We are a Peace Development Environment Network. Our aim is to bring about amore peaceful world by using action, education/training, dissemination andresearch.
Transcend Media Service (TMS) is our platform for exclusive analysis,research and policy comment on local and global affairs. Since 2008 we publishedmore than 18.000 articles providing our own Peace Journalism Perspective plus adigest of the week’s relevant news – in various languages.
Transcend University Press (TUP) publishes books about peace by peacefulmeans, development by developmental means and environment by environmentalmeans. On our website you can read about and order more than 20 books by JohanGaltung and other authors.
The Transcend Peace University (TPU) is an all-online university offeringinter-disciplinary courses. We cover issues pertaining to peace and developmentstudies while emphasizing solution-oriented approaches. Our faculty members areleading peace scholars and internationally recognized mediators.
On the right you can see some of our current courses and staff members.For more information about our programme and enrollment please go totranscend.org/tpu.
TRANSCEND has as its mission: To bring about a more peaceful world by using action, education/training, dissemination andresearch to transform conflicts nonviolently, with empathy and creativity, for acceptable and sustainable outcomes.
By peace we mean the capacity to transformconflicts with empathy, without violence, and creatively - anever-ending process;
By transforming conflicts we mean enablingthe parties to go ahead in a self-reliant, acceptable and sustainablemanner;
By without violence we mean that thisprocess should avoid any cultural violence that justifies direct orstructural violence;
By with empathywe mean the ability also tounderstand the conflict the way the parties understand the conflictthemselves;
By creatively we mean channelling conflictenergy toward new realities, accommodating the parties and meeting basichuman needs.
Violence: Insulting basic needs by actor intent or structure operating
Basic Human Needs: Survival-Wellness-Freedom-Options-Identity-Meaning
Negative: No violent relations
Positive: Equity-Empathy relations
Development: Reducing inequality – Lifting the bottom up
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
TRANSCEND INTERNATIONAL wasfounded August 1993 by Johan Galtung and Fumiko Nishimura as a conflictmediation organization. Dietrich Fischer, the former director ofTRANSCEND University Press, joined soon after and in June 1995 DietrichFischer and Johan Galtung invited 11 others. By now TRANSCEND has more than 400scholars-practitioners from more than 60 countries as members.
TRANSCEND International is a timelyexperiment in promoting peace by peaceful means throughout the world.Traditionally, institutes have been centered around a building where the peoplewho work together meet on a regular basis. Since many people who share commoninterests in helping transform conflicts nonviolently and creatively aregeographically scattered and cannot usually be physically together, our solutionwas to create an electronic network of members, which, in addition, todiminishing our carbon-footprints and contribute to attenuate the global warmingcrisis has allowed TRANSCEND INTERNATIONAL to connect autonomous individuals andacademic and research centers from all over the world with a focus on peace bypeaceful means, development by developmental means and environment byeco-consistent means.
More concretely, TRANSCEND practices mediation and peace-building around theworld, with Manuals, a Code of Conduct, and Perspectives with diagnosis,prognosis and therapy for conflicts (see: 50 Years-100 Peace & ConflictPerspectives, TRANSCEND University Press, 2008).
Our mission-statement defines four pillars on which our ongoing work buildsin order to bring about a more peaceful world. These are 1:action,2:education/training, 3:dissemination and 4:research.
TRANSCEND Peace University-TPU (www.transcend.org/tpu),for government and non-government practitioners and students at anylevel, with 12-week bi-semester on-line courses, and intensive TPUon-site training programs in several locations around the world (seeannouncements at the TPU website);
TRANSCEND University Press-TUP (www.transcend.org/tup),which publishes high quality books and textbooks about peace bypeaceful means, development by developmental means, and environment byenvironmental means;
TRANSCEND Research Institute-TRI (www.transcend.org/tri),which publishes research papers and booklets for free downloading;
TRANSCEND Peace Service-TPS, which offersmediation, conciliation and peace-building services by TRANSCENDmembers, and is open to anybody around the world with conflict and peaceconcerns 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.
