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TRANSCEND – A Network for Peace Development Environment
(If you are here for the first time, please read our Welcome Note)

TRANSCEND Media Service-TMS:

As a nonprofit outlet, TMS provides a platform for exclusive analysis, research and policy comment on local and global affairs without commercial or profit means or objectives. We don’t pay/charge for any materials or contributions. Our copying/pasting from other Internet outlets aims at disseminating items we deem relevant for peace and conflict-resolution workers and students. We cover political, economic, social and other subjects such as nonviolence, activism, conflict resolution, mediation–worldwide.

Since 2008 TMS Weekly Digest has published tens of thousands of analytical briefs and commentaries with the unique perspective of independent contributors from throughout the planet. TMS works to broaden and diversify expert discussion by focusing on hidden aspects of international politics and out-of-the-box, unconventional thinking that stimulates transcendent solutions and actions. Benefiting from the ever expanding grasp of the Internet, we work exclusively online to spread reliable information, critical thought and progressive ideas.

Prof. Johan Galtung writes a weekly editorial providing unique insights, analyses and proposals based on 50 years of research, teaching, mediation and active promotion of peace by peaceful, nonviolent means. He introduced Peace Studies to academic curricula worldwide in the 1950s. The aim of this website is to provide educational materials for better world citizenship without a profit motive.

TRANSCEND International has four pillars:

Action, Education/Training, Dissemination, Research.

TRANSCEND Media Service fulfils the three first functions. It is a medium for TR members to present peace journalism-oriented views, news and analyses in written or video format.

TMS is both a service to other media and a medium in its own right. Editorials and articles originated on TMS may be freely reprinted, disseminated, translated and used as background material, provided an acknowledgement and link to the source, TRANSCEND Media Service-TMS, is included. Materials originated elsewhere are clearly marked with a Go to Original link at the end. We do not use articles or videos attached to a Copyright notice.

TRANSCEND International is an experiment in promoting peace by peaceful means throughout the world. Traditionally, institutes have been centered around a building where the people who work together meet on a regular basis. Since many people who share common interests in helping transform conflicts nonviolently and creatively are geographically scattered and cannot usually be physically together, our solution is to create an electronic network of members. This, in addition, diminishes our carbon footprints and contributes to attenuate the global warming crisis.

TRANSCEND does mediation and peace-building around the world, with Manuals, a Code of Conduct, and Perspectives with diagnosis, prognosis and therapy for conflicts (see: 50 Years-100 Peace & Conflict Perspectives, TRANSCEND University Press, 2008).

It runs:

  • TRANSCEND Peace University-TPU (www.transcend.org/tpu), for government and non-government practitioners and students at any level, with 12-week bi-semester on-line courses, and intensive TPU on-site training programs in several locations around the world (see announcements at the TPU website);
  • TRANSCEND University Press-TUP (www.transcend.org/tup), which publishes high quality books and textbooks about peace by peaceful means, development by developmental means, and environment by environmental means;
  • TRANSCEND Research Institute-TRI (www.transcend.org/tri), which publishes research papers and booklets for free downloading;
  • TRANSCEND Peace Service-TPS, which offers mediation, conciliation and peace-building services by TRANSCEND members, and is open to anybody around the world with conflict and peace concerns and experiences; and
  • TRANSCEND Media Service-TMS (www.transcend.org/tms), a Peace Journalism resource for journalists/media, professionals, students and the Internet public at large.

MISSION STATEMENT: PEACE BY PEACEFUL MEANS

TRANSCEND has as its mission: To bring about a more peaceful world by using action, education/training, dissemination and research to handle conflicts nonviolently, with empathy and creativity, for acceptable and sustainable outcomes.

TRANSCEND membership encompasses over 500 invited scholars/practitioners from more than 60 countries, with 24 Conveners in 14 World Regions.

* By peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy, without violence, and creatively — a never-ending process;

* By transforming conflicts we mean enabling the parties to go ahead in a self-reliant, acceptable and sustainable manner;

* By with empathy we mean the ability also to understand the conflict the way the parties understand the conflict themselves;

* By without violence we mean that this process should avoid any cultural violence that justifies direct or structural violence;

* By creatively we mean channeling conflict energy toward new realities, accommodating the parties and meeting basic human needs.

