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Mark M. Seaman, Editor and Director of Communications
Mark M. Seaman, Editor and Director of Communications

Solutions Begin with Individuals

At the entryway to the Stanley Foundation’s offices in Muscatine, Iowa, are painted the words of our founder, C. Maxwell Stanley: The problems we face are global in proportion, but their solution begins with individuals.

This daily greeting to visitors and employees reminds us that we each have a part to play in the peace and security of our planet and its people. It is an honest statement that we all, at times, find difficult to believe, especially in moments when we feel isolated in our thinking. This is one reason why we at the foundation place so much value on our partnerships and make collective action a cornerstone of our strategy. We know that collaboration across sectors and borders, and at all levels of governance catalyzes our movement toward solutions and the attainment of our vision.

This issue of Courier shares with you some of the impact-driven activities we pursue with others:

In early 2018, visitors and residents in Hawaii received a disturbing emergency alert that a ballistic missile was inbound and that they should take shelter immediately. How can journalists in traditional media and all of us through social media be better prepared for true (and false) messages in the digital age?

The head of humanitarian affairs for the United Nations in the Central African Republic believes “humanitarian action is not a solution to the humanitarian needs” in that country. What does he mean, and what approach has been missing?

Among the most significant hurdles to mitigating climate change has been international agreement on climate finance. Green banks are an innovative and winning solution that the public and private sectors could jointly pursue.

Gender equality in the nuclear policy field has been elusive for systemic reasons that took root during the Cold War. But a new initiative to correct that imbalance and enrich the field is well underway thanks to bold individuals banding together.

And finally, the foundation’s Catherine Miller Explorer Award is given annually to local educators who wish to add a new perspective to their classrooms. Recipients travel abroad as part of the award and we followed them on their journeys.

This summer the foundation will launch a new website and reinvigorate our publications to better align with our policy-action strategy. As a result, Courier will next appear in late 2019. In the meantime, enjoy this and past issues of Courier and our policy content online.

— Mark M. Seaman, Editor and Director of Communications
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Catherine Miller Explorer Awards: Where in the World Do You Want to Go? Catherine Miller Explorer Awards: Where in the World Do You Want to Go?
Attention all full-time Muscatine Community School District and Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School K-12 teachers, for the 2019-2020 school year, the Stanley Foundation announces: Catherine Miller Explorer Awards. Enter the drawing.

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The Stanley Foundation convenes its Strategy for Peace Conference annually to consider key policy challenges, drawing on the experience and knowledge of invited experts from the public and private sectors.

Concurrent roundtables focused on each of the foundation’s three current areas of programming—climate changenuclear policy, and mass violence and atrocities. These roundtable discussions are intended to generate group consensus recommendations for policy change and multilateral action. More.

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The Spring 2019 issue of Courier highlights some of the impact-driven activities the Stanley Foundation pursue with its partners. This includes stories that resulted from two journalism workshops: one examining the false missile alert in Hawaii, as well as one focused on issues of conflict and instability. This issue also examines how Green Banks could help bridge the climate finance gap, explores a new initiative that hopes to bring gender equity to the nuclear field, and brings you the stories of three teachers who enhanced their understanding of the world through travel. Spring 2019 PDF. Subscribe for Free.

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