It is on this basis, that our members strive to handle conflicts withconstructive empathy, concrete non-violent means and creativity formutually beneficial outcomes. [see our code of conduct for more details] Notwithstanding the fact that for each of these four pillars, TRANSCEND hasa designated body, the cornerstone of our daily work is theincessant interaction between these bodies.
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
Board of TRANSCEND International – Executive Committee (alphabetical order all):
Antonio C. S. Rosa, Editor TRANSCEND Media Service Erika Degortes, Manager TRANSCEND Peace University (and for Southern Europe) Johan Galtung, Manager TRANSCEND University Press, Rector TRANSCEND Peace University Malvin Gattinger, Manager TRANSCEND digital, Webmaster Naakow Grant-Hayford, Manager G-I Galtung Institut system (in German)
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 – Timor-Leste,Myanmar,Sri Lanka
Cameroon: Célestin Tagou, Protestant University of Central Africa – Translationsof Galtung & SABONA to French. Johan member, scientific committeePUCA doctorate school
New Zealand: Joanna Santa-Barbara – Sustainable Settlements
PR of China: Jason G. Tower – World & Regional Harmony Transition
DRC-Democratic Republic of Congo: Rais Neza Boneza – Peace by African’s Peaceful Means + PEP 2: People Empowerment Process/Peace Empowerment Process (leadership initiatives)
El Salvador: Adrian Bergmann–Chair, MA program in Violence Prevention and PeaceCulture Universidad Don Bosco. Cátedra de Cultura de Paz, InstitutoCentroamericano para la Paz
TRANSCEND Media Service - TMS is an online editorial updated weekly.It fulfillsthe three functions of Action, Education/Training, Dissemination and is a mediumfor our members to practice peace journalism and deliver solution oriented newsand analyses in written or video format. TMS is both a service to other mediaand a medium in its own right. You are most welcome to use all the materialpresented - no copyright, no fees - but attribution would be appreciated. WatchProf. Galtung explain TMS.
For weekly updates and analysis on international news including Prof.Galtung's weekly editorial please click the link below:
The TRANSCEND Online Peace University or TPU offers two 12-week on-linecourses every year. These courses are addressed to anyone interested in peaceand development,whether beginner or seasoned practitioner, including NGOmembers,diplomats, politicians, government officials, international civilservants, students, teachers, journalists, social workers,entrepreneurs,lawyers, officers, psychologists, artists.
Yes: Our courses are adequate for students with varying degrees of experience.Get in touch with email@example.com specific considerations pertaining to your profile. In order to find outmore details about application formalities, about the online course in generalor the different subjects and paradigmes that make up the course, please clickon the link below:
TRANSCEND University Press or TUP publishes high quality books and textbooksabout peace by peaceful means, development by developmental means, andenvironment by environmental means. The first set of books are the 15 bookswritten by Prof. Galtung partly in co-authorship with reputed academics such as:Prof. Paul D. Scott from the University of Sydney, Prof. GraemeMcQueen from the Mc Master University of Ontario and Prof. Fred Dubeefrom the Beijing Genomics Institute. All these books systematically outline thescope and investigate the depth of peace studies through the trademarktransdisciplinary epistemological approach that TRANSCEND University Pressadvocates.
The books available can all be ordered directly from our current list ofpublications, please click on the link below:
First things first: It is important to note, that one becomes anofficial member of TRANSCEND International only by invitation throughthe board of convenors. This being said, there are many ways of joiningTRANSCEND International's efforts.
Now: Why Join our efforts?
Because you know that peace is not everything, but everything aroundus amounts to naught without it. So what is peace?
