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April 27, 2022
Partnerism: A New System that Works for Everyone!
Riane Eisler, JD, PhD(h), is recipient of the Distinguished Peace Leadership Award (earlier given to the Dalai Lama) and she is internationally known for her ground-breaking contributions as a systems scientist, historian and futurist.
Learn of the exciting advances in Eisler's work since “The Chalice & The Blade” and how the Partnership system can help us build what Garry Davis called a “People Powered Planet!”
In “The Real Wealth of Nations,” for example, she shows that the great problems of our time — such as poverty, inequality, war, terrorism, and environmental degradation — are due largely to flawed economic systems.
She offers a model of a caring economy that transcends traditional categories like capitalist and socialist and offers enormous economic and social benefits. Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu hailed it as "a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking.”
Eisler offers new perspectives for constructing less violent and more egalitarian, gender-balanced, and sustainable future societies.
Riane Eisler is President of the Center for Partnership Systems, Editor in Chief, of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, and distinguished professor at Meridian University. Rianeeisler.com
APRIL 13, 2022
No Nation is Above the Law
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Russia to “immediately suspend” its invasion of Ukraine. 4 experts will discuss what it will look like when we evolve a future in which no nation or national leader is above the law. Can you imagine what the future will look like if we, the people, used our economic and nonviolent power to enforce world law? How could we enforce the recent World Court ruling against Putin’s invasion? Imagine implementing Kellogg Briand in which Russia, USA and 60 other countries outlawed war!
Bill Blum is a Los Angeles lawyer and a former state of California administrative law judge. He's written extensively about the need for international law to apply across the board, to the US in Nicaragua, to Israel in Palestine and now to Russia:
Aura Kanegis is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the American Friends Service Committee in Washington DC. See her thought provoking article:
Mark Oettinger, the principal drafter of the statue for a World Court of Human Rights (WCHR) - first proposed and declared by Garry Davis.
David Gallup directs the World Citizen Government -- which issues documents of global identification and travel in order to implement the rights and freedoms guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The WCG helps implement world law including everyone’s right to identify as world citizens. https://worldcitizengov.org/
March 16, 2022
How can we, as sovereign World Citizens Govern our World?
In 1993, Garry Davis, operating on behalf of world citizens, engaged organizational cybernetics pioneer Stafford Beer to join him in developing and testing an interactive system for ordinary people to have a real voice in governing spaceship Earth. Come hear about their early experiments and how we can now use the Syntegrity process and protocol to co-create whole system solutions to the Core Questions on Humanity's Table:
How can world citizens evolve world law to:
--to avoid a world war?
--prevent ecocide to ensure a healthy planetary civilization?
--engage in implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
Dr. David Beatty is the World Syntegrity Project Co-ordinator and a Founding Member of Team Syntegrity International. He was a Research Director of Individual and Organizational Learning at the Unesco Centre for Water Education, Netherlands.
Dr. Allenna Leonard, former president of the American Society for Cybernetics and the International Society for the Systems Sciences, is an American cyberneticist and Director of Cwarel Isaf Institute specializing in the application of Stafford Beer's Viable System Model and Team Syntegrity Process.
David Gallup is the President of the World Service Authority which carries on the work of Garry Davis.
March 10, 2022
The April 2022 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” (which also airs on Thurston Community television) provides fresh insights and a creative alternative that can get the whole world unstuck from nationalistic antagonisms and endless wars.
Wars have raged for thousands of years of wars, but they have never produced lasting peace. The promoters of World War I promised that it would be “the war to end all wars.” Have we had a century of peace since 1918?
When we are chronically stuck in a dysfunctional system, we need to challenge the long-standing assumptions.
We need to think creatively – “think outside the box” – and choose positive alternatives. Instead of narrow nationalism and wars, two guests and some visuals help us explore the exciting alternative: world citizenship.
Glen welcomed Arthur Kanegis and Melanie Bennett. Both guests have studied this extensively and produced a feature film promoting it. theworldismycountry.com
February 16, 2022
What is beyond systems built on Domination Culture?
Partnerism, developed by Dr. Riane Eisler, (The Chalice and the Blade) is a socio-economic system where all relationships, institutions, policies, and organizations are based on principles of equitable partnership that supports linking rather than ranking and hierarchies of actualization rather than hierarchies of domination.
