Links to Organisations & Institutions
The following link collection represents a selection by the HumanDHS Team and is by no means exclusive. Users can suggest links by writing to the Webmaster (please include a short description of the page and why you think it should figure in our selection; each new entry is being appended at the end of the list).
The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.
Tellus Institute - For a Great Transition
Tellus Institute was established in 1976 as an interdisciplinary not-for-profit research and policy organization. The times were propitious for a young institute bringing fresh thinking and scientific rigor to environmental and social challenges, and it grew rapidly. Over the years, we conducted 3,500 projects throughout the world, becoming an international leader in resource and environmental strategies, and helping shape the embryonic field of sustainable development.
Transition Network's role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions...
Towards the end of 2006, Transition Town Totnes (TTT) had been running for close to a year, with co-founders Rob Hopkins and Naresh Giangrande running awareness-raising events and dreaming up the core elements of the Transition Model. Around this time, other communities that were concerned about climate change and peak oil were beginning to take notice....
Towards the end of 2006, Transition Town Totnes (TTT) had been running for close to a year, with co-founders Rob Hopkins and Naresh Giangrande running awareness-raising events and dreaming up the core elements of the Transition Model. Around this time, other communities that were concerned about climate change and peak oil were beginning to take notice....
See also www.transitionculture.org, and www.totnesedap.org.uk. See, furthermore, the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), and Gaia Education. The largest eco-society in Europe is Damanhur in Italy. See also the Gemma Blu Association, Italy, the Shalom Template Movement, Israel, the Pendragon Movement, England, or Den Bla Paraply, Denmark.
International PEN, the worldwide association of writers with 145 Centres in 104 Countries, exists to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere, to fight for freedom of expression and represent the conscience of world literature.
Amnesty International (AI)
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.
AI’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
In pursuit of this vision, AI’s mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.
AI is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect. It is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights.
AI has a varied network of members and supporters around the world. At the latest count, there were more than 2.2 million members, supporters and subscribers in over 150 countries and territories in every region of the world. Although they come from many different backgrounds and have widely different political and religious beliefs, they are united by a determination to work for a world where everyone enjoys human rights.
AI is a democratic, self-governing movement. Major policy decisions are taken by an International Council made up of representatives from all national sections.
International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)
The International Association of Genocide Scholars is an organization designed to further and support research and teaching on the causes, parameters, and effects of genocide, and to advance policy studies on prevention and intervention. Membership is open to scholars, graduate students, professionals, statesmen, leaders in business and society, journalists, religious leaders, and other interested persons any place in the world.
IAGS members receive the IAGS Newsletter, a second ISG Newsletter and Working Papers, access to the IAGS Members Website including Bulletin Board (now being established), as well as Genocide Studies and Prevention, the new Official Journal of IAGS, which begins publication in 2006. The journal is co-founded and published jointly by IAGS and the International Institute of Genocide and Human Rights Studies (IIGHRS - a division of the Zoryan Institute), and is published by the distinguished University of Toronto Press.
The IAGS holds a major international scholarly conference biennially that alternates between the United States and other locations. Members in good standing may also participate and present papers in the meetings of the ISG.
Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral
International Convention on the Protection and Promotion
of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities
General Assembly resolution 56/168 of 19 December 2001 established an Ad Hoc Committee "to consider proposals for a comprehensive and integral international convention to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities, based on the holistic approach in the work done in the fields of social development, human rights and non-discrimination and taking into account the recommendations of the Commission on Human Rights and the Commission for Social Development."
The resolution also, "invites States, relevant bodies and organizations of the United Nations system, including relevant human rights treaty bodies, the regional commissions, the Special Rapporteur on disability of the Commission for Social Development, as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations with an interest in the matter to make contributions to the work entrusted to the Ad Hoc Committee, based on the practice of the United Nations." [...]
Dignity International: Human Rigths for All - A Global Family for Solidarity and Human Dignity
Economic, social and cultural rights violations – extreme poverty, lack of access to healthcare, basic housing and education in the context of an imbalanced global financial and economic order all present enormous challenges to everyone working for social justice. Extreme poverty exists amidst extreme wealth. Income inequality between the rich and poor countries as well as between the rich and poor communities within countries is the sharpest ever. Among the most deprived there is a clear cry for change.
Human rights provide a ready, moral and an authoritative framework to bring about that social change.
Dignity International was founded in October 1999 largely by the communities directly experiencing poverty and social exclusion who felt that there was a need for a global human rights movement that will promote and defend economic, social and cultural rights on par with civil and political rights – a human rights movement that will defend the human rights of the poorest and most vulnerable in our societies.
Dignity International aspires to become a global human rights family owned and led by people living in conditions of extreme poverty and exclusion. The will and energy for change is greatest among the affected communities and the meaningful future for human rights lie with them.
Dignity International is an independent, non-profit foundation registered in Amsterdam.
Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization focused on empowering people with dignity. Established in 2006 by Young Global Leaders HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant, and Professor Pekka Himanen, the initiative inspires respect, self-esteem and tolerance of diversity and promotes the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Global Dignity has developed a course on dignity, including five dignity principles, which is taught in schools around the world on October 20th – Global Dignity Day. In 2011, over 100,000 students in more than 40 countries will participate in Global Dignity Day.
InterAction is the largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people. Collectively, InterAction’s more than 165
members work in every developing country. Members meet people halfway in expanding opportunities and supporting gender equality in education, health care, agriculture, small business, and other areas.
The International Society For Health And Human Rights (ISHHR)
The aim of ISHHR is to contribute to the promotion and improvement of aid to persons who have experienced gross violations of human rights, and to contribute to the world-wide eradication of gross violations of human rights. ISHHR has members in almost 50 countries worldwide. Please read on the ISHHR website: "The human rights issue is a very important one for health workers, and as health professionals we deal with this in many different ways. We live in a world where these rights are being violated and challenged every single day. In this situation we hope to contribute with our share, namely by strengthening the communication between professionals in this area and by emphasising the need for an active defense for human rights."
The Universal Human Rights Index
The Universal Human Rights Index provides instant access for all countries to human rights information from the United Nations system. The index is based on the observations and recommendations of the following international expert bodies: the seven Treaty Bodies monitoring the implementation of the core international human rights treaties (since 2000) the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council (since 2006).
Health and Human Rights Info
Health and Human Rights Info makes practical information and material on mental health and human rights more available. Our aim is to give you access to organisations, publications, guidelines and manuals regarding the effects of human rights violations on mental health in the contexts of violence, conflict and disaster on individual as well as community level. This website contains a database with links to selected materials, divided into three categories and thematic pages. Health and Human Rights Info is a project initiated by the International Society for Health and Human Rights (ISHHR) . and funded by the Norwegian NGO Mental Health Project.
Share The World's Resources (STWR)
STWR (Share The World's Resources) is a non-politically affiliated network campaigning for justice and peace through the fair and equitable distribution of world resources. We believe the current world economic system perpetuates global poverty, denies basic human rights to many millions and damages all nations. Read more about us here.
Through this web site we seek to provide a nucleus for news, information, discussion and collaboration. We present news and commentary, a large collection of articles, including many from prominent figures, surveys and opinion polls, together with a large selection of links and calendar events.
We value your thoughts, opinions and idea's, and encourage you to share them through our many forums. You are also encouraged to use the interactive features of this web site to further participate, by taking part in our surveys, adding book reviews, events, links, and comments. Please see here The Tsunami and the Brandt Report, by Mohammed Mesbahi and Angela Paine, 2006, and World Health and International Economic Sharing, by Mohammed Mesbahi, 2009.
The Brandt Equation
Willy Brandt's panel of international leaders represented a breadth of expert viewpoints crossing every spectrum - geographic and economic, political and ideological. They produced the first agreement ever by influential statesmen and leaders from developed and developing nations on restructuring the world economy.
In the best-selling books on international development in history, the Brandt Commission set out a comprehensive strategy for food, aid, environment, trade, finance, and monetary reform - as well as global negotiations to implement those objectives.
Corporation for Positive Change (CPC)
Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) is dedicated to the design and development of appreciative organizations - those capable of sustaining innovation, financial well-being and market leadership by inspiring the best in human beings.
CPC Founders Diana Whitney and David Cooperrider have pioneered highly successful Appreciative Inquiry processes for Corporate Culture Change, Strategic Planning, Union/Management Partnership, Leadership Development, Merger Integration, and the Design of Global Organizations.
CPC Consultants have used Appreciative Inquiry for projects ranging from Nursing Retention to Optimal Financial Margins to Superior Customer Service to Focus on the Future.
CPC clients are executives and managers who recognize the value of employee involvement in the process of change. They are strength-based leaders dedicated to creating healthy organizations financially, socially and environmentally.
The Club of Madrid
The Club of Madrid is an independent organization dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world by drawing on the unique experience and resources of its Members - democratic former heads of state and government. In partnership with other organizations and governments that share its democracy-promotion goals, the Club of Madrid provides peer to peer counsel, strategic support and technical advice to leaders and institutions working towards democratic transition and consolidation.
A new foundation devoted to pushing the boundaries of social justice to include protecting 'the right of equal dignity for everyone, regardless of status, station, or stage of life' has launched a website to highlight what organizers are calling the new Dignity Movement. Sparked by Robert Fuller's book Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank (New Society), the Dignitarians Foundation and its website provide tips on how to promote the dignity of others no matter their occupation, background, or perceived social status.
The Coexistence Initiative
The Coexistence Initiative seeks to catalyze a global awareness of, and commitment to, creating a world safe for difference. TCI seeks the positive and proactive embrace of diversity at all levels of society. TCI’s work is based on the belief that the embrace of diverse identities is essential to the development of vibrant, peaceful societies. The goal of the proactive embrace of diversity is the development of policies, laws, institutions and attitudes that protect the right of individuals and groups to be both equal and different. In pursuit of its goals, TCI works with grassroots communities, practitioners in the fields of education, human rights, conflict transformation and civil society development, and policy makers at the local, national, and international levels.
Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
Colonialism and Apartheid still hinder South Africa's search for co-existence and democracy. The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation seeks to grapple with this legacy, promoting justice and reconciliation in the aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and into the new century. The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was launched in May 2000 and is self-consciously located in post TRC South Africa. The Institute is committed to using the insights generated through its work in South Africa to engage in dialogue with other African countries.
West African Network for Peacebuilding
Their goal is to enable and facilitate the development of mechanisms for cooperation among civil society based peacebuilding practitioners and organizations in West Africa by promoting cooperative responses to violent conflicts; providing the structure through which these practitioners and institutions will regularly exchange experience and information on issues of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, social, religious and political reconciliation; and promoting West Africa’s social cultural values as resources for peacebuilding.
International Network for Interdisciplinary Research about the Impact of Traumatic Experience on the Life of Individuals and Society
Established in 1998 and located in Hamburg, Germany, this informal international network aims to promote interdisciplinary discourse between the disciplines involved in trauma research by providing networking services for theoreticians, researchers, and practitioners from various institutions working in this field. The irregularly-released TRN-Newsletter, which has been published by the Hamburg Institute for Social Research in an online version since summer 2000, serves as the site for exchanges of information. In addition, the coordination office works on detailed inquires and requests, brings together scholars from the most various fields, develops topics within contemporary discussions, and specifies desiderata for future trauma research.
To get the TRN-Newsletter free of charge and become a member of the Trauma Research Net you must merely complete a registration form, which also serves to up-date our data base and mailing list. Details on registration can be found on the registration form on the TRN homepage.
Nordic Safety and Security Academy, NSSA
The Nordic Safety and Security Academy, NSSA is a Nordic umbrella organisation for people and institutions that work with Safety and Security issues. NSSA has an extensive national, Nordic and international network for public and private sector, universities and business.
NSSA has a multidisciplinary focus and ambition to help raising the level of knowledge in safety and security related issues. NSSA arranges seminars, conferences and trainings in this area and initiates projects and research.
Academy News is a newsletter which is published regularly with the latest news about things that are important to decision-makers on various levels.
The 'Q' Fund for AIDS
The 'Q' Fund for AIDS, established by Chellie Kew in 2000, is a US-based, non-profit organization that supports sub-Saharan orphans affected by the AIDS virus. The goal of the organization is to raise awareness and funding through various ongoing projects and activities to improve the quality of life for these children.
Aided in part through the publication and sale of Kew’s book, “African Journal: A Child's Continent” (african_journal.html), an initial recipient to the organization’s efforts is the Chimoza Community School (Chimoza_Plans.pdf) in Zambia. Currently funds are being channeled to finalize construction of a facility which will provide ongoing education and social infrastructure to local orphans, widows and the underprivileged.
Center for Nonviolent Communication and its Collection of Materials
The Center for Nonviolent Communication sm (CNVC) is a global organization whose vision is a world where all people are getting their needs met and resolving their conflicts peacefully. In this vision, people are using Nonviolent Communication sm (NVC) to create and participate in networks of worldwide life-serving systems in economics, education, justice, healthcare, and peace-keeping. As a child growing up in a turbulent Detroit neighborhood, Marshall Rosenberg knew he wanted to find a way of speaking that would stop the need for violence. As a clinical psychologist in 1961, he set out to create such a language-and teach it. Forty years later, people on five continents speak it. From his childhood years, Dr. Rosenberg was intent on understanding what motivated people toward violence and why some people, even in trying circumstances, were moved to compassion instead. After studying comparative religions and the stories of peacemakers throughout history, and using his own varied life experiences, he was convinced that human beings are not inherently violent. That belief is the basis of the concepts and skills of Nonviolent Communication. In the early 1960s Dr. Rosenberg left his clinical practice and literally went on the road, wanting to teach people what he had learned. He wanted to "give away" the communication skills that he had been teaching his clients as a therapist. In his efforts to apply these skills to the needs of people in everyday life, Dr. Rosenberg found people all over the country who wanted to learn Nonviolent Communication and offer it to a broad base of people in their communities. To meet this need and to more effectively spread the skills of NVC, he founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication sm in 1984 as a non-profit organization. A volunteer staff who shared his vision of a more peaceful world started to organize workshops in an ever-increasing network of communities across the United States, and then in Europe as well.
The Center for Touch Drawing
In a moment of playful exploration, Deborah Koff-Chapin moved her fingertips on a paper towel that had been intended to wipe off the paint below it. She turned over the towel and saw childlike scrawls that had appeared from the pressure of her hands. She realized that she had discovered a direct mode of expression that fulfilled not only her own search for a more natural way to draw, but had the potential to fulfill the longing of countless others to open to their creative source. With this realization there came a sense of responsibility. Somehow, she would have to find a way to share this gift with the world. She named the process, Touch Drawing. Out of thousands of images, she selected 120 and made them accessible to the world as SoulCards 1 & 2. A continually expanded selection of Deborah's new images can be seen in her Artist Gallery. See a here selection of her cards on this website.
ART, Art for Refugees in Transition
There are 17 million refugees and displaced persons in the world today. Eight million are children. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2004.
A.R.T. provides curriculum and training programs to engage both children and adults in refugee camps in visual, performing and creative arts drawn from their own cultures. These activities provide international relief institutions with tools to help refugee communities recover from the trauma, terror and dislocation of war.
Please see here the January 2005 report of ART, Art for Refugees in Transition.
Bully OnLine is maintained by Tim Field, and has been reorganised subsequent to the publication of his book Bullycide: Death at Playtime (together with Neil Marr). It is a site that intends to help recognise bullying. It aims at helping to understand unpleasant events (at home, at work, at school, and in childhood), and put them into context. According to Field, many traumas, diagnosed or not, are caused by bullying. Bully OnLine focuses on bullying and the related stress, trauma, PTSD and bullying-related suicide.
Der Überblick: Die Zeitschrift für ökumenische Begegnung und internationale Zusammenarbeit
Quartely on International Relations and Ecumenical Dialogue (German Language only). Die Verflechtungen, die unser Leben immer stärker beeinflussen, sind unübersichtlich, abstrakt und schwer zu verstehen. Märkte vernetzen sich, staatsübergreifende Einflüsse nehmen zu, die nationale Politik scheint an Macht zu verlieren. Doch die Flut der täglichen Kurznachrichten verwirrt eher noch, so dass viele sich resigniert abwenden. Dem möchte der überblick entgegenwirken. Er wird herausgegeben vom Evangelischen Entwicklungsdienst (EED) und Brot für die Welt (BfdW) und ist der Tradition einer ökumenischen Dritte-Welt-Bewegung verpflichtet, die vor allem eins nicht will: dass die Bürger die Augen vor der Wirklichkeit verschließen. Patentlösungen und einfache Antworten können und wollen wir nicht bieten. Doch wir bieten viermal im Jahr Hintergrundberichte und Länderanalysen, Reportagen und Kontroversen über internationale Trends. Jedes Heft geht einem Thema auf den Grund. Da geht es etwa um Probleme der Katastrophenhilfe, den religiösen Fundamentalismus, die Vergangenheitsbewältigung und die Ausbreitung von Seuchen, oder wir beleuchten die Entwicklungen in einem Land oder Kontinent. Wissenschaftler, Journalisten und Vertreter von Kirchen und internationalen Organisationen schreiben für uns und bürgen für seriöse, verständliche und über den Tag hinausweisende Information.
Das Forum Friedenspsychologie (FFP)
Das Forum Friedenspsychologie (FFP, vormals: »Friedensinitiative Psychologie - Psychosoziale Berufe«) wurde 1982 gegründet im Zusammenhang mit der Diskussion um die Aufrüstung der NATO mit Pershing 2 und Marschflugkörpern; seit Dezember 1986 ist es eingetragener Verein, der inzwischen als gemeinnützig anerkannt ist.
Die bisherigen Aktivitäten des Forum Friedenspsychologie bzw. der Friedensinitiative Psychologie waren: Herausgabe des Rundbriefes und der Zeitschrift »Wissenschaft und Frieden«, Durchführung von Kongressen und Fachtagungen, Veröffentlichungen von Büchern, Stellungnahmen zu politischen Ereignissen.
Centre for Language and Ecology
The Centre for Language and Ecology was founded by Arran Stibbe, Ph.D., Associate lecturer, Open University and Chikushi Jogakuen University, Japan.
Earth & Peace Education Associates International (EPE)
Founded in 1992, Earth & Peace Education Associates International (EPE) consists of a global network of educators, who aim to promote the recognition of the reciprocal relationship between ecological degradation and the violation of human rights on a local, national, and global level.
Contextual sustainability, the organizing principle underlying EPE’s educational approach, defines this relationship. It assumes that the Earth is the primary context and essential foundation of all social activity and that ecological sustainability is key to achieving a culture of peace. Reciprocally, respect for human rights characterizes the social context essential to ecological sustainability.
EPE’s educational activities facilitate the development of an integrated and value-based perspective on issues related to the achievement of a culture of social and ecological peace.
The Experiment in International Living
In 1932, a small group of young Americans sailed across the Atlantic fueled by the power of an idea. Their mission was to foster peace through understanding, communication, and cooperation. After 73 years and more than 65,000 participants, The Experiment in International Living continues to be a leader in the field of international cross-cultural education for high school students.
Experiment in International Living programs challenge young people to open their hearts and minds to the world. Each program in 27 countries around the globe immerses participants in the daily life of another culture. For three to five weeks, Experimenters focus on themes such as community service, language study, ecology, travel, or the arts, as they enjoy life with their host families and participate in activities with their group. The centerpiece of this cutting-edge exchange program is the homestay -- based on the belief that the best way to understand another culture is to live as a member of one of its families.
Supported by experienced group leaders and in-country guides, students build communication skills, increase their self-confidence, and enhance their global awareness. Whatever their destination and focus, all Experiment programs engage students in a profoundly moving educational journey of cultural exploration and discovery.
