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Index May 2008

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2008-05-01: The NESsT Venture Fund;
2008-05-02: The Black Agenda Report;
2008-05-03: The Community Exchange System CES;
2008-05-04: National Centre for Rural Development NCRD;
2008-05-05: Himmat;
2008-05-06: Nonviolent Peaceforce NP;
2008-05-07: Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace WISCOMP;
2008-05-08: World in Common WiC;
2008-05-09: Act Now For Harmony and Democracy ANHAD;
2008-05-10: The Orion Project;
2008-05-11: Center for Study of Working Class Life;
2008-05-12: Iraq Coalition Casualty Count;
2008-05-12: – India;
2008-05-13: The transitioner;
2008-05-14: women in politics;
2008-05-15: Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy PIPFPD;
2008-05-16: Democracy Now;
2008-05-17: PONAL;
2008-05-18: SPARROW;
2008-05-19: The Human Rights Education Associates HREA;
2008-05-20: Consultative Group to Assist the Poor CGAP;
2008-05-21: Anti-War.US;
2008-05-23: Post-autistic economics;
2008-05-24: AIRLEAP;
2008-05-25: Women’s World;
2008-05-26: Union of International Associations UIA;
2008-05-27: One H.E.A.R.T. Tibet;
2008-05-28: Graines de Paix (grains of peace);
2008-05-28: ETTA projects – out of hunger, On to Hope;
2008-05-29: MADRE;
2008-05-30: Grassroots International;
2008-05-31: Social Edge.

Social Edge

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a program of the Skoll Foundation

Social Edge is a program of the Skoll Foundation that was inspired by Jeff Skoll’s commitment to connecting people with shared passions. Social Edge is the global online community where social entrepreneurs and other practitioners of the social benefit sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources … (about, what is social edge).

Homepage and latest news;
short survey;
many blogs-links;
social edge on YouTube;

About 2/2: Relationship with the Skoll Foundation: While Social Edge is sponsored by the Skoll Foundation, Social Edge has no connection to its grantmaking programs. Participation in Social Edge is not a factor in the Foundation’s grant application and recommendation process. Also, opinions expressed in Social Edge may not reflect the Skoll Foundation’s opinions. And conversely.

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Grassroots International

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Grassroots International works to create a just and sustainable world by building alliances with progressive movements. We provide grants to our Global South partners and join them in advocating for social change. Our primary focus is on land, water and food as human rights and nourishing the political struggle necessary to achieve these rights. (full text homepage and latest news).

News and publications;
what we do;
what you can do;
Articles and Op-Eds;
Contact: 179 Boylston Street, 4th floor, Boston MA 02130, USA, e-mail, tel: 617.524.1400, fax: 617.524.5525.

Who We Are:
Grassroots International works to create a just and sustainable world by building alliances with progressive movements. We provide grants to our Global South partners and join them in advocating for social change. Our primary focus is on land, water and food as human rights and nourishing the political struggle necessary to achieve these rights.

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Demanding Human Rights for Women and Families around the world

We know that the world has reached a tipping point in its ability to absorb the harmful impacts of unsustainable resource use, economic greed, and militarism. This planet-wide crisis is the defining issue of our time and a keen reminder that there are no single issues: global problems are interrelated and so are smart solutions … (about 1/2).

Homepage; sitemap;
programs; resources; where we work; working to End Violence against Indigenous Women; photo gallery; sister organizations; newsletter; links;

About 2/2: MADRE is driven by a commitment to solutions. We use human rights to advance social, environmental, and economic justice, understanding that human rights are not a hierarchy, but an indivisible set of standards for all people to enjoy. MADRE’s focus is on delivering results – meeting immediate, local needs and creating sustainable, long-term alternatives.

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ETTA projects – out of hunger, On to Hope

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Mission: Etta Projects empowers Bolivian families to transcend poverty by offering education, economic opportunities and a supportive community to women and by providing balanced meals, vitamins and basic preventative healthcare to their children.
Vision: Etta Projects envisions a Bolivia in which hunger does not interfere with daily life. (About 1/2).

Homepage and links to projects;
Remembering Etta;
Poems and Articles;
Newsletter Archive;

(About 2/2):
Etta Projects strives to serve those most drastically affected by poverty. We believe that our energy and resources are best used to provide the most impoverished Bolivian children with nutritious meals, and to offer nutrition, hygiene, and economic development classes for their mothers, allowing families to realize immediate, drastic improvement to their situation.

