Beloved Eritrea – A Poem for Silver Jubilee Celebration

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

    Beloved Eritrea By Dr. Samuel Mahaffy. Dedicated to the People of Eritrea on the Auspicious Occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebration of National Independence. Beloved Eritrea Bent over your mogogo injera in the making: “Sing to me celebration of sons and daughters past and present, here and gone– tillers and freedom fighters”; Indeed, never kneeling down. Blessed from lingering at your feet– rising steam...

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War is not the Answer–to ISIS or Cancer

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

Our fear response to a threat is to use force. The predominant cultural paradigm is to ‘bring out the big guns’ to destroy the enemy, whether that enemy is ISIS or cancer. To quote a simple and profound truth of the Quakers and others in the peace traditions: “War is not the answer.” War is not the answer to ISIS and violent extremism. War is not the answer to the scourge of cancer. In competing to win over voters frightened by the threat of...

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Qualitative Research in Management Conference

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

Samuel Mahaffy is presenting at the Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference (QRM) 2016 in Albuquerque, New Mexico March 22 – 24.   The theme of the conference is Dialogue, Disruption and Inclusion. The title of his presentation is: From the Antagonistic Other to Relational Presence: Creating Inclusive Dialogues for Local and Global Peace...

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Deep Listening—From Outer Space and Inner Space

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Blog | 3 comments

Have you heard the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light years away? Have we heard the silenced or marginalized voices in our own community or organization decision making processes? The recent breakthrough findings in physics and astronomy that affirm the insights of Albert Einstein are a clarion call for us to practice the art of deep listening. We are witnessing deep listening in outer space. Listen to the chirping sound of two...

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The Co-Construction of ‘The Enemy': ISIS, Hegemony and Self-Identity

Posted by on Feb 27, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The Co-Construction of ‘The Enemy': ISIS, Hegemony and Self-Identity This post was first published on the Peace and Collaborative Development Network. “What joins men together…is not the sharing of bread but the sharing of enemies”   —Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian “When We Eat from a Common Dish, We Have No Enemies” African Proverb It might well give us pause for reflection when world leaders and the major media coalesce...

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