Writing about Teachable Moments: Confession Time!

I set out to write these Teachable Moment blogposts to help get important conversations going. Things happen and we react to them but do not always take the opportunity they present for teaching and learning. As I write this, I realise that of course, I am going to learn as much from this as anyone reading … More Writing about Teachable Moments: Confession Time!

“On the far side of revenge”: John Paul Lederach on “The Challenge of Terror”

I am copying this from my website, as it is was posted on September 29, 2001, but it is available here as well. Lederach finished his essay by quoting the Irish poet, Seamus Heaney: “We will not win this struggle for justice, peace and human dignity with the traditional weapons of war. We need to change … More “On the far side of revenge”: John Paul Lederach on “The Challenge of Terror”

The Global Forgiveness Challenge: Count me in! You?

  This came my way on Facebook. And what a lovely idea! Forgiveness and gratitude are simple ideas we learn about in childhood, but we don’t always learn how to live them. The “abhyaas” (practice) or careful nurturing of these ways of being are both very natural and very hard. One of the most beautiful … More The Global Forgiveness Challenge: Count me in! You?

Peace Day

On the International Day of Peace, one cannot but ponder the fact that “Peace” means different things to different people. I have often been asked what does peace education look like from the inside? Is it just talking about good values and cooperation? Is it teaching one to be proactive about taking a stance? Is … More Peace Day

Anna’s night school

The gentlest person I have ever known is probably my greatgrandfather, Padi Venkatrama Iyer, who was universally called ‘Anna.’ Born in Kanchipuram, Anna was left in his teens with the responsibility of fending for a large family of many children. His maternal uncle called him to Burma, where he found a job as a clerk. Anna, … More Anna’s night school