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Graines de Paix

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(grains of peace)

Graines de Paix est une association humaniste qui vous propose de contribuer à la paix en aidant chacun à mieux transmettre les valeurs humaines aux jeunes et moins jeunes. Elle est indépendante de toute obédience religieuse, sectaire ou politique, tout en étant activement ouverte au dialogue et à l’échange. Elle a été reconnue d’utilité publique et bénéficie de l’exonération fiscale. Elle est basée en Suisse et active dans plusieurs autres pays. Nos outils sont conçus pour sensibiliser les jeunes et les moins jeunes à trois idées fortes:

  • les valeurs humaines, force inspiratrice pour la paix;
  • les “réflexes de paix” , outils pour inviter la paix dans l’action;
  • “l’inacceptabilité” de la violence pour soi-même, pour contribuer à la paix.

(Page d’accueil).

Sitemap/ Plan du site Graines de Paix;
Qui sommes-nous;
Qui nous ne sommes pas;
nos idées: La paix, la violence, vers de nouvelles définitions
Nos programmes thématiques;
Sponsors et partenaires;
Nous soutenir;
Nous recherchons des personnes pour les activités occasionnelles suivantes … ;
News et Newsletters;
Adresse: Graines de Paix, Rue Cornavin 11, 1201 Genève (2e étage, à droite en sortant de l’ascenseur);
Contactez-nous: Tel +41 022 700 9414, Fax +41 022 700 9416, e-mail info.

Nos constatations: La société civile, les écoles, les institutions internationales et locales s’engagent de plus en plus à contribuer à un climat de paix. Sur le plan positif:

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One H.E.A.R.T. Tibet

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(en enspanol)

The Mission of One H.E.A.R.T. is to save the lives of Tibetan women and children, one birth at a time.

Saving the lives of Tibetan women and their children is of utmost urgency for the survival of the Tibetan people and culture. Improving maternal health and reducing child mortality have globally been recognized as vital to promoting development and eradicating poverty, as set out in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals … (full text/background).


History: One H.E.A.R.T., is a 501(c)(3), established in 1998 under the umbrella of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center (UUHSC) after Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) division members returned from a visit to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This visit sought to address the very high maternal and infant morbidity and mortality rates and took place at the invitation of the Lhasa City Municipal Hospital and the TAR Health Department. Initial efforts were well received and officials invited One H.E.A.R.T. to collaborate with the TAR Health Bureau in an ongoing, advisory capacity … (full text).

Union of International Associations UIA

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Union of International Associations (UIA) is the world’s oldest, biggest and most comprehensive source of information on global civil society. Databases and publications cover many aspects of international organizations – their history, organization and meetings, and the problems and methods with which they work [more]. Here the main entry point for all online databases.

The UIA was founded one hundred years ago, in 1907, by Henri La Fontaine (Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 1913), and Paul Otlet, a founding father of what is now called information science. It is a non-profit non-governmental organization registered under Belgian law as an AISBL. It has consultative status with ECOSOC (since 1951) and UNESCO (1952) … (full text).

online databases;
Active members;
Associate Members;
UIA News, and inscription for the Newsletter: down in the right column;

About: The Union of International Associations (UIA) – non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental – is an extraordinary scientific research institute and documentation centre. It focuses on a topic of increasing relevance: the nature and evolution of international civil society. Since 1907, it has been a pioneer in the provision of information on international organizations and their global challenges.

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Women’s World

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Linked with Meredith Tax – USA.

We have formed the Women’s World Organization for Rights, Literature and Development, or Women’s WORLD, because nowhere on earth are women’s voices given the same respect as men’s. In a few countries, a few women are heard some of the time; in most countries, our words are greeted with polite indifference and mere lip service is paid to our concerns; and, in far too many countries, women who try to have a public voice are met with hatred, contempt, suppression, exile, or death … (about 1/2).

For women writers;
Biography Profiles Online;
Human Rights Programs;
Regional Programs;
(many good) links;

About: … Whether the agency of suppression is the state, the publishing industry, religious authority, or the family, all forms of silencing and exclusion must be seen as censorship. When certain subjects are made taboo to women—subjects like war and peace, religion, or law—this is censorship. When people who write critically about gender arrangements cannot find publishers, this is censorship. When girls are not taught to read and write, this is censorship. Gender-based censorship is a human rights abuse that must be fought. The world cannot afford to use less than half its wisdom.

