About Us

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


  1. TMS does not accept sponsored or payed posts from advertising or other businesses not in line with Peace Journalism and/or our editorial policies.

  2. Only pieces that abide to THESE GUIDELINES will be considered–which does not assure their publication.

  3. We do not fix/change/update links within archived articles–only their authors may do that.

  4. The editor will not make changes or edit materials already uploaded to the website. Writers must submit Only the Final Version of their pieces.


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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 monthly 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 Media Service is a fierce advocate for Peace on the international stage, and has taken strong stands for the oppressed-disenfranchised-bereaved, social-individual justice, human-indigenous-animal rights, Gandhian nonviolent activism, nonviolent conflict resolution, peace by peaceful means.

TMS stands against oppression-oppressors of all kinds, militarism, armaments-war industry, nuclear weapons, all cases of exploitation of humans-fauna-flora-environment, violent conflict resolution, wars, interventions, invasions, conquests, imperialism, neocolonialism, torture, might makes right.

Editorial Writers:

Marilyn Langlois
Richard Falk
Howard Richards
Jan Oberg
John Scales Avery
Richard Rubenstein
René Wadlow
Johan Galtung

TRANSCEND International has four pillars:

Action, Education/Training, Dissemination, Research.

TRANSCEND Media Service fulfills 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.


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.



  • Violence: Insulting basic needs by actor intent or structure operating
  • Basic Human Needs: Survival-Wellness-Freedom-Options-Identity-Meaning
  • Peace:
    • Negative: No violent relations
    • Positive: Equity-Empathy relations
  • Development: Reducing inequality – Lifting the bottom up
  • Environment: Increasing diversity – Increasing symbiosis


  • Peace: Solving underlying conflicts – Conciling underlying traumas
  • Development: Building cooperatives – Guaranteed Basic Income
  • Environment: Less depletion-pollution – More diversity-symbiosis

This Theory/Practice presupposes insight in Deep Culture  Deep Structure  Deep Nature



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


Abigail Flores – Volunteer Intern
Akyar Abdiwelli – Volunteer Intern
Caroline Hargreaves – TMS Resident Journalist
Dominik Lehnert – Video Production Assistant
Emma Heidenreich – Volunteer Intern
Filipe Nogueira Sousa – Volunteer Intern
Kimberlye Kowalczyk – TMS Resident Journalist
Menoosha Y. Susungi – Website Designer
Sebastian W. Weilbach – Volunteer Intern
Vasco Horta Martins Barata – Volunteer Intern
Yann Pouliquen – Volunteer Intern

Board of TRANSCEND International – Executive Committee

Inner Circle:

Antonio C. S. Rosa, Editor TRANSCEND Media Service
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:

Erika Degortes, Southern Europe
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

Sara Horowitz – University Mediation Courses

Stephan E. Nikolov – Eastern Europe in Transition

Emma Leslie – Myanmar, Philippines

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

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

Joachim Engel – Intercultures

Naakow Grant-Hayford – Permaculture Africa

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

Erika Degortes – Peace & Politics Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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