The World Peace Game is HERE!

Just a brief update…

Terry and Ele Adams have completed the World Peace Game installation at Hoover Elementary and will begin running sessions with fifth graders the week of January 5th, 2015.

This has been a monumental effort by the Adams over the past several months to gather game board components and game pieces, and for Steve Adams to construct the game board based on plans from the World Peace Game originator, John Hunter. Terry and Ele also held meetings with Hoover faculty and prepared game information folders, etc. to lay out instructor and player roles and responsibilities. The details were seemingly endless.

We’ll provide a more complete update soon (along with press access) after all the bugs are worked out and the teachers and facilitators have a moment to come up for air.

See the posts below for more information on the World Peace Game.

World Peace Game at Hoover Elementary, Corvallis, Oregon (Photo courtesy Terry Adams)

World Peace Game at Hoover Elementary, Corvallis, Oregon (Photo courtesy Terry Adams)

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Bringing the World Peace Game to Corvallis

Coming to an elementary school near you.

WPG Letterhead2In January 2014, John Hunter, author of World Peace…and Other 4th Grade Achievements, spoke during the Corvallis Martin Luther King, Jr. Week events and later presented the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Peace Lecture at Oregon State University.

John Hunter and Ele Adams (photo: Terry Adams)

John Hunter and Ele Adams (photo: Terry Adams)

September 4 UPDATE: See this excellent (and brief) interview with John Hunter in The Guardian (online, Sept. 4). It’s great to see Mr. Hunter’s work getting this well-deserved attention.

Terry and Ele have completed their facilitator training in Menlo Park, CA and sent the picture at right.

December 3 UPDATE: We’re still on track to launch the game at Hoover Elementary in Corvallis just after the Holidays. Fundraising is going great. Stay tuned for more updates.

Many of us were inspired by his presentation and pondered the possibility of bringing the World Peace Game to a Corvallis elementary school.

None more seriously than Ele Adams, a Corvallis High School junior, and her mom, Terry, a former elementary school teacher (and current instructor at OSU’s College of Education). Continue reading

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The Corvallis Advocate:  World Peace Game

Dave DeLuca wrote a great article on The World Peace Game for the February 26, 2015 edition of The Corvallis Advocate. Here it is:

Hoover Fifth Graders Play World Peace Game

“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.”
– Sun Tzu, Sixth Century BCE

Ancient wisdom teaches that the quest for peace requires deep understanding. OSU professor Terry Adams conveyed this wisdom to a fifth-grade class at Hoover Elementary. She quotes Sun Tzu every week before leading the students into sessions of the World Peace Game.

The Corvallis Advocate first told you about the geopolitical role-playing exercise called the World Peace Game and its creator, John Hunter, back in October. The game takes place on a fictional planet, whose nations are poised on the brink of war. Victory is achieved when all conflicts are ended and all players are financially stable. Along the way, random political and natural crises must also be resolved. As if that’s not enough of a challenge for young scholars, they also have to end global warming.

Read the full article and have a look at the photos of the Game in progress here.

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Chris Kyle vs Tomas Young: The Real War in America

VFP Linus Pauling Chapter:

Excellent thoughts on America’s obsession with war “heroes” from an associate member of VFP. Thank you, Cynthia.

Originally posted on ChaosSection:

It’s hard to turn on the TV or scroll through Facebook these days without seeing a story about Chris Kyle or the Clint Eastwood film, “American Sniper.” Whether you are pro or con Kyle, it’s difficult to argue that, right now, our country seems to be consumed with this man’s life. As an associate member of the organization Veterans for Peace, I am quite sure you can surmise which side of the aisle I stand on; however, just in case there is any confusion, let me make things crystal clear: I am not a fan. I will admit that, prior to his death, I knew absolutely nothing about the man, and after his death, anything that I have learned has come from reading interviews and watching his talk show appearances.

I had every intention of sitting down to watch “American Sniper” this morning, just to see what all…

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A Different Kind of Tour: Derry

Powerful new documentary short from our Veterans For Peace chapter in the UK.

Here’s the post on their website: http://veteransforpeace.org.uk/2014/a-different-kind-of-tour-derry/

Please watch this ~20 minute documentary–the first of a three part series on VFP-UK’s peace and reconciliation tour of Northern Ireland. Very compelling stories and some  poignant lessons about the way soldiers typically interact with civilians and about how a government covers its tracks.

While you’re at the VFP-UK site, sign up for their email updates to keep up with their great work.

FYI…We will watch and discuss this at our January VFP meeting on the 26th.

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Soft Power: The Vaccine Against Oppression

December 10, 2014 is International Human Rights Day and the 66th anniversary of the signing of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a good lens through which to view (with horror) the CIA torture report.

This article first appeared on November 25, 2014 in Breaking Defense here.

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When he led NATO, Adm. James Stavridis regularly demonstrated his erudition and insight. We reporters loved talking with him, even if it was at breakfast in a DC hotel. He’s ridiculously over-educated, boasting both a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and a doctorate from Tufts University, where he now leads their Fletcher School. Stavridis often tended to what military and national security types call soft power — the use of diplomacy, economic might and international cooperation — for solutions to the hard problems America faced, even as he led the world’s most powerful military alliance.

In this op-ed, Stavridis lends his reputation and position again to soft power. Read on. The [Breaking Defense] Editor.

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Ebola is not the only virus threatening humanity. For nearly a decade, a spreading global contagion of oppression has caused setbacks in human rights of which ISIL is only the latest symptom. While no treatment has been developed for Ebola, a serum against its virulent moral and ideological counterparts emerged from the ashes of World War II.

The vaccine is embodied in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali called, “the quintessential values through which we affirm together that we are a single human community.” The breakthrough vision at the core of the declaration is a call to ordinary men and women to unite in promoting the freedoms essential to fully realize our common humanity. Continue reading

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Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland

Veterans For Peace United Kingdom on …

“A Different Kind of Tour: Finding Understanding Through Dialogue”

This is a must read, trust us.

peaceOur Veterans For Peace UK brothers are now reporting back, with a documentary film yet to come, on their late-October 2014 trip to Northern Ireland. Several of the lads served there during “the Troubles.”

From the introduction to the VFP UK trip reports:

On the 23rd of October 8 members of Veterans For Peace UK started a 4 day journey across the North of Ireland/Northern Ireland in order to meet with people and organisations drawn from communities which our group had previously been deployed against as soldiers. Our aim was to gain a greater understanding of the conflict we had been involved in and to reach out to former enemies. Here are the personal recollections of the veterans who attended the trip.

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Honor Vets – Don’t Rewrite Their History

Vietnam was a mistake and the scene of countless atrocities…but not according to the new and improved version coming from the Pentagon.

US Government Sanitizes Vietnam War History

by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, October 16, 2014

Excerpt:

Now the Pentagon is planning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by launching a $30 million program to rewrite and sanitize its history. Replete with a fancy interactive website, the effort is aimed at teaching schoolchildren a revisionist history of the war. The program is focused on Continue reading

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