Women’s WORLD will undertake work in the following areas:

  • We will research, explore, and educate the public about the scope and prevalence of gender-based censorship, and work to have this problem redefined as a human rights abuse that violates the right to free expression of more than half the world’s population;
  • We will defend writers who are attacked because of their views on gender or because they are women who dare to write;
  • We will mount international press campaigns about particular cases and extreme abuses;
  • We will encourage the development of women’s presses and journals, the first line of defense against gender-based censorship, and strive to link them internationally, so they can share views and resources and create a social space for women’s independent political thought.

Women’s WORLD Board of Directors:

  • Officers: Chair: Mariella Sala (Peru), President: Meredith Tax (USA), Vice Chair: Nadezdha Azhgikhina (Russia), Secretary: Joan Ross Frankson (Jamaica), Treasurer: Paula Giddings (USA) .
  • Members of the Board: Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Kristen Booth Glen (USA), Angélica Gorodischer (Argentina), Ritu Menon (India), Micere Githae Mugo (Kenya), Grace Paley (USA), Luisa Passerini/Annamaria Tagliavini (Italy).

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Association for Integrity and Responsible Leadership in Economics and Associated Professions

Linked with Bernd Senf – Germany.

is a non-profit organization. We are incorporated in the state of Virginia, in the United States, but our audience, and the relevance of the topics that we address, are worldwide. We are deeply concerned about the issues of integrity and responsible leadership in economics as they relate to economic discourse, economic decision making, and the career development of economists and related professionals. We believe that most economists and related professionals share our concerns, but many are doubtful that anything can be done to improve the state of affairs in economics, which has existed for quite some time … (full text homepage).

Site Index;
Meetings and Events;
Our Mission;
Members and Volunteers;
Reviews and Publications;

About: AIRLEAP seeks to study and promote integrity and responsible leadership in economics and related professions. We are a charitable and educational, non-profit organization that is incorporated in the state of Virginia, and we are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN 36-4600302).

Our approach to the issues if integrity and responsible leadership is positive—not negative—with a focus on fostering and disseminating useful and influential thought. We are open to a variety of possible mechanisms for carrying out this mission. For example, we will sponsor and organize sessions at economics conferences where research findings on these issues will be presented.

Post-autistic economics, renamed in Real-World Economics Review

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Updated November 5, 2009: this website has been renamed in Real-World Economics Review.
See also its new blog: Real-World Economics Review Blog.

Linked with Bernd Senf – Germany, with The Natural Economic Order, with die natürliche Wirtschaftsordnung, and with Real World Economics.

Homepage and links;
the real-world economics review,
The strange History of Economics;
A Brief History of the Post-Autistic Economics Movement;

papers on economy and: ecology, and ethics, and pluralism, and development, and on heterodox economics.

Sign the petition, May 2008;
Newsletter (inkl. links to back-issues),

Like rationality, nearly everyone thinks efficiency is a good idea. Neoclassical economists adore using this word, especially when addressing the public. But the meaning of “efficiency” always depends on what you choose to count. For example … (full long text).

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Rethos is a proud member of the Alternative Media Initiative

Check out videos, articles, blogs and more. Or upload and share your own content!

Homepage and links to all articles;
Volunteer Opportunities;
Employment opportunities;
Exchange Opportunities;
10 typs to green your business starting today;
Rainforest Alliance announces 2008 Honorees … ;
newsletter: find the e-mail link in the left column.

Just down of this they would like you to sign in. Maybe then you’ll find also a contact link. (see also: activate your account). is member of the alternative channel, see their:


the forum’s video’s page;

the forum’s images.

Alternative links:

Alternative Media Access Center AMAC;

Internet newspapers as Alternative Media.


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Linked with David Harris (the protester) – USA.

ANTI-WAR.US is dedicated to the free distribution of anti-war graphic material. As creative individuals trained in methods of mass communication, we can make a real difference by providing clear anti-war messages. All materials on this site are created voluntarily and distributed free to activists around the world.

All other links are to be reached from inside the homepage.