Rosie von Lila has worked with Burning Man headquarters since 2013 and been a member of the global Burning Man community for more than half her life.
She is an advocate for Partnerism and participatory culture, and is soon to publish a book titled Mass Human Flourishing. vonlila.com
January 26, 2022
Al Jubitz is a soft-spoken powerhouse - a changemaker working through Rotary to promote World Peace, Environmental Stewardship and the needs of at-risk children.
He is Executive Producer of "A Bold Peace" a fabulous film about how Costa Rica, surrounded by hostile military powers, got rid of their military - and thus gained 75 years of peace, energy independence, education for all and so much more!
He is on the National Advisory Board of Environmental Defense Fund and on the Leadership Council at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
He is also the past President of the Rotary Club of Portland -- and is a sponsor of the TV broadcast of "The World Is My Country".
We are so pleased to also welcome Patrick Hiller - the Executive Director of the War Prevention Initiative by the Jubitz Family Foundation who also teaches in the Conflict Resolution Program at Portland State University.
January 19, 2022
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights unanimously confirmed that everyone on Earth has certain rights and freedoms. But who is going to enforce our rights? Who is going to protect our freedoms... and the most basic right of all -- the right of our species to survive on Planet Earth?
Mark Oettinger, a seasoned attorney, educator and author, with extensive experience in Judicial Systems and Rule of Law, is working with the World Service Authority, founded by Garry Davis, to develop a World Court of Human Rights.
Come hear about their progress -- and how such a Court will be able to create binding, enforceable world law - above the nations that divide us.
November 17, 2021
Rieki Cordon is an inspiring speaker with innovative ideas and creations to help plant the seeds for a better future. He will share some ideas on how we can opt-out of the degenerative economies that are harming our planet and opt-into regenerative economic systems that give us more voice and value while doing so!
He also explains a unique perspective on cryptocurrencies that go well beyond the scams and ponzinomics you hear in the news.
A facilitator and map-maker who is part of a community of people developing SEEDS, a regenerative economic system where the citizens govern the protocol and the net outcome is personal and planetary regeneration.
He is also a part of Hypha: A global, transparent and decentralized cooperative which is building tools for the Regenerative Renaissance.
Come hear his ideas on how Tokenomics and Decentralized Governance can build a regenerative economic systems with positive feedback loops to
heal our planet and communities.
November 10, 2021
Prof. René Wadlow is the President of the Association of World Citizens,
a global organization promoting oneness with humanity and seeing
the whole planet as our home. It has official consultative status in the UN's Economic & Social Council.
Rene first met Garry Davis at the home of Harry Jacobsen -- the machine-shop Guru and teacher of Natarajan's Indian philosophy -- who played a key role in inspiring Garry to declare a government of, by and for the people of Earth.
Hear more about this key time in the life of the man who inspired our Podcast and
"The World Is My Country" movie.
Rene -- a Princeton graduate and Professor and former Director of Research of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies in Geneva -- is a font of wisdom, spiritual and practical knowledge about how to avert catastrophe and create a flourishing and regenerative future!
November 3, 2021
Peter Meisen heads the World Energy commission of the World Citizen Government founded by Garry Davis.
The inspiration for his life’s work came from meeting the visionary engineer Buckminster Fuller and reading his seminal book “Critical Path.”
Dr. Fuller created the global gaming simulation, The World Game – “to make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone.”
Peter launched the Global Energy Network Initiative (GENI) to promote linking renewable energy resource around the world. The GENI initiative has earned the endorsements of 7 Nobel Peace Laureates, and newsman Walter Cronkite calling it “the best solution to peace and sustainable development he’s seen.” After 30 years, the world has now embraced this solution, just far too slowly.
He developed The SIMCenter, a surround visualization tool, like a Mission Control Room, that enables collective understanding and dialogue.
He's helping to create many SIMCenters in partnership with universities and city leadership -- to help City leaders deal with complex, interconnected problems, highlighting need options and strategies.
October 27, 2021
David Swanson, co-founder of World BEYOND War will tell us about the big campaign to get COP26 to include the biggest source of environmental damage of all: the Military/War System.
War and war preparations are one of biggest greenhouse gas emitters. Yet they are excluded from COP26! World Beyond War has brought together hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals to demand that all greenhouse gas emissions be included in mandatory greenhouse gas emission reduction standards. There must be no more exception for military pollution.