International Association for Cross-Cultural Activity
The goal of the international association for cross-cultural activity is to bring together people from different nationalities on a common platform. It invites people who would like to do something creative and would like to interact with the people from other origin to broaden the cross-cultural understanding, language capability.
In today's interdependent world, our lives, our jobs and our families are increasingly affected by global problems, such as terrorism, climate change, war and infectious diseases. Because these problems are global in scope, it is vital that countries work together to solve them.
Citizens for Global Solutions
Citizens for Global Solutions, a grassroots membership organization, envisions a future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms, and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. We invite you to work with us on our campaigns to promote the International Criminal Court, reform United Nations peace operations, and encourage a bipartisan national consensus on reforming the UN for the 21st century that emphasizes cooperation with international institutions and our allies.
Our membership is active across the country. We meet regularly with public officials to support a more cooperative and multilateral foreign policy. Our Education Fund develops proposals for creating, reforming and strengthening international laws and institutions, to educate Americans about our global interdependence. Our political action committee, which is not affiliated with any political party, also helps elect public officials who are globally responsible.
We welcome you to our new website and encourage you to learn more about us and our work. Get involved today by joining Citizens for Global Solutions and taking action through our Advocacy Center.
IFLAC Pave Peace
IFLAC PAVE PEACE is dedicated to the creating of a world beyond war and violence, through the building of Bridges of understanding and communication through Literature and Culture.
Ada Aharoni is the Founder - President of the IFLAC PAVE PEACE non-profit association, and she has dedicated her Homepage to peace research, peace literature and poetry.
Please see Ada Aharoni's work posted also on our World Literature for Equal Dignity Page, and our World Language for Equal Dignity Page. Ada Aharoni is furthermore a Member of our HumanDHS Global Advisory Board.
The West African Youth Network (WAYN)
The West African Youth Network (WAYN) was established in 2001 by young people from around the region to basically ensure the holistic involvement of young people in activities designed to enhance their future. Some of our programmes include peace-building, youth empowerment, conflict resolution, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS.
Since its establishment, WAYN has hosted a number of training programmes for young people including the Mano River Union Youth Training Seminar which lead to the formation of the MRU Youth parliment in 2003 and the West African Youth Transforming Conflict Seminar in 2004.
At the moment, we have more than 13 focal points in 13 West African countries and affiliate with the Child Protection Unit of ECOWAS
In the continuing efforts of the Network to contribute substantively to the promotion of democracy and human rights in West Africa, it has endeavor to develop and implement a number of projects. some of these initiatives include Peace and Security, Governance, Conflict Transformation and Youth Empowerment.
United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders)
The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) is a global network of young people and youth organisations active in the field of peacebuilding. Our main areas of action are networking, training, empowerment for action/support to youth projects, campaigning and advocacy, and practical research on the role of youth in peacebuilding. UNOY Peacebuilders is a non-political, non-religious, non-governmental organisation that welcomes youth peace initiatives/ organisations and young peacebuilders regardless of gender, ethnicity, social class, religion, or any other distinction. The vision of UNOY Peacebuilders is Youth committed to building together a world in which peace, justice, solidarity, human dignity and respect for
nature prevail and the mission statement is to link up young people’s initiatives for peace in a global network of young peacebuilders, to help empower their capacities and to help increase the effectiveness of their actions.
The Palestinian Counseling Center (PCC)
The Palestinian Counseling Center (PCC) was established in Jerusalem by a group of psychologists, sociologists and educational experts in 1983. The Center was established to work on developing and improving mental health concepts and services in Palestine. Work at the Center started out on a voluntary basis through raising awareness in schools to the importance of counseling and the importance of working with children exposed to physical and political violence. At that time mental health services were restricted to psychiatric treatment for mental disorders at mental health hospitals such as the hospital in Bethlehem, in addition to private clinics that were operated by psychiatrists. Treatment methods used were limited to bio-medical treatment, i.e., medication and electric shocks as well as behavioral therapy.
The PCC as present is the result of a cycle of transformatory phases that shaped it the way it is today. The PCC started intervening at the primary intervention level concentrating its efforts in raising the community's awareness to the importance of counseling as a form of effective therapy for various psycho-social problems. The PCC then moved to intervene at the secondary level by placing and supervising psychologists, counselors and social workers in schools and primary health care clinics. In the period that followed, it had become acceptable and even requested that specialized mental health clinics exist and operate.
PCC's Vision is to build a balance between the individual and her/his surrounding environment. PCC's Mission is to be a community based counseling and consultancy organization that advocates for positive mental health and well-being for Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) through the provision of quality care and capacity building.
The PCC has 60 employees in clinics and centers in Jerusalem - Beit Hanina (Headquarters), Old City, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin, and Qalqilya.
aka Improvisation Labs
In 2001, Tiffany Von Emmel co-founded ILabs (aka Improvisation Labs), an organization which advances life-affirming approaches through research, education, consulting, coaching and community art projects. Currently, she serves as Managing Partner of ILabs.
Tiffany writes: Organization Development (OD) is a field concerned with how people work together to create healthy strong communities and organizations. OD applies the behavioral sciences: psychology, sociology, anthropology, adult learning and development. To advance relational creative approaches to OD consulting and coaching, my colleagues and I began in 1998 to interface theory and practice from the arts and somatics with OD. Somatics are body-oriented approaches to human development.
The Natural Child Project
The Natural Child Project's vision is a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love and trust. Our society has no more urgent task.
HomeLink International home exchange and house swap is the world's largest home exchange network having 14,000 plus listings and offices in USA, Great Britain, England, Ireland, Canada, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Holland, Belgium, Mexico, Caribbean, Portugal, Spain, New Zealand and South Africa.
Global Citizens Network
Global Citizens Network recognizes the interdependence of people around the world, and that social and economic injustice, racial and ethnic inequality, and ecological loss affect all people. But through cooperative effort, individuals of all cultures can experience and enhance their ability to make a difference in their community and their world. To foster that cooperation, Global Citizens Network sends short-term teams of volunteers to communities in other cultures where participants immerse themselves in the culture and daily life of the community. Each volunteer team is partnered with a local grassroots organization active in meeting local needs. Global Citizens Network creates a worldwide network of people and organizations commited to addressing global issues.
Servas is an international, non-governmental, interracial peace association run in over 100 countries by volunteers. Founded in 1949 by Bob Luitweiler as a peace movement, Servas International is a non-profit organisation working to build understanding, tolerance and world peace. It operates through a network of Servas hosts around the world who are interested in opening their doors to travellers, and, "on the other side of the coin", many open-minded travellers who want to get to know the heart of the countries they visit. SERVAS International has consultative status as a non-governmental organisation with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, currently with representation at many of the UN's hubs of activity. There are over 13,000 Servas "open doors" scattered throughout almost every country in the world. Through SERVAS, travellers have opportunities to meet hosts, their familes and friends and join in their everyday life. Where convenient, hosts may offer two nights' accommodation and invite travellers to share a meal. Names and addresses of hosts appear in annually produced lists which are made available to approved travellers. Servas hosts are just a cross-section of ordinary people.
World Citizen Foundation
The World Citizen Foundation is a nonprofit nonpartisan think-tank dedicated to the design of solutions to international problems based on the fundamental principles of equal human dignity, liberty, democracy and constitutionally protected basic rights of all. We are dedicated to the proposition that all levels of political authority can only derive their legitimacy from the fundamental sovereignty of the people. This is widely accepted at local and national levels but not internationally or globally. This contradiction is the ultimate source of the corruption of democracy at local and national levels, as the non-democratic paradigm which rules in international relations corrodes the paradigm of individual rights and freedom which is used domestically. We believe that democracy is a human invention and a political "technology" which historically is still very young and whose power and potential has neither been fully understood nor realized. As a human invention, it is imperfect and will always be but it also can be improved, just as a car or computer or, using a better analogy, a software programme, can be upgraded. Politics is like the "Operating System" of society and to remain free and prosperous, it is to our advantage (in addition to being our civic duty) to constantly improve democracy as the least worst of all possible political "Operating Systems". Because of globalization and the need to agree on basic common rules of civilized conduct in our global community, we would be remiss if we did not explore the possibilities of using the political technology of democracy to solve global problems.
School of Democracy
The objectives and mission of the school of democracy are the
Setting-up of a research and training centre for peaceful democratic engineering, and support for the development of a 'pole of competence' (and center of excellence) of democratic governance.
Research and development of the theory and practice of peaceful democratic engineering
Training in democratic engineering for neutral experts, the future democracy engineers. Development of training programmes of varied durations and curricula.
Advice in democratic engineering for governments, inter-governmental organisations, public or private organisations.
Development of the profession and deontology of democracy engineers, and of the labour market for this profession.
Le Centre Panafricain de Prospective Sociale
Depuis 1960, année des indépendances de la plupart des pays africains, de nombreux acteurs reconnus pour leur engagement dans la réflexion et l'action de promotion de l'indépendance politique, de la culture authentique et du développement solidaire – ont marqué l'histoire quotidienne du continent. Certains ont exercé des responsabilités de premier plan au niveau politique, scientifique, communautaire, international. Ils ont accumulé des expériences, interventions et publications qui constituent un patrimoine exceptionnel. Quelques uns ont disparu sans que l'on sache où s'adresser pour recueillir leur témoignage de vie. Ainsi, que sont devenus les documents personnels laissés par Sourou Migan-Apithy, Gabriel d'Arboussier, Cheikh Anta Diop, Diallo Telli, Robert Gardiner, Philippe Yacé, Thomas Kanza ou Abdoulaye Fadiga ? Quel sort connaîtront les documents personnels de Bernardin Gantin, Emile Derlin Zinsou, Amadou Makhtar Mbow, Wole Soyinka, Keba Mbaye, Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Samir Amin ou Joseph Ki-Zerbo ?
De telles interrogations conduisent à reconnaître la nécessité de lancer un programme de « Mémoires vivantes » en commençant immédiatement par une opportunité à saisir.
Le Centre Panafricain de Prospective Sociale, créé par Albert TEVOEDJRE a décidé de construire un site pour recueillir le patrimoine culturel et politique de son Président et pour favoriser un espace d'échanges sous l'appellation « une Vision pour l'Afrique ». Le site www.tevoedjre.com se veut en effet une terre d'échanges et de propositions concrètes pour contribuer à une vraie renaissance africaine.
The Project on Defense Alternatives
Since its inception in 1991, the Project on Defense Alternatives has sought to adapt security policy to the challenges and opportunities of the post-Cold War era. Toward this end it promotes consideration of the broadest range of defense options. Central to its mission is the development of "transitional security policy," which would serve to create conditions favorable to the advent of regional and global cooperative security regimes. In the Project's perspective a transitional security policy would:
Guarantee reliable, cost-effective defense against aggression;
Rely on military structures that do not contribute to interstate tensions, crisis instability, or arms racing;
Allow significant reductions in the level of armed forces and military spending;
Foster progress in arms control and in the gradual demilitarization of international relations; and,
Facilitate an increasing reliance on collective and global peacekeeping agencies and nonmilitary means of conflict prevention, containment, and resolution.
Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice
The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice was established within the Princeton University Department of Politics by a $10 million gift from the Bobst Foundation in 2000. The center's mission is "to advance the cause of peace, mutual understanding and respect for all ethnic traditions and religious faiths, and justice, both within countries and across national borders." The center sponsors a program and activities to this end. It also serves as "a place where high-level and mid-level officials are able to visit . in order to reflect upon their own work and to think about new directions that may be promising." It provides fellowship support for graduate students and faculty members, as well as undergraduates, "permitting them to carry out research on conflicts and strategies for reconciliation in various parts of the world."
Strategic Foresight Group (SFG)
Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) is a think tank that helps policy makers to anticipate and shape, the future in uncertain times. It produces fresh perspectives, by combining research with policy change and conflict-resolution initiatives. SFG brings out confidential and public research reports. Its in-depth scenarios in the context of the war in Iraq, instability in Central Asia, religious extremism in Pakistan and India's economy has earned SFG, a reputation for correct projections.
Please see a cooperation with the Institute for Peace Studies at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Alexandria Workshop Report: International Workshop on Global Extremism, Terror and Response Strategies, 6-7 August 2006, Alexandria, Egypt.
The Arab Reform Initiative (ARI)
Statement of Purpose:
The Arab Reform Initiative is a network of independent Arab research and policy institutes, with partners from the United States and Europe. Its goal is to mobilize the Arab research capacity to advance knowledge and develop a program for democratic reform in the Arab World which is realistic and home grown. The Initiative also aims to produce policy recommendations that can help promote reform in the region.
The broad consensus on the need for reform of Arab socio-economic and political systems has created a momentum that can be seen as a progress in and of itself. However, the content and the modalities of this reform process have yet to be defined: how to start? Which forces to mobilize? What obstacles are to be overcome? How to prevent various forces - governmental, opposition or outside parties - from instrumentalizing it to serve narrow or short-term interests? How to avoid mistakes? How these and other challenges will be met is largely a function of who produces the knowledge and formulates the issues, both conceptually and practically.
The initiative is based on three main principles:
1- The Arab world needs to develop its own conception of reform, based on its present realities and rooted in its history. While there are basic universal criteria that apply to a process of democratic reform in any given society, the initiative seeks to generate knowledge by those who are the prime targets of reform.
2- Reform is a comprehensive process which can only succeed if the interaction between the political, economic, societal and cultural spheres is fully recognized. In the quest to build free, just and democratic societies, the initiative privileges issues of democratization and good governance, socio-economic and cultural transformations, and social justice.
3- The network’s conception of reform fully recognizes that Arab countries present very diverse situations and that this diversity is likely to become more salient as societies engage in a path of liberalization. Thanks to its composition, with member institutes and scholars from all countries of the region, the initiative is well positioned to produce analyses and recommend diverse solutions relevant to the specificities of each society.
The role of each member institute within its own national context is to foster an informed debate on reform inclusive of a wide range of representatives from various sectors of society and government. Policy options produced by the Arab Reform Initiative will be addressed to political leaders, elites and civil society groups in the Arab world with a view to generate knowledge and deepen the ongoing debate in the region. The Initiative also aims to promote a dialogue between policy institutes in the Arab world, the United States and Europe with a view to forge a shared vision which can advance the understanding of western different groups on issues of reform in the Arab world.
Finally, the Arab Reform Initiative aims to raise awareness in the Arab world about successful transitions to democracy in other parts of the world, and of the mechanisms and compromises which made such successful transitions possible.
The network’s recommendations will be formulated by experts and scholars from the Arab region. Partner institutions from the United States and Europe will serve to facilitate the collaboration through organizational backing for the project and will help convey the message of the network to the relevant constituencies in their own countries.
The initiative engages in a range of activities, all conducted collaboratively between its members. Its agenda includes producing policy briefs, thematic and country studies, conducting comparative public opinion surveys, organizing workshops and conferences, and sponsoring occasional task forces, all with the aim of formulating policy recommendations that can advance reform in the Arab world.
The Founding Members of the network:
The Arab Institutes:
Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Egypt.
Center D’Etudes et de Recherches en Sciences Sociales (CERSS), Morocco.
King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Saudi Arabia.
The Arab Reform Forum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt.
The Center for Strategic and Future Studies, Kuwait.
The Center for Strategic Studies, Jordan.
The Center for Sudanese Studies, Sudan.
The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanon.
The Palestinian Center for Political and Survey Research, Palestine.
The Gulf Research Center, Dubaï, UAE.
American and European Partners:
Fundacion Para Las Relaciones Internationales Y El Dialogo Exterior (FRIDE), Madrid, Spain.
Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Athens, Greece.
The Center for European Reform, London, Great-Britain.
The Council on Foreign Relations, New York, USA.
The European Institute for Security Studies, based in Paris, France.
The Globalist's Global Education Initiative
In a world of rising uncertainty — no matter where we live — the key question before all of us is this: How can the debate on global issues become more inclusive and better informed? How can people develop a better understanding of what connects — and divides — nations, societies and cultures in today's world? To address these issues, The Globalist has launched the Global Education Initiative.
By working with project partners around the world, our Global Education Initiative seeks to promote true global understanding between different cultures.
Alliance for Women’s Equality (AWE)
AWE is a federally recognized nonprofit organization that seeks to advance gender equality and help build sustainable organizations that protect and promote women’s and girls’ rights. We focus on four issues pertinent to women and girls:
Advocating for Safe, Affordable Childcare
Ending Violence Against Women
Helping Women with HIV/AIDS
Stopping Child Sex Trafficking
AWE provides educational programming, including:
• Nonprofit Organizations: Capacity building programs and seminars for nonprofit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, and communications.
• Corporations: Diversity training and internal diversity network programming designed to create dialogue about issues pertinent to women and girls.
• General Public: Grassroots activism and leadership training for young women and girls within the City University of New York (CUNY) college system.
• Research: Proprietary research on areas of concern to women and girls globally.
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, chartered, nonprofit organization, founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar. Guided by the principle that a nation's greatest resource is the potential of its people, Qatar Foundation aims to develop that potential through a network of centers devoted to progressive education, research and community welfare.
Qatar Foundation believes that people are a nation's greatest asset...
Qatar Foundation supports a network of centers and partnerships with elite institutions...
Education City, our flagship project, is home to a number of elite learning and research institutions
The Human Dignity Network
The Human Dignity Network, founded in 1995 by Alouph Hareven in Jerusalem , Israel , seeks to bring together organizations committed to the advancement of human dignity as an organizational behavior. During the years of the Network's existence, scores of organizations in Israel have engaged in ongoing human dignity projects the purpose of which is to identify dignified and undignified behaviors that appear in the course of the organization's daily life and to bring about an organizational transformation whose impact is to integrate human dignity into every aspect of the organization's behavior. Among our clients are tens of schools, four government ministries, the Department of Corrections, hospitals, banks, and the Israel Defense Forces. We have conducted training programs for the Missouri Department of Social Services and for the Education Ministry in Serbia . Our approach is systemic and is rooted in the outspoken commitment of top organizational leadership. The Network's purpose is to promote mutual learning among client organizations and to attract interested organizations to learn our methodology, to share their knowledge, and to commit to the practical advancement of human dignity in their organizations.
The International Society for Dialogical Science
From the early 1990s there has been a growing interest in the study of the dialogical self stimulated by scientific developments in the broader areas of self and dialogue. The study of dialogical processes is of unprecedented importance in an era in which dialogical relationships, between and within people, are at the heart of living together in a globalizing world community. This consideration has led researchers to establish an organization with the aim of facilitating communication on an international basis. Against this background the International Society for Dialogical Science was founded in June 2002. The Society was formally constituted under Dutch law in June 2002 and established at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations
The mission of The Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations [CCC/UN] is to facilitate the interchange of information among civil society organizations, the United Nations, and the public in order to promote more profound understanding of world problems, their effective solutions, and rapid implementation.
Goals & Objectives:
We seek acceleration in the uses of information systems, including improved methods of communication as well as better understanding of the United Nations' multiple purposes, its complex structures, and its wide range of accomplishments.
Our objectives are:
1) To increase support for the United Nations in its programs for a peaceful, sustainable, just, and high quality of life for all in the global community.
2) To promote the continuing development of the United Nations as an effective, transparent, and democratic representative of all people, around the world; and,
3) To enhance the growing role of civil society organizations in achieving these objectives.