For newsletter: take contact-link below and put as subject: [Please add me to your mailing list.] (without the [ and ]);


  • Upload your artwork on the site by completing our online form; or E-mail your artwork;
  • Be sure to include the artwork title in your message.

The following additional information is not required, but appreciated:

  • Your name;
  • Organization you wish to be identified with;
  • Your home city, state/province, and country of residence;
  • Intended uses of your artwork, for example: poster, flyer, postcard, sticker, etc.

Our goal is to provide print-ready graphics to activists. To ensure the widest possible distribution of your work, please follow these guidelines:

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Consultative Group to Assist the Poor CGAP

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Nearly three billion poor people in developing countries lack access to the basic financial services – such as a small loan or a safe place to save – needed to help them manage their precarious lives. At the core of microfinance is a fundamental belief that access to financial services empowers the poor by reducing their vulnerability and giving them choices. Whether they save or borrow, evidence around the world shows that when poor people have access to financial services, they choose to invest these savings or loans into building a range of assets that will make them less vulnerable. Such assets can be sending their children to school, buying medicines and more nutritious food, fixing a leaky roof, or building income-earning potential by investing in their own enterprises. In essence, access to financial services enables poor people to build their own way out of poverty. (About CGAP 1/2).

About Microfinance;
Key Principles on Microfinance;
Online Resources;
There is nothing “micro” about poverty: The numbers astound: one in two human beings lives on $2 a day, or less. As many lack public sanitation. Two billion want for electricity, a billion more for clean water. The challenge is immense, but the fight against poverty often begins at the smallest level … (full text);

(About CGAP 2/2): Who We Are: CGAP is a consortium of 33 public and private funding organizations – bilateral and multilateral development agencies, private foundations, and international financial institutions – working together to expand poor people’s access to financial services.

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The Human Rights Education Associates HREA

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(websites in many languages)

Linked with the Global Human Rights Education Database, and with Felisa Tibbitts – USA.

The Human Rights and Service Learning;

HREA and Amnesty International-USA just published a manual: Service learnings, Lessons, Plans and Projects on human rights and service learning … download the 134 pdf-pages;
Learning Centre;
Resource Centre;
HuriSearch (Human Rights Search tool);
International Network of Human Rights Schools;
and much more …
Contact (Netherlands and USA).

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies. HREA is dedicated to quality education and training to promote understanding, attitudes and actions to protect human rights, and to foster the development of peaceable, free and just communities.

HREA works with individuals, non-governmental organisations, inter-governmental organisations and governments interested in implementing human rights education programmes. The services provided by HREA are:

  • assistance in curriculum and materials development;
  • training of professional groups;
  • research and evaluation;
  • clearinghouse of education and training materials;
  • networking human rights advocates and educators.

… (full text).

Link: The HREA on the Cathalogue for Philantrophy (History etc.).


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Sound and Picture Archives for Research on Women


  • A trust set up in 1988 [Register Number E-11958] in Maharashtra to build a national archives for women with print, oral history and pictorial material.
  • A live archives reaching out to schools, colleges, women’s groups and other organisations.
  • An active agent of conscientisation.
  • A forum for discussions.
  • An interactive space
  • A daring flight into unexplored areas of experience and expression.

Archives (Oral History Recordings, Media Watch, Video Documentation, Photographic Project, Multi-Lingual Collections);
Annual Reports;

Profile: The idea of setting up SPARROW took root in 1988. Before that, those who are now the trustees of SPARROW had met several times and discussed the possibilities of setting up a Women’s Archives with a difference.

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The Project on new African Literature

Linked with Abdourahman Ali Waberi – Djibouti.

We present exciting new and emergent African literatures, especially those trapped within the ideological, political, economic, and institutional contexts of the Postcolony, and excluded by the canonising mechanisms of the metropolitan academy. This approach will be our tradition. Apart from facilitating critical conversations, we will disseminate, archive, and comment on the works of well-known, emergent and relatively unknown but equally engaging writers of the third generation from the entire continent. Although the site map is self-explanatory, it might be useful to point out that the ‘resources’ icon opens up a photo gallery of literary activities, as well as clips of authors reading excerpts from their work. This, hopefully, will expand to become a formidable online audio library with time. Our ‘programs’ icon prepares the reader for still unfolding subsidiary projects like the Elmina Press, a long term publishing project for making new African and black diasporic literatures as well as scholarly work visible in the metropolis, and for expanding outlets for manuscripts that would otherwise remain buried. (Homepage).