SEE THEIR PETITION AT: http://cop26.info
Come hear David's exciting ideas for how we can actually build a World Beyond War and in which all of us can be safe and secure and have a sustainable and regenerative future for the good of all.
October 20, 2021
Shann Turnbull is the coordinator of the World Economics Commission of Garry Davis' World Citizen Government . He is an Educator, Author, Speaker and co-founder of UK Sustainable Money Working Group.
ln his book A New Way to Govern Organizations and Society after Enron, he says that the old "command and control" hierarchies cannot cope with complexity or human diversity - or regulate themselves and are leading us to disaster. A new breed of ecological bottom up organization is needed based on the way nature manages complexity - which he calls network governance.
He wrote or has contributed to 30 books including: Democratising the Wealth of Nations' and 'Building Sustainable Communities: Tools and concepts for Self-reliant Economic Change.
October 13, 2021
Bud Wilson co-created the “Choices for the Future Symposium” with John Denver and the Windstar Foundation - advised by Buckminster Fuller. Fuller described Bud and his colleagues as “Adaptive Generalist Comprehensivists”
An advocate for principles of deep ecology, Bud believes that regenerative human behavior is the next essential step for humanity - to replace the standard practices of industrial growth societies.
He is the author of numerous nationally published articles on Social Justice,
Peace and Environmental issues.
He also designed and founded Eco-Action for Rotary International’s Preserve Planet Earth Campaign, bringing together business and professional leaders with youth to design community service projects based on ecological principles.
Bud guides Nature Centered leadership retreats -and has been offering
awareness training programs for over 30 years.
September 22, 2021
Rob Kall is the author of The Bottom-Up Revolution, an inspiring book that shows how every element of society is erupting from the bottom up -- including story-telling and even government!
He is the host of the Bottom up Radio show, on Pacifica. He founded OpEdnews.com, which publishes 500-1000 articles a month - including whistle-blowers and important news missed by the mainstream press.
He also founded Storycon, the Summit Meeting on the Art, Science and application of story. "I've come to see myself as working towards empowering and awakening people, first through biofeedback and self regulation training, and more recently, as a progressive publisher, writer of over 2500 articles and host of a radio show exploring a return to our bottom up roots, with the vision that bottom up values offer humanity a kinder, more sustainable future.
September 8, 2021
Christina Garcia is the Organizing Lead for OXFAM's Migration Campaign --bringing visibility to migrants and refugees, fighting gender-based violence, and meeting with Members of Congress to shift policies. She works with multi-issue coalitions in California, Arizona and New Mexico to advocate for migrants, workers, women and children, and people of color.
OXFAM works in 70 countries, with thousands of partners, allies, and communities to save and protect lives in emergencies, help people rebuild their livelihoods and campaign for genuine, lasting change.
Lately they've taken the bold step of joining with Patriotic Billionares and the Institute for Policy Studies to call for a one-off 99 percent levy just on the gains billionaires made during the pandemic -- to pay for everyone on Earth to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide a $20,000 cash grant to all unemployed workers everywhere!
August 25, 2021
Hear Beatrice Fihn's ideas about how we can personally be involved in effectively implementing the nuclear ban!
Beatrice Fihn accepted the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for their coalition which helped bring about the Treaty to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons which is currently in force.
"The Treaty categorically outlaws the worst weapons of mass destruction and establishes a clear pathway to their total elimination." She said in her Nobel Lecture in Oslo (here).
As Executive Director, Ms. Fihn has led the campaign since 2013 and has worked to mobilize civil society throughout the development of the Treaty.
This includes developing and executing ICAN’s political strategy and fundraising efforts as well as representing the campaign in relation to media and key stakeholders such as governments, the United Nations and other international organizations.
August 18, 2021
Dr Anneloes Smitsman,(Ph.D., LLM), Founder and CEO of EARTHwise Centre, is a visionary scientist, system architect, and leadership catalyst for the transition to a Thrivable Civilization. She is the lead architect of the EARTHwise Tipping Point System,and of the r3.0 Educational Transformation Blueprint. She helped form the TPS Wisdom Collaboratory and is an architect of the SEEDS Constitution (at the bottom of joinseeds.earth) and strategic advisor of Hypha for co-developing the Regenerative Renaissance tools, currencies, systems, and cultures.
