Thursday, July 28, 2011

Non-Polluting Passive Power


While much of the concern and focus of the Eupan Global Initiative includes human violence and reconciling that violence for peace – we celebrate all things that bring about the good for the all!

Issues of energy use, production and pollution – which effect all forms of life on this planet – are also within the scope of our interest!

Non-Polluting Passive Power that is sustainable and achievable sounds great.

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Peacemaking and the Role of Religion

In this article by Dr. Scott M. Thomas (December, 2010), Thomas notes several ways in which religion plays an active role in shaping ideology that informs foreign affairs within and between nation states.  (Full PDF here.)  (More about Dr. Scott M. Thomas here.)

If you are young or old - and associated with the Eupan Global Initiative and are thinking about being a peacemaker in our world - you may want to consider ways that you can become an expert on issues of religions and nations states as a means to shaping global peace - bringing the good for the all.

The final paragraph of Scott Thomas' articles reads:

Faith informs the daily struggles of millions in confronting larger political conflicts regarding democracy, human rights, and economic development. Ethnic and religious diasporas in the global South are connected to the West in ways that can create or reinvigorate collective identities, whose influence can both promote social welfare and fuel terrorism and interreligious conflict. As a result, understanding religions worldwide -- their beliefs, values, and practices and the way they influence the political goals, actions, and motivations of states and religious communities - - will be an important task for U.S. and international foreign-policy makers in the coming decades. If the United States recognizes and utilizes the worldwide religious resurgence, it can harness its power to improve international security and better the lives of millions. If the United States fails to confront the implications of this religious rise properly, however, the potential for religiously motivated violence across the globe may increase dramatically over the next century.  Copyright © 2002-2010 by the Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. All rights reserved.

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Muslim teaching about Peace from the Buddha


What a privilege to spend the day with Chaiwat Satha-Anand while in Thailand.

Dr. Satha-Anand is Professor of Political Science – Thammasat University.  Among other titles, his is the Chairperson of the Strategic Non-Violence Commission.

There were many reasons it was interesting to hear and learn from Dr. Satha-Anand – and I learned much from the depth of his “moral” and “peace” experience, teaching, research and life. 

One of several interesting things that stood out to me about his story, though – had to do with his motivations and interests in studying peace.  Dr. Satha-Anand was educated in Thailand in the 1970s when Thailand experienced its own levels of political turmoil, including the fact that Dr. Satha-Anand was a student at Thammasat University in 1976 when the October 6th massacre took place.  As Dr. Satha-Anand said, “This event shaped my life.”  Dr. Satha-Anand went on to study at the University of Hawaii – gleaning from Dr. Glenn D. Paige from a course entitled “Non-Violent Political Alternatives” Dr. Satha-Anand stated, “I came to learn a little more about non-violence and wrote my dissertation on it.”  He returned to Thammastat university where he now teaches.  He quipped with a smile how, how later students told him that his dissertation on “Violence and Non-Violence in Politics” is published under "Military Studies."  With a laugh he said, “What a surprise they’ll get when they read my dissertation!”

What stood out to me about Dr. Satha-Anand personally has to do with the fact that in his own country, in his own culture, in his own circumstances and in his own situations, he has had to discern how to use and apply the practices of peace in conflict based situations.  For Dr. Satha-Anand, activism for peace need not be based on faith based convictions, but on reason – the moral ascendancy and higher value of peace!

Dr. Satha-Anand – a muslim, taught me about peace perspectives from the Buddha. 

“Fighting for peace in a world blinded by violence, weapons of light are needed. These "weapons" include wisdom to unlock the complexity of causes which give rise to violence and to make sound judgments valuing life; space where voices of victims with their tremendous moral authority could be heard; courage in an unyielding search for nonviolent alternatives; and sustained capability in the hearts of common people to feel tenderness and compassion both for loved ones and humanity in general.”  (From Chaiwat Satha-Anand – “9/11, 9/20 and Gandhi's Puzzle: Fighting Postmodern Terror/Modern Warfare with Peaceful Alternatives”)

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Entrepreneurs - Changing the Systems - with Empathy

Ashoka is a citizen sector organization with some particular ideas for “how to change the world.” Social entrepreneurs address complex social problems and -- in our increasingly complex and fast-moving world -- more and more people need those same kinds of skills. Ashoka imagines and builds a world where “everyone is a changemaker.”

Sound abstract? Let’s start with an example.

Frank Hoffman is an Ashoka Fellow in Germany. Frank is a gynecologist by trade and was frustrated with Germany’s health care rules: Women could not receive preventative breast cancer mammograms until age 50. Frank knew that women needed these services much earlier. He may have been able to advocate for a legislative change, but didn’t. Instead, he taught blind women how to give mammograms. Lacking sight, these women saw the world through their hands. And these sensitive hands could detect -- as well as expensive medical equipment -- early stage breast cancer. Not only did German women receive preventative breast exams, this innovation also meant employing a group of women who would otherwise have been relegated to society’s economic margins.

Ashoka is full of these stories, working with over 2,700 social entrepreneurs in over 70 countries. Like Frank Hoffman, these social entrepreneurs address the causes of systemic disorder, rather than bandage symptoms. They’re not merely problem solvers; they’re system changers.

Written by: 

Hayley Darden, a search leader at Ashoka, currently recruiting social entrepreneurs for their empathy initiative. She is a graduate of Wheaton College.  Excerpted from:  Duke Divinity Call & Response Blog

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Imagine Peace - Elise Boulding


Elise Boulding has been an influential thinker and creative voice in peace and conflict theory.  She served as the secretary-general of the International Peace Research Association(IPRA) and president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Boulding is credited with introducing to the field of peacemaking the idea of “imaging the future.” 

For Boulding, the idea of imaging the future is placed within the context of “the 200-year present.”  Within this framework, we must understand that we live in a social space which reaches into the past that extends, as well, into the future.  For Boulding, the “200-year present” contains within it the basis for a world culture of peace and problem solving for the world, but also, the possibility of conflict, chaos and Armageddon.

In my reading of religious persons throughout the history of the world, I believe they understood intuitively what Boulding labels with this term, “the 200-year present.”


We must live with a deep, intimate and close awareness of our history – where we have all too often plucked up and torn down opportunities and resources and communities – while also imagining the possibilities for a new future where we can plant and build something better for future generations.

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Burma - Myanmar - Statelessness, Slavery, Human Trafficking

Learning more about the situation(s) in Burma/Myanmar and Laos - border countries with Thailand.

More for you in your shared awareness and shared advocacy can be gleaned from this 50 minute video by John Pilger - entitled "Burma: Land of Fear"

Or, this Reith Lecture by the elected and functionally exiled leader of Burma, Aung Sun San Kyi - "Securing Freedom"

Hoping to do more to extend the good for the all!

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Thoughtful Reflection on Interdependence on USA Independence Day

"We are at our best when we use our capacities freely to help one another. Freedom's purpose is to enrich the community. I move from dependency to independence to contribute to the common good, to serve others in their move out of mere dependency.  Interdependence is the path toward the shining city. "

Full article at John Franklin Hay's Blog.  Bikehiker

~ Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

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