Because you share with us the need to know in intimate and systematicdetail which are the means available to our species to improve our societies andliving conditions in such a way that they allow for more equitable and mutuallybeneficial interaction in the domestic as well as in the international arena.But how? Because you have an inkling or have done your homework and alreadyknow for a fact, that the current dominant cultural, political, military,economic and academic paradigmes are ecologically inconsistent, highlyinadequate for nonviolent conflict resolution and interculturally incompetentdue — among other things — to inbuilt singularisms. So what can "I"do about it?
Because you have the energy and the desire to use your brain to servethe dissemination of structure literacy, conflict literacy and nonviolentconflict resolution.
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Dear Supporter-Subscriber-Reader-Viewer-Student-Analyst-Friend,thank you for supporting our efforts with previous donations. We remain mostgrateful for all the donations that have come our way with no strings attached.Please rest assured, that we are committed to employing your donations in themost conscientious way we can. Again: Thank you.
TRANSCEND International was founded in 1993 and has launched a peace servicewith mediation-conciliation and resolution services in more than 100 conflictsup to this day; has developpeda research institute, an online university, auniversity-press in two, soon four languages; as well as a weekly media service.All of this was achieved without any outside funding, earning our way throughworkshops and publications.
Especially because outside funding from State or Capital may come withstrings attached to often intransparent vested interests, we highly valuedonations from likeminded international citizens. Allow us to appeal to yourtrust as we continue to putall contribution to good use for our wide range ofactivities that can be summed up as: solutions-oriented peace-work.
To donate directly, please send money to the following bank account:
Galtung-Institut für Friedenstheorie und FriedenspraxisSparkasse L?rrach-Rheinfelden, GermanyIBAN: DE76683500480001088509BIC:SKLODE66
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The TRANSCEND Peace Channel or TPC, is a recent dimension of TRANSCENDInternational's effort towards serving the public at large with analytical viewsinformed by peace-, conflict- and structure-literacy. Currently planned areregular comments by our regional experts on World issues, the situationAfghanistan-Iraq-East Asia; Southeast Asia; LatinAmerica; the Arab World, as well as Africa. This is animportant step towards strengthening the dissemination of solution-orientedjournalism.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to share astory idea or submit specific topics you want our experts to elaborate on.
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Support our work concretely, creatively and constructively: Join theTranscend Peace Service
Join the Transcend Peace Service and support our work. You can contributeintellectually, financially, symbolically, journalistically, artistically,collectively, or individually. which ever way you choose: We encourage you to doit systematically and passionately. Either by writing constructive solutionoriented articles and proposing them to our media service TMS, by acquiring ourbooks and learning to think about what peace is and disseminating your insights,or by taking TPU-courses on our digital campus. We offer various avenues tolearn more about peace. Prof. Galtung is unequivocally recognized as theprincipal mind that fostered the creation of the academic discipline of PeaceStudies in 1957.
Join our educational effort
By enrolling in our onlineuniversity you can learn from the best in the field about the foundations,conditions, mechanisms and potentials of concrete, creative, and constructiveconflict transformation and positive peace. Join one or several of our variouscourses we offer through our online university and become more knowledgableabout the structural and cultural underpinnings of our current internationalsystem and how these underpinnings influence our business choices, ourunderstanding of economics, of legitimate violence and warfare, of democraticprinciples, of journalism, tourism or terrorism for that matter.
Join our dissemination effort
You are invited to join our efforts towards creating a world moreknowledgeable about solution oriented conflict analysis and conflicttransformation.
TRANSCEND Peace Service
TPS offers discrete assistance to anybody in the world with latentor acute conflict concerns and peace needs. We assist in generating mutuallybeneficial solutions for every conflict we get to work on. TPS offers free ofcharge service in conflict resolution. For concrete questions, please contact uswith an email elaborating your concerns. We will serveyou as best we can.
Beyond that, TRANSCEND Peace Service (TPS) invokes all members and visitorsto share their constructive, creative and concrete experiences inpeace-building, mediation and conciliation at their convenience.