The Language Curtain, Gbounbboun;
PONAL Quarterly Forum PQF;
Submission Guidelines;
Address: Project on New African Literatures, 1812 Dunton Tower, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,
K1S 5B6;

Excerpt: … Yet, these international successes do not even begin to reflect the scope of continental developments that have come under such critical rubrics as third generation writing (in Nigeria), migritude writing (in Francophone Africa), post-apartheid or post-trauma writing (in southern Africa), and post-Uhuru writing (in Eastern Africa).

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Democracy Now

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the war and peace report, radio and TV news – also in espanol.

Linked with Amy Goodman – USA.

Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez … (about 1/2).

Homepage and latest news;
listen/watch today’s show;
get involved;
Downloadable Resources;
stations (in US);
address: Democracy Now! 100 Lafayette St., Suite 604, New York, NY 10013-4400, Call Us: +1 (212) 431-9090, Fax Us: +1 (212) 431-8858;

(About 2/2):
Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television (DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Link TV ch. 375); and on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.

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Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy PIPFPD

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Linked with Sushobha Barve – India.

Welcome to our Website. We hope that what you experience here will further your involvement in promoting Peace & Democracy in the sub-continent.

The initiative towards formation of Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy was taken in late 1993 and the first joint declaration was announced on September 4, 1994 at Lahore. The objective of this initiative was to facilitate common people in both the countries to listen to voices that are different from the belligerent voices of the respective Governments … (About 1/2).

PIPFPD / Indian Chapter’s Homepage; (more links inside of this homepage)

PIPFPD / Pakistan Chapter’s Homepage; (more links inside of this homepage)

A Joint Statement of Lahore, September 1994;
photo gallery;

Contact/addresses: PIPFPD Secretariat / Indian Chapter: A-1/125 Second Floor, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, 110 029, India, Tel: 51652451/52, Fax: 51013382. e-mail;

PIPFPD / Pakistan: 11-Temple Road, Lahore, Pakistan, Phone: 0092-42-7357926, Fax: 0092-42-7223455, e-mail.

(About 2/2): It is with the objective of asserting the sanity of the peace loving people of India and Pakistan that concerned citizens and groups in both the countries have come together to formulate strategies for promoting peace and strengthen democracy in the sub-continent.

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women in politics

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Linked with Mrinal Gore – India.

online women in was borne out of the vision of Asian Women Leaders to explore creative ways in organizing a network of Asia Pacific women involved in politics, governance, decision-making and transformative leadership … (about 1/2).

events and activities;
online training module;
women’s suffrage;
women’s situation;

About 2/2: In this so-called Information Age, the Internet—through websites, electronic discussion lists, message boards and email-offers excellent opportunities to link women leaders and visionaries from all over the world without worrying about the cost, time and geographical barrier. Through the above mentioned Internet tools information-sharing, communication, networking and consensus-building amongst women leaders and organizations will be more efficient, faster and cheaper.

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The transitioner

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Transitioning the World with Collective Intelligence
(same in french).

The Transitioner is an international network of researchers, social entrepreneurs, spiritual explorers, visionaries, writers, leaders, scientists, technical and software engineers who work on Collective Intelligence, Wisdom and Consciousness (CIWC). This is a wiki, i.e. a participative website built by its visitors. Everyone can register or login and participate. We now accept donations and sponsorship under precise conditions of eligibility. (Homepage and latest news).

Watch a video: Conference on Collective Intelligence, 29.54 min, by Jean-François Noubel, Global Human Resources Forum, Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 2007.

Next events:

  • Conference: Jumping in the Gift Economy, May 19, 2008, The Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA;
  • Séminaire in french: Intelligence, Conscience, Sagesse Collectives, (20 juin, 18h00 – 24 juin, 10h00.

Inscriptions: Anne-Marie Bataille, Tél (+33) 06 86 70 52 69, e-mail.

who is who;
What is a Transitioner?
events for pioneers;

About (in a Nutshell):

What? – Continue Reading… – India

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Every child in school … and learning well

Linked with Urvashi Butalia – India;

Pratham is a large NGO involved in non-formal education for poor children in municipal schools, producing books in four or five languages … Pratham started in the slums of Mumbai in 1994, as a result of the vision of a couple of committed individuals! The two, after much deliberation, decided to tackle the problem of education headlong. They could see only one way of correcting this problem and that was to involve the people of Mumbai to help the government in its quest of universalizing primary education.

