A Plan to Sustain TRANSCEND Media Service-TMS

TRANSCEND News, 8 Jul 2019

Robert Kowalczyk and Gary Corseri – Members of TRANSCEND

We feel certain that you appreciate TRANSCEND Media Service-TMS as much as we do. It is truly a meeting place for those of us in Conflict Transformation, Peace Journalism and all related fields. Should TMS suddenly disappear from the Internet, we would all feel bereft of a great source of community sharing, discussion and inspiration.

TMS is edited and managed by Antonio C. S. Rosa, with some assistance from occasional volunteers. We both have had separate experiences with Antonio and know him to be a very fine and honorable individual who has dedicated his life to serving the TRANSCEND International Network. Having shared peace objectives and hopes with him, and knowing both his determination and humility, we are seriously concerned about his work.

Therefore, it is hereby proposed that, working together via our shared network, we can find a way to better sustain Antonio’s work as it is in behalf of our own community.

Our idea is simple: Let each member who has the resources pledge a certain amount of money yearly for the maintenance of TRANSCEND Media Service. (We are pledging $50 each for 2019 and a further pledge of $50 for the foreseeable future.)

Let us allow Antonio to continue recording the names of those TMS Supporters on the TRANSCEND Media Service site and in the Weekly Digest–without the amount specified–as a way of showing his appreciation. The list can be updated as the support comes in and every January.

2018:  76 supporters
2019 as of today:  51 supporters
Our goal for 2019:  100 supporters

A further idea would be for each reader or subscriber to actively share the website with all those in her or his field, thus widening the exposure of the articles and the possibilities for further pledges. Let us also especially encourage TMS Supporters to add to the “discussions,” commenting on the articles and engaging in dialogues.  Hopefully, the exposure and contributions will grow, along with the ability for Antonio to better do his job.

Needless to say, those who do not wish to join us are free to abstain.

For those who already contribute, please share this yearly support plan. It will give Antonio some breathing space as he continues his fine work. Simply write a message to Antonio via the website and ask him to place your name on the TMS Supporters List.

Thank you for your kind attention and consideration.


Gary Corseri and Robert Kowalczyk
Proud Members of TRANSCEND International Peace Network


Robert Kowalczyk is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. He is former Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Intercultural Studies in the School of Art, Literature and Cultural Studies of Kindai University, Osaka, Japan. Robert has coordinated a wide variety of projects in the intercultural field, and is currently the International Coordinator of Peace Mask Project. He has also worked in cultural documentary photography and has portfolios of images from Korea, Japan, China, Russia and other countries. He has been a frequent contributor to Kyoto Journal. Contact can be made through his website portfolio: robertkowalczyk.zenfolio.com.

Dr. Gary Steven Corseri is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. He has published and posted articles, fiction and poems at hundreds of venues, including, TMS (Transcend Media Service), The New York Times, Village Voice, Redbook Magazine and Counterpunch.  He has published 2 novels and 2 collections of poetry, and his dramas have been produced on PBS-Atlanta and elsewhere.  He has performed his poems at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum and has taught in universities in the US and Japan, and in US public schools and prisons.  Contact: Gary_Corseri@comcast.net

This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 8 Jul 2019.

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2 Responses to “A Plan to Sustain TRANSCEND Media Service-TMS”

  1. George Kent says:

    I want to applaud Gary and Robert for their initiative in encouraging Transcend fans to find ways to sustain Antonio and the Transcend Media Service. It might be worthwhile to regularize the process even more than envisioned in Robert and Gary’s message.

    I have been donating, but erratically, when the spirit moved me. It would be better if it was regularly scheduled emails that moved me.

    It would be nice to have regular notifications to people who would like to be regular donors by making it easy for them to click a button and complete their payment, perhaps through Paypal. Those who wish to be regular donors could be invited to choose between notifications every six months or every year. They could choose the cycle time and the amount to give each time. Peace-related dates could be set for these notifications.

    Perhaps a few tech-savvy young peace researchers who have more time than money could volunteer to set up the system and maintain the email list? Any volunteers?

    Aloha, George Kent

  2. Gary Corseri says:

    Good advice, George.

    Agree– We need more tech-savvy younger folks involved, who can learn from us and from whom we can learn. Better integration of ideas and methods and better focusing and development of themes.