The CCC/UN is a voluntary, civil society organization accredited to the United Nations as a "Non-Governmental Organization" [NGO] and has Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council [ECOSOC] for professionals in all communications media, including television, radio, video, film, internet services, public speaking, and print, as well as those responsible for communications in various other civil society organizations. Past and Current Programs:
The CCC/UN was founded in 1946 as the Speakers Research Committee for the United Nations and is, thus, one of the very oldest of civil society organizations organized to work with the United Nations. CCC/UN activities have included organizing conferences and presenting speakers, featuring Nobel Peace Laureates and other prominent leaders in world society. The group produced "Global Student Voice" newsletters in print and for short-wave radio. It facilitated various meetings and conferences over the years on methods to develop more directly democratic processes in United Nations policy making and communications. Among its other programs, CCC/UN participates actively in the planning and presentation of the annual United Nations Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations.
Current projects include leadership/communications training programs for civil society organization leaders. Ongoing projects include collaboration with UNESCO, the Global Ecological Restoration and Development Foundation, The Eco Earth Alliance and the CCC/UN Information Communication Liaison Project in developing the Global Eco Expo and Green Forum 2004, as part of an ongoing Campaign of Education for Sustainable Development.
Concerned Philosophers For Peace (CPP)
Concerned Philosophers For Peace (CPP) was initiated as a response to the increased militarism of the Reagan Administration, especially in relation its deployment of Euromissiles and policies on nuclear weapons. Subsequently, the organization progressed from a critique focused on nuclear war fighting strategies to the promotion of cooperative endeavors, first, with Soviet and, now, Russian philosophers.
What inspires artists and designers to do the work they do? What environment do they work in? What lies on the other side of the monitor?
InspireMe.tv presents personal insights into creativity, filmed by the artists themselves. No script. No instructions. Just a brief to show the world what inspires them, what books are on their shelves right now, where they work or simply talk about what's on their mind at that moment in time.
But this is not a one-way thing. This is all just part of the mix. Have your say on the forums attached to each video. Rant, rave, say what you want, just say something. Tell us who you'd like to see featured in future editions. Tell us and the world what inspires you to do the work you do.
The Stine Sofie Foundation
The Stine Sofie Foundation is the only organisation in Norway who speaks on the behalf of children who are exposed to violence and abuse. The foundation also focuses on preventing/exposing criminal offences towards children as well as strengthening their position in the legal system.
In the backwaters of two little girls being murdered in Baneheia, Kristiansand in August 2000 the foundation was founded by Ada Sofie Austegard and Bente Bergseth. They both have experiences of violence; Ada Sofie lost her daughter in the brutal killings, while her friend Bente has been through legal procedure twice because of sexual abuse in her childhood.
The main goal of Stine Sofies Stiftelse is to enable children to understand and tell when something is about to happen (prevention) or has happened (expose).
People all over Norway support our work by memberships and gifts to the foundation. This enables us to do an extensive job with information in legal and political arenas as well as in schools and in media where we focus on children's legal rights.
Today we have around 40.000 members.
The INDIGO Children (a documentary film)
Who are The INDIGO Children? Have they come to save the world?
Or are they the product of wishful imaginations?
Whatever you call them, (Indigo's or something else) our children are coming into the world with their eyes wide open, ready to play their role in creating a world of compassion and peace. Are we witnessing a major leap in human evolution, what Jean Houston calls "Jump Time?" Many people believe that we are on the brink of a global awakening, and that the Indigo Children are here to show us our highest potential.
In the documentary "The INDIGO Evolution," you hear from leading experts from around the world that this is much more than an imaginary fancy. The Children are real, and they are changing the world. Director James Twyman takes us on a journey into one of the most important questions of our day: "Has the human race finally evolved to a higher reality?"
Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Founded in 1986 through a generous gift from Mrs. Joan B. Kroc, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame conducts research, education, and outreach programs on the causes of violence and the conditions for sustainable peace.
The institute's research agenda focuses on the religious and ethnic dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding; the ethics of the use of force; and the peacemaking role of international norms, policies and institutions, including a focus on economic sanctions and enforcement of human rights. In addition to individual research by faculty in a wide range of disciplines, the institute organizes collaborative research projects on these themes.
T he institute's unique M.A. program equips scholar-practitioners with theoretical and practical skills needed for diverse careers in peacebuilding. Inspired by the vision of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh CSC, President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, the program attracts students from around the world to study peacemaking while building cross-cultural understanding among themselves. The institute also offers an innovative undergraduate supplementary major and interdisciplinary minor in peace studies which focus on the conditions needed for a just and peaceful world order.
The institute reaches out to national and international communities through media commentary , online and print publications, and workshops for non-governmental and religious organizations. Kroc Institute faculty also contribute to both international policy discussions and peacebuilding practice through their various professional roles and responsibilities in international organizations in the private and public sectors.
The institute's programs are conducted by core faculty and staff , and by faculty fellows representing more than a dozen departments and professional schools at Notre Dame.
The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) was created in 1976 to fill gaps in understanding the complex realities of women's lives and their role in development.
Since then, we have focused on improving women's status by connecting insight and action.
We conduct research and analysis that offer true insight into issues that affect women's lives.
We translate research into policy and action options, advocating and building support for policies by informing experts, leaders and policymakers of our findings and experience.
We help organizations base their decisions in reality, and provide guidance and "actionable insight" to strengthen their programs.
We work with women and communities, partnering with other organizations to bring about social change.
ICRW is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has a country office in New Delhi, India. Project offices are located in Andra Pradesh, India, and Kampala, Uganda.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 70 countries.
In countries where health structures are insufficient or even non-existant, MSF collaborates with authorities such as the Ministry of Health to provide assistance. MSF works in rehabilitation of hospitals and dispensaries, vaccination programmes and water and sanitation projects. MSF also works in remote health care centres, slum areas and provides training of local personnel. All this is done with the objective of rebuilding health structures to acceptable levels.
Global Vision Corporation
Global Vision Corporation is an independent non-profit Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) accredited to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), a network of fifty-three Governments and over 700 NGOs collaborating to implement Agenda 21, the international action plan for the sustainable development of our planet which was agreed by 185 nations at the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
European Peacebuilding Liaison Office - EPLO
European Peacebuilding Liaison Office - EPLO is the platform of European NGOs, networks of NGOs and think tanks active in the field of peacebuilding, who share an interest in promoting sustainable peacebuilding policies among decision-makers in the European Union. EPLO aims to influence the EU so it promotes and implements measures that lead to sustainable peace between states and within states and peoples,
and that transform and resolve conflicts non-violently. EPLO wants the EU to recognise the crucial connection between peacebuilding, the eradication of poverty, and sustainable development world wide and the
crucial role NGOs have to play in sustainable EU efforts for peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and crisis management.
European Center for Antiziganism Research
EZAF is a scientific institution with the aim to investigate with the means of systematic scientific analysis antiziganistic attitudes and actions in those countries where members of the Sinti and Roma people live. While the hate against Jews, the persecution and annihilation of the Jews, old and new anti-Semitism have been experiencing a great amount of public attention and broad scientific analysis for quite some time, this does not hold true in any way for the attitude towards the Sinti and Roma minority. Antiziganistic prejudice is still rampant in broad areas of the population, but also in the media and the social institutions, where it remains unchecked and manifestly established. It is publicly voiced unfiltered. This is obviously a declaration of enemy status within society, in both a mental and a physical way.
Servas International is the world federation of non-profit, non-governmental national Servas groups
through Servas Groups we foster networks of hosts and travellers
encourage personal contacts among people of different cultures, backgrounds and nationalities
help build world peace, goodwill and understanding
Servas is a worldwide cooperative cultural exchange network established in 1948 and composed of member hosts and travelers working together to foster peace, goodwill and mutual respect. Servas seeks to realize these aims by providing opportunities for person-to-person contacts between people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Our mission includes providing approved US and international travelers with opportunities to be guests of Servas member hosts around the world.
Sara's New York Homestay
International students, visitors, interns or executives who come to New York, Los Angeles, Paris or London for a short period of time (1 to 12 months) will be pleased with our friendly and outstanding personal service at Sara's Homestay.
Homestays with carefully selected warm and welcoming families, in safe neighborhoods, near public transports.
Shared Apartments (Apartment Sharing) with carefully selected single person
Furnished Studios and Apartments (Manhattan Only) We have carefully selected for you a number of very attractive studios and 1 or 2 bedroom apartments in all areas of Manhattan as well as some of the best areas of Brooklyn and Queens. All are fully furnished. Many have quite luxurious features in top neighborhoods and others a bit more modest ones at very attractive prices. Most can be shared.
CouchSurfing.com helps people make connections worldwide. You can use the network to meet people and then go and surf other members' couches! When you surf a couch, you are a guest at someone's house. They will provide you with some sort of accommodation, a penthouse apartment or maybe a back yard to pitch your tent in. Stays can be as short as a cup of coffee, a night or two, or even a few months or more. When you offer your couch, you have complete control of who visits. The possibilities are endless and completely up to you.
Hospitality Club is supported by volunteers who believe in one idea: by bringing travelers in touch with people in the place they visit, and by giving ‘locals’ a chance to meet people from other cultures we can increase intercultural understanding and strengthen the peace on our planet.
National Organization of Men Against Sexism
The National Organization for Men Against Sexism is an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men. NOMAS advocates a perspective that is pro-feminist, gay affirmative, anti-racist, dedicated to enhancing men's lives, and committed to justice on a broad range of social issues including class, age, religion, and physical abilities.
NOMAS is the oldest pro-feminist men's movement in the US. NOMAS has chapters, programs, and trainings around the country, and put on the national conference on men and masculinity on an annual basis. NOMAS just ended their 31st national conference at Ramapo college, NJ, this summer, 2006. NOMAS also sponsors research on issues of masculinity through their Men's Studies Association, and support a feminist analysis of anti-violence work through their Ending Men's Violence Task Group. Membership in NOMAS includes their quarterly Journal, BROTHER.
At PixelPress our intent is to encourage documentary photographers, writers, filmmakers, artists, human rights workers and students to explore the world in ways that take advantage of the new possibilities provided by digital media. We seek a new paradigm of journalism, one that encourages an active dialogue between the author and reader and, also, the subject. Our online magazine features projects that use a variety of linear and non-linear strategies, attempting to articulate visions of human possibility even while confirming human frailty. For us the digital revolution is a revolution in consciousness, not in commerce. We work with organizations such as Crimes of War, Human Rights Watch, World Health Organization and UNICEF to create Web sites that deal directly with contemporary issues in complex and innovative ways that circumvent media sensationalism and simplification. We also try to factor in ways that the viewer can help remedy social problems, rather than remain a spectator. Recently we completed a site focusing on how to end polio worldwide; another trying to aid an orphanage in Rwanda; one trying to reclaim the Brazilian forest; and a site featuring the images of photographers from the Vietnam War. And we also create books with photographers such as Machiel Botman, Kent Klich and Sebastião Salgado on social themes, as well as traveling exhibitions using both digital and conventional processes.
Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of eleven books and scores of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations.
Kohn's criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores."
World Youth Alliance
The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. We train young people to work at the regional and international levels to impact policy and culture. Through this lived experience of the dignity of the person young people are able to affirm life at all levels of society.” The founder was here last July and I have her contact info if you are interested.
Genocide Intervention Network
The Genocide Intervention Network envisions a world in which the global community is willing and able to protect civilians from genocide and mass atrocities. Our mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide.
GI-Net aims to build an educated political constituency. GI-Net’s programs and policy goals will be consistent with the principles of the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) report. This report offers guidelines for international intervention when governments are unwilling or unable to protect their own citizens from preventable, widespread violence. Using the R2P report as a guide and consulting with the authors of the report and other experts, our efforts will enable citizens to support the most responsible and the most effective means of civilian protection in the face of genocidal crises.
Conciliation Resources (CR)
Conciliation Resources (CR) is an international non-governmental organization registered in the UK as a charity. We work mainly in the Caucasus, Uganda and West Africa in partnership with local and international civil society organizations and governments. We also publish Accord: an international review of peace initiatives and are involved in projects in Colombia, Fiji and the Philippines. Our funding is through grants from governments, independent trusts and foundations.Our goals are to:
support people working at local, national and international levels to develop effective solutions to social, economic and political problems related to violent conflicts
provide opportunities for inclusive dialogue and improved relationships within communities and across conflict divides at all social and political levels
influence governments and other decision makers to employ conflict transformation policies that promote alternatives to violence
improve peacemaking practice and policies by promoting learning from peace processes around the world
challenge stereotypes and increase public awareness of human rights, conflict and peace issues in divided societies
We also play an active role in British, European and global peacebuilding networks and initiatives including the Committee for Conflict Transformation Support, the Peace and Security Liaison Group (UK), the Alliance for Peacebuilding (USA) and the BOND Conflict Policy Working Group (UK).
The Alliance for Peacebuilding
The Alliance for Peacebuilding is a coalition of diverse organizations working together to build sustainable peace and security worldwide. Members of AfP are directly engaged in applied conflict prevention and
resolution. They provide negotiation and mediation services, train negotiators, facilitate communication to break down barriers, and help find solutions to the issues and pressures that otherwise drive groups and nations to achieve their objectives through violent force. Members also conduct research and provide evaluation and education. The role of AfP is to bring these organizations together for collaborative peacebuilding.
Women for Women International
Women for Women International's work begins when the basic human needs of women are still very great, but the seeds of stability can begin to be sown. Our work bridges a critical gap between humanitarian aid and long-term development and reconstruction. We are the only organization solely dedicated to women's development needs that operates in the heart of conflict-afflicted areas in countries such as Congo and Iraq. Yet, our long-term commitment in post-conflict countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina and Rwanda is critical when emergency relief agencies, the media and public attention have long since moved to focus on the next crisis.
It is essential that we pay attention to what women go through as they live through war and as nations are rebuilt. We often only see women in grassroots communities as the victims of wars, but they are the true active participants in rebuilding their nations. The women we serve are the unseen warriors for humanity. Their weapons are not guns but guts. If we can stabilize the women we can stabilize their communities and their countries.
Women for Women International has learned through 12 years serving socially excluded women in conflict and post-conflict countries that engaging women is the most effective avenue toward creating lasting change and stability within a society. Stronger women build stronger nations.
Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace
Under the name of the People's Initiative for Departments of Peace, the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace was launched at the first People's Summit for Departments of Peace, held in London October 18-19, 2005, with the intention of supporting national-level campaigns to establish departments of peace in governments throughout the world. The following articles provide background information on the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace.
Combatants for Peace
We are a group of Israeli and Palestinian individuals who were actively involved in the cycle of violence in our area. The Israelis served as combat soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinians were involved in acts of violence in the name of Palestinian liberation.
We all used weapons against one another, and looked at each other only through weapon sights; however today we cooperate and commit ourselves to the following:
We no longer believe that the conflict can be resolved through violence.
We believe that the blood shed will not end unless we act together to terminate the occupation and stop all forms of violence.
We call for the establishment of a Palestinian State, alongside the State of Israel. The two states can exist in peace and security beside each other.
We will use only non-violent means to achieve our goals and call for both societies to end violence.
Tostan, which means "breakthrough" in the language of the Wolof of Senegal and the Gambia, is a non-profit and non-governmental organization incorporated in the United States in 1991 and based in Thiès, Senegal. The mission of Tostan is to contribute to the human dignity of African people through the development and implementation of a non-formal, participatory education program in national languages. Tostan provides learners with the knowledge and skills to become confident, resourceful actors in the social transformation and economic development of their communities. Tostan pedagogy combines traditional and modern techniques to help bring about positive change on the personal, community and national level. A guiding principle of the Tostan method is based on the African tradition of participation and respectful consultation of all those concerned and affected by the implementation of any eventual decisions or policies. Villagers themselves determine their future goals and obstacles to overcome in order to achieve those goals. Quality, holistic education and development activities based on principles of human rights provide communities with the tools to direct their own social and economic transformation.
Since 1997, over 1,000 villages in Senegal and now also in Burkina Faso have publicly declared an end to harmful traditional practices including FGC and early or forced marriages upon completion of the Tostan program. The World Health Organization and the Population Reference Bureau have chosen the Tostan "model" as one of the most promising strategies for ending FGC. Using a human rights approach, Tostan provides communities with essential health information so that they may fairly evaluate the merits of tradition against a potentially harmful practice. Tostan's model is not simply an education program, however, but includes support for serious community mobilization and ultimately a public declaration.
Global Volunteer Network
Global Volunteer Network places volunteers in community projects throughout the world, giving them the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational, environmental and community aid programs. Our vision is to support the work of local community organizations in developing countries through the placement of international volunteers. Examples of the exciting and rewarding activities available to volunteers include teaching English, environmental work, AIDS education, and assisting in an orphanage.
The OneWorld network spans five continents and produces content in 11 different languages, published across its international site, regional editions, and thematic channels. Many of these are produced from the South to widen the participation of the world's poorest and most marginalised peoples in the global debate.
Fourth Sector Network
Over the past few decades, the boundaries between the public (government), private (business), and social (non-profit/non-governmental) sectors have been blurring as many pioneering organizations have been blending social and environmental aims with business approaches. There are many expressions of this trend, including corporate social responsibility, microfinance, venture philanthropy, sustainable businesses, social enterprise, privatization, community development and others. As this activity matures, it is becoming formalized as a "Fourth Sector" of the economy.The archetypal Fourth Sector model is sometimes referred to as a For-Benefit organization, and the sector itself is also referred to as the For-Benefit Sector.
See also another text on the Fourth Sector:
Is it beyond the radar of researchers, the media and politicians that a new organisation and company culture is emerging in both the US and Northern Europe? A company culture that breaks with earlier conceptions of the relationship and dynamics between the state, the private sector and the voluntary sector?
Or even more far-reaching: Are we currently witnessing the first serious run-up to the creation of a new social arena - 'the fourth sector' - that has absorbed the very best from both the private, public and voluntary sectors and therefore represents a possible solution to some of the challenges facing the three 'old' sectors today?
Something's definitely going on, because over the past ten years the boundaries between what is public (district, state, national), what is private (companies), and what belongs to voluntary organisations (non-profit) have become less and less distinct. Parallel to which the contours of an entirely new social arena have started to emerge - which the US has been the first to dub the "for-benefit '' or "fourth'' sector... Please read the entire text on http://www.kaospilot.dk!
Plan er en politisk og religiøst uavhengig bistandsorganisasjon som driver barnefokusert bistandsarbeid i 46 fattige land. Siden 1937 har Plan arbeidet for å bedre levekårene til fattige barn, deres familier og lokalsamfunn. I tillegg til det praktiske bistandsarbeidet, arbeider Plan for forståelse og vennskap på tvers av landegrensene. Organisasjonen har fadderskap som basis for sitt innsamlings- og kommunikasjonsarbeid.
PC-ES, The Committee of Experts on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
In the coming years, the Council of Europe’s work to promote and to reinforce children’s rights will stem from the Action Plan adopted at the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government (Warsaw, 15-16 May 2005). This includes also the work to be carried out to protect children against sexual exploitation and abuse.
PILOTS: An Electronic Index to the Traumatic Stress Literature
The PILOTS database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. It is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is available to the public on computer systems maintained by Dartmouth College. There is no charge for using the database, and no account or password is required. As of August 2006 there were 30,290 references (almost all including abstracts) in the database.
The Connect US
Connect US was founded by a collaborative of foundations to promote responsible U.S. global policy and action. The initiative provides resources to make effective collaboration easier and help organizations working in the foreign policy arena to become better policy advocates. It “connects us” in a mutually supportive network of organizations and initiatives, and strengthens our efforts to “connect the United States” to the world as a responsible global citizen.
The Connect US initiative aspires to provide the Connect US community with opportunities to leverage one another’s resources and skills, share lessons learned, develop complementary strategies, and craft mutually reinforcing messages. The Connect US community is a loose and growing network of over 200 advocates and experts committed to promoting responsible US global engagement. The ConnectUScommunity.org website is one of various Connect US activities that aims to strengthen existing Connect US community connections and foster new linkages that bridge issue, geographic, and constituency divides.