Our work;
Pratham Initiatives;
Photo gallery;

About: … UNICEF parented the birth of Pratham and continued fostering it for the next three years. A Public Charitable Trust was accordingly formed by the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai together with the association of several prominent citizens of the city.

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Iraq Coalition Casualty Count

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Coalition Casualty Count/Fatalities: with Date, Name, Rank, Age, Nationality, Service Branch, Unit (Total Rows: 4387 at this moment);

Homepage, more countings and latest news;

US Casualities by mogth, by state etc.;

Deaths by (all) countries;

Iraqis: their Coalition Casualty Count;

… and last but not least: Afghanistan.

Center for Study of Working Class Life

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The Center for Study of Working Class Life is dedicated to exploring the meaning of class in today’s world. Looking at society through the lens of class clarifies many important social questions in new ways – why the rich get richer while the poor get poorer, what attacks on government programs through privatization mean, why the suburbs aren’t really a middle class haven, how the “family values” debate impacts our lives, and much more. We are an interdisciplinary effort of faculty and staff at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, founded in November, 1999 …
(full long text Homepage).

How class works, Conference June 5-7, 2008;
Working Class Studies Association;
Resources and links;
address: Center for Study of Working Class Life, Michael Zweig, Director, Dept. of Economics, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384, 631-632-7536, e-mail;

About: The Center for Study of Working Class Life pursues its purposes through a number of activities. Some have already begun. Others are yet to come as our work develops and new sources of support come into play.
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The Orion Project

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Linked with Steven M. Greer – USA, with The Disclosure Project, and with Announcing the Orion Project.

We are a non-profit 501c3 foundation dedicated to transforming the world’s energy/social crisis into a world of healthy, sustainable abundance. Our goal is to inform, educate, and help supply all peoples of our planet with sustainable, non-polluting power. To accomplish this task we are searching out and supporting the development of new, clean energy technologies that can bring this vision forward in our world now! … (full text Homepage).

why now?
the Breakthrough Campaign;
the board of directors;

The Orion Project is a non-profit foundation created to transform the current energy, environmental and social crisis into a world of sustainability and Enlightened Abundance.

Technological progress in the areas of advanced physics and electromagnetic systems, if appropriately supported, will enable humanity to live on the Earth with a minimal footprint with genuine long-term sustainability.

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Act Now For Harmony and Democracy ANHAD

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Linked with Shabnam Hashmi – India.

The urgency to intervene in defence of democracy, secularism and justice has never been more pressing than in the conditions prevailing in the country today. There is a recognizable change in the general tenor of public discourse; unlike in the past, it is informed more by the communal than by secular ethos. In the face of concerted social mobilisation mounted by communal organisations by invoking religious symbols and sentiments, liberal civil society has come under a siege. Nevertheless, it is evident from the large number of secular democratic initiatives by political parties, voluntary organisations and individuals that society is seized of the need for sustained and constructive action for strengthening secularism and democracy and for realising justice and peace … (full text original vision).

Homepage and latest Statements on Judgments;
media coverage;
statements, petitions, press releases;
Dadi Ka Khat (in Hindi);

About, The Origin , Structure, Constitution of Governing Board of ANHAD: The Origin , Structure, Constitution of Governing Board of Anhad: Some of us who have been involved in the anti-communal movement in India for over 15 years, were totally shaken by the Gujarat carnage 2002.

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World in Common WiC

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for a world beyond capitalism

… Realize that only through mutual respect and solidarity among the groups that make up our political sector can we realize our common goals. Together we hope to achieve … a good network of individuals and groups united by our opposition to capitalism and the state and by our search for practical alternatives. (Homepage).

our blog: spaces of hope;
discussion forum;

Partner Links:
Common Voice (non-market, anti-state);
industrial workers of the world iww;;
anarchist federation;
Inter Activist.