A GENERAL PHILOSOPHY UNDERLIES OUR 13 PROGRAMS:

1.    Peaceful Conflict Transformation
2.    Peace-Building
3.    Nonviolence
4.    Reconciliation
5.    Peace Education
6.    Peace Journalism
7.    Peace Business
8.    Peace Systems
9.    Peace and Gender
10.    Peace and the Arts
11.    Peaceful Foreign Policies
12.    Peace Departments/Ministries
13.    UN People’s Assembly

THE TMS BOARD: (alphabetical order ALL)

Antonio Carlos da Silva Rosa – Editor
Jake Lynch – Advisor/Peace Journalist
Johan Galtung – Founder/Advisor/Editorialist
Malvin Gattinger – Webmaster/Chief Information Officer

Volunteer Interns:

Abigail Flores
Emma Heidenreich

FORMER TMS ASSOCIATES/WORKERS/INTERNS:

Caroline Hargreaves – TMS Resident Journalist
Dominik Lehnert – Video Production Assistant
Filipe Nogueira Sousa – Volunteer Intern
Kimberlye Kowalczyk – TMS Resident Journalist
Menoosha Y. Susungi – Website Designer (original)
Sebastian W. Weilbach – Student Intern
Vasco Horta Martins Barata – Volunteer Intern

Board of TRANSCEND International – Executive Committee

Inner Circle:

Antonio C. S. Rosa, Editor TRANSCEND Media Service
Erika Degortes, Southern Europe
Johan Galtung, Manager TRANSCEND University Press, Rector TRANSCEND Peace University
Malvin Gattinger, Webmaster TRANSCEND International
Naakow Grant-Hayford, Manager G-I Galtung Institut (in Germany) and TRANSCEND University Press

Outer Circle:

Fernando Montiel T., for Judicial Mediation (and for Latin America)
Kyoko Okumoto, for Reconciliation (and for East Asia)
Marilyn Langlois and Diane Perlman, for Mediation (and for North America, West and East)
SP Udayakumar, for Nonviolent Action (and for South Asia)
Synove Faldalen, for Sabona (and for Northern Europe)

Conveners of Countries with Projects:

Arab World:
Abbas Aroua  – Mediation Human Rights Peace Studies

Argentina:
Sara Horowitz  – University Mediation Courses

Bulgaria:
Stephan E. Nikolov  – Eastern Europe in Transition

Cambodia:
Emma Leslie –  Myanmar,  Philippines

Cameroon:
Célestin Tagou – Protestant University of Central Africa – Translations of Galtung & SABONA to French. Johan member, scientific committee PUCA doctorate school

New Zealand:                                                                
Joanna Santa-Barbara – Sustainable Settlements

PR of China:
Jason G. Tower – World & Regional Harmony Transition

Central and African Great Lakes:
Rais Neza Boneza – Peace by African’s Peaceful Means + PEP 2: People Empowerment Process/Peace Empowerment Process (leadership initiatives)

El Salvador:
Adrian Bergmann  –  Central American University

Georgia:
Irakli Kakabadze – South Caucasus – Georgia – Armenia and Azerbaijan. Equity, Autonomy. Peace Portal in South Caucasus

Germany:
Joachim Engel  –  Intercultures

Ghana:
Naakow Grant-Hayford  –  Permaculture Africa

India:
S. P. Udayakumar –  End to nuclear power/energy/weapons, South Asia

Italy:
Erika Degortes  – Peace & Politics  Workshops

Japan:
Kyoko Okumoto – Reconciliation, arts, northeast Asia
Olivier Urbain  – Arts, particularly music

R of Korea:
Jae-Bong Lee  – Korean Unification, University Courses

Mexico:
Fernando Montiel T – Judicial mediation, TPU Spanish, Latin America

Nepal:
Bishnu Pathak  – Nepal process,  Federalism, Human Security and DDR-SSR

Norway:
Synöve Faldalen  – SABONA=TRANSCEND in Daily Life
Hardanger Academy Peace Dev Env Jondal

Philippines:
Cesar H. Villanueva – Class & Nation Conflict ASEAN. Peace Futures of South China/West Philippines sea conflict

Russia-CIS:
Olga Vorkunova  –  Russia and CIS;  Peace and Evolution Studies, Peace-building

United States:
Diane Perlman – East Coast, Washington, DC. Nuclear Disarmament, Terror Reduction, Restorative Justice, Mediation, Enmity and Climate conflict
Marilyn Langlois – West Coast, Haiti