The Pipeline Continues: May We Hear the Voice(s) of the People

Last month, I found myself sitting in a tent listening to the Sioux tribal elders at Standing Rock reflect on the implications of the Dakota Access Pipeline halt. In arctic temperatures surrounded by domestic and international reporters, one of the elders (pic) described the tribe’s genuine celebration at the halt and proceeded to elaborate on…

Exposure Phase: Enter the Conflict

In a matter of hours, after three months of formational learning in the Understanding Phase, our current Learning Community will immerse into the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict in the Holy Land.  This second phase of our Learning Lab will take us off the beaten trails of tourism and into the lives and stories of the Israeli &…

The Ripple Effects of Everyday Peacemaking.

This post was originally published on friend, conspirator, and Middle Eastern Expert, Carl Medearis’ blog on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.  Thanks, Carl, for hosting us! When peace is simplistically defined as “tranquility” one could conclude that it’s attainable through displays of power. Here’s what I mean… On a micro-scale, the schoolyard bully experiences peace (tranquility)…

Welcome to The Global Immersion Project

While our global village grows radically intertwined, it is simultaneously fragmenting. Rather than assigning dignity to one another, we often use others for personal gain and demonize those we consider to be “the other.” The result? Instead of collaborating toward a better, more just future, we collide in destructive, ever-increasing cyclical violence. However…embedded within each…