All posts in "Peacebuilding"

#PeacefulMondays: The people-powered light of a nuclear-free world

By Maya Mathias / December 11, 2017

The room erupted in thunderous applause. It wasn’t because a celebrity, pop icon or politician had played to the crowd. Or because something witty had just been uttered. The applause burst forth from acknowledging that we, the human race, had had enough. It was applause from everyday people, to begin the march toward a world […]


#PeacefulMondays: Bridging the gap with those who serve

By Maya Mathias / December 4, 2017

On Monday May 25 2015, I attended my first Memorial Day observance ceremony, and met my first war veteran. He spoke of his encounter with the enemy, deep inside a tunnel in the Pacific. I offered him some words of comfort and encouragement, and his eyes moistened with gratitude. It planted a I-want-to-help seed in […]


#PeacefulMondays: Fighting for our peace

By Maya Mathias / November 13, 2017

Tribalism has its place. It bonds us to people we identify with, are nurtured by, and would potentially die for. But what happens when a tribe’s defenders are disconnected from or disenfranchised by other members of the tribe? Read More


#PeacefulMondays: Make debates whole again

By Maya Mathias / October 30, 2017

(Demonstrators clashed at a free speech rally in Berkeley, Calif., in August. Credit Josh Edelson/Associated Press ) I’ve often wondered what America’s Founding Fathers would say about the current state of debate in the public sphere, and whether it mirrors their free-speech intentions as enshrined in the First Amendment. Does free speech mean unfettered speech, […]


#PeacefulMondays: Regular folk

By Maya Mathias / September 25, 2017

How was your week and, if you live in a temperate climate, your transition into the Fall? Though I was nursing a stomach bug for most of the week, I made time to ingest some of what unfolded at and around the United Nations General Assembly. As I shared with you last week, The UN […]


#PeacefulMondays: The Super Bowl of Diplomacy

By Maya Mathias / September 18, 2017

Are you still thinking about Hurricane Irma, the hurricanes that threaten to follow in her wake, or friends and loved ones who were affected by her wrath? A couple of days ago, I was on the phone with a close friend and learned she has family in Florida. One had a home in the Florida […]


Manifesto for the Star In Your Soul

By Maya Mathias / August 23, 2017

I’m thrilled to launch my “Star In Your Soul” manifesto. Is it just me, or have the last couple of years been filled with one (okay, more like 10) too many globally-renowned icons passing? It’s sad enough when luminaries like Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou leave us after a full and ripe life. But when […]


Activism That Matters – How to Uphold Your Vision for America

By Maya Mathias / February 7, 2017

About 3 weeks ago, Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States of America and the de facto leader of the free world. But many Americans and other nations feel anything but free. Whether it’s the Trump administration’s potentially unconstitutional executive order to ban citizens from 7 Muslim-majority nations, the looming far-right […]


Manifesto for the People of America (and its Allies)

By Maya Mathias / December 3, 2016

I’m thrilled to launch my first manifesto “For the People, by the People: Honor America With Your Voice” Inspired by the earth-shifting results of America’s 2016 presidential election, this 1056-word manifesto is a call for America and its allies to honor the ideals that have largely kept the world at peace for 70 years. And […]

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