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Quote of the day:

"Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which ills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too." - W. H. Murray (5/19/2015)

"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible." - T.E. Lawrence (5/18/2015)

"There is a certain way of being human that is my way. I am called upon to live my life in this way, and not in imitation of anyone else's. ...this gives a new importance to being true to myself. If I am not, I miss the point of my life. I miss what being human is for me."- C. Taylor (5/15/2015)

"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." - Albert Einstein (5/14/2015)

"Just be yourself. You were born an original. Don't die a copy" - Luis Afonso (5/13/2015)

"Consider the acorn; a small thing. Produced by the millions by uncaring oaks, most rot on the ground. But under the right conditions, dirt and light and water conspire to make the most of the little seed and it becomes the mighjty oak. History is the story of the mighty oaks; the acorns get little ink. There are too many seeds, and their existence is too transient. So historians, in retrospect, tell us which of the acorns got lucky." - J. Schwartz- (5/12/2015)

"The joy of life is  “being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as mighty one;…the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”- George Bernard Shaw - (5/11/2015)

“The movement of the Spirit of God in the hearts of men often calls them to act against the spirit of their times or causes them to anticípate a spirit which is yet in the making.  In a moment of dedication, they are given wisdom and courage to dare a deed that challenges and to kindle a hope that inspires." - Howard Thurman - (5/8/2015)

"When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take that step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen; there will be something solid for us to stand on, OR we will learn how to fly."     -Unknown author -(5/7/2015)

"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it." - Marian Wright Edelman -(5/6/2015)

"Temper, if ungoverned, governs the whole man." - Lord Sahftesbury (5/5/15)

"No enemy is worse than bad advice." - Shophocles (5/4/2015)

"To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness." - John Dewey (5/1/2015)

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." - Maya Angelou (4/30/2015)

 "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde (4/29/2015)

"Be kind. Be kind. Be kind." - Henry James (4/28/2015)

"Never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead   (4/27/2015)  

"It is often more important to act than to understand... there are times... when two conflicting opinions, though one happens to be right, are more perilous than one opinion which is wrong."- John Grierson (4/24/2015)

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”-                          John Quincy Adams  (4/23/2015)

“Most people love a dreamer only during two periods in life: before he commits to realize his dream and after he accomplishes it. In between, one becomes an entrepreneur.”  - Edison (4/22/2015)





Stepping Toward: The Dance Step of Peacemaking

The greatest lesson I learned about peacemaking came from my personal experience in relationship. It was a time many years ago when my partner and I were having some small struggles that loomed large for us at the time.

It took one session with a wise counselor to move us back into intimacy with each other. Our one therapy session left us with this sage advice: "When you find yourself distancing from someone you are in relationship with, ask yourself, 'what can I do to get closer to this person?'"

It is a simple lesson that both my partner and I have taken into the peacemaking and facilitation work we each do. The dance step of conflict, is the step-by-step movement away from each other that grows from fear and defensiveness. We move away from each other to protect ourselves, to guard our positions and to maintain our agendas.

It is at the critical point of distancing from each other that we can make this profound choice to ask instead, "What can I do to get closer to this person?" The party that chooses to step toward instead of stepping away is taking the first critical step into the dance step of peacemaking.

In global relationships, it is common practice to isolate or shun those whose behaviors we do not like. The presumption is that somehow, by pushing them outside the global community, their behavior may change. In international relationships there is little evidence that the distancing steps of breaking off diplomatic relationships, recalling ambassadors, and imposing social and economic embargoes ever serve to fundamentally change behaviors by repressive regimes.

In peacemaking and development work, it is a useful practice to inventory the relationships that we are avoiding. Is this avoidance bringing any reconciliation or any healing to broken circumstances? Is it perhaps our own fear and defensiveness that drives our distancing rather than any moral superiority?

The dance step of peacemaking is stepping toward. It involves the risks of choosing to remain in a relationship even if we do not condone the actions of those we are in relationship with. It is possible to stay in relationship, to continue dialogue and to thereby be a voice for positive change even in the darkest of circumstances.

