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  • Juergen Becker posted an update in the group Group logo of General DiscussionGeneral Discussion 1 year, 6 months ago

    Questions to whom it may concern in the Galtung-Institute.

    Is the institute still active?

    Will you provide a certificate for the participants of the Master Class “The Art of Peace” that finished earlier this year?

    Do you honor book orders that were fully paid in February and still awaiting delivery?

    • Hello Jurgen,
      Receive my best wishes for your happiness.
      How are things going in the belly of the declining Beast of Empire?
      That’s a good question about the certificate. Today these documents are similar to noble titles….
      They are certainly important. But when the ship is sinking I wonder what really is important.
      I was thinking of opening a twitter account, but now I have my doubts. I’m not much of a social media person. However this G-I and its network may be a better alternative that is underutilized.
      Here in Venezuela I still have the complex social context. But what I have studied with Johan has been of great value; I think it has given me a formidable vision of the nature of our conflicts. That is very important, perhaps more than a certificate. In this regard, I do not understand why it has not been issued. Is it because we didn’t pass? That could be a possibility. Not all of us participants are 100% compliant, but there should at least be a notification. Last I heard, I sent my home address to Naakow for regular mail. I know little about him and was worried for him. I was able to contact Fernando Montiel in Mexico, and he told me that both Naakow and Johan are doing well. I’m sure they are on edge with the conflict in Ukraine and its icy Hello Jurgen,
      That’s a good question about the certificate. Today these documents are similar to noble titles….
      They are certainly important. But when the ship is sinking I wonder what really is important.
      I was thinking of opening a twitter account, but now I have my doubts. I’m not much of a social media person. However this G-I and its network may be a better alternative that is underutilized.
      Here in Venezuela I still have the complex social context. But what I have studied with Johan has been of great value; I think it has given me a formidable vision of the nature of our conflicts. That is very important, perhaps more than a certificate. In this regard, I do not understand why it has not been issued. Is it because we didn’t pass? That could be a possibility. Not all of us participants are 100% compliant, but there should at least be a notification. Last I heard, I sent my mailing address to Naakow for mailing. I know little about him. I was able to contact Fernando Montiel in Mexico, and he told me that both Naakow and Johan are doing well. I’m sure they are on edge with the conflict in Ukraine and its chilly repercussions in Europe.
      Here in Venezuela things are still complex too but the good thing is that we are becoming more and more a global village. I am currently preparing an essay on the subject in a call made by the UN – Venezuela and doing my best to live the future I wish for.
      Greetings from Caracas

      • Hi Eugenio
        Great to read from you.

        I am trying to get a / any response from the Galtung Institute as it seems disintegrated after our class. Maybe the “war in Europe” shifted their priorities as the former “super predator” is preoccupied with their internal political-economical-social circus.

        I paid for books that I never received and I know some participants were eager to get a certification.

        There is always a ship sinking or the sky falling.
        Live your life in peace with yourself, your family, your neighbors and with nature.

        Johan is sometimes active on Twitter, let me know when you got a user and we can connect there as well.

        Greetings from Philadelphia
        Jürgen

        • It is always good to dialogue with you. Thank you for your nice wishes.
          “Live your life in peace with yourself, your family, your neighbors and with nature”.
          May yours be a holistic positive peace too. The truth is hard, the absence of direct violence is not enough, it is elementary to transform conflicts. And we live in a planet with a trembling humanity.
          Regarding G-I, Naakow and Johan after MasterClass. It is a mystery. To solve the mystery, it seems that they have not yet disappeared, and proof of this is that this server is connected and we are in contact.
          I have tried to call Naakow´s cell phone but it is complicated. I only have a little credit left on skype account , and it is very expensive to call Germany. From my home phone, although I cannot call international cellphones, I can to some landlines, but it does not connect calls to Germany either. I can call other countries but not Germany. Maybe you can try the G-I phone from USA and find out how they are doing.
          Maybe we can make a WhatsApp group including Johan’s number to invite him. Naakow doesn’t see the messages in the current group either, maybe it would be good to have a direct bridge to Johan. We would call it maybe “The Art of Peace Reloaded” Richard replied and it is nice to see how you are doing. I kind of think that we are not sinking in this world chaos, we are rather on a life saver, it will not be easy but we have a chance to survive.
          May Peace and Love be with you

          • Hi Eugenio

            You can reach Johan on Twitter https://twitter.com/johangaltung
            He is actually very responsive to direct messages (DM) and in threads.

            I would stick with this social medium.

            I was wondering if Malihe could „reload“ or WhatsApp group with her comments on Iran. Her view seemed to conflict with mainstream media reports.

            Human development (individual and in groups) does require conflicts as a dilemma in a perceived comfort zone and initiation for further growth.
            We can contemplate if the escalation into violence (physical, financial, psychological, spiritual) is a requirement as well and if there could be a threshold for intensity of violence.

            Trauma is the other related topic that was mentioned however mostly avoided in our discussion.

            Let’s meet on Twitter. You can find me as @juebecker

 
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