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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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The Spring 2018 issue of Courier highlights the issues facing Cambodian fishermen as their lakes are affected by climate change. It includes a tribute to Dick and Mary Jo Stanley, a look at UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ attempts at UN reform, and a peek at our Iowa Student Global Leadership conference.

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