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SPOTLIGHT on Peacemakers

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SPOTLIGHT on Peacemakers
SPOTLIGHT on Peacemakers
Dr. Louise Diamond

Louise Diamond’s life has been devoted to fostering healthy and peaceful human systems at every level, from the individual to the global.

In 2008, Louise founded Global Systems Initiative, where she brings a transformative whole systems perspective on complex global issues to the policy community. Believing that we need new tools to address the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of our inter-connected world, she is committed to helping generate creative approaches that build on the discoveries of systems and complexity sciences for the times we are facing.

In 1992 Louise co-founded (with Ambassador John McDonald) The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) in Washington, D.C. There she worked as a peacebuilder in places of violent conflict around the world, helping adversaries bridge political, historical, cultural, and psychological divides to find common ground and creative solutions. Always her approach aimed at building viable and sustainable peace systems. She also trained hundreds of peacebuilders from dozens of countries, and crafted theory out of practice and practice out of new theory. (For more information about the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, see PEACE in Action, Winter 2007-2008 issue.)

In 2004 Louise founded The Peace Company, seeking to show that peace is good business and to bridge the gap between the non-profit and for-profit worlds. During this time, she continued to provide training and do consulting nationally and globally. She also wrote The Peace Book: 108 Simple Ways to Make a More Peaceful World, which has sold close to 100,000 copies. She has written three other books and innumerable articles published in a wide variety of venues.

She now writes a monthly e-newsletter, The Global Systems Review. (Some of the articles in this issue of PEACE in Action are derived from the monthly E-letters.) In 1989 she produced a film on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Many Voices, One Song.

Over the course of her career Louise has worked extensively on issues relating to development, conflict prevention and transformation, diversity, leadership, youth, business, non-profits, education, media, health, and more. She brings a background in applied human behavior, organizational transformation, and systems dynamics to all that she does.

Louise received a Ph.D. in Peace Studies in 1990; a CAS degree in Human Resource and Organizational Development in 1974; and a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1966. For more than 30 years she has been a student of Native American and Tibetan Buddhist ancient wisdom.

The contact information for Global Systems Initiative is:
1111 - 19th St., NW, 12th Floor Washington DC, 20036 301-881-3348

Dr. David Krieger, the President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, was included in this SPOTLIGHT in the Winter 2007-2008 issue of PEACE in Action. In the interim, he has published an English-Japanese anthology of poetry – God's Tears – Reflections on the Atomic Bombs Dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The publication is available from the Coal Sack Publishing Company in Tokyo, at Kinokuniya Book Stores in California, Oregon, Washington, and New York -- also available at Book Web

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