About WiC: The World in Common group was formed in November 2002. It is firmly rooted in what we call the ‘anti-market anti-statist sector’, a small but highly diverse sector within the spectrum of political opinion. Indeed, the membership of this group reflects this diversity which is likely to grow as we grow.
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Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace WISCOMP

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an initiative of the Foundation for Universal Responsability FUR of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Wiscomp was established as part of the efforts of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility to build a culture of coexistence and nonviolence that is gender-sensitive and inclusive. A not-for-profit, non-sectarian, non-denominational organization, the Foundation promotes universal responsibility in a manner that celebrates a diversity of beleifs and practices, and that contributes to a global ethic of nonviolence, coexistence and gender equity. The work of the Foundation is global in its reach and transcends nationalist political agendas. (Homepage).

staff, advisory board and consultative committee;
some of our partners;
many good links;
address: WISCOMP / FUR, Core 4A, Upper Ground Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003, INDIA;

About: WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace) is a South Asian research and training initiative, which facilitates the leadership of women in the areas of peace, security and international affairs. Initiated in 1999 by Meenakshi Gopinath who currently serves as the Honorary Director, WISCOMP positions its work at the confluence of peacebuilding, conflict transformation and security studies. The intersection of these with gender concerns provides the focus of its engagement and is the leitmotif that informs its programs.
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Nonviolent Peaceforce NP

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also in french and in spanish.

In partnership with local groups, Nonviolent Peaceforce NP members apply proven nonviolent strategies to protect human rights, deter violence, and help create space for local peacemakers to carry out their work. (Homepage).

our work;
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address: India Gandhi Ashram, Kingsway Camp New Delhi 110 009, India, Tel: 27 743-4514, Fax: 27 4652566;

About: Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a nonpartisan unarmed peacekeeping force composed of trained civilians from around the world.

Nonviolent Peaceforce brings together over 60 Member Organisations from five continents and over 100 supporting organisations … (full text).

The Associate strives to fulfill the following objectives:
• To foster friendship and understanding amongst the people of Asia for a peaceful and nonviolent world.
• To identify cultural, education and voluntary organizations in different countries of Asia with similar objectives and to develop contact with them
• To organize conferences, seminars, workshops, peace marches, lectures, and other ways of interaction amongst the people.
• To promote and facilitate meaningful exchanges and interactions amongst social activists, intellectuals, professionals, artists, writers, women, youth, farmers, and artisans of different countries of Asia.
• To organize humanitarian help at the time of natural calamities and render needed services to the affected people.

Region: Asia Pacific.


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(The Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation CDR)

Linked with Sushobha Barve – India.

This site has been created by Himmat Publications Trust, publishers from 1964 to 1981 of Himmat Weekly, and will be edited by Rajmohan Gandhi, who was Himmat’s Chief Editor from 1964 to 1981. Historian, commentator and former member of the Rajya Sabha, Rajmohan Gandhi is the author of, among other books, Revenge & Reconciliation … (Homepage and divers items).

2 addresses:

  • a) CDR, 10, Worli Sea Face, Mumbai 400 018, Tel: (022) 492 9858, Fax 91-22-4931642, e-mail;
  • b) CDR, J-1346 Palam Vihar, Dist. Gurgaon, Haryana 122 017, e-mail.


They have created the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation CDR:

The mission: The CDR hopes to serve as an initiative that links the issues of dialogue with justice and equity and through this integral link, begins to serve as a catalyst for both internal and external peace and reconciliation in South Asia. Several groups already exist to assist the goal of South Asian concord, but given both the enormity and complexity of the task a body with such a perspective, that of justice, peace and reconciliation, may also play a useful role.

Gruelling poverty, politicised manipulation of religions, gender disparities and caste-based oppressions coupled with excessive militarisation – that has today taken the form of potential nuclear anhilation – have combined to give an edge to the conflicts within the region, severely warping and wounding the daily life of South Asia’s nearly one and a half billion people. Economic advancement has been blocked; health, universal education and employment remain out of bounds for the vast majority of the people … (full long text/divers items).

National Centre for Rural Development NCRD

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The Sterling Institute of Management Studies

Linked with Veteran Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande – India (1929 – 2008).

