To Friends All Over: HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!

TRANSCEND News, 31 Dec 2012

Johan and TRANSCEND – TRANSCEND Media Service

happy holidays

With more of our new formula, front page of A Theory of Peace:

                                             EQUITY x HARMONY

                        PEACE = —————–

                                           TRAUMA x CONFLICT

developed in “Peace”, Int, Enc, of the Social Sciences, PM, ATOP.

Permit me a little report on where we are in TRANSCEND; reporting an incredibly challenging fall term.

Transcend Peace Service: Mediation at the micro-meso-macro-mega levels for all four formula tasks: equity-harmony-conciliation-resolution.  The focus has been on Afghanistan, Iran, Israel-Arab states, Syria. Fernando Montiel, Tats Arai, Cesar Villanueva, Emma Leslie do terrific jobs, to mention some, and, indeed, the SABONA team.

Transcend Peace University:  A very successful experiment with a new way of running Advanced Theory of Conflict (and Peace), with a focus on six modules of current politics and SKYPE to come closer to onsite.  Erika is an incredibly competent administrator of the complexities.

Transcend University Press: Reconciliation, Peace Mathematics (PM) and Peace Economics (PE) published 2012, A Theory of Peace (ATOP) coming; selling well outside Europe and in Spanish (Fernando!)–but let us see England end January; Atlantic College and U. of Liverpool.  After all, the language matters.  Dieter steers it very competently, indeed.

Transcend Media Service: More used than ever, also by journalists. Antonio has all the concrete data (since start in 2008):

  • 8,648 posts
  • 1,913 comments by readers
  • 2,000 subscribers to the TMS Weekly Digest
  • 4,500 followers to Facebook’s Pages (Johan Galtung and TRANSCEND)

Last 30 days:

Visitors: 15886
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Page views: 25133 (Ø 2.3)
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Total time spent: 414h 14m 57s

Transcend Research Institute: A home has been found in the Galtung- Institut, Basel Germany, also for the huge Hexagon Project, with Gerd Junne as a very important contributor.  Naakow, the director, is very entrepreneurial and innovative intellectually at the same time, with Erika, Benno, Karoline and more; also working on our economy.

Add to that the prizes for showing the road to (not yet) peace, and you sense what I am aiming at: TRANSCEND works, functions.  There is the Johan-Dietrich nucleus, and we will be there for a long time; but decreasingly indispensable.  We see university courses using “the Hawai’i model” (used by EPU and WPA) all over, mediation more or less using the Transcend approach; dispersed, decentralized, as ought to be.

So you will pardon me a sense of “mission accomplished”, even if those words were abused by somebody unmentionable.  I see the end of my books and too much travel; not of mediation and TPU by SKYPE, nor editorials and research.  But there is also a life outside TRANSCEND and you will increasingly also find me there, with my beloved Fumi, my always transcending companion.

New Year 2012/13  Much love,  Johan


Johan Galtung: FALL 2012: 15 CHALLENGES; 15 TMS EDITORIALS

08/19: Grimstad, UiA: Hamsun, Ibsen, Verden og Vi: Deres utopier

In tiny Grimstad Ibsen worked in a pharmacy and Hamsun had his farm, the two greatest Norwegian authors both had world view and utopias; a great challenge to bridge peace and art spaces to make them visible.

08/31: Kongsvinger: SABONA: Barnehave, skole, arbeidsliv

Sabona=Transcend in daily life: teachers and children 8-12 learning to handle bullying; kindergarten teachers and children 2-4 to share toys, to wait for their turn, to use words not fists; couples to relate.

09/05: Charlotte NC: Democratic National Convention US Peace Policy

On the margin of the DNC a forum for what US peace policy might look like and what stands in the way, including an analysis of the huge Muslim diaspora in the world in general, and USA-Europe in particular.