Oxford Research Group (ORG)
Oxford Research Group (ORG) is an independent non-governmental organisation established in 1982 which seeks to develop effective methods whereby people can bring about positive change on issues of national and international security by non-violent means.
The Peace Museum in Chicago
The Peace Museum is a non-profit organization and a licensed Illinois 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The Peace Museum is the first and only of its kind in the United States, exploring the imapact of war and peace through the arts. The museum was founded in 1981 by Mark Rogovin, a leading Chicago muralist, and Marjorie Craig Benton, former U.S. Representative to UNICEF.
Introduction and Mission Statement from Thunderbird's Website:
Founded in 1946, Thunderbird is the oldest graduate management school focused exclusively on global business. Regarded as the world's leading institution in the education of global managers, the curriculum is based on the principle that to do business on a global scale, executives must not only know the intricacies of business, but also understand the customs of other countries and be able to communicate with different cultures. Worldwide, 35,500 Thunderbird alumni live and work in more than 140 countries.
Thunderbird's unique mission is grounded in our steadfast commitment to furthering worldwide prosperity by educating the leaders of global enterprises. Summed up in the phrase, "borders frequented by trade seldom need soldiers," the worldwide Thunderbird community is the living embodiment of the belief that global management can be a force for positive economic and social change.
To prepare global managers to fulfill this mission, Thunderbird offers a unique and powerful educational experience that teaches the application of management knowledge across cultures, borders, and socio-economic systems. This ability to work successfully with individuals from diverse cultures and to manage effectively in different social, economic, and political environments is both the core value we provide and the essential characteristic that sets T-birds apart from their peers.
While Thunderbird has remained consistent in its mission, the School has a long history of anticipating market needs. Thunderbird's founding was itself visionary, coming long before the need for global management talent was widely recognized. In the six decades since, Thunderbird has continuously met the challenges of a dynamic global market and rightfully earned its reputation as the world's top-ranked school of global management.
Today, the continuous march of globalization means the Thunderbird mission has never been more relevant and in demand. We will seize this opportunity to enhance our rich legacy to firmly establish Thunderbird as the world's foremost learning community for global managers and global enterprises.
The SEKEM initiative was founded to realise the vision of sustainable human development. SEKEM aims to contribute to the comprehensive development of the individual, society and environment. A holistic concept encompassing integrated economic, social and cultural development forms the key SEKEM vision.
Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish founded SEKEM 1977 in Egypt and he received the RIGHT LIVELIHOOD AWARD also known as the “ALTERNATIVE NOBEL PRIZE” for “establishing a business model for the 21st century in which commercial success is integrated with and promotes the social and cultural development of society through economics of love.”
ISFiT- The International Student Festival in Trondheim is the world’s largest student festival with a thematic focus. Every second year since 1990, ISFiT has been arranged in Trondheim, Norway. The festival themes have changed during the history, but have always been related to social and political topics with international relevance, and hence attracted students from all over the world.
During the 10 days of the festival, more than 400 students from all continents gather in Trondheim. The purpose of ISFiT is to be a meeting place for discussion and debate, an arena where ideas are born, friendships are made, and valuable lessons are learned. The core program for the participants are the workshops. ISFiT 2007 has 16 different workshops which highlight the festival theme from various aspects, and the students are to follow one of these during the whole festival. In the afternoon and during night time, the participants and the Trondheim students in general, are welcome to join a vast cultural programme of concerts, art exhibitions and performing arts. Several lectures and thematic meetings will also be arranged, where eg. politicians or scientists share their views with the ISFiT participants.
World figures often attend ISFiT and past speakers include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former Director-General of WHO Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Dr. José Ramos-Horta and Professor Wangari Maathai, and former Soviet president Mr Mikhail Gorbachev. Using modern technology, former US president Bill Clinton relayed his thoughts about the global significance of ISFiT to a plenum ceremony at the festival. To be able to organize a huge arrangement as ISFiT, there are more than 350 Trondheim students working voluntarily, making sure every detail goes as planned.
The next ISFiT will be arranged 16th – 25th of February 2007. The main topic this time is globalization, and the title of the festival is Global Boundaries.
The From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation
The From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation in the London Borough of Southwark was founded in 1996 by Decima Francis and Uanu Seshmi, following concern within the community about the number of young black boys being excluded from school and becoming involved with gangs, drugs and violence. Behind their tough street image, disaffected boys like these suffer from low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. All too often they do not have positive role models or stable adults in their lives to guide them through the transition from boyhood to manhood. Excluded from school, free falling through the criminal justice system, they are on course for short and violent lives. The FBMF believes that boys in trouble deserve a chance to turn their lives around before it becomes too late. It helps teachers deal with disruptive pupils to prevent exclusions. But for those who are excluded from school, it offers an alternative to dropping out of the system and hanging out on the streets. Boys are referred to the FBMF by local education authorities, special needs departments, youth-offending teams and social services departments. The FBMF helps them to get back on track through its day-programme of education and self-development.
Strategic Foresight Group (SFG)
Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) is a think tank based in India. It was established in 2002 to create new forms of intellectual capital. It identifies emerging trends across sectors at regional and global levels and enables policy-makers to respond to them. See also: Alexandria Workshop Report: International Workshop on Global Extremism, Terror and Response Strategies, 6-7 August 2006, Alexandria, Egypt.
Salam Institute (and the Muslim Peacebuilding Network
The Salam Institute is a nonprofit organization for research, education, and practice on issues related to conflict resolution, nonviolence, and development with a focus on bridging differences between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. The Salam Institute was founded by a group of academics and practitioners in the fields of conflict resolution, peace studies, Islamic and cultural studies, and international development.
Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz/Munich Conference on Security - the "Davos" of Security Policy
Welcome words from organisator Horst Teltschik: "The Munich Conference on Security Policy can look back on a tradition of almost four decades. The international security community - ministers, representatives of the armed forces, members of parliament, journalists and experts, now from more than 40 countries - has met in Munich since the beginning of the 1960s. Each year, some 250 participants discuss in depth their views on the development of transatlantic relations as well as European and global security..."
The Asante Africa Foundation
The Asante Africa Foundation facilitates and strengthens the health and education of children and families in African countries. We work directly with local African communities by funding projects of all sizes, such as building infrastructures, aiding teachers, and providing necessary supplies and sponsorship. Asante Africa Foundation is not affiliated with any religious or political entity or institution.
The Foundation for Global Community (FGC)
The Foundation for Global Community (FGC) is a nonprofit educational organization, dedicated to reconnecting people, the planet, and prosperity. Recognizing that natural, social, and economic systems are all parts of a single interconnected whole, the Foundation has been promoting cultural change, facilitating personal development, and strengthening community connections for over 50 years.
Please see here the Wombat, a short, take on the state of the world.
The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics)
The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) is a joint project of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Its goal is to increase the participation and effectiveness of women in political life through a technology enabled forum that provides access to critical resources and expertise, stimulates dialogue, creates knowledge and shares experiences.
iKNOW Politics is a unique on-line workspace designed to serve the needs of elected officials, candidates, researchers and practitioners interested in advancing women in politics. The project would link members in discussions designed to equip women at the national, regional and grassroots levels with tools and resources that can be used to increase the numbers of women in politics and their contributions in the political arena.
The Nightingale Declaration Campaign (NDC)
The Nightingale Declaration Campaign (NDC) - a programme of the Nightingage Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) - has been created to follow in these footsteps. They call for people to sign the Nightingale Declaration.
Please read about the NDC mission:
"We are rallying nurses, health professionals and other concerned citizens — 21st Century Nightingales -- to effectively network globally while also acting locally -- to make a collective difference in our time. We are beginning with a big vision for millions of nurses and other concerned citizens - from all 192 member states of the United Nations - to sign a personal commitment - and to join with many many others - to create a healthy world. We are collectively taking these commitments to tell our leaders - locally, regionally, nationally and globally - that a healthy world must be our first priority. Today, people in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Oceania, and all of the Americas commemorate the difference Nightingale made. Across the earth and in her footsteps, we can together make our difference in our time. We are a pro-active and vocal conscience for the health of humanity. We are calling this nursing. The health of our world may well depend on this."
Global MindShift is about people engaging in the process of conscious evolution. It's about seeing parts of a greater whole. Valuing diversity as a strength. Engaging with conflict not as something to be fought and won, but rather as an opportunity to realize new and creative possibilities.
International Mental Health Professionals of Japan (IMHPJ
IMHPJ is a multidisciplinary professional association of therapists who provide mental health services to the international communities in Japan. Founded in 1997, IMHPJ's goals are to improve the quality, quantity, and accessibility of mental health services available to the international communities in Japan.
The Institute of Research on Unlimited Love
The mission of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love is to significantly increase our knowledge of unselfish love through scientific research, education and publication.
The Institute's goals are:
to study the benefits of unselfish benevolent love for those who give it and for those who receive it
to bring the results of research to the wider public in understandable and practical format
to sustain an international dialogue around the possibility of global human enhancement through the application of a new science of love
to encourage discussion within spiritual traditions about love for a shared humanity, rather than for some small fragment of humanity
to develop an ongoing dialogue between spirituality, theology, and science around the idea of unlimited love as the ultimate ground of reality
The Love Foundation
The Love Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with the mission of inspiring people to love unconditionally. Established in 2000, TLF has become the internationally recognized leading resource for understanding and applying unconditional love. Their vision is to assist people by building a practical foundation and experience of love within individuals and society as a whole, through their education, research and charitable programs. TLF is also the inspiration for Global Love Day, an annual celebration of humanity held each May 1st around the world.
Foundation for a Culture of Peace
Fundación Cultura de Paz was founded in March, 2000, and ascribed to the protectorate for foundations of the Community of Madrid's regional Department of Education. The Foundation's objective is to contribute to building and consolidating a Culture of Peace through reflection, research, education and on-the-spot action. Its activities focus mainly on linking and mobilizing networks of institutions, organizations and individuals who have proven their commitment to the values of the Culture of Peace.
The Foundation's concrete actions focus mainly on informative and educational activities.
The media constitute another fundamental means of spreading the Culture of Peace. For this reason, the Foundation promotes special workshops to allow journalists to work and reflect on the Culture of Peace.
The Climate Group
The Climate Group's mission is to put the world on track for a low carbon economy by rapidly expanding the uptake of best practice on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Our work will be driven by the vision of a world where reducing greenhouse gas emissions is widely regarded as the norm, and specifically where:
. Aggressive medium and long-term targets for greenhouse gas reductions are adopted across the majority of the world's 20 highest-emitting economies and in the majority of Fortune 500 companies
. Carbon reduction strategies are in place in a critical mass of Fortune 500 companies and governments necessary to ensure future progress
. 'Smart' regulation for driving renewables and energy efficiency is well-understood and widely adopted
. Investment in sustainable energy and energy efficiency has shifted from niche to mainstream activity
. Climate change is a top five election and consumer issue for at least 20% of voters and consumers in the world's 20 highest-emitting economies
. Experts believe we are on track to arresting the increase in atmospheric CO 2 concentrations at reasonable levels (450-550 ppm)
The Child Trauma Institute
The Child Trauma Institute provides training, consultation, information, and resources
for those who work with trauma-exposed children, adolescents, and adults.
A Co-Creative Field for Evolving Women
There is a movement taking place all over the globe, an ongoing conversation that tells the story of women evolving themselves, their lives, their world. Offerings is a co-creative field where rich and diverse artistic expressions of this emerging story unfold. Our creative works include print publications, audio and visual engagements, online dialogues and face-to-face gatherings, as well as new business models, new ideas for how we live, partner and move in the world.
Asian Study Center for Peace & Conflict Transformation - ASPECT
Asian Study Center for Peace & Conflict Transformation - ASPECT is an academic and policy-oriented non-government, non-partisan and non-profit making autonomous institution registered with the Government of Nepal committed towards peace building and conflict transformation. It is being established with the vision of building a peaceful, democratic society in order to fully realize and respect peace, justice and human rights. We envisaged a need of an action-oriented movement for peaceful neighborhood, equitable social system and respectful life in South Asia.
The Peace and Conflict Studies Consortium
The Peace and Conflict Studies Consortium's website guides through the consortium's efforts in creating a culture of peace through peace education.
International Trauma Studies Program
Founded in New York in 1997, the International Trauma Studies Program (ITSP) has achieved worldwide recognition as a leader in the field of trauma studies and community response to catastrophes. Our distinctive program is committed to global education promoting state-of-the-art knowledge, research, and the development of technical skills to assist people in coping with traumatic events. Our trauma and disaster response training program based in New York has attracted professionals from all over the world.
The International Trauma Studies Program has provided intensive training in trauma theory, treatment and prevention for professionals from such diversified fields of interest as health and mental health, law, human rights, community activism, the arts, journalism and the media.
The program focuses on multi-disciplinary approaches grounded in individual, family and community oriented interventions based on a resilience framework. The course will explore best practices in international psychosocial responses in the context of domestic, communal, natural and human made catastrophes and traumatic events. In addition to trauma theory and intervention, the program intertwines the psychosocial, political, ethical, and human rights dimensions of traumatic suffering and humanitarian intervention into the curriculum. Utilizing a multidisciplinary curriculum that also includes the arts, literature, performance, oral history, the media, body healing and indigenous practices, the training program seeks to create competency in the practice and implementation of trauma responses through practical skill building for everyday work and life. The program promotes the development of linkages with those allied professions that increasingly contribute to the recovery process: for example, human rights educators, and professionals working in conflict management, transitional justice and peace-building programs.
The International Association for Conflict Management
The International Association for Conflict Management was founded to encourage scholars and practitioners to develop and disseminate theory, research, and experience that is useful for understanding and improving conflict management in family, organizational, societal, and international settings. They have an
annual conference, publications, etc.
Behavior OnLine is a gathering place for professionals in mental health and the applied social and behavioral sciences. At this time all Behavior OnLine services and features are provided without charge and access is open to all who are interested. In the future BOL intends to charge for some of its services and to restrict access to some of them. Behavior OnLine aims to be as inclusive as possible---few things are more frustrating than being excluded from a discussion to which one can contribute. Yet few things are more inhibiting than concern about being overheard in a discussion one believed was private.
Inter-Sections is a new blog on migration, past and present, in all its forms - refugee, diaspora, exile, return, temporary, labour, tourist - and related issues of identity and community organisation.
The Maple Women's Psychological Counseling Center
The Maple Women's Psychological Counseling Center, Beijing, is a non-profit women's organization (The predecessor was the Women's Research Institute, China Academy of Management Science in October 1988) founded by Ms. Wang Xingjuan and a group of women intellectuals dedicated to women's cause.
As a voluntary organization, it's mission is to research on and serve women, our slogan is women study women's issue, women educate women, women help women. For 15 years,the Maple Women's Psychological Counseling Center has focused on the goal as follows to conduct work:
1. Our major task is to study the new problems that have arisen for women during China's economic reform, and concentrates on policy research and suggestion to departments. During the last few years, we have done research on women's employment and political participation, domestic violence, sexual harassment and family problems and community intervention.
2. Caring about women's psychological health. In 1992, we started the first Women's Hotline in China to provide free services to women which funded by Ford Foundation.
The promise of women's hotline - pour out your secret sorrows, we'll do our best for you.
3. To pay attention to the needs of vulnerable women groups, we set up the 'Ark' Family Center in 1998, to provide psychological and social service to single-parent families, and also in order to improve the adaptability of single-parent families, the "Ark" family center creates a place and tries to provide opportunities for single-parent families to communicate, support and help each other.
4. The women's psychological service in community. Our center cooperated with Tianjin Women's Federation conducted a 3-year project "Family problems and community intervention" in Hong shunli street, Heibei District, Tianjin,since 2001. This project pays close attention to the vulnerable women in community, enhance women's self -confidence. This project also integrates the formal and informal support systems in community to safeguard women's domestic right, and sets up a support network for vulnerable women so that the women in the local community could participate and push forward social development and benefit from it.
Global Peacebuilders - Building Community Capacity for Peacebuilding Worldwide
While every conflict across the world is distinct, the underlying causes are often similar, and there is much to be gained by building bridges between practitioners and sharing in the positive work and successes that have taken place. Across the world there is a need for a positive place in which all conflict resolution and peacebuilding organisations can come together, share strategy, build momentum and increase their capacity to transform conflict and create the conditions for sustainable peace.
The Global Peacebuilders project will help build such a platform for disseminating achievements and sharing strategies for the future. Specifically, a fully-searchable 5-language online database of individuals and organisations working in conflict resolution and peacebuilding will be developed. The database will bring together organisations from across the global north and south, and, stemming from this, a comprehensive catalogue of best practice examples in conflict resolution and peacebuilding from around the world will be produced.
By offering a solid support network for conflict resolution, reconciliation and peacebuilding, Global Peacebuilders will help organisations to learn from one another, increase confidence, build capacity and ultimately make a more effective contribution towards stable and inclusive societies across the world.
A spirit of inclusivity, diversity and participation is at the very heart of this project, so the Global Peacebuilders would be delighted to hear from you!
The Global Peacebuilders project is funded by the European Unions Peace and Reconciliation Programme 2000-2006 under Measure 5.3 Developing Cross Border Reconciliation & Understanding and managed for the Special European Union Programmes Body by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.
Association for Conflict Resolution
The Association for Conflict Resolution is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. ACR represents and serves a diverse national and international audience that includes more than 6,000 mediators, arbitrators, facilitators, educators, and others involved in the field of conflict resolution and collaborative decision-making. They sponsor an annual conference that is
held in the US. While the bulk of their membership is US based, there are some international members.
The New Workplace Institute
The New Workplace Institute is a new non-profit research and education center promoting healthy, productive, socially responsible workplaces. The Institute's founder is David Yamada, a tenured law professor at Suffolk University Law-School and nationally recognized authority on workplace bullying and abusive work environments. Imagining the Good Workplace is the first event of the New Workplace Forum, a series of educational programs underwritten by SuffolkUniversity Law School, whose support is gratefully acknowledged.
Please see Imagining the Good Workplace: It Starts With Individual Dignity, in New Workplace Forum Series, April 24, 2007.
The purpose of Siloam International is to provide culturally based programs in the area of conflict resolution for domestic and international interventions that are comprehensive in scope, utilizing the most current and effective information, methodology, and practices available. Siloam is a humanitarian assistance project that provides education and training in resolving conflict. Siloam's mission is violence prevention and harm reduction principles that provide tools for community and individual interventions to reduce conflict.
We provide substance abuse education and counseling for the prevention of addiction and prevention of the consequences inherent to the family and community. To achieve these goals we will work with families and communities to foster civic society processes through community building and relationship work on all levels from the personal to the public sphere of society.
Positive Futures Network
Positive Futures Network is an independent, nonprofit organization supporting people’s active engagement in creating a just, sustainable, and compassionate world.
The Positive Futures Network (PFN) and its publication YES! magazine start with the belief that we need deep change if we are to avoid the breakdown of society and the natural world.
Our hope lies in the fact that millions of people around the world are creating the needed changes in their homes, communities, work places, and nations. Powerful innovations are taking hold within agriculture, businesses, criminal justice, schools--virtually every sector of society.
The work of the Positive Futures Network is to give visibility and momentum to these signs of an emerging society in which life, not money, is what counts; in which everyone matters; and in which vibrant, inclusive communities offer prosperity, security, and meaningful ways of life.
International Peace Research Association (IPRA)
Since 1964 IPRA has been pursuing interdisciplinary research into the most pressing issues related to sustainable peace around the world today. As a network of scholars, practitioners and decision-makers from all continents, we strive to stay at the cutting edge of the state of the art of peace. Has a bi-annual conference, networking opportunities, and more.
