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We interviewed Paula Green about Hands Across the Hills—a unique initiative formed across deep political divides by residents of Leverett, Massachusetts and Letcher County, Kentucky. Paula just recently accepted the first Melanie Greenberg United States Peacebuilding Award of Excellence on behalf of the group, at the national conference of the Alliance for Peacebuilding; you can read Paula's in-depth acceptance talk (PDF). At Karuna Center, Paula is our founder and Senior Peacebuilding Advisor—but Hands Across the Hills is an independent project.
This Earth Day, we again interviewed Tom Stokes, coordinator of the Pricing Carbon Initiative, about the process of bringing people together—across very different ideologies—in order to develop climate change solutions.
Pricing Carbon Initiative (PCI) is a broad network fostering dialogue and encouraging viable solutions that would put a price on carbon pollution in the U.S. We have partnered with PCI to hold national dialogues among stakeholders since 2011, when Karuna Center director Olivia Dreier helped plan and facilitate the Summit for Environmental Leaders that led to PCI’s formation. PCI currently organizes four Pricing Carbon Dialogues per year, with typically 60-70 people in the room, all of whom all working on their own different initiatives in different ways.
Over the past several years, PCI has successfully maintained a space for dialogue, where people from very different political perspectives have found common ground in their shared concern for our planet and our future.
“We’re trying to help people see that what keeps us together overshadows what separates us--at least when it comes to climate change."
Last International Women’s Day, we wrote about how gender equality is essential to preventing violent conflict. When women are included in peace negotiations, the agreement is 35% more likely to endure for at least 15 years—that’s just one example. But when the power of women is undermined through gender-based harassment and abuses, we all lose something.
Movements like #MeToo challenge those obstacles, and make way for women’s leadership—including women’s peace leadership in all its many forms.
Last week in Northampton, we partnered with Critical Connections to co-host a discussion about #MeToo and Minority Women’s Voices with guest speakers Shaheen Pasha and Gina Beavers. Both Shaheen and Gina are journalists who have written about their personal experiences and observations related to the #MeToo Movement as members of minority communities.
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