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Keith Porter, Courier Editor
Keith Porter, Courier Editor

Core Values

All people have inherent dignity, value, and ability to contribute to building a sustainable future.

All people deserve a world at peace where the causes of conflict are addressed and disputes are resolved without recourse to violence.

Both of these core values expressed in the Stanley Foundation’s strategic plan are on display in this edition of Courier.

Our longtime friend Mel Duncan, cofounder of Nonviolent Peaceforce, explains how unarmed volunteers are saving lives in dangerous places around the world. The article powerfully exhibits Mel’s belief in the inherent dignity of all people and the very real possibilities of creating peace.

Of course, one critical threat to a sustainable future for all of us is the persistent danger of nuclear war. Journalist Jeremy Hsu writes that new technology has an important role to play in stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Juan Francisco Salazar, an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker who teaches at Western Sydney University, brings us news from the front lines of a fragile peace in Colombia, where a sustainable future might just be possible in a country long wracked by war. Peace in Colombia is dependent on healing not just the people but also the land on which they depend.

Finally, climate justice advocate Selina Neirok Leem, who refers to herself as the “small island girl with big dreams,” calls our attention to the recent death of two environmental leaders in the Marshall Islands, Tony de Brum and my friend Mattlan Zackhras. Both men were shining examples of the ability inherent in us all to make the world a better place.

Another Stanley Foundation core value reads:

We value our heritage and future as a family foundation and nurture sustained family involvement.

On the back cover you will see a clear example of how the foundation is still living this value after 61 years of existence. One of our founding board members, Richard H. Stanley, is stepping down from his role as board chair, a post he’s held since 1984. Among Dick’s many achievements and contributions to the foundation over these decades has been his concerted effort to nurture sustained family involvement in the organization’s work. Dick, son of founders Max and Betty Stanley, will be succeeded by their great-nephew, Brian Hanson. And the beat goes on.

— Keith Porter, Editor
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Two applicants will receive expense-paid study tours for international travel to be taken during summer 2020. Any full-time (as of September 1, 2019) K-12 classroom teacher at Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School or within the Muscatine Community School District may enter the drawing that will determine ten finalists.

Career Opportunities
Policy Program Associate, Mass Violence and Atrocities

Do you want to be a part of a team devoted to real-world change and pushing for innovation on important global policy challenges? Are you a policy professional looking to be part of a mission-driven organization? Are you inspired to identify ways societies can effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from mass violence and build more resilient, peaceful societies? 

We are seeking a program associate to join our team and contribute energy, creativity, and skill to innovative programming on mass violence and atrocities.

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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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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, with a fourth roundtable focusing on global governance. These roundtable discussions are intended to generate group consensus recommendations for policy change and multilateral action. More.

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