Global Political Economy Commission (GPEC)
The Global Political Economy Commission (GPEC) of IPRA emphasizes the intersections between Economics and Politics, as well as other critical intersectionalities. GPEC is engaged in the World Social Forum and other international initiatives to advance socio-politico-economic and gender justices. GPEC maintains a listserv and an independent website.
Norsk senter for barneforskning (NOSEB)
Norsk senter for barneforskning (NOSEB) er et nasjonalt, tverrfaglig senter som startet sin virksomhet i 1982. NOSEB driver grunnforskning og anvendt langsiktig forskning om barn og barndom. Senteret tilbyr et internasjonalt, tverrfaglig masterprogram i MPhil in Childhood Studies og et PhD-program i tverrfaglig barneforskning.
MPhil in Childhood Studies
Are you interested in children’s everyday lives and in childhood as a social and cultural phenomenon? Would you like to know about children’s lives in different parts of the world? What about the changing conditions of childhood in the era of globalization? If so, the international master’s programme in Childhood Studies might be perfect for you.
MPhil in Childhood Studies is offered by Norwegian Centre for Child Research (NOSEB). The programme aims to provide students with an understanding of the relationship between childhood and culture as well as the dynamics between economic, social and political conditions and children’s livelihoods and welfare in different contexts (family-life, day-care and schools, local communities etc). The programme covers the state of childhood in the western world and in countries in the South. The approach is multi-disciplinary, with particular emphasis on perspectives drawn from anthropology, sociology, geography, and history.
As one of the UK's leading children's charities, Barnardo's works directly with over 110,000 children, young people and their families every year. We run 383 vital projects across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups.
Every Barnardo's project is different but each believes in the potential in every child and young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.
The Pelican Web: Solidarity, Sustainability, and Nonviolence
Mission Statement: "Violence is the main obstacle to human development. There is an intrinsic link between violence and religion, patriarchal gender violence being the most pervasive expression of religious violence. Mitigating violence therefore requires overcoming the patriarchal mindset, especially in religious institutions. The mission of my independent newsletter is to provide a commented digest and a resource on current research and emerging issues related to human solidarity, ecological sustainability, and both religious and secular non-violence. The United Nations' Millennium Development Goals are used as a point of reference."
This website has been created and is being maintained and developed by Luis T. Gutierrez, Ph.D., a retired systems engineer who is researching global issues at the intersection of technology, solidarity, sustainability, non-violence and religion. He is editor of the Newsletter Solidarity, Sustainability and Non-violence. The Pelican is a legendary symbol of commitment to the service of others, especially those who are weak and most vulnerable.
Please see a list with links to the newsletters, starting May 2005. See also an extensive list of some 1600 links to organizations and knowledge to support the work of Pelicanweb. A central point of reference to this work is the United Nations Millenium Development Goals, and a key research focus is on how patriarchal violence (both secular and religious) hampers those goals.
The Emotional Competency Website
The Emotional Competency website helps people explore the logic of passion. The site is dedicated developing the essential social skills to recognize, interpret, and respond constructively to emotions in yourself and others. These are essential skills for promoting dignity. It features an in-depth description and discussion of twenty-four distinct emotions.
Emotion competency is an important skill that can provide several benefits throughout many aspects of your life. It can increase your satisfaction with relationships while it increases your gratification and contentment with the many interpersonal events in your life. It can give you greater insight and help you better understand the motives and actions of yourself and others. You can begin to free yourself from anger, hate, resentment, vengeance, and other destructive emotions that cause hurt and pain. You can feel relief and enjoy greater peace-of-mind, autonomy, intimacy, dignity, and wisdom as you engage more deeply with others. Increasing your tolerance and compassion can lead to an authentic optimism and a well-founded confidence, based on your better understanding and interpretation of what-is.
The website is accessible, comprehensive, and carefully researched. Clearly written in plain English, it covers each topic fully and identifies the extensive and authoritative references relied on to ensure accuracy and encourage further study.
The site includes a study guide that provides a well-organized path through the material to aid self-study.
The site also features:
A guide to recognizing emotions
A guide to the core human concepts that trigger our emotions
A description of the survival value of each emotion
The International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection
The purpose of the Society is to support and encourage research and practice related to issues of interpersonal acceptance and rejection, including but not limited to parental acceptance-rejection, peer acceptance-rejection, acceptance-rejection in intimate adult relation- ships, and acceptance-rejection in other attachment relationships throughout the lifespan.
The Tavistock Institute
The Tavistock Institute does research, consultancy, evaluation, and professional development work to support change and learning. They also produce publications.
They are interested in inter-organisational relations, the emergence of the knowledge society, and problems of organisation, particularly in the delivery of public policy.
They like to work creatively with people involved in innovative activities, working across boundaries, or in difficult situations. In our work we combine research and analytical skills with practical help in devising solutions and in following through to implementation.
They come from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, social psychology, economics, anthropology, policy science, and management.
The Tavistock Institute is the registered service mark of The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London, UK.
See here the Human Relations newsletter archive. Human Relations was founded in 1947 by the Tavistock Institute in the belief that social scientists should work together to combine their disciplinary knowledge in an attempt to understand the character and complexity of human problems. The journal has long recognised that no single disciple or research method could provide a solution to questions pertaining to relations between people, work groups and their organizations. Consequently, Human Relations has sought to establish a dialogue between scholars of different disciplinary backgrounds who seek to advance our knowledge of social relationships at and around work.
International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence
Therapeutic Jurisprudence concentrates on the law's impact on emotional life and psychological well-being. It is a perspective that regards the law (rules of law, legal procedures, and roles of legal actors) itself as a social force that often produces therapeutic or anti-therapeutic consequences. It does not suggest that therapeutic concerns are more important than other consequences or factors, but it does suggest that the law's role as a potential therapeutic agent should be recognized and systematically studied.
Global Citizens Network
The Global Citizens Network recognizes the interdependence of people around the world, and that social and economic injustice, racial and ethnic inequality, and ecological loss affect all people. But through cooperative effort, individuals of all cultures can experience and enhance their ability to make a difference in their community and their world. To foster that cooperation, Global Citizens Network sends short-term teams of volunteers to communities in other cultures where participants immerse themselves in the culture and daily life of the community. Each volunteer team is partnered with a local grassroots organization active in meeting local needs. Global Citizens Network creates a worldwide network of people and organizations commited to addressing global issues.
Common Bond Institute (CBI)
Common Bond Institute (CBI) is a U.S. based Non-Governmental Organization that grew out of the Association for Humanistic Psychology's International (Soviet-American) Professional Exchange. The Professional Exchange was initiated in 1982 as one of the first Soviet-American non-governmental human service exchanges. CBI organizes and sponsors conferences, professional training programs, relief efforts, and professional exchanges internationally, and actively provides networking and coordination support to assist newly emerging human service and civil society organizations in developing countries.
Kids Company is a registered charity (number 1068298) founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in December 1996 in order to provide practical and emotional support to ‘lone children’. These are children and young people who experience significant psychosocial difficulties because their parent is unable to function as a caring adult. The lack of a functioning adult has a negative impact on their ability to access education, health, housing, and meaningful employment.
These are children who love their parents but live with worry for their well-being. Often the role of child and parent is reversed and the child is left surviving their experience of childhood alone.
The organisation is advanced in its service delivery because it has a multidisciplinary team working at street level, adapting the latest neurophysiological thinking in order to deliver a preventative and reparative therapeutic service to children. It currently supports 11,925 clients, of whom 800 are parents and teachers.
Please see also a longer Interview with Camila Batmanghelidjh, that links up to the Relational-Cultural Theory that Linda Hartling and her colleagues are developing.
Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative
In 2002, the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative began at Oxford. After six years and with six global conferences, books and many articles, as well as its own web site and the Journal of Globalization for the Common Good to its credit, the movement has become known to, and respected by, many around the world. We have developed a successful track record of bringing together a diverse collection of scholars, researchers, NGO leaders, policymakers, young people, religious and spiritual leaders from around the world for intense discussions on a spiritual and value-centred vision of globalisation and the common good. Indeed, we have now moved from research and discussion to articulate position papers and an active agenda for change in the international community and its economic and development policies.
Whole Earth is committed to a vision of what's needed to challenge ingrained patterns and stale assumptions... Since its founding in 1974, Whole Earth has evolved into a worldwide network of information hunters and gatherers. Throughout its pages, this community has broken ground-thinking long and hard about the design of market systems and ecosystems, spirituality, scientific and poetic discovery, social change, and upending technologies.
The Council of Women World Leaders
The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers. The Council currently has 35 Members, which represents nearly all of the world's current and former women world leaders.
The Breakthrough Institute
The Breakthrough Institute is a small think tank with big ideas. Breakthrough is committed to creating a new progressive politics, one that is large, aspirational, and asset-based. We believe that any effective politics must speak to core needs and values, not issues and interests, and we thus situate ourselves at the intersection of politics, policy, philosophy, and the social sciences.
The Right Question Project (RQP)
The Right Question Project (RQP) is a unique non-profit organization developing new methods and ideas for tapping the potential of tens of millions of people in low and moderate-income communities to become:
more self-sufficient in their own lives
active citizens participating on all levels of our democratic society.
RQP’s materials, trainings, web-based resources and consulting services provide a remarkably cost-effective way for a growing number of educational, health care, social service, community-based organizations and public agencies all over the country to enhance and strengthen their on-going services and programs for people in their communities.
The Intercultural Communication Institute
The Intercultural Communication Institute is a private, nonprofit foundation designed to foster an awareness and appreciation of cultural differences in both the international and domestic arenas. ICI hosts the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, which for over three decades has drawn leading faculty from around the world to provide intensive training sessions on a wide variety of intercultural topics. ICI and the University of the Pacific in California collaborate to offer the Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations (MAIR), a high-quality, limited-residency program designed for busy interculturalists. The Institute also administers the Intercultural Development Inventory, a statistically reliable, cross-culturally valid measure of an individuals or groups intercultural competence. For more information, contact ici[@]intercultural.org.
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance of members and partners which constitute an influential network of organisations at the local, national, regional and international levels, and span the spectrum of civil society including: civil society networks and organisations; trade unions; faith-based networks; professional associations; NGO capacity development organisations; philanthropic foundations and other funding bodies; businesses; and social responsibility programmes. CIVICUS has worked for over a decade to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened. CIVICUS has a vision of a global community of active, engaged citizens committed to the creation of a more just and equitable world. This is premised on the belief that the health of societies exists in direct proportion to the degree of balance between the state, the private sector and civil society. CIVICUS provides a focal point for knowledge-sharing, common interest representation, global institution-building and engagement among these disparate sectors. It acts as an advocate for citizen participation as an essential component of governance and democracy worldwide. CIVICUS seeks to amplify the voices and opinions of ordinary people and it gives expression to the enormous creative energy of the burgeoning sector of civil society.
World Culture Open Centers
World Culture Open Centers (WCO Centers) facilitate the growth and development of individuals and communities by offering free space for the practice of creative arts, holistic wellbeing and humanitarian service. The Centers provide a platform for users to create, explore, learn and contribute their knowledge and skills in an environment of harmonious cultural exchange. The Centers are offered free of charge to users in order to foster a movement of sharing and a sense of ownership among members of the WCO community.
See also similar initiatives: www.kvopencenter.org and www.myspace.com/manhattanwcocenter !
Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
The Center for BAWB advances extraordinary business innovation and entrepreneurship by turning the global environmental and social issues of our day into core value-creation opportunities.
BAWB provides solutions to the how of sustainable value and social entrepreneurship, helping companies become the leading-edge stars of their industries through applied sustainability, research, and education efforts.
Domestic Abuse Intervention Program - DAIP Vienna
DAIP is a program on domestic violence aiming at creating an integrated response to interpersonal violence by establishing effective intervention systems. Their work is based on the Domestic Violence Bill, a new law introduced in May 1997.
Part of their work are perpetrator related interventions. Together with the man’s counselling centre in Vienna they carry out a program for violent men. The program consists of social training groups for violent men, support for the victims and the co-ordination of all interventions. It’s a pro-feminist program putting safety of the victims highest on the agenda.
Psychology Beyond Borders
Psychology Beyond Borders is an international non-profit organization with a focus on the psychological impacts of terror attacks, armed conflicts, and natural disasters. The PBB mission combines psychosocial field work and research to contribute to the body of knowledge about the helpful or harmful effects of post-event interventions. PBB aims to help facilitate the most effective strategies for prevention, preparedness and response to traumatic events with the ultimate goals of alleviating psychological suffering and educating individuals and communities as well as informing public policy.
Avaaz.org is a new global web movement with a simple democratic mission: to close the gap between the world we have, and the world most people everywhere want.
Avaaz.org is a community of global citizens who take action on the major issues facing the world today. The aim of Avaaz.org is to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decisions. Avaaz.org members act for a more just and peaceful world and a globalisation with a human face.
“Avaaz” means “Voice” in many Asian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European languages.
Across the world, most people want stronger protections for the environment, greater respect for human rights, and concerted efforts to end poverty, corruption and war. Yet globalization faces a huge democratic deficit as international decisions are shaped by political elites and unaccountable corporations - not the views and values of the world’s people.
Founded in 1986, Synergos is a nonprofit organization that brings people together to address the underlying causes of poverty and inequity in innovative ways that lead to meaningful, long-term change.
Synergos builds and supports networks of leaders engaged in efforts to reduce poverty and increase equity around the world. We work with these philanthropists and civil society leaders, as well as with community-based groups, businesses, governments, foundations and international organizations, to make sustainable systems changes that enhance the opportunities for and help meet the needs of those who are poor and marginalized.
Drawing on over 20 years of experience bringing people together across divides, Synergos explores, forms, facilitates and supports partnerships that include and respect the wisdom of all key stakeholders. We also work to develop the local leadership, capacity and institutions that are needed to sustain these initiatives. In addition, we share our learning and those of others in order to increase the impact of our combined work.
Synergos was founded by Peggy Dulany, who now serves as the organization's Chair. Our staff of 40 is headquartered in New York and onsite in Latin America and Southern Africa. Synergos' work is supported by private foundations, international agencies, corporate donations, and individual and family contributions.
Clean Clothes Campaign
The CCC is an international campaign, focused on improving working conditions in the global garment and sportswear industries, and empower the workers in it. There is a Clean Clothes Campaign in 11 European countries. These are Austria, Belgium (North and South), France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Established Clean Clothes Campaigns are autonomous coalitions with NGOs (consumer, research, women's, fair trade and youth organisations, solidarity groups, churches, etc) and trade unions as members in European countries, each with a secretariat, and each sending a representative to the European Coordination Meeting. Countries (2008): Austria, Belgium - Flemish-speaking Belgium, Belgium - French and German-speaking Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK.
"...in this place, there is no boss banging over or taking advantage of us. There is no threat and insult. Most importantly, here is our own factory..."
The Solidarity Factory Cooperative was created by former Bed and Bath factory workers. This followed a three-month struggle by workers for payment of money owed to them, following its unexpected closure in October 2002.
International Forum for India's Heritage (IFIH)
A non-religious, non-ideological, apolitical body, IFIH is a network of scholars, educationists, artists, scientists, social workers, environmentalists, thinkers and writers, who have come together to promote India’s cultural heritage. We assert every Indian’s birthright to have free access to that heritage — a freedom that India’s alienating educational system today largely denies.
War on Want
War on Want fights poverty in developing countries in partnership and solidarity with people affected by globalisation. War on Want campaigns for workers' rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice.
Drug3k - Online Drug Encyclopedia
Consumers and medical practitioners face increasingly complex choices about the prescription drugs they use and prescribe. Direct-to-consumer advertising; changes in prescription drug benefits; the rising cost of prescription drugs; and discount programs available for Medicare recipients are causing significant confusion among consumers and clinicians.
In this shifting environment, consumers need to become more-informed purchasers of prescription drugs and prescribers need decision-support tools to ensure that prescriptions are written with an understanding of the evidence on available treatments - including pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions.
The Drug3k.com Project aims to provide evidence-based, easily accessible information on most commonly prescribed drugs , includes links to detailed product monograph(Prescription Drug Information, Side Effects, Interactions,Drug pictures) to help clinicians and patients select the best drug or treatment.
Center for the Study of Democratic Societies (CSDS)
The Center for the Study of Democratic Societies is a research and educational institution dedicated to the examination and explanation of the properties and possibilities of democratic societies and democratic psycho-politico-socioeconomic systems. Founded in 1969 and directed by Robley E. George, CSDS has focused primarily on the development and distribution of the ideas of Socioeconomic Democracy , which is a theoretical, practical and implementable model politico-socioeconomic system, applicable in locally appropriate forms around the globe, wherein there exist both some form and amount of Universally Guaranteed Personal Income and some form and amount of Maximum Allowable Personal Wealth, with both the lower bound on personal material poverty and the upper bound on personal material wealth democratically set and adjusted by all participants of a democratic society.
Friends of Suffering Humanity
Friends of Suffering Humanity is an organisation in Ghana with the aim to assist trafficked persons to re-establish healthy and normal lives through coordinating services in health, job skills training, and educational services to establish a safe and secure shelter for trafficked persons and a resource center to provide ongoing training. Lack of emotional involvement often causes a lot of pain to the victims in rehabilitation processes. In many cases public humiliation pushes back a rehabilitated person into stigmatization and discrimination.
Worldchanging is a solutions-based online magazine that works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it's here. We only need to put the pieces together.
The World Future Council (WFC)
The World Future Council (WFC) considers itself the global advocate for the concerns of future generations in international politics. The council consists of 50 personalities from around the globe who have already successfully promoted change. Their activities range from advocating human rights and sustaining the planet to promoting political, scientific, cultural and economic justice. The WFC’s mission is to inform and educate policy makers and opinion leaders about the challenges facing future generations while providing them with practical solutions. The WFC identifies and promotes successful policies that can be implemented into legislation and policy measures. To achieve this, the WFC draws on a network of thousands of parliamentarians, institutions and organizations around the globe. Based on the initiative of Alternative Nobel Prize founder Jakob von Uexkull, the initial assembly took place in Hamburg, Germany, in May 2007.
Center for Global Initiatives
The Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) is the first Center devoted to training multidisciplinary healthcare professionals and students to bring integrated services that are sustainable and have publicly accountable outcomes to areas of need, globally. The word “global,” it is not used herein as a synonym for overseas or international, but rather local as well as transnational disparities and inequities of health risk and illness outcomes.
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us...
Read more at http://www.350.org/en/about.
Peace and Collaborative Development Network
Peace and Collaborative Development Network is an online initiative to bring together professionals, academics and students involved in Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, International Development, Democratization, Social Entrepreneurship and related fields. The network fosters interaction between individuals and organizations around the world and currently has over 4100 members. The site is a networking tool where you can find local and international partners and practitioners, share resources, read guides to careers, scholarships, internships, funding, and IT resources in the field, and exchange best practices. Discussion topics and personal blogs can be posted. The site also has a video section where members can access and view videos related to the field.
The Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) is a global campaign which aims to deliver social justice around the world, resolve global problems like environmental destruction and regulate the economic power of international capital for the good of all. Simpol seeks solutions to problems that individual national governments cannot resolve by acting alone. This is because the problems transcend national boundaries, and because the global competitive system means that any government that acted alone to try and resolve such problems could effectively make its country uncompetitive. Simpol aims to achieve these objectives by encouraging ordinary people around the world to oblige their political representatives and governments to move toward co-ordinated international resolution of global issues for the good of all. This is because it is only by countries all agreeing to implement changes at the same time that problems no individual government dares tackle alone can be resolved in a satisfactory way. Simultaneous implementation of such policies would ensure that no country became uncompetitive as a result of pursuing policies that were right for the planet and which embodied people¹s higher aspirations. All you need to do is sign up as a Simpol Adopter which costs you nothing. By so doing you agree in principle to vote at elections for any candidate, within reason, who has signed a pledge to implement the Simpol alongside other governments. Alternatively, if you have a party preference, your adoption signifies you will encourage your preferred party to make this pledge. This is the simple mechanism Adopters use to advance their cause.
