Women working for peace in Ukraine


A few years ago I had the pleasure of serving as an outside advisor for Maureen Flaherty’s dissertation.  Her dissertation titled “Narrating the past to vision the future: Constructing civil society with women in Ukraine” was completed at the University of Manitoba in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies. She used Peace and Power processes in her work with the women. It is now published in a book – an amazing story of her work with ukrainewomen in the eastern and the western portions of the country to explore their visions of peace for their country.  When the recent conflict erupted in Ukraine, I contacted Maureen to let her know that my thoughts are with the women whose stories were told in her dissertation, now book.  She shared this message about her ongoing connections with the women she worked with:

I have had the great privilege of hearing from women in Ukraine – women whose stories contest what is being shared in the mainstream media. Peggy, as you know, at the time of the last presidential election in Ukraine (2010) I did a participatory study with a group of eighteen from the two reportedly most diverse areas of Ukraine. Eleven of the women were in Lviv in the west, and seven came from Simferopol in Crimea; all were born and raised in Soviet times. The study began as each woman met with my wonderful, interpreter/friend Sonya Stavkova  and me to share their life stories, hopes, and dreams for Ukraine. The women then gathered in regional groups Continue reading “Women working for peace in Ukraine”

Small steps with big results!


Recently I had a discussion with a nursing class at York University in Toronto, Canada!  No, I did not travel to Toronto – I participated over a Skype connection!  The professor, Adeline Falk-Rafael, has used Peace and Power processes in her classes for many years.  This class was a leadership class, and the students have been using Peace and Power as a basis for exploring ways to create effective group interactions in the workplace.  One of sunmoonthe issues we discussed related to making positive changes in a situation that might benefit from using Peace and Power.

In my experience, it is not possible to use Peace and Power to the fullest extent in most group situations. But it is often possible to bring some components of the process to the group with great success – meaning significant changes in creating cooperative and satisfying interactions.  One process that many groups welcome Continue reading “Small steps with big results!”