The National Centre for Rural Development NCRD is a registered Public Charitable Trust, founded in 1991 with the stated mission of Rural Development. During the course of its various activities aimed at the rural youth, NCRD realized early on, that true rural development is not possible without basic education for the rural folk, and hence NCRD entered the field of education about a decade ago. It is now actively involved in post-graduate education, including Information Technology, Pharmacy Education & Management education through the “Sterling Institute of Technology & Management”, “Sterling Institute of Pharmacy”, “Sterling Institute of Management Studies & “Sterling College of Education”. (About 1/2).

NCRD’s Sterling Institute of Management Studies SIMS;
Photo Gallery;
Address: National Centre for Rural Development’s, Sterling Institute of Management Studies, Opposite Sea-Woods Railway Station, Sector- 19, Nerul (East), Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra State – 400 706, India, Phone : 91 – 22 – 32988900, Fax : 91 – 22 – 2770 2282, e-mail 01, e-mail 02;
Location map;

About 2/2: NCRD started its activity in education in 1993 with the establishment of a school in Ambegaon taluka, Pune district which was a very backward area. In the absence of industry, development was minimal and schools were few and far.
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The Community Exchange System CES

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Linked with Dominique Plihon – France, and with the Canterbury Community Dollar CCD.

The Community Exchange System CES is an initiative of the South African New Economics Network SANE (see address below).

Caught in the money trap? Break free by joining the Community Exchange System: Conventional money is created as debt by private financial institutions for their own profit-making purposes, not as a social service. This is the root cause of the economic, social and environmental problems that beset us. The amount of debt determines the quantity of money, which has nothing to do with the amount of money we need to live decent lives. CES ‘money’ is created by its users so it can never be in short supply. So long as you can offer something of value you can have from the community goods and services of like value. Join the growing community who have discovered a new way of ‘doing’ money, a healthy money that will create a healthy society, (CES Homepage).

The SANE Community Exchange System (CES) is a community-based, global trading network using a money other than our familiar national ones — an alternative, parallel, local, community or complementary currency system. In short, the CES is a new money system … (what is the CES /about 1/2).

How CES works;
an example of a trade;
The Problems with Conventional Money;
Questions and Answers;
Articles on Money & Complementary Currencies;
NPO Registration; 012-739NPO
Trust Registration; No. IT2904/99
Address: SANE Network, PO Box 23760, 7735 Claremont, South Africa, Tel: +27 (0)21 762 5933, Email.

About 2/2 – How does the SANE Community Exchange System work: There are many similar trading systems around the world, commonly know as Community Exchange Systems, Local Exchange and Trading Systems (LETS), Mutual Credit trading systems or Time Banks.
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The Black Agenda Report

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Linked with Glen Ford – USA, and with Obama’s “Race Neutral” Strategy Unravels of its Own Contradictions.

In the fall of 2006, Glen Ford, Bruce Dixon, Margaret Kimberley and Leutisha Stills of CBC Monitor left Black Commentator, which Ford had co-founded and edited since 2002, and launched Black Agenda Report, 11 January 2007 … (about).

Homepage and links (with today Issue for April 30 – May 6, 2008);
American Life;
Black Agenda Blog;
BA radio archive (audios);
Black Misleadership Class;
Congressional and CBC Watch (to change, click on the link in the left column);
Presidential Politics 2008;
Contact: no contact link found.

Black Agenda Report: There`s Nothing Like Us, Anywhere: Black Agenda Report is the only progressive Black journalistic publication that presents a consistent political vision on the burning issues of the day with the explicit purpose of building a movement for social change.
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The NESsT Venture Fund

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Promoting venture philanthropy among the venture capital and private equity community in Central and Eastern Europe
(website exist also in espanol)

Linked with Rafael C. Lopa – Philippines.

The NESsT Venture Fund is a philanthropic investment fund providing financial and capacity-building support to a select portfolio of social enterprises owned and operated by civil society organizations in Central Europe and Latin America. All of the social enterprises in the NESsT Venture Fund portfolio are intended to generate revenues to help diversify the financing base and further the mission of the parent nonprofit organization. The NESsT Venture Fund is intended to further the mission of NESsT to address the limitations of the nonprofit capital market at multiple levels: … (full text, goals).

Investment Strategy;
Business Advisory Network;
Joining the portfolio;
Investor Circle;

Problem Statement: NESsT sees fundamental flaws with the current paradigm in which nonprofit, civil society organizations (CSOs) compete for a limited pie of existing philanthropic resources.
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