09/20-26; 11/7-3: Puebla, Mexico DF ComNaPaz; Tucumán, Buenos Aires

Mediation makes great progress: a National Commission for Peace is proposed to reduce inequality and fight the drug-violence industries; proposals for Malvinas, Cuba normalization, drug legalization and OAS.

10/01: UNHRC Social Forum: People-Centered Dev’t and Globalization

Opening the UN Forum with 3 points: lifting the bottom up with a focus on the most needy in the poorest communities; not touching the rich, have them join; using six, not only one, models of development.

10/03: Istanbul: Turkey-Cyprus, -Kurds-, -Armenia, -Syria: What?Equality for Greece-Turkey in Cyprus and EU; human rights-autonomies for Kurds in 4 countries making a Kurdistan; Turks-Kurds apologizing-compensating to Armenians; non-territorial federalism for Syria.

10-04: Istanbul: Balkan Wars at 100; And Good Neighborhood?

The 1912-13 wars created a fragmented Balkans that can be overcome by giving “Balkanization” the positive connotation of building a region with a Commission for cooperation, reconciliation, and resolution.

10/04-06: Rhodos, Civ Dia: The Hexagon USA-EU-Russia-China-India-OIC

NGO cooperation between the Dialogue Forum and Transcend on training in peace politics and dialogues in Russia as a possible region?  What can  the 6 poles in the Hexagon learn from each other positively?

10/07-08: New York, Russell Tribunal on Palestine: On Sociocide

The case of sociocide–killing materially-structurally-culturally–not people and nature–was made for the jury for Israel vs Palestine; including the possibility of Israeli committing sui-sociocide.

10/18:Valencia, Foro Mundial Mediación: 50 años de experiencias

Opening the World Mediation Forum with 50 years negative and positive experiences from micro to mega on equity-harmony-trauma-conflict, with pointers forward to what is missing: a mediation-solution culture.

10/23: Norrköping, ESF: Cold War Discourse Switch, and Middle East?

From “free world” vs “anti-imperialism” to “nuclear disarmament and human rights” united movements and ended the Cold War; for West/Islam and Israel/Palestine how to depolarize discourses constructively.

11/16-17: Virginia Tech: Symposium on Reconciliation and Resolution

The massive killing horrors beg for conflict resolution and trauma reconciliation for the USA as a whole.  Keynotes and workshops dealt with this in detail; as underdog revolts with a mental dimension.

12/7-9: Basel TPU: West/Islam-Africa-GIPSI-Americas-SABONA-West Asia

The last of six modules in a 12 weeks Transcend Peace University experimental course online and onsite, with SKYPE between resource persons and participants, and six collective solution-oriented papers.

12/12: Basel Galtung-Institut: Wider den Anti-Semitismus: we need academic, and speech, freedom for constructive discourses to fight anti-Semitism, to explain, to prevent and to learn, also for Israel-Palestine and nazism-Hitler-WWII; not discourse control.

12/17: Frankfurt am Main: Structural Violence and the Handicapped

How does the hierarchy-polyarchy-equiarchy-anarchy structural violence and peace typology relate to a typology of handicaps and wellness?


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3 Responses to “To Friends All Over: HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!”

  1. Garedew says:

    Happy New Year for you too, Professor Johan Galtung. Wish you successful 2013.

  2. Dr. Bishnu Pathak says:

    Thank you (my dear peace professor Dr. Johan Galtung) so much for all details of TRANSCEND works in 2012. Congratulations for mission is achieved. It is appreciated for Johan-Dietrich nucleus. Happy New Year 2013.

  3. Aura says:

    Dear professor Dr. Johan Galtung, thank you so much for 2012! For the wonderful TPU journeys and the books, the editorials, the videos, and all the Transcend materials so generously shared. Thank you for the light of hope in a better world, and for restlessly reminding to everyone that it is possible. Thank you for believing in humans’ peace potential, despite of too much war potential displayed. And thank you for building such a wonderful team in Transcend and Galtung Institute.
    Happy 2013 with health and endless enriching adventures! Continue to inspire us from east to west and from north to south.