International Institute of Monetary Transformation (IIMT) Home of the TERRA Solution
The mission of the International Institute of Monetary Transformation (IIMT) is to transform the international monetary system in order to achieve an equitable, sustainable, and, therefore, a stable monetary architecture, both internationally and nationally including prescriptions to increase the monetary, financial and economic viability of poorer countries as they, too, struggle to combat the consequences of the deepening economic and climatological crises.
This working group deals with the transformation of the present International Monetary System into the Terra International Monetary Union (TIMU). This TIMU system is based upon the integration of economic and ecological, i.e. carbon accounting in the balance of payments between nations. It was started by sustainability sociologist Frans Verhagen in New York City during the second half of December 2008.
The Contextual Sustainability Express
This blog wants to contribute to greater quality of life of people and planet by urging a rapid (express)transition to sustainable futures of societies in the global North and South.
The International Peace Bureau
The International Peace Bureau is dedicated to the vision of a World Without War. We are a Nobel Peace Laureate (1910); over the years, 13 of its officers have been recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. IPB's 282 member organisations in 70 countries, together with individual members from a global network, bring together expertise and campaigning experience in a common cause. IPB's current main programme centres on Sustainable Disarmament for Sustainable Development. IPB was born even before the UN´s predecessor, the League of Nations. As an organisation IPB has consistently argued that the international community needs a strong United Nations in order to tackle the many international problems facing it. At the same time IPB has always been critical of the way in which both the League and the UN have been manipulated by big states and powerful interests. IPB has had Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council since the 1970s. IPB also has associate status with the Department of Public Information and with UNESCO. IPB plays a central role in the Geneva-based Special NGO Committee for Disarmament, which is a sub-committee of CONGO, the Conference of NGO in Consultative Status with ECOSOC. IPB is in close touch with the sister group in New York, the NGO Committee for Disarmament, Inc. and monitors closely the work of the UN´s Geneva based Conference on Disarmament, the sole multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations.
IPB’s central programme follows the theme of ‘Disarmament and Development’, which was a key topic in international debates during the Cold War, but which has been largely abandoned ever since, despite the UN holding a major global conference on the subject in 1987. IPB’s view is that weapons and wars have a devastating impact, not only on those who are caught up in them, but also on the process of sustainable development, one so urgently needed by the world as a whole. We focus on three broad areas : 1. Military vs. social (development) spending ; as well as the opportunity cost of scientific and technological resources mis-applied to military purposes. 2. Weapons and their impacts on communities, especially in the developing world and conflict zones. This includes primarily small arms, landmines and cluster munitions, depleted uranium (DU), and other conventional weapons, plus the international trade in these weapons. 3. A range of other related issues, such as :
foreign military bases
militarisation of aid
debates over il/legitimate uses of armed forces
gender dimensions of all the above.
Hamburger Institut für Existenzanalyse und Logotherapie
Das Hamburger Institut für Existenzanalyse und Logotherapie - Akademie für wertorientierte Persönlichkeitsbildung, ist das älteste Institut dieser Art in Deutschland. Es wurde am 1. April 1982 von Dr. Uwe Böschemeyer mit ausdrücklicher Zustimmung Prof. Dr. Viktor E. Frankls in Hamburg gegründet. Uwe Böschemeyer wurde im Juli 1975 von Viktor E. Frankl in Wien in Logotherapie geprüft und erhielt sein Zertifikat von der American Medical Society an der Universität Wien. 1997 erhielt Böschemeyer die Ehrenmitgliedschaft der „Deutschen Gesellschaft für Logotherapie und Existenzanalyse e.V.“, 2000 ernannte ihn der „Europäische Verband für Logotherapie und Existenzanalyse“ zum Vertrauensmann für Deutschland/West bei der Vergabe des „Europäischen Zertifikats für Psychotherapie“ (ECP). Schon bald nach der Gründung des Instituts ging es dem Institutsleiter - der Aufforderung seines Lehrers folgend - um die Weiterentwicklung der existenzanalytischen Logotherapie. Existenzanalytische Logotherapie nach dem Hamburger Modell intendiert die Einheit von Tiefen- und Höhenpsychologie, die in der konkreten Bearbeitung von Sinnfindungswiderständen und Sinnpotentialen zum Ausdruck kommt. Mit der klassischen Logotherapie Frankls bleibt das Institut verbunden in der Betonung des Geistes, der Werte, des Sinnbedürfnisses als Primärmotiv des Menschen und seiner Fähigkeit, sein Ich selbst überschreiten zu können - nach innen und außen. Ein besonderer Zweig des Instituts ist die von Uwe Böschemeyer entwickelte „Wertorientierte Persönlichkeitsbildung“ (WOP). Ihr Ziel ist neben der Weiterbildung der Persönlichkeit die Prävention körperlicher und seelischer Störungen. Die WOP ist ein eigenständiger Bereich neben krankheits- und konfliktorientierter Psychotherapie und Beratung. Sie ist eine Antwort auf die Herausforderungen dieser Zeit, deren vorrangiges Problem das Sinnlosigkeitsgefühl ist. Uwe Böschemeyer ist mit C.G.Jung der Auffassung, dass die meisten körperlichen und seelischen Störungen und Erkrankungen Ausdruck des "Leidens der Seele (sind), die ihren Sinn nicht gefunden hat“. Daher versteht er die meisten Störungen und Erkrankungen als Herausforderungen zur Suche nach einem wert- und sinnorientierten Leben.
The ICDP Organisation
The International Child Development Programmes began developing in 1985 but an organisation was not founded until 1992 when we registered as an international NGO, in Oslo, Norway. The ethos of ICDP is to provide for human care by activating empathy and education of both caregivers and their children. We aim to implement recent knowledge from scientific research in child development for the benefit of disadvantaged and neglected children. Our work is based on the principles that are laid down in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. ICDP may participate directly or indirectly in activities run by other humanitarian organisations having corresponding objectives. In 1993, the psychosocial intervention programme developed by ICDP was evaluated by the Division for Mental Health of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva. The programme was later adopted and its manual published as a WHO document. Close cooperation with UNICEF has been established in several countries, particularly strongly with UNICEF Colombia.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation initiates and supports worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, to strengthen international law and institutions, and to inspire and empower a new generation of peace leaders. Founded in 1982, the Foundation is comprised of individuals and organizations worldwide who realize the imperative for peace in the Nuclear Age. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan international education and advocacy organization. It has consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is recognized by the UN as a Peace Messenger Organization.
Worldchanging is a 501(c)3 media organization that comprises a global network of independent journalists, designers and thinkers covering the world's most intelligent solutions to today's problems. We inspire readers around the world with stories of the most important and innovative new tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future. Our readers are ready to change the world, and Worldchanging links them to the first steps.
Shikshantar, The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking
Swaraj (self-rule or rather, rule over oneself) is inspired by Gandhiji's Hind Swaraj, a call for people to lead and create their own models of development that are holistic, pluralistic, sustainable, liberating, collaborative, socially just, and anticipatory. By highlighting and connecting the following three vectors into a framework of Lifelong Societal Learning, we seek to create generative environments that empower communities in building their own visions of Swaraj-development:
recognizing the infinite potential of each human being; and enabling people to continuously 'learn, unlearn, and relearn' by developing their capacities for deep thinking, reflecting, feeling, understanding, sharing, creating, and taking personal responsibility.
stimulating cultural confidence and cross-cultural sharing; and nurturing the imagination, knowledge, symbols, languages, values and tools necessary to challenge dehumanizing, exploitative institutions and to create new meanings and practices of development.
redefining the meaning mainstream society gives to existing political, economic, and technological institutions beyond notions of 'profit' and 'efficiency'; and envisioning new conceptions of progress which allow people to realize their inherent goodness, to live in peace, and to discover what it means to be fully human.
The North Sea Traffic Museum/Nordsjøfartmuseet
The North Sea Traffic Museum is situated in Telavåg on the island Sotra west of Bergen. Telavåg was involved in the illegal boat traffic between Norway and Great Britain, and became a victim of a harsh revenge from the German Nazis in 1942. The tragic events from April 1942 have given Telavåg a special part in the Norwegian history from World War II. The museum is situated in the landscape overlooking the village of Telavåg and is now a memorial place. The most important role for the museum is to tell the story about the Telavåg tragedy, but the museum also deals with other issues like Human Rights. Every year the museum invites pupils from schools in the vicinity to join in a commemoration of Holocaust. The ceremony gives the pupils room for reflection. The museum has a significant visit rate by pupils and students, and teaching about World War II is very important. The museum is open for all to visit, and it is our hope that we can in some way contribute to increase human respect and dignity.
Norwegian: Nordsjøfartmuseet opna i 1998 og ligg i Telavåg, ei lita bygd på øya Sotra vest for Bergen. Bygda var involvert i den illegale trafikken mellom Noreg og Storbritannia og vart i april 1942 offer for grove represaliar frå den nazistiske tyske okkupasjonsmakta. Dei tragiske hendingane i 1942 har gjeve Telavåg ein særmerkt plass i norsk okkupasjonshistorie, og Nordsjøfartmuseet ligg i dag som eit minnesmerke over tragedien som råka bygda. Museet si viktigaste oppgåve er å formidle historien om Telavågtragedien, men museet arbeider også med andre tema som menneskerettar. Kvart år markerer museet Holocaustdagen ved å invitere elevar frå skular i området til ei minnestund som gjev elevane rom for refleksjon. Museet har på eit årleg basis eit betydeleg besøk av elevar, og arbeidet med å undervise i andre verdskrig er svært viktig. Alle er sjølvsagt velkomne til museet, og det er ei von at museet på denne måten er med på å skape gode verdiar og holdningar.
The Netzkraft Movement is a multidisciplinary international network of currently 1000 organizations throughout the world who are socially, politically, ecologically or spiritually involved. The participants offer mutual support and work towards common objectives:
An international body for peace, human rights and environment within the United Nations
Sustainable eco-social economic development
Decentralization of political power
Examples of mutual support are overnight accommodation or providing expertise and contacts within the field of work in question. The network works according to a decentralised-autonomous concept, whereby participants act independently.
The Haus Pro-social
The Haus Pro-social is a youth education and meeting place in Germany’s capital. Among other things, it offers multiple opportunities and work experiences. It is a good destination for school and class trips to Berlin and a valuable communication centre for national and international youth exchanges. Travelling groups of children and youths meet there, as well as solo-travellers, young sports people, students and trainees. Together they design the programme for their project and experience days in Berlin. It is with the project work that Haus Pro-social realises a significant proportion of its claim to be an education and meeting place. Equal opportunities and inter-cultural dialogue are promoted through mutual activities of the young people. An important form of international cooperation, international understanding and civic commitment is seen with these youth exchanges. Partnership with friends and establishments are formed through these youth exchanges and meetings. An important contribution to understanding on a European level and lasting friendships between young people of different nationalities is made with these events.
A few thoughts that were voiced during the young people’s meetings:
Development of basic positions with regard to a mutual “Europe of the young”;
Participation seen as a contribution to fortifying a notion of peace throughout Europe;
Bridging function between traditional and modern cultures and art;
Removal of prejudice, counteraction of racist and nationalistic aspects and developments and a promotion of understanding and tolerance in exposure to and dealing with one another;
Innovative grasp of the individual in general as well as the democratic consensus in constructive argumentation and in topical dialogue.
Construction and expansion of contacts between people to become long-lasting partnerships;
Understanding of our own sensibilities in a multi-cultural and unifying context. Another area of the Pro-social work is the support of socially needy young people without work or place to live. These people are accommodated in one of the houses owned by the community service company Urban social. Here they are provided with social care and assistance in their attempts to find work and accommodation. The Haus Pro-social, in this way, gives those young people suitable starting conditions for preparing for re-integration into working life.
German: Das Haus Pro-social bietet unter anderem vielfältige Möglichkeiten und Erfahrungen in der Arbeit als Jugendbildungs- und Begegnungsstätte in der deutschen Hauptstadt. Es ist eine gute Adresse für Schul- und Klassenfahrten nach Berlin und ein geeignetes sowie erprobtes Dialogzentrum für den nationalen und internationalen Jugendaustausch. Hier treffen sich Kinder- und Jugendreisegruppen, individuell reisende Jugendliche, junge Sportler, Studenten und Auszubildende. Sie gestalten gemeinsam die Programme für ihre Projekt- und Erlebnis- tage in Berlin. Über die Projektarbeit realisiert das Haus Pro-social" einen wesentlichen Teil seines Anspruches als Bildungs- und Begegnungsstätte. So werden die Chancengleichheit und der interkulturellen Dialog durch gemeinsame Aktionen der Jugendlichen gefördert. Im Jugendaustausch wird eine wichtige Form der internationalen Zusammenarbeit, der Völkerverständigung und des bürgerschaftlichen Engagements der jungen Menschen gesehen. Mit dem Jugendaustausch und den Jugendbegegnungen festigten sich die Partnerschaften zu Freunden und Einrichtungen. Es wird ein wichtiger Beitrag zur Verständigung in Europäischer Dimension und für dauerhafte Freundschaften zwischen Jugendlichen verschiedener Nationalität geleistet.
Einige Gedanken, die mit den Begenungen den Jugenlichen vermittelt werden:
Erarbeitung von Grundpositionen hinsichtlich eines gemeinsamen "Europa der Jugend";
Partizipation als Beitrag zur Festigung einer gesamteuropäischen Friedensidee;
Brückenfunktion von traditioneller und moderner Kultur und Kunst;
Abbau von Vorurteilen, Entgegenwirken rassistischer und nationalistischer Erscheinungen und Entwicklung und Förderung von Verständnis und Toleranz im Umgang miteinander;
innovatives Begreifen des Individuellen im Allgemeinen sowie des demokratischen Konsens im konstruktiven Streitgespräch und im sachbezogenen Dialog;
Auf- und Ausbau zwischenmenschlicher Kontakte für länger währende Partnerschaften;
Verstehen eigener Befindlichkeiten im multikulturellen und völkerverbindenden Kontext.
Ein weiters Arbeitsfeld von Pro-social ist die Unterstützung sozial bedürftiger junger Menschen ohne Arbeit und Wohnung. Diese Bewohner sind in einem dem gemeinnützigen Unternehmen Urban Social zugehörigen Wohnheim untergebracht. Sie erfahren hier soziale Betreuung und Hilfe bei ihrer Arbeits- und Wohnungssuche. Das Haus Pro-social stellt den Jugendlichen somit geeignete Startbedingungen für eine Wiedereingliederung in das Arbeitsleben bereit.
Citizens for Global Solutions
Citizens for Global Solutions envisions a future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms, and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. This vision requires effective democratic global institutions that will apply the rule of law while respecting the diversity and autonomy of national and local communities. Our Mission: We are a membership organization working to build political will in the United States to achieve our vision. We do this by educating Americans about our global interdependence, communicating global concerns to public officials, and developing proposals to create, reform, and strengthen international institutions such as the United Nations.
Third Place Learning
The Third Place Learning Network comprises educators and researchers from around the world, who have a shared interest in evolving the knowledgebase, resources, functions and dissemination knowledge bases for the Third Place Learning (environments). Members participate in reflective blogs, threaded discussions and provide examples of experiences accumulated from intercultural interactions in a variety of contexts. Such experiences may arise from working in multicultural teams, travel, migration and Internet-based global interactions. The challenge is to recognize and share that special moment of reaching another cultural perspective and sharing it with others. The TPL network is open to anybody, who is interested in using or contributing to third place learning.
The Berkana Institute
The Berkana Institute connects and supports pioneering, life-affirming leaders around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in its people, traditions and environment. We define a leader as anyone who wants to help, who is willing to step forward to create change in their world. And we know that the leaders we need are already here.
Ecology Action is a small non-profit education, training and research center located in northern California. For the past 36 years we have researched, developed and taught techniques for growing more food than conventional methods allow, all in a small space using simple tools, and while rebuilding essential, fertile topsoil. The method, known as GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming, is being used in 141 countries, proving its effectiveness for meeting the needs of individuals in a wide range of climates, soils and cultures. Working smarter, not harder, has allowed us to develop the acute perception necessary to implement precise, well-placed efforts toward empowerment. We’ve demonstrated that we can shift away from the idea that massive organizations are needed for solutions to massive concerns, and can elicit a sense of pleasurable responsibility for being a part of needed solutions.
Center for a World in Balance
The Center for a World in Balance is an open global cooperative platform that aims to focus on key interconnected problem areas our world faces and to develop a common and coherent answer to these problems. The various crises we are facing today - financial, economic, social, human rights, and environmental - cannot be tackled using mechanisms or institutions that allowed these crises to occur. We need a new set of values and new guiding principles that work for all of us. The recent democratisation of interactive communication technologies has made vital and useful information available to the public worldwide, knowledge that gives us the potential to create a life-centered, egalitarian, sustainable world community based on democratic principles of partnership.
A Simple but Profound Message:
A world in balance is a world where the economy serves the people, where people respect and care for each other and live in accordance with the natural environment. The Center documents people's initiatives to create a world in balance, among them international agreements, philosophical reflections, documentary films and artistic expression. It aims to empower the public to think critically and to move beyond ignorance, malpractice and deception and into the realm of understanding, equality and respect. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. We are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Peace is not merely the absence of armed conflict; it is the presence of liberty, equality and solidarity.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development, IISD
The International Institute for Sustainable Development is a non-profit, non-governmental research institute demonstrating how human ingenuity can sustainably improve the development of our global environment, economy and society. Based in Winnipeg, IISD works in Canada and internationally through offices in Geneva, Ottawa and New York. IISD receives financial support from Canadian federal and provincial governments as well as other national governments, UN agencies, foundations, and the private sector. The Institute is a registered charity in Canada and has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in the United States.
New Economics Foundation (nef)
nef is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. They aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. They work in partnership and put people and the planet first. nef was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) which forced issues such as international debt onto the agenda of the G7 and G8 summits. They are unique in combining rigorous analysis and policy debate with practical solutions on the ground, often run and designed with the help of local people. They also create new ways of measuring progress towards increased well-being and environmental sustainability. nef works with all sections of society in the UK and internationally - civil society, government, individuals, businesses and academia - to create more understanding and strategies for change.
Centre for Global Morality
The world has changed. Whereas the Cold War may have preserved the conditions that had existed since the beginning of modern sovereignty in the 17th century, developments associated with globalisation have now seen the growth of a global culture that transcends national boundaries. While many governments have in recent years acknowledged this by taking steps to work more closely together, global integration now raises so many matters of universal concern that it is important to give people across the world the opportunity to discuss them as well. The Centre was established with this objective firmly in mind. It recognises that in this evolving world, one of the most effective ways for enabling people to contribute to developments that affect us all is to create a climate of mutual trust and understanding through discussion and dialogue. This can hopefully contribute to meaningful change.
Peace One Day
Peace One Day is a non-profit organisation, impartial and independent of any government, political persuasion, corporation or religious creed. Peace One Day looks to engage all sectors of society, including governments, organisations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organisations and individuals in observance of 21 September, through the practical manifestation of non-violence and ceasefire in accordance with UN GA Resolution 55/282, and encourage action on Peace Day that creates a united and sustainable world.
The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
The Smith School is part of the Social Sciences Division of the University of Oxford. As a multi-disclipinary institution, the School is developing links with departments across all four divisions of the University.
