May 14

Johan Galtung : Father of Peace Studies

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Watch this interview with Professor Johan Galtung, the founder of Peace & Conflict Studies.

Here is a previous post on three of his foundational books.

May 06

Global Peace Index

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The Global Peace Index ranks nations of the world by their peacefulness. You can learn more about the identifiers of the Index on the Vision of Humanity website.

Global Peace Index 2010 due out soon.

May 05

The Story of Bottled Water

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Another great teaching resource from Annie Leonard and The Story of Stuff team! You can download the video, licensed under Creative Commons, here. On the same page you can also download an annotated transcript (with footnotes) and a ‘myths vs. reality’ pdf! NICE!

Watch the video here.

Mar 03

Breathing Earth

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Have a look at this live site calculating global CO2 emissions, birth & death rates. A great teaching tool for the classroom.

Feb 07

Learn all about the Slow Life Movement in Japan from this blog, by the founders of the movement.

Feb 06

Conversations With the Earth

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Have a look at this very creative and innovative website featuring participatory video and photo essays highlighting indigenous voices around the planet on climate change.

“Conversations with the Earth works with a growing network of indigenous groups and communities living in critical ecosystems around the world, from the Atlantic Rainforest to Central Asia, from the Philippines to the Andes, from the Arctic to Ethiopia. Through CWE, these indigenous communities are able to share their story of climate change. Through the creation of sustainable autonomous indigenous media hubs in these regions, CWE fosters a long-term relationship with these communities, based on principles of local control and supporting indigenous media capacity.”

Feb 06

Watch videos about social justice and environmental issues in the Asia Pacific at EngageMedia.com

Feb 01

Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

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mediaforpeacebuilding.com honors the life and work of Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States and tireless activist, who passed away on January 27, 2010. Read this obituary by his friend and student, David Zirin. He will be missed by many and will continue to inspire peacebuilders everywhere with his sage and inspiring lessons on how to keep up the struggle and never lose hope.

In Zinn’s words, “If history is to be creative, to anticipate a possible future without denying the past, it should, I believe, emphasize new possibilities by disclosing those hidden episodes of the past when, even if in brief flashes, people showed their ability to resist, to join together, occasionally to win. I am supposing, or perhaps only hoping, that our future may be found in the past’s fugitive movements of compassion rather than in its solid centuries of warfare.”

Jan 18

DN! Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

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Watch this one-hour tribute by Democracy Now! to the life and words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 18

Nonviolence in Theory and Practice

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Read this second edition of Robert Holmes and Barry Gan’s Nonviolence in Theory and Practice, which highlights writings by some of the leading theorists on nonviolence.

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