within a myriad of small and medium size companies; among which, he was a founding officer at Staples, Inc.
Usman Tahir | Advisor
Usman received the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for studies at University of Paris Sorbonne and a Fulbright Scholarship for studies in the U.S.. He completed his Masters in Finance (MSF) degree from Clark in 2011 and made significant, early contributions to PWPP. He currently works in the treasury department of an international bank in Pakistan. His commitment to PWPP has been formalized by his willing acceptance of the role of advisor.
Jessica Moore | Advisor
Jessica has been an active member of the peace community in Portland, Maine for several years. She has a BA in Linguistics and Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MA in Theology from Bangor Theological Seminary. Jessica is Director of Education at State Street Church, UCC, in Portland and owns and runs a small specialty foods business. She lives in Portland with her husband, Stephen, and their dog, Tugger.