Her groundbreaking Ph.D. dissertation Into the Heart of Systems Change, addresses how to diagnose and transform key systemic barriers of our world crisis through its proposed Transition Plan for a Thrivable Civilization.
Anneloes is the co-author of the forthcoming book series "The Future Humans Trilogy, with Dr Jean Houston. She is also the author of the Amazon Bestseller Love Letters from Mother Earth – The Promise of a New Beginning. Her deepest commitment is Love in Action, as shared in her TEDx talk. To stand together united for issues that deserve and require our deepest care and shared responsibility.
August 11, 2021
"In 1991, while I was launching Global Village Network, a new cable TV channel in Washington DC, people in the industry were surprised the CEO was not a white male, they got me instead, a brown woman from Hawaii," says Gloria Boreland.
To help change stereotypes she launched a PBS nationwide TV series profiling African-American business owners.
Gloria has several new projects in development - including one on Barack Obama's childhood in Hawaii and another on Native Hawaiian women -- who voted in 1840, 80 years before American women won the vote in 1920. Hawaii had a matrilineal society before it was dismantled by white American missionaries.
We are also delighted to speak with Anya Profumo who worked as an associate producer for Maria Florio on both "Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion" and "Big River Man".
Anya co-founded production company Sidecar Pictures, as well as a women's mobile media startup company, The Fix.
She also worked in development at YARN - Chat Fiction and has written several series ranging in genre and format, primarily focused on their Generation Z/Millennial audience. One of our series, The Misadventures of Rue starring Jordyn Jones, was nominated for Best Short Form Comedic series in the Cynopsis Media awards.
July 28, 2021
Dov Baum is the Director of Economic Activism for American Friends Service Committee
Check out their Investigate website, where you can find out if the companies you are invested in participate in state violence or human right violations.
She frequently lectures on feminism and democracy in Israel/Palestine, the economics of the Israeli occupation and the military industry, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, and corporate responsibility.
Dov is one of a group of Israeli Reservists who have made public their refusal to serve in the military, including in a public statement to the Washington Post.
July 14, 2021
Eston McKeague is President of the Young World Federalists (ywf.world), an international organization dedicated to modernizing the movement bringing the message of world federation to a new generation.
Eston holds a MSc in Political Science: Public Policy and Governance from the University of Amsterdam and a BA in Global Affairs with minors in both Economics and Religion and Culture from Western Washington University. Originally from Seattle, Eston currently lives in Berlin, Germany.
Donna Park is currently the Board Chair of The World Federalist Association d/b/a
Citizens for Global Solutions
Education Fund, a U.S. non-profit headquartered in Washington, DC.
She is a founding member of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of
Citizens for Global Solutions and is a member of the Cincinnati Peace Committee.
She also is an advisor to the Young World Federalists.
Donna has a BA and MA in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics. She
has been retired for 13 years after working over 30 years working in the global pharmaceutical
industry where she had responsibility for Global Clinical Data
Management and Global Regulatory Submissions.
Olympic Day! - June 23, 2021
Nathaniel Mills competed as a speed skater in three Olympic Games, serving as Team Captain of the 1998 U.S. Olympic Team in Nagano, Japan. He served as a delegate to the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece and co-founded the Olympism Project to advance the ideals and practices of Olympism.
"Coach Nat" is Co-Founder and Head Coach of DC Inner City Excellence (DC-ICE), a skating-based youth development program rooted in Olympism that inspires and empowers urban youth to attain excellence in body, mind and spirit. He is also a youth golf coach with First Tee of Greater Washington, DC and Special Olympics DC.
As a lawyer, Nathaniel has served the World Service Authority's legal department and is WSA's World Sports Commission Coordinator.
As an educator, he taught Alternatives to Violence classes with the Center for Teaching Peace in several Washington, DC schools.
As a Northwestern University-trained actor, Nathaniel has appeared in numerous stage and film productions, and he continues to act for justice in his community and on and the world stage.
June 16, 2021
World BEYOND War
is a global nonviolent movement to end war!
David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is cofounder and executive director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation.
Greta Zarro has a background in issue-based community organizing. and coalition building. A public speaker, she is also engaged in legislative and media outreach. Greta and her partner run Unadilla Community Farm, a non-profit organic farm and permaculture education center in Upstate New York.
June 9th, 2021
Joanne Dufour, an anti-nuclear weapons educator, brings us a message of hope as we face humanity's greatest challenge.
She is a trainer in International Humanitarian law for the Red Cross and has the Disarming Our Planet blog.
Today China, Russia and the US are rattling the sabers of new arms races - yielding big profits for corporate bomb makers but threatening the very life of humanity.
Instead of U.S. government policies protecting the people, they've protected the corporations that have led us down a disastrous path that is already killing thousands of people from Marshall Islanders and other bomb test victims, to radiation burn victims, downwinders,
and many more.
All this is being done with your tax dollars, and you hold the key to stopping it!
Joanne talks about how you can be a part of a movement to use smart actions to reduce the danger. Most importantly you can help get the money out of bomb-making - encouraging your universities, pension funds and banks to divest from bomb-makers - and other ways we, the people, can join with the overwhelming majority of nations to enforce the
Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.
June 2, 2021
Aura Kanegis, American Friends Service Committee's director of public policy and Merle Lefkoff president of the Center for Emergent Diplomacy share their unique first-hand perspectives on how to engineer peace in the Gaza Israeli conflict given the extreme power disparities.
May 26, 2021
Todd Miller talks about his new book "Build Bridges, Not Walls".
Is it possible to create a borderless world? How might it be better equipped to solve the global emergencies threatening our collective survival? Build Bridges, Not Walls is an inspiring, impassioned call to envision—and work toward—a bold new reality.
Todd Miller has been reporting from international border zones for over twenty-five years. In Build Bridges, Not Walls, he invites readers to join him on a journey that begins with the most basic of questions: What happens to our collective humanity when the impulse to help one another is criminalized?
A series of encounters—with climate refugees, members of indigenous communities, border authorities, modern-day abolitionists, scholars, visionaries, and the shape-shifting imagination of his four-year-old son—provoke a series of reflections on the ways in which nation-states create the problems that drive immigration, and how the abolition of borders could make the world a more sustainable, habitable place for all.
May 19, 2021
Karen D. Kendrick-Hands
co-founded the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG)
She believes that the ultimate “Service above Self” is ensuring a stable climate for future generations.
Karen, an attorney, has been a volunteer public interest advocate for cleaner air, mobility and transportation choices, including serving on various local, state and regional advisory bodies, for over 30 years.
She has founded advocacy groups, including Transportation Riders United in greater Detroit , assisted non-environmental community and service organizations, including the Junior League, and League of Women Voters to frame and adopt environmental positions, worked with national US groups such as the Clean Air Network, participated in an official international environmental law exchange between the US and former Soviet Union, and created community connections with unlikely partners – finding common interests where none were obvious.
Karen, blessed to have been a RYE student in 1967-68 to Australia, is a past Chair and Communications Direction of ESRAG; Co-founder a member of the RC of Madison, WI, and its Going Green Fellowship Group in District 6250.
She is the Leader of the Rotary Action Team within Citizens’ Climate Lobby Community. Most recently Karen had the honor of being Rotary International’s first observer delegate to UNFCCC Climate talks, COP24 in Katowice, Poland, 2018.
May 12, 2021 - David Hartsough
David just celebrated his 81 birthday and will be talking about his book "Waging Peace, the Global Adventures of a life-long activist".
It's an amazing story filled with action and adventure!
David is a Co-Founder of World BEYOND War, a global movement to end war - making it as illegal to kill people outside countries as it is inside!
He has been Waging Peace since meeting Martin Luther King at age 15 - from civil-rights sit-ins to blocking nuclear weapons plants at LIvermore Laboratory.
He's blocked trains carrying munitions to fuel Central American wars -- enforcing international law as laid out at Nuremberg. He's Waged Peace in some of the most dangerous and war-torn places on the planet -- including the Philippines, Iran, Kosovo and even the Soviet Union.
April 28, 2021
"YOUTH V. GOV" documentary -- 21 kids aged 8 to 19, who had their homes flooded, their land ruined by drought, their homes engulfed in forest fires and more brought suit against the US government for denying them a Future.
Join us and hear from Sahara Valentine, who became a plaintiff when she was 10 years old, and from the director!
Director Christi Cooper, a PhD scientist, and Emmy-award winning cinematographer has created a masterful film in Youth v. Gov -- one of the most thought provoking & compelling climate documentaries ever! An emotional roller-coaster, the film provides the most convincing case of any film we've ever seen that Climate change is real, caused in large part by government policies -- and devastating to our future survival.
At the same time the film is heartwarming and uplifting - the inspiring voice of young people who are the core of a new superpower that will save our world!
See Christi's many film awards and much more at barrelmakerproductions.com -- and you can watch the film now free at the Solutions Cinema virtual film festival : https://watch.eventive.org/solutionscinema/play/604fbf7ca644ad0030d8903f?m=1 (It follows the short film Water Queen)
April 14, 2021
Robin Lloyd is a filmmaker, director of the video production company Green Valley Media, and active in the peace and justice movement in Burlington, VT.
Her grandmother, Lola Maverick Lloyd was one of the many founders of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom whose centennial was celebrated in 2015. Lola Lloyd also co-founded the Campaign for World Government in 1937, the first organizational attempt at a world government and world federalism, with close friend Rosika Schwimmer.
Robin has been toured with a ‘performance piece’ featuring Lola: Talking with Our Grandmothers: www.WW1womenspeacemovement.com.
Also we were very pleased to hear Ellen Thomas' story
as well as William Thomas' story" '!
March 24, 2021
Kasha Sequoia Slavner is a Gen-Z, multi-award-winning first-time documentary filmmaker who at age 16 set out across the world to film The Sunrise Storyteller -- completing it in high school!
Passionate to use visual storytelling to make the world a better place and In 2019 she received the Diana Award for sustaining positive social change in the memory of Princess Diana. She is a global youth leader recognized by legendary music producer Nile Rodgers We Are Family Foundation, Global Changemakers, Yunus & Youth, WE, One Better World Collective and was selected as one of the Voices of SDG16+ launched at the UN HLPF.
Most recently, in 2021 she became a Climate Ambassador of the Global Youth Climate Network, Kasha is an 12x UN Youth Delegate of The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, and serves as an expert for the Women's Media Center, a non-profit co-founded by Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan.
At 17, Kasha wrote & published a 200+ page book of photography “Reflections of the Sunrise Storyteller – A Journey into the Heart as a Global Citizen”. She is also a contributor to several magazines, including National Geographic, Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, Good Magazine... The Sunrise Storyteller has screened at 60+ festivals and won 29 awards, including the Ron Kovic Peace Prize and the Eva Haller, Women Transforming Media Award. She is developing a second feature documentary “1.5 Degrees of Peace”, fiscally sponsored by The Redford Center.
Kasha's mom Marla Slavner is a social impact producer, is an entrepreneur with unbridled catalyst energy & creative vision. Founding director of the International Children’s Art Foundation, she has served as a United Nations delegate for the past 8 years at The Commission on the Status of Women.
The Global Sunrise Project brings a narrative of resilience, passion, and hope to visual storytelling to empower all of us to take action and come together as global citizens.
March 17, 2021
Ann Frisch is a whirlwind of activism racing to save humanity from doomsday! She chairs the subcommittee on nuclear weapons of the Rotary Action Group for Peace (RAGFP ) and chairs St. Paul Rotary's Peace Fellow Integration Committee (D-5960).
Ann won Rotary International’s Rotary People of Action Award (along with 5 other Rotarians) in 2017 for her work in unarmed civilian protection. She received the Minnesota US Legislature Award in 2018. In 2019, she headed a RAGFP Delegation at the Nuclear Nonproliferation PrepCom and worked with 250 women around the world to support the UN Secretary General’s plea for a ceasefire in 2020. She also works with Servas. Ann coordinated the first District Grant to train Rotarians in defusing the armed conflict in Southern Thailand and is building models for other Rotarians to do nonviolent, nonpartisan and grassroots based peacemaking.
March 10, 2021
Our Special Guests are Marna Anderson and Kalaya'an Mendoza of the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP).
Whether it's silencing the guns in Darfur or training emerging women leaders in the Philippines, the NP is on the job -- forging a new form of Peacekeeping without guns.
Mel Duncan and David Hartsough founded NP in 2002, launching it right into action -- deploying the first Peacekeeping team to Sri Lankaduring a civil war between the government and the rebel Tamal Tigers where they worked with mothers for the return of child soldiers, accompanied journalists who were under threat and provided a protective presence in vulnerable areas.
Marna joined NP after seeing firsthand the devastation of war and the suffering it brought to El Salvador, where billions in US military aid led to neither side "winning" and over 75,000 people killed, communities devastated, and families traumatized for generations.
When a Philippines village of 1000 people were panicking and fleeing, with two armed patrols about to converge on them, elders called in an NP team. They succeeded in getting the armed patrols to back off without danger.
Join us and hear how NP is protecting civilians and building a culture of
peace around the world.
Marna Anderson is NP's "Director of USA" - bringing in her expertise in organizational effectiveness, fundraising, human rights as well as her focus in conservation and in protecting women and children from violence.
Kalaya'an Mendoza is Director of U.S. Programs and co-founder of Across Frontlines, an organization that works alongside frontline human rights defenders to keep their communities safe from state and non-state actor violence.
February 24, 2021
Beth Leeds is Global/Local Activist -- a "Glocalist!" She's also a writer, artist and health coach.
She has been an activist since she was 8 years old - when in 1949 she got a STOP sign installed at a dangerous intersection -- cutting through Laguna Beach, CA red tape in less than 24 hours! She is also responsible for saving the iconic Lifeguard Tower in Laguna Beach.
Whether it's acting locally to preserve a Canyon, Nationally to write the National Ocean Protection Act in her kitchen or Globally as the running mate for World Citizen #1 Garry Davis on the World Citizen Party ticket, Beth has always been an undefeatable Changemaker.
Hear what it was like running for Vice President of the US on a platform that unites people
all over the planet!
February 17, 2021
Free & Safe Cyberspace!
Rufo Guerreschi is an entrepreneur, activist and expert in the area of leading-edge IT security and privacy.
He is working for a Free and Safe
He formerly lead an open source e-voting/e-democracy startup, Participatory Technologies.
February 10, 2021
Millions of people are denied basic human and civil rights because they are stateless.
A virtual nation state would provide them with citizenship, a digital identity, and many of the rights normally accorded by nation states-- but would not tied to geography, history, or birth.
JAN RUIJGROK, a futurist and innovator with special interest in technological impact on social behavior.
BRENDAN DUNPHY, entrepreneur and social innovator.
MIKE NORTHCOTT, founder of Spearfish Innovation and former Hewlett-Packard Vice President of Global Operations Strategy.
We discussed how this new digital technology might work collaboratively with the World Passport in accord with International Human Rights law.
January 27, 2021
"Imagineering a Future Beyond
the Borders that Divide us."
Shekhar Mehta, of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, is the President-Elect of Rotary International for 2021-22
Chairman and founder of the Skyline Group and director of Operation Eyesight International, he has led major service initiatives in India & South Asia including Constructing 500 homes for Tsunami survivors, Saving Little Hearts pediatric Heart Surgery Program, T-E-A-C-H holistic program on literacy, Eye Hospitals and so much more in the areas of Water, Sanitation, Literacy, Healthcare and the Environment.
Shekhar wrote "This film on Garry Davis. How remarkable it is. How often have these ideas resonated with so many of us. They would seem Utopian but here was a man who believed in his dreams and took it forward. Maybe he was far ahead of his times...but as John Lennon said in Imagine
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for...
January 20, 2021
Glen Martin is a leading figure in the creation of the The Constitution for the Federation of Earth! -- a document developed by successive world constituent assemblies in countries around the world -- with input from people around the world.
The World Constitution and Parliament Association helps coordinate a network of tens of thousands of people from 120 countries in the movement to create non-military, democratic world government under the Earth Constitution.
Glen is a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Radford University and author of 7 books including Triumph of Civilization: Democracy, Nonviolence, and the Piloting of Spaceship Earth.
January 13, 2021
Our special guest is Ford Roosevelt, the grandson of Eleanor Roosevelt!, talking about his grandmother's historic role in bringing us the Universal Declaration of Human Rights --
and what it means for all living beings on the planet.
How can we move from universal recognition to universal compliance?
Ford is a teacher was recently President & CEO at Project GRAD Los Angeles.
December 16, 2020
Michael Walsh is a Global Citizenship (GC) Scholar & a GC Philosophy expert & advocate. Accordingly, every human being has inalienable global citizen rights to all human basic needs, education and healthcare. The GC Project will promote these rights and secure individual sovereignty.
Michael has 10 yrs of focused GC business model development to drive meaningful “Citizen-Member” engagement in the future GC Ecosystem-- with a privacy-designed core GC Citizen Network. globalcitizen.one
December 9, 2020
As co-founder of the Rotary E-Club of World Peace and Convener of Rotary World Peace Conferences, Rudy Westervelt has brought together an incredible array of top-thinkers about ways to build a more peaceful world.
With his wife Karyn, and her emphasis on youth, they brought together 100 speakers and facilitators working to develop solutions to major issues facing our world.
A former Rotary District Governor (5330), Rudy has played a key role in motivating Rotary to make Peace a major focus.
He is also President of Solutions for Peace Foundation, Inc.
Come get some Holiday Cheer!
December 2, 2020
Asha Asokan is an extraordinary Rotary Peace Fellow who got her start in peacebuilding in Sudan, where she first worked for the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission as a contractor and then moved to South Sudan with the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP). With NP, she succeeded in stopping warring sides in South Sudan! See https://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/blog/south-sudan-news/387-the-small-girl-and-the-big-men.
She is currently working with Nonviolent Peaceforce in Minneapolis for the protection of civilians by improving their safety and security through Unarmed Civilian Protection approaches.
Previously, in her role as Child Protection Officer with the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan, she advocated and negotiated directly with armed forces and groups to stop child recruitment and other grave child rights violations in South Sudan. She also supported the Office of the UN Special Representative to the SG on Children and Armed Conflict (UNSRSG CAAC) in NY for the protection of children in armed conflict.
She is now co-chairing a Working Group on Conflict Prevention, Peacekeeping, and Peacemaking with Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS), a global platform, based in DC. She is also serving on the Rotary Action Group for Peace Subcommittee on Nuclear Weapons Education.
November 25, 2020
Mike Caruso works with Rotary on their Peace Fellowships & Peacebuilder Clubs -
and was a District Governor.
He served in the Peace Corps, working in Tuberculosis Control with the 16 aboriginal tribes in Malaysia. He was director of Oregon Common Cause and chairperson of
Helping Hands Re-entry Outreach.
With Rotary Foundation, he helped organize 10 hands-on projects in Guatemala consisting of Dental, Medical, Water, Education, Electrical, Construction and Micro-Finance groups. His Rotary work has taken him to Cyprus, Israel, Palestine and Lebanon. He is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service
as well as the Rotary International Service Above Self Award.
November 18, 2020
Barbara Gaughen-Muller is a peace scholar, advocate, activist, author and podcast host. She is internationally known for her peace work. As an inspirational speaker, her enthusiasm for peace is contagious!
She is President of the United Nations Association, Santa Barbara, Tri-Counties CA Chapter (www.unasb.org), President of The Rotary E-Club of World Peace (www.rotaryeclubofworldpeace.org, Co-CEO of Revolutionary Conversations, LLC. and is the co-author of the book
Revolutionary Conversations:The Tools You Need for the Success You Want.
She also hosts the Power of Peace ™ podcasts (www.revolutionaryconversations.net) and she interviewed 65 of the 100+ program speakers for the Rotary World Peace Conference 2016.
She continues the peace work of her late husband, Dr. Robert Muller, former UN Assistant Secretary General. Together, Robert and she co-created 7500 Ideas for a Better World,
shared daily. (www.goodmorningworld.org).
And she is the founder of the award-winning Gaughen Global Public Relations, celebrating its 25th year working for a better world.
Watch this podcast - you can't help but be uplifted!
Armistice Day November 11, 2020
Daniel 'Danny' Sjursen is a retired Major in the US Army, a graduate and history teacher at Westpoint and a combat veteran from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
His wartime experiences and discoveries about the true history of the US military role in the world led him to do an intellectual and spiritual “About Face.”
He is now a regular contributor to antiwar.com, Truthdig, The Nation, Tom Dispatch,
The Huffington Post, and The Hill.
His work has also appeared in Harper’s, The LA Times, and Buzz Feed. His latest book "Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War" offers a new, more complex notion of patriotism. Danny co-hosts the progressive veterans’ podcast “Fortress on a Hill.” (Twitter @SkepticalVet).
He gives us new perspectives on these challenging times of political turmoil.
October 21, 2020
Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, chairs the nuclear nonproliferation task force of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association.
He serves as the Representative to the United Nations of the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates and is himself a 2014 nominee.
He also works with Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, the Jane Goodall Institute and the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
While many people are aware that climate change is leading toward ecocide -- few are talking about how perilously close we are to "nukacide."
Jonathan explained why the current policies plunge us closer than ever to the brink of nuclear war.