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More Than a Song: Make a Movement out of Music

Africa must wake up, the sleeping sons of Jacob For what tomorrow may bring, may a better day come Yesterday we were kings, can you tell me young ones Who are we today? It is only befitting for me to begin this piece about the power of music with the lyrics above, written by Nas and Damien Marley in ‘Africa Must Wake Up’. I love this song because it embodies the idea of pa...

Written by Ndunge Wayua and published on 19-June-2016

The Sustainable Development Goals

Throughout the past couple decades, our world has been through significant changes, both positive and negative. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a group of 8 goals and comprised of a set of time-bound and quantifiable targets, came to an end in 2015. The MDGs were the first major declaration from the world on tackling some of the most systemic travesties, with the eradication of poverty being the primary...

Written by Daniel Winstanley and published on 16-May-2016

The Pursuit of Peace through Information Communication Technologies

Technology is everywhere, that’s nothing new. However, the degree to which information and communication technologies (ICTs) have taken the world by storm is positively astounding. It doesn’t matter where in the world I have travelled in the last few years, I have had mobile phone coverage nearly everywhere, been able to check my emails, use WhatsApp, and access the news. Whether in Cambodia, India, Kenya, Armenia, Bosnia, Tunisia, or anywhere else, the locals have also all been engr...

Written by Tim Williams and published on 26-April-2016

My Caux Scholars Program Story

Stories are powerful. Stories make experiences come alive. One of the best means to positive transformation, dialogue and healing can be found in the form of story-telling. This is why today, I choose to tell a story. This is my Caux story. The story of my time at the Caux Scholars Program (CSP) at Asia Plateau, in Panchgani, Indi...

Written by Dr. Nidhi Shendurnikar and published on 01-February-2016

Monotonous Stories in a Complicated World

Similar to all genres of writing, journalism is less about enunciating unadulterated facts than laborious communication to public of various messages, reshaping a language that engages readers. A relatable and intriguing story is among the most effective tool in order to achieve that. However, this pattern opens loopholes that are inherently in conflict with the journalistic professionalism that requires a high level of objectivity and accuracy. Facts are what actually happened; together they c...

Written by Sofie Chen and published on 19-January-2016

From Individual Inner Peace to Collective Outer Peace

This year on 21 June 2015 the first International Yoga Day, declared by the United Nations, took place. A total of 177 countries had supported this UN resolution . Although nowadays yoga and mindfulness are considered non-religious, these practices do have an origin in religion.

Written by Sabrina Gehrlein and published on 05-December-2015

Corruption, Political Stalemate, and Popular Protests: #YouStink - a turning point for Lebanon?

For nearly three months, over the course of a typically hot and humid summer, Beirut's residents have taken to the streets. At first, the demonstrations seemed to represent a logical manifestation of the widespread frustration at the closure of the Naameh landfill, and the subsequent pile up of uncollected garbage across the country. However, as public pressure o...

Written by Casey Davison O'Brien and published on 16-October-2015

The Cognitive Dissonance of Trumpian Logic

“We will make America great again,” the stirring words of Donald Trump as he announced his candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidential election in June. As Republican debate gains steam, sketchy details of a Trumpian utopia have emerged; largely expressed in terms of the U.S. reasserting its economic and foreign policy might—it seems, purely for the aura of being ‘the best’. The rhetoric and supposed nationa...

Written by Tej Parikh and published on 29-September-2015

Art Has No Label

For centuries, the arts have been used to convey messages of human experience. Sometimes these messages fuel conflict, like the recent example of the Charlie Hebdo attack illustrates, and other times the arts nurtures peace, like the Love Has No Labels campaign shows . And sometimes, art is so penetrating that it has the potential to change the course of history, like the

Written by S. Gehrlein and published on 21-September-2015

The Real Price of Development

Money makes the world go around. As much as we might dislike this saying, we face proof of the truth behind it every day. But what do we do if, despite the money spent, the world does in fact not seem to go around as well as we would like it to. In recent years, criticism about the bottomless pit that is global development has been expressed widely. From marking it ineffective to downright counterproductive, many voices have advocated a halt to development aid spending over the years, the

Written by A. Hooijer and published on 31-July-2015

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