The dialogue of distancing is a dialogue that points away from peacemaking instead of toward it. It is a dialogue that slowly shuts itself down until only a monologue is left. In personal and global relationships we can choose the dance step of peacemaking instead of the dance step of distancing.

                                                                                                                                                                 By - Samuel Mahaffy, Ph.D.

Our Greatest Fear

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Isn’t it true? I mean, who is this beautiful life and the experiences in it for? Who are we not to shine with our family, complete our educational goals, have top-notch health, enjoy loving relationships, and have a strong, positive sense of well-being? And why not play big in the world by being brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Why not you?

By - Marianne Williamson 

Humanity As A Team

Humanity is a profound virtue that’s grossly undervalued within our society. The philosophical worth and humanistic rights of a person must take precedence over materialistic things and bureaucratic ideology. We are all expected to follow rules and laws, but not to the expense of compromising our inalienable rights. Unfortunately we have learned to accept a person’s legal right to do wrong. The world is starving for a sense of systemic integrity and promised freedom.

Despite popular culture or opinion, we are socially obligated to give some pragmatic attention to the moral fabric that clothe our intrinsic choices. The formidable truth of this matter is that we need to exercise our innate desire to empower human acts over injustice and manipulation. The choice to treat others as an invaluable force, weakens the oppositions intent to discourage or distract. Regardless of our differences, people are relevant and proven to be infallible when working as a team-interdependently-for the greater good. Meditate on this.


By - Roger Harriott 

What are Perspectives?

Perspectives, a wonderful insight of conceptualizing ideas within the frames of different lenses. It’s sort of a pretend game as if looking at life through a camera of a photographer that captures the stillness of a second, a moment in time, which creates a platform to begin a story, a memory.

Perspectives, we all have them as we pluck them out of our stored learned behaviors. Indeed I feel as a hybrid of many learned behaviors, a colorful and flavorful combination that makes me unique as a human being, then again it depends from what angle, lens or perspective you know me from.

At the end of the day, what puzzles me is simply this; do we really know how to communicate our perspectives to others? It seems that anything communicated outside of the realm of “being” vulnerable, transparent, forgiving and humble creates an internal chaos. This is my perspective of the human heart and like a photographer it avails the stillness of a second, a moment in time through the lens of the photographer’s own heart.

By - Susana Bertuna-Reynoso, Ph.D. 

What does Leadership mean to you?

To me leadership means finding an objective more important than myself and engage with other people in a reciprocal manner trusting that all I have is what I give.

Leadership often demands to deal with uncertainty and to take decisions hoping that other people will follow. Success in leadership does not come from role and title but from clear purpose, passion and self-awareness. Here is a three step approach which defines this:

  1. Build trust - Trust is hard to build and easy to lose in this era of social media tools where you are constantly exposed. Trust is the conviction that the leader means what he says. As Peter Drucker said, "it is a belief in something very old-fashioned, called integrity.”
  2. Be mindful - Mindfulness is the process of noticing new things which places you in the present allowing you to take advantage of opportunities and situations which results in no longer having people applying yesterday’s solutions to today’s challenges.
  3. Have faith - Faith creates room for good things to happen. It gives you the strength to take the decisions that you think are right. It helps you to tell the truth about yourself, your company, your circumstances and makes your vision manifest. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "to believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing.”

Leadership is one of the most crucial choices that can be made in life and it requires courage, awareness and flexibility as you continuously evolve as an individual. Corporate results and success will be based on the leader’s ability to be authentic, to act with integrity and to respond to their own needs and the needs of others with vision, creativity, and the sense of unity with the people they lead.

What does leadership mean to you?

There are over 470,000,000 results in Google if you search the word “leadership” and yet leadership is a word hard to define. For example, the Oxford dictionary definition for leadership is “the action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this”.

Does it mean that whoever is in the position of leading others is a leader?

By - Andrea Frino 

Our Mission

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What We Do

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