The School's Research Fellows spend part of their time in other departments, providing teaching in environmental issues and establishing research collaborations. Currently, fellows work with colleagues in the Saïd Business School, Inorganic Chemistry, Physics, the Environmental Change Institute, and Transport Studies.
The Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute
The Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute has embarked on an ambitious multi-pronged program to help eradicate the scourge of poverty and human degradation. Gandhi said: “Poverty is the worse form of violence,” and must be tackled on all fronts to ensure human rights and human dignity to those who are victims of societal exploitation. The priority of the Institute is to rescue children from the poorest sections of Indian society who are the first to become victims of criminal gangs; the second priority is to build an institution that serves as a shelter as well as a learning institution where the rescued children will receive basic education.
Netroots Nation amplifies progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate. Within that campus, we strengthen community, inspire action and serve as an incubator for progressive ideas that challenge the status quo and ultimately affect change in the public sphere.
World Wide Web Foundation
The World Wide Web Foundation envisions a world where all people are empowered by the Web. Everyone – regardless of language, ability, location, gender, age or income – should be able to communicate and collaborate, create valued content, and access the information that they need to improve their lives and communities. The creativity of the billions of new Web users must be unleashed. The Web’s capabilities will multiply, and play an increasingly vital role in reducing poverty and conflict, improving healthcare and education, reversing global warming, spreading good governance and addressing all challenges, local and global. The unique mission of the World Wide Web Foundation is to realize the above our vision through transformative programs which advance the Web as a medium that empowers people to bring about positive change.
The Childhood and Youth Studies Interest Group at the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA) in Lisbon, Portugal
The Childhood and Youth Studies Interest Group has been set up to pursue research at the CRIA (Centre for Research in Anthropology), and is intended to be a forum for debate and a network for sharing theoretic and practical information, research and teaching materials. The idea is to create visibility for this area of study in Portugal, encourage scientific research and production, foster exchanges between professionals and students and participate in the international debate in this field. Our main goals are therefore to contribute to the epistemological debate on childhood and youth in the social sciences, with special focus on the specific theoretic and methodological contribution of anthropology, and to foster ethnographic, participative research methods in the study of children and young people, in accordance with the advances made by sociology and anthropology in recent decades. [top] However, the Group does not wish to identify the study of children and young people as a delimited field of research and feels that it is essential to foster dialogue with researchers in other areas and with anthropologists who are conducting research on different issues and promote partnerships in the same field with other institutions. In addition, we recognise that, as they are emblematic of the tension between structure and agency, between the recognition of rights and individual independence, the study of children and young people is important in the broader ambit of anthropological theory and practice and for social sciences as a whole. We are inviting to participate in the Group’s activities researchers at all levels and from all disciplinary areas whose work is related to the following, among others: • child and youth cultures; • analysis of intra- and inter-generation relations; • cultural policies on childhood, youth and the family; • analysis of school and non-school educational settings; • analysis of public policies and social intervention with children, young people and their households • socio-historical (re)construction of the transformations of the concepts of children and childhood, young people and youth • methodology and epistemology in this research area
The Earth Federation Movement
The Earth Federation Movement includes a worldwide association of World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) Chapters and affiliated independent organizations, such as many youth, environmental, and human rights organizations, that affirm the creation of a non-military, democratic Earth Federation under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. We have several web sites associated with our work for global peace with justice, environmental sustainability, and prosperity such as www.earthfederation.info.
Dr. Glen T. Martin is the Secretary-General of WCPA and President of the Institute on World Problems. Since its founding in 1958, the WCPA has focused on creating a non-military, democratic Constitution for the Federation of Earth. It has done this through four Constituent Assemblies of World Citizens meeting from 1968 to 1991, when the Constitution was finally completed in its present form.
WCPA now works to get the nations and people of the world to ratify the Constitution through the criteria specified in Article 17. The Constitution is permeated by the concept of human dignity, focused especially in Articles 12 and 13 on human rights. WCPA sees the ratification of the Earth Constitution as a central structural change, creating global democratic institutions of unity in diversity, that can facilitate the deep spiritual change toward planetary maturity that is also necessary for a world of peace, with justice and sustainability.
Center for Research in Economics Management and the Arts (CREMA)
CREMA is a private, politically and ideologically uncommitted organization founded by Bruno S. Frey (University of Zurich), Reiner Eichenberger (University of Fribourg) and René L. Frey (University of Basel). It is financed by private means (contributed by the founders). CREMA promotes scientific research in economics, management and the arts, based on the rational choice approach and on insights from the neighboring social sciences (in particular psychology, sociology and law). CREMA encourages and supports young scholars.
nef (the new economics foundation): economics as if people and the planet mattered
nef (the new economics foundation) is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. nef aims to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. They work in partnership and put people and the planet first. nef was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) which forced issues such as international debt onto the agenda of the G7 and G8 summits. They are unique in combining rigorous analysis and policy debate with practical solutions on the ground, often run and designed with the help of local people. They also create new ways of measuring progress towards increased well-being and environmental sustainability. nef works with all sections of society in the UK and internationally - civil society, government, individuals, businesses and academia - to create more understanding and strategies for change.
Schumacher College is a unique international educational institution. It provides individuals and groups from across the world with the opportunity to learn on numerous levels about subjects relating to environmental and social sustainability. Set on the vibrant Dartington Hall Estate in the south west of England, the College seeks to offer a positive educational space which integrates the concerns of governments, NGOs, businesses and individuals. Through a range of educational activities, participants are encouraged to consider some of the most urgent challenges of sustainability and to take responsibility for delivering effective solutions in their own working and personal environments. Participants, teachers and staff work together to combine and learn from diverse experiences and knowledge. The context of individual and group learning provides a powerful platform for deep and holistic engagement with transformative learning for sustainable living. The College runs a extensive programme of short courses from 4 days to 3 weeks on a whole range of subjects including economics, business, design, ecology and art. A full time MSc in Holistic Science, the first of its kind, is run from the College as well as a Certificate in Education and Certificate in Sustainable Health There are regular open evenings, seminars and joint projects happening at the college throughout the year.
The New Economics Institute
The New Economics Institute is working to make the new economics, one which supports people and planet, mainstream in the USA. It is a partnership between the E. F. Schumacher Society, the predecessor of the Institute, and the New Economics Foundation from London. The US economic system is failing in its essential purpose: to provide fulfilling and healthy lives for all people while nurturing the social and natural systems on which the economic system depends. The New Economics Institute is helping people imagine the kind of economy that is designed to enhance human well-being and ecological health. To do this, it is forging a narrative and theory of such an economic system, showing how it is possible to get from here to there. It is setting out a new language for economics, which describes the world more effectively, and – using a combination of cutting edge economics and innovative communications – it is explaining how this new economics is already emerging.
The Center for Systemic Peace (CSP)
The Center for Systemic Peace (CSP) was founded in 1997. It is engaged in innovative research on the problem of political violence within the structural context of the dynamic global system, that is, global systems analysis. The Center supports scientific research and quantitative analysis in many issue areas related to the fundamental problems of violence in both human relations and societal development. The focus of CSP research is on the possibilities of complex systemic management of all manner of societal and systemic conflicts. The Center regularly monitors and reports on general trends in societal-system performance, at the global, regional, and state levels of analysis and in the key systemic dimensions of conflict, governance, and (human and physical) development. The Center is now affiliated with the Center for Global Policy at George Mason University.
The Madrona Institute
Unique in concept and action, Madrona brings cutting-edge Complexity Thinking to 21st century issues, transforming process and perspective to resolve international disputes and inspire innovative solutions to shared global challenges. Its mission is to transform diplomacy by fundamentally changing the way the world resolves conflict. At Madrona, a vital shift in the way nations and peoples bridge their differences is envisioned.
World Wide Web Foundation
The World Wide Web Foundation envisions a world where all people are empowered by the Web. They write in their mission statement: "Everyone – regardless of language, ability, location, gender, age or income – will be able to communicate and collaborate, create valued content, and access the information that they need to improve their lives and communities. The creativity of the billions of new Web users will be unleashed. The Web’s capabilities will multiply, and play an increasingly vital role in reducing poverty and conflict, improving healthcare and education, reversing global warming, spreading good governance and addressing all challenges, local and global. The unique mission of the World Wide Web Foundation is to realize the above our vision through transformative programs which advance the Web as a medium that empowers people to bring about positive change."
The Transnational Institute (TNI)
The Transnational Institute (TNI) was established in 1974 as an international network of activist researchers (“scholar activists”) committed to critical analyses of the global problems of today and tomorrow. It aims to provide intellectual support to movements struggling for a more democratic, equitable and environmentally sustainable world.
International Forum on Globalization
International Forum on Globalization is a North-South research and educational institution composed of leading activists, economists, scholars, and researchers providing analysis and critiques on the cultural, social, political, and environmental impacts of economic globalization. Formed in 1994, the IFG came together out of shared concern that the world's corporate and political leadership was rapidly restructuring global politics and economics on a level that was as historically significant as any period since the Industrial Revolution...The International Forum on Globalization (IFG) promotes equitable, democratic, and ecologically sustainable economies.
Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (TFF)
TFF is an independent think tank, a global network and a website for peace by peaceful means. It inspires a passion for peace from the grassroots to the corridors of power. TFF is an all-volunteer global network. It promotes conflict-mitigation and reconciliation in general and in selected conflict regions through meticulous on-the-ground research, active listening, education and advocacy.
Jan Øberg is the Co-founder of TFF, together with his wife, Dr. Christina Spännar.
Avaaz.org, The World in Action
Avaaz.orgis a new global web movement with a simple democratic mission: to close the gap between the world we have, and the world most people everywhere want. “Avaaz” means “Voice” in many Asian, Middle Eastern and Eastern European languages. Across the world, most people want stronger protections for the environment, greater respect for human rights, and concerted efforts to end poverty, corruption and war. Yet globalization faces a huge democratic deficit as international decisions are too often shaped by political elites and unaccountable corporations -- not the views and values of the world’s people. Technology and the internet have allowed citizens to connect and mobilize like never before. The rise of a new model of internet-driven, people-powered politics is changing countries from Australia to the Philippines to the United States. Avaaz takes this model global, connecting people across borders to bring people powered politics to international decision-making. Coming together in this way, Avaaz has become a community of people from all nations, backgrounds and ages united by our care for the world, and a desire to do what we can to make it a better place.
The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA)
The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2001 as a result of a merger of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Peace Studies Association (PSA). We are dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change. The PJSA works to create a just and peaceful world through: the promotion of peace studies within universities, colleges and K-12 grade levels; the forging of alliances among educators, students, activists, and other peace practitioners in order to enhance each other's work on peace, conflict and non-violence; and the creation and nurturing of alternatives to structures of inequality and injustice, war and violence through education, research and action. PJSA also serves as the North American affiliate of the International Peace Research Association.
British Overseas NGOs for Development
British Overseas NGOs for Development is the United Kingdom's broadest network of voluntary organisations working in international development. BOND aims to improve the UK's contribution to international development by promoting the exchange of experience, ideas and information amongst BOND members between networks of NGOs in the UK and internationally, with the UK Government, and between BOND members and other UK bodies with an interest in international development.
Simpol: The only way is together
Simpol started as an idea which occurred to British businessman, John Bunzl, towards the end of 1998. It was developed and published in the book The Simultaneous Policy – An Insider’s Guide to Saving Humanity and the Planet in 2001.
See a call for action for the 2010 elections in the UK.
Die Anstifter (german for "The Instigators")
This website (in german) was founded by Peter Grohmann, a left-wing political cabaret artist and activist based in Stuttgart, Germany. There are many hints to cultural and political activities.
The World Federation of Scientists (WFS)
The World Federation of Scientists (WFS) was founded in Erice, Sicily, in 1973, by a group of eminent scientists led by Isidor Isaac Rabi and Antonino Zichichi. Since then, many other scientists have affiliated themselves with the Federation, among them T. D. Lee, Laura Fermi, Eugene Wigner, Paul Dirac and Piotr Kapitza. The WFS is a free association, which has grown to include more than 10,000 scientists drawn from 110 countries. All members share the same aims and ideals and contribute voluntarily to uphold the Federation's Principles. The Federation promotes international collaboration in science and technology between scientists and researchers from all parts of the world - North, South, East and West. The Federation and its members strive towards an ideal of free exchange of information, where scientific discoveries and advances are no longer restricted to a select few. The aim is to share this knowledge among the people of all nations, so that everyone may experience the benefits of the progress of science.
The Consciousness Research Institute (IRC)
The Consciousness Research Institute (IRC) is an interdisciplinary study and research center, founded by Umberto Di Grazia in 1996, and it is where the Union and Reawakening Techniques are experimented, implemented and promoted, with the aim to help people to achieve a better quality of life. Therefore, it is a center in which across a broad range of fundamental hypotheses, disciplines and studies, is seeking to create a language which does not exclude any part of the human being.
South Asia Centre for Peace (SACP) and South Asia Peace Magazine
South Asia Centre for Peace (SACP) is a non-government and not-for-profit organization based in Pakistan. While striving for peace in South Asia, SACP is working at the regional level through collaborations with likeminded individuals and organizations across the region. The organization aims to become not only a regional think-tank in the area of peace studies but also a centre on peace education and peace awareness through education, research and media campaigns. The key objectives of the centre are to:
1. build and work in collaboration with a network of peace organizations and individuals in South Asia;
2. develop an exclusive peace education curriculum for South Asia to eliminate all kinds of social evils such as stereotypes, prejudices, violence against women, religious extremism etc. Special emphasis will be made to develop first of its kind curriculum on rural peacebuilding;
3. spread the message of de-nuclearization, disarmament and non-violence by lobbying against growing nuclearization, arms race and violence in the region;
4. facilitate further study on the conflict issues by bringing together diverse viewpoints and encourage creative thinking to enhance the peace process faced with impasse. The aim is to put forward a set of recommendations for policymaking at bilateral level and regional level through SAARC.
5. foster inter-faith and inter-cultural harmony through dialogues on inter-faith harmony and cultural exchange programmes;
6. engage with journalists from South Asia by offering training workshops on “peace journalism” because by acquiring necessary skills journalists have a potential to contribute to peace in South Asia; and to
7. collaborate with extra-regional organizations and interested individuals to understand regional dynamics so as to contribute towards peacebuilding in South Asia.
Showcasing stories of peacebuilding from South Asia, the South Asia Peace Magazine is a Bi-Annual Publication of the South Asia Centre for Peace.
Please contact sacp.pakistan [at] gmail.com for more information.
Global Campaign for Peace Education
Founded in 1999, the Hague Appeal for Peace Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE) is an international organized network that promotes peace education among schools, families and communities to transform the culture of violence into a culture of peace. The Global Campaign for Peace Education is presently coordinated by Global Education Associates in partnership with the Peace Education Center at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Peace Education Foundation
The Peace Education Foundation works in the field of conflict resolution curricula and training. They write and publish materials that are currently in use in more than 20,000 schools around the world. Their mission is to educate children and adults in the dynamics of conflict and promote skills of peacemaking in our homes, schools, community, the nation, and the world. They believe that peace education, within a framework of traditional values such as justice, honesty and responsibility, encourages the emotional, intellectual, ethical and social growth of children. They believe that conflict is a natural, unavoidable phenomenon that can be a constructive opportunity for positive change and empowerment. They believe in teaching children the skills they need to find creative and constructive ways to settle conflicts before they escalate into violence. They believe that children learn best in a caring environment where their self-esteem is nurtured as they are challenged to become responsible decision makers.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Former United States President Woodrow Wilson was the only American President with a Ph.D.. He felt strongly that the scholar and the policymaker were "engaged in a common enterprise."
The Wilson Center is a nonpartisan institute for advanced study and a neutral forum for open, serious, and informed dialogue. It brings pre-eminent thinkers to Washington for extended periods of time to interact with policymakers through a large number of programs and projects. The Center seeks to separate the important from the inconsequential and to take a historical and broad perspective on the issues.
The Center annually awards 20 to 23 residential academic year fellowships through an international competition. The research topics the fellows propose must intersect with questions of public policy or provide the historical or cultural framework to illuminate policy issues of contemporary importance. The Center also appoints public policy scholars and senior scholars for terms that run from 3 months to two years, where they write, conduct research, or work on Center events. These scholars are distinguished individuals from the worlds of academia, government, and the private sector.
Sarvodaya is Sri Lanka’s largest people’s organisation. Over the last 50 years we have become a network of over 15,000 villages. Today we are engaged in relief efforts in the war-torn north as well as ongoing development projects. Sarvodaya’s organization includes 345 divisional units, 34 district offices; 10 specialist Development Education Institutes; over 100,000 youth mobilised for peace building under Shantisena; the country’s largest micro-credit organization with a cumulative loan portfolio of over US$1million (through SEEDS, Sarvodaya Economic Enterprise Development Services); a major welfare service organisation serving over 1,000 orphaned and destitute children, underage mothers and elders (Sarvodaya Suwa Setha); and 4,335 pre-schools serving over 98,000 children.
The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)
The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a world-wide civil society-led network aiming to build a new international consensus on peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict. GPPAC works on strengthening civil society networks for peace and security by linking local, national, regional, and global levels of action and effective engagement with governments, the UN system and regional organizations.
Catholic Peacebuilding Network
The Catholic Peacebuilding Network is a voluntary network of practitioners, academics, clergy, and laity from around the world that seeks to enhance the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding, especially at the
local level. The CPN aims to deepen bonds of solidarity among Catholic peacebuilders, share and analyze "best practices," expand the peacebuilding capacity of the Church in areas of conflict, and encourage the further development of a theology of a just peace. While it is a Catholic network, the CPN believes that authentic and effective Catholic peacebuilding involves dialogue and collaboration with those of other religious traditions and all those committed to building a more just and peaceful world.
Transcend is a Peace and Development Network for Conflict Transformation by Peaceful Means. Transcend - A Network for Peace and Development has as mission to bring about a more peaceful world, using action, training, dissemination and research to handle conflicts with non-violence, empathy and creativity, for acceptable and sustainable outcomes. Transcend International is a peace and development network for conflict transformation by peaceful means. It was founded in 1993 by Prof. Dr. Johan Galtung and comprises today over 300 invited academics and practitioners in the field of peace-building from 80 different countries.
The Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (ICP)
The Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (ICP) is an independent non-partisan, nongovernmental organization based in Switzerland. We are engaged in international and intra-societal conflict transformation and peace-building in the public and private sector.
ICP offers services in the following fields:
Conflict Transformation and -Dialogue Facilitation
Training and Education
Research and Teaching
Awareness Raising and Public Relations
The Rafto Foundation is a non-profit and non-partisan organisation dedicated to the global promotion of human rights. The Rafto Foundation was established in the humanistic tradition of the Helsinki Accord. and it aims to promote the three fundamental human rights of intellectual, political and economic freedom. The main activities of the Foundation are: presenting the annual Rafto Prize for human rights work, following up projects concerning the Rafto Laureates, organising educational projects that promote human rights.
The Enough Project
The Enough Project is helping to build a permanent constituency to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity... Enough was conceived in 2006 by a small group of concerned policymakers and activists who wanted to transform their frustration about inaction into pragmatic solutions and hope. Co-founded by Africa experts Gayle Smith and John Prendergast, Enough launched in early 2007 as a project of the Center for American Progress. John Norris is Enough’s Executive Director.
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) is an independent, non-profit educational foundation that develops and encourages the study and use of civilian-based, nonmilitary strategies aimed at establishing and defending human rights, democratic self-rule and justice worldwide.
The Global Footprint Network
Creating a world where everyone can live well, within the means of one planet, is going to take all of us pulling together toward this common goal. The scale of our challenge is enormous. Nothing short of a revolution in our economies, societies, energy choices and lifestyles is required. At Global Footprint Network our programs are designed to influence decision makers at all levels of society and to create a critical mass of powerful institutions using the Footprint to put an end to ecological overshoot and get our economies back into balance.
Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE)
A steady state economy is about better lives rather than more stuff. There are limits to growth — ecosystems can support only so much disturbance. A steady state economy meets our needs without undermining ecosystems. The costs of economic growth often outweigh the benefits. A steady state economy supports meaningful jobs and thriving communities.Perpetual economic growth is neither possible nor desirable. Growth, especially in wealthy nations, is already causing more problems than it solves.
Derek Bok is the 300th Anniversary Research Professor at Harvard University. From 1971 to 1991, he served as Harvard's twenty-fifth president, and served again as interim president from 2006 to 2007. He is the author of The State of the Nation and The Trouble with Government, and co-author of The Shape of the River (Princeton). In The Politics of Happiness, he examines how governments could use happiness research in a variety of policy areas to increase well-being and improve the quality of life for all their citizens.
Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning was established in 1975 to enhance the quality of undergraduate education in Harvard College. Originally named the Harvard-Danforth Center (in recognition of the Danforth Foundation grant that funded the Center at the outset) it was renamed in 1991 to honor former Harvard President Derek Bok, an active supporter of the Center both during his presidency and today. Traditionally, retiring Harvard presidents have had buildings named in their honor; President Bok is the first to have his name given instead to an organization. Harvard's continuing support of the Center in the years following its founding reflect a belief that research, teaching, and learning are compatible at the very highest levels.
Health And Human Rights Info (hhri)
Health and Human Rights Info aims at making professional experiences and resources more easily accessible to health professionals working with people exposed to human rights abuses, armed conflict, forced migration and other human rights violations. A wide range of important material such as guidelines, manuals, intervention programs and tools for assessment and intervention has been developed over the years. Much of this is already available on the internet, while some material has not been accessible until now. However this material represents highly valuable information in the daily work with survivors of human rights violations, displacement, violence and disasters.
Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International builds, rehabilitates and repairs simple, decent houses with the help of homeowner families, volunteer labor, and donations of money and materials. Habitat’s work makes a great impact on people’s lives. In Europe and Central Asia, Habitat has supported more than 10,000 families to get a simple and decent home or access clean water and proper sanitation.
The Conflict Resolution Education Connection
People around the globe have started embracing conflict resolution as a key component of a quality education. The site offers the wide array of available materials that support conflict resolution education (CRE).
Mediators Beyond Borders
Mediators Beyond Borders - Partnering for Peace & Reconciliation is a non-profit, humanitarian organization of skilled volunteer conflict resolution professionals established to partner with communities in troubled locations worldwide to support them to build their conflict resolution capacity for preventing, managing, resolving and healing from conflict. This partnership involves collaborating with local people on the design and implementation of sustainable peace building initiatives responsive to their needs, desires and cultures, and to the history of each conflict. MBB works in pre and post violence communities. It is not a first responder and is not prepared to intervene in the midst of violent crises.
The International Institute for Mediation and Historical Conciliation (IIMHC)
The International Institute for Mediation and Historical Conciliation (IIMHC) faciliatates, convenes, designs and implements mediation processes for parties which are in conflict, which harbor fantasies of revenge or which are pressing or intend to press litigation and develops modes of alternative dispute resolution. The IIMHC has been established in response to complex new dangers and promising new opportunities in international and domestic affairs. It places the emphasis on getting to the roots of and preventing serious and violent conflict as it threateningly simmers, rather than allowing that conflict to reach more volatile, destructive, and unmanageable stages. By negotiating historical injustices and mediating claims of the past, it responds to the rage and resentment that so tragically inspires renewed, often more ferocious cycles of violence. By de-demonizing former enemies and reversing the normal tendency to "sweep under the rug" unsettling issues of the past, it brings adversaries as close as possible to sharing interpretations of the past. The process of conciliation, based on these shared historical narratives, moves conflict resolution in the direction of a psychologically plausible reconciliation while bolstering the foundations for new beginnings. By creating opportunities for clarifying claims, validating pain, and expressing remorse; by symbolically and substantively repairing and compensating for injury, it creates dialogue, teaches lessons, and builds bridges between those representing the experiences of the victims and their trauma and those representing the experiences of the perpetrators and their guilt.
International Center for Conciliation aims to:
1. Turn pained memory and hate into empathy. Participants engage in a series of dialogue workshops over the course of several months so they can candidly talk with one another about their pained memory in order to foster understanding and empathy for “the other”.
2. Turn empathy into action. Participants work with one another on joint community projects, such as building schools, recreational centers, parks, multi-ethnic committees, and most of all the establishment of positive relations between individuals formerly at odds with one another.
3. Develop sustainable leadership. Leaders within communities are identified and armed with the tools they need to continue the peace-building process once ICfC is no longer involved (the creation of “barefoot conciliators”- those who are on the ground making lasting peace).
TransComs focuses on enhancing communications between individuals and groups with common missions, enabling them to transcend old patterns that impede the cooperation essential for the emergence of a sustainable civilization.
The Wisdom Page
The Wisdom Page is a website dedicated to helping us better understand wisdom — that vitally important but poorly understood pinnacle of human functioning.
There are no short answers to those questions, but there are answers. Wisdom is multi-faceted. For milennia, students of wisdom and writers about it have associated wisdom with a number of positive human characteristics. Among them are the 48 that are displayed, one-by-one, over the "world at night" image above. Since 1995 The Wisdom Page has been connecting wisdom-interested people with a wide range of wisdom-related resources. Over the years the website has expanded in content and grown in popularity. Now, each month, it delivers more than 35,000 documents, podcasts, and videos to visitors from more than 140 countries.
The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
For over 250 years the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) has been a cradle of enlightenment thinking and a force for social progress. Their approach is multi-disciplinary, politically independent and combines cutting edge research and policy development with practical action.
The mission of the Equitism.org, Equitist.org, and Equitarian.org websites, as of the Equitist Advocacy group, is to catalyze the detailed, optimal definition, widespread public comprehension, and majoritarian implementation of 'The Equitarian Reform'. By 'The Equitarian Reform', we mean a non-violent, legally-enacted transformation of the prevailing, capital-based social relations that shape human society's self-creation, and that shape human society's continual self-re-creation.
The Institute For Figuring
The Institute For Figuring is an organization dedicated to the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science, mathematics and the technical arts. The Institute’s interests are twofold: the manifestation of figures in the world around us and the figurative technologies that humans have developed through the ages. From the physics of snowflakes and the hyperbolic geometry of sea slugs, to the mathematics of paper folding, the tiling patterns of Islamic mosaics and graphical models of the human mind, the Institute takes as its purview a complex ecology of figuring.
LEVE - Livelihoods in the Developing Countries is an Interfaculty Research Area at the University of Oslo. LEVE researches complex problems in developing countries. Examples may relate to environmental change, global warming, changes in population patterns, migration and urbanisation. LEVE has been established by the Faculty of Medicine (MED), the Faculty of Social Sciences (SV), the Faculty of Law (JUS) and the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM).
International Peace & Security Institute
The International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI) was founded on the core belief that education can mitigate violent conflict. IPSI facilitates the transfer of knowledge and skills to a global audience from the world’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates. The Institute develops comprehensive training programs, advances scholarly research, and promotes efforts to raise public awareness of peace and security issues. IPSI supports social entrepreneurs, including program alumni, who generate innovative projects to positively impact their communities and the world. Through the combination of educational training and material assistance, the Institute aims to speed the development of future peace and security leaders and encourages the creation of sustainable initiatives.
Big Ideas is a screen space for intellectual, political, cultural and economic debate in Australia. Big Ideas broadcasts an eclectic and provocative selection of the most interesting, challenging and diverse talks events - everywhere from major writers festivals to tiny inner-city bookshops, to universities and institutes across Australia.
The Imagination Age
The imagination age is a concept that states that the economy and culture of advanced economies is moving beyond the Information Age in to an age where creativity and imagination over analysis and thinking will become the primary creators of economic value.
See, among others, The Imagination Age. with artist, writer, and cultural philosopher Rita J. King as the Director General of the Imagination Age. She first introduced the phrase imagination age as a cultural and economic philosophy.
The Media Education Foundation
The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media.
The mission of Nonviolent Peaceforce is to build a large-scale trained, international civilian nonviolent peaceforce. Nonviolent Peaceforce will be sent to conflict areas to prevent death and destruction and protect human rights, thus creating the space for local groups to struggle nonviolently, enter into dialogue, and seek peaceful resolution.
Public Health and Social Justice
The Public Health and Social Justice web site contains articles, slide shows, syllabi, and other documents relevant to topics in public health and social justice. References for most of the information contained in the slide shows can be found in the accompanying articles. Presentations are updated every 6-12 months.
The site is aimed at students, educators, and the general public. It grew out of my recognition that medical, and even nursing and public health, schools tend to inadequately address the social, economic, environmental, human rights, and cultural contributors to health and disease.
Charter for Compassion
On February 28, 2008 Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize and made a wish: for help creating, launching and propagating a Charter for Compassion. The Charter proclaims a principle embraced by every faith, and by every moral code. It is often referred to as The Golden Rule. The Golden Rule requires that we use empathy -- moral imagination -- to put ourselves in others' shoes. We should act toward them as we would want them to act toward us. We should refuse, under any circumstance, to carry out actions which would cause them harm.
Human Solutions Now
Human Solutions Now seeks to understand the underlying root causes of the complex, interactive problems facing the world, and aims to develop strategies for creating positive futures for people and planet based on those understandings. Based on the work of Malcolm Hollick and Christine Connelly, it currently focuses on three issues: building sustainable community, integrating science and spirituality into a new worldview, and preventing and healing trauma.
Indigenous Psychology is an intellectual movement across the globe, based on the following factors:
1. A reaction against the colonization/hegemony of Western psychology.
2. The need for non-Western cultures to solve their local problems through indigenous practices and applications.
3. The need for a non-Western culture to recognize itself in the constructs and practices of psychology.
4. The need to use indigenous philosophies and concepts to generate theories of global discourse.
The Consensus Building Approach
Larry Susskind's blog on the uses of consensus building tools and techniques for more democratic decision-making. He writes: "Think about it from their perspective. Assume you are part of a group that has inhabited a place for at least a thousand years. Your ceremonies and traditions date back a lot farther than those of the interlopers who now control every aspect of your life. Your people have been connected to that particular place for all of recorded history. Yet, now, the national government that surrounds you wants to dictate what you can and cannot do with your land and how your children should be educated.. That national government has sold the mineral rights out from under you (and kept all the money), polluted the waters you depend on, and stripped the forest that has always been your primary source of food. Wouldn't you be angry?..."
International Federation for Human Rights - FIDH
Human Rights are the very foundation of a society that guarantees equality, dignity and freedom for each human being. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), through its legitimacy, its experience, its methods and its credibility, has a unique role to play in contributing to their realisation. Since 2009, FIDH has singled out certain areas of prime concern, for which it has determined action priorities:
• Freedom and capacity to act of human rights defenders,
• Universality of rights, in particular those of women and migrants, whose - inequitable treatment constitutes a major obstacle for the progress of mankind,
• Effectiveness of Human Rights, to put an end to the impunity of authors of violations, who are not called to account, be they individuals, States or business enterprises,
• Respect for Human Rights and the Rule of Law in times of conflict, emergency or political transition. In order to act effectively on such complex issues and to achieve concrete results, FIDH has also determined a number of internal objectives:
• To reinforce interaction and proximity with its member and partner organisations, in particular by deploying new decentralised offices in nearly all regions,
• To continue developing the professionalism of the movement,
• To reinforce FIDH's capacity to mobilise public opinion and political circles,
• And to consolidate the increase in its financial resources and its sustainability, essential prerequisites for fulfilling its ambitions.
FIDH acts in an international context that is both complex and unsettled. In order to meet all these challenges, FIDH must be clear-sighted, and modest regarding its capabilities; it must also define its priorities and continually evaluate its action. The quest for universal and effective rights is the vital lead for FIDH to embody a universal Human Rights movement.
The International Center for Transitional Justice
The International Center for Transitional Justice is an international non-profit organization specializing in the field of transitional justice. ICTJ works to help societies in transition address legacies of massive human rights violations and build civic trust in state institutions as protectors of human rights. In the aftermath of mass atrocity and repression, we assist institutions and civil society groups—the people who are driving and shaping change in their societies—in considering measures to provide truth, accountability, and redress for past abuses. We do this by providing technical expertise and knowledge of relevant comparative experiences in transitional justice from across the globe.
REDRESS is a human rights organisation that helps torture survivors obtain justice and reparation. REDRESS works with survivors to help restore their dignity and to make torturers accountable.
Ushahidi is a non-profit software company that develops free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.
FrontlineSMS is a free open source software used by a variety of organizations to distribute and collect information via text messages (SMS). The software can work without an internet connection and with only a cell phone and computer. The software was originally developed in 2005 for conservationists to keep in touch with communities in Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Insight on Conflict
Insight on Conflict provides information on local peacebuilding organisations in areas of conflict. Local peacebuilders already make a real impact in conflict areas. They work to prevent violent conflicts before they start, to reduce the impact of violence, and to bring divided communities together in the aftermath of violence. However, their work is often ignored – either because people aren’t aware of the existence and importance of local peacebuilders in general, or because they simply haven’t had access to information and contacts for local peacebuilders. We hope that Insight on Conflict can help redress the balance by drawing attention to important work of local peacebuilders. On this site, you’ll be able to find out who the local peacebuilders are, what they do, and how you might get in touch with them. Over half the organisations featured on Insight on Conflict do not have their own website.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, wherever there is conflict, there are local people building peace. They are disarming rebels, resettling refugees, protecting the vulnerable, uniting communities and restarting economies. They work at great personal risk to prevent, resolve and heal conflicts in some of the world’s most fragile countries. Peace Direct finds these local peacebuilders, funds their programmes to increase their impact, and promotes their work to those in the wider world who can help with finance and influence.
Vision of Humanity
Vision of Humanity is a strong proponent of the need to further study, advocate and act on peace. It groups together a number of interrelated initiatives focused on global peace which enjoy the support of a wide range of philanthropists, business people, politicians, religious leaders and intellectuals. It brings a strategic approach to raising the world’s attention and awareness around the importance of peace to humanity’s survival in the 21st century.
The Global Peace Index (GPI)
The GPI, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. It gauges ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society, and militarisation in 153 countries by taking into account 23 separate indicators.
Global Voices is a community of more than 300 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media. Global Voices seeks to aggregate, curate, and amplify the global conversation online - shining light on places and people other media often ignore. We work to develop tools, institutions and relationships that will help all voices, everywhere, to be heard. Millions of people are blogging, podcasting, and uploading photos, videos, and information across the globe, but unless you know where to look, it can be difficult to find respected and credible voices. Our international team of volunteer authors and part-time editors are active participants in the blogospheres they write about on Global Voices. Global Voices is incorporated in the Netherlands as Stichting Global Voices, a nonprofit foundation. We do not have an office, but work as a virtual community across multiple time zones, meeting in person only when the opportunity arises (usually during our Summits). We rely on grants, sponsorships, editorial commissions, and donations to cover our costs. Our Projects Global Voices is translated into more than 30 languages by volunteer translators, who have formed the Lingua project. Additionally, Global Voices has an Advocacy website and network to help people speak out online in places where their voices are censored. We also have an outreach project called Rising Voices to help marginalized communities use citizen media to be heard, with an emphasis on the developing world. Read more.
Youku is a video hosting service based in People's Republic of China.
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is the oldest women's peace organisation in the world. It was founded in April 1915, in the Hague, the Netherlands, by some 1300 women from Europe and North America, from countries at war against each other and neutral ones, who came together in a Congress of Women to protest the killing and destruction of the war then raging in Europe.
Bioneers is inspiring a shift to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations.
As a 501(C)3 nonprofit, they provide solutions-based education and social connectivity through the Bioneers national and local conferences and programs, including: The Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature radio series; anthology book series; television programs and online community. They act as a key source for the media. Their materials are used by colleges, schools and organizations. They conduct core programs on Women's Leadership, Dreaming New Mexico (state-based restoration), Youth and Food Systems.
The Heroic Imagination Project (HIP)
The Heroic Imagination Project (HIP) is a nonprofit organization that: Trains people to overcome the natural human tendency to watch and wait in moments of crisis. Teaches individuals how to stand up, speak out and act with moral courage when the situation demands. Provides young people with strategies to act with character and courage to resist bullying, peer pressure and indifference. Runs corporate programs that foster and reinforce cultures of integrity. Is based on the research of and spearheaded by Dr. Philip Zimbardo.
Omegle is a way of connecting globally: "When you use Omegle, we pick another user at random and let you have a one-on-one chat with each other. Chats are completely anonymous, although there is nothing to stop you from revealing personal details if you would like."
The Real Wealth of Portland
The Real Wealth of Portland works to build Real Wealth by assisting in the transition to a partnering and caring society. We are committed to:
• Changing the Story from a dominator and hierarchical society to one emphasizing partnership and caring.
• Building Resilient Communities.
• Changing how we Measure Wealth.
The Equality Trust is an independent, evidence based campaign working to reduce income inequality in order to improve the quality of life in the UK. UK income inequality is among the highest in the developed world and evidence shows that this is bad for almost everyone. People in more equal societies live longer, have better mental health and are more socially mobile. Community life is stronger where the income gap is narrower, children do better at school and they are less likely to become teenage parents. When inequality is reduced people trust each other more, there is less violence and rates of imprisonment are lower. If we want to build a better society, it is essential we take action now to reduce the gap between rich and poor. The Equality Trust is working with others to build a social movement for change. We analyse and disseminate the latest research, promote robust evidence-based arguments and support a dynamic network of campaign groups across the country.
Richard Wilkinson has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality. He studied economic history at LSE before training in epidemiology. He is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at UCL and a Visiting Professor at the University of York. Richard co-wrote The Spirit Level with Kate Pickett and is a co-founder of The Equality Trust.
Kate Pickett is a co-founder of The Equality Trust, and co-author of The Spirit Level, Professor at the University of York, a National Institute for Health Research Career Scientist and fellow of the RSA.
The Garrison Institute applies the transformative power of contemplation to today's pressing social and environmental concerns, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future. Our Vision
We envision and work to build a future in which contemplative ideas and methods are increasingly mainstream, and are applied at scale to create the conditions for positive, systemic social and environmental change. A positive state of mind is a critical condition for a positive future, because it profoundly affects future behavior. Contemplation will be increasingly recognized and practiced as a key pathway to positive states of mind and behavior, helping to cultivate caring, insight and courage in individuals, to forge new ways of thinking, new learning and leadership networks among key leaders and groups, and to shift collective values, worldviews and practices in society.
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Grandmothers for Peace in Norway is a grass root movement under the Norwegian Peace Council, an umbrella organisation of the Norwegian peace movement.
Sociologists without Borders
Le Mouvement Humanisation
De plus en plus de personnes s'inquiètent de l'état actuel de l'humanité et de la planète. Le Mouvement Humanisation considère le sous-développement humain comme la cause majeure de l'ignorance, de la pauvreté, de la misère et de la souffrance qui accablent depuis toujours des milliards d'êtres humains.
The ACT Alliance
ACT Alliance is a coalition of more than 130 churches and affiliated organisations working together in 140 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalised people regardless of their religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality in keeping with the highest international codes and standards.
The International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM)
The INPM is dedicated to advancing health, spirituality, peace and human fulfillment through research, education and applied psychology with a focus on the universal human quest for meaning and purpose. We accomplish this mission through research, publications, conferences, and public education.
The International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy (ISEPP) is the first professional division of the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM).