Category Archives: Conflict Transformation

Time, Space and the Global Imaginary: Reflections on Elise Boulding’s Contribution to a Global Civic Culture and a Peaceful World.

In all this work on developing a global system that worked she promoted integrative rather than dominatory or coercive power(power with rather than power over others) . She also wanted a world where diversity was celebrated, where there was equality between men and women and adults and children. She wanted a world dedicated to the creation of conditions within which all 6.5 billion people on the planet were able to have their needs for recognition, security and welfare met and where they could all realise their deepest potentiality. She advanced all of these causes with integrity, passion, intellect and a deep commitment to the welfare of others. I miss her every day but her ideas sustain me and others as we grapple with the follies of the 21st century. Continue reading

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Something to Live and Love for in 2016

So at this liminal moment , as we pause to reflect on what a mess we made of 2015 and what we might do better for 2016, lets focus our attention on the development of a world where poverty, inequality, and the unsustainable consumption of the world are addressed positively , creatively and non-violently. Lets also build relationships of love, empathy, altruism, compassion and tolerance so that we might begin breaking the appalling cycles of violence that have afflicted far too many people over the past few years.

The good news is that if we can transform ourselves personally, mobilise political will around these more positive ends, forge relationships of love ,solidarity and active resistance to those who would like to isolate us we have a chance of ensuring that the 21st century will become a century of maturity rather than one of fear and barbarism. Such a vision will end any residual existential angst we might have and give us something to live and love for in 2016. Continue reading

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“ Tools from the past for a problematic present: How relevant is Burtonian Theory and Practice for 21st century conflict transformation?”

No matter what we think of Burton as a person there was no doubt that he was one of the first significant critics of IR theory and a major contributor to the fledgling field of peace and conflict research. He had the public intellectual’s knack of bringing insights, and theory from one discourse and applying it somewhere else. John was multidisciplinary in his background and orientation. He was not a political scientist or an international relations specialist but a social psychologist. A lot of his critical insight flowed from transferring the wisdom and knowledge of psychology or sociology into politics and international relations. Continue reading

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