Antonio Carlos da Silva Rosa, M.A. email@example.com Assistant to Prof. Johan Galtung Editor, TRANSCEND Media Service www.transcend.org/tms Porto/Portugal: +351 226 001 219 (office), +351 914 945 965 (mobile)
POSITIVE PEACE. Increasing fulfillment through cooperation, harmony and fusion, peace building, development, structural peace, cultural peace and spirituality. Key contact: Johan Galtung firstname.lastname@example.org
SABONA (Zulu for "I see You") is TRANSCEND in daily life--schools, couples and family, at work--to help people understand what happens in conflicts, how conflicts can be solved and better relations be built. From experimental schools in Norway the program is now expanding. Key contact: Synove Faldalen email@example.com
GENERALS FOR PEACE. During the Cold War Generals and Admirals for Peace voiced military arguments against the type of warfare con美女人体摄影. The same is needed today. Key contact: Emma Leslie firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFLICT SENSITIVE DEVELOPMENT. Based on deep knowledge of Sri Lanka, the Institute for Integrative Conflict Transformation and Peace-building (IICP) in Vienna was asked to design a conflict sensitive development program--beyond reconstruction--in one Sinhalese, one Tamil and one Muslim village, as well as a joint peace resource center, after the 2004 tsunami. Key contact: Gudrun Kramer email@example.com
THE ARAB WORLD. 22 countries and more than 300 million, with numerous key conflicts within and without call for the use of
Action: conflict transformation for Iraq, Somalia, and others
Research: a Conflict Atlas for the Arab world, human rights
Dissemination: peace journalism, also translated into Arabic
Education: TRANSCEND Peace University, courses in Arabic
MIDDLE EAST. The Israeli/Palestinian conflict has so far defied interventions. TRANSFORM (The Interdisciplinary Centre for Conflict Analysis, Political Development and World Society Research) is currently building a network of Facilitators for Peace in the Middle East and is developing a methodology for Social Transformation in Conflict. It is also disseminating TRANSCEND'sapproach of pursuing peace by peaceful means. Key contacts: Ahmed Badawi and Ofer Zalzberg firstname.lastname@example.org
AFRICA. More than 50 countries and 500 nations call for creative use of peace resources in deep cultures and structures, giving nations prominence in federations and opening up in communities, with focus on the baraza and other peace resources. Key contact: Rais Boneza email@example.com
(NORTH-)EAST ASIA. The problem facing a (North-)East Asian region with China and Taiwan, the two Koreas and Japan--cooperating with Russia Far East--is Japan, often referred to as the US 51st state. On the other hand, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization includes Central and South Asia. Creative reconciliation and new approaches are needed. Key contact: Kyoko Okumoto firstname.lastname@example.org
THE INVISIBLE CONTINENT. The state system and inter-governmental organizations, playing their often lethal games, are highly visible; less so the millions of human generally living peaceful lives, facing deep conflicts, performing miracles of conflict transformation and peace building. Stories pass from generation to generation and groups to groups through griots, to be made more visible. Key contacts: Naakow Grant-Hayford and Karoline Weber email@example.com
FROM STATE FOREIGN POLICIES TO GLOBAL DOMESTIC POLITICS. The state system is yielding to regionalization and globalization. State foreign policies can no longer be based on (dominant) nation interests only but have to be aligned with regional and nature-human-global interests. The program calls for joint efforts in many states, like Ministries for Peace, solutions for inter-regional conflicts, and global visions for Weltinnenpolitik. Key contacts: Johan Galtung firstname.lastname@example.org and George Kent email@example.com
TRANSCEND Art and Peace Network
We believe that the creative spiritwithin all human beings can transcendthe forces of contradiction and conflict and that people can achieve peacefulconflict transformation and peacebuilding at the personal, local, and globallevels. Music and the arts can play a major role in inspiring people towards theenhancement of more peace and justice in our societies.
The goal of this website is to encourage virtual and actual collaborationbetween people of all cultures, civilizations and backgrounds, concerningresearch into the power of the arts for peacebuilding.