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Be the Change: Person X Person is insightful personal commentary by Peace X Peace Founder Patricia Smith Melton on women, world problems, and problem solutions.

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[23 Mar 2010 | One Comment | ]
Listen Up. I’m Speaking Out!

- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Many of the Circle Principles meant to promote dialogue where everyone is included and heard have to do, naturally enough, with not interrupting, making sure all voices are included, and working towards consensus whenever possible.  One of the principles says that when in doubt, invite silence. Your own, that is.
Peace X Peace not only promoted these principles for years but studied them, used them, honed them.  Now I rebel!
I have a mad desire to interrupt, …

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[16 Mar 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Be the Change: talking conflict transformation with Susan Collin Marks

- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
“Conflict transformation.” In the last several years the wording has morphed from conflict resolution to conflict transformation. This implies that conflicts not only can be neutralized but can be resolved so new energy is created or freed up for bonus good—and the people involved are themselves transformed, and discover new ways of handling the conflicts in their lives. I believe in this as a concept. It is as basic as hydrogen and oxygen joining to …

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[9 Mar 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
International Women’s Day:  why it’s necessary

- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Holidays are time-linked Post-its to remind us of people and events we might otherwise forget.  In that sense, International Women’s Day is the same as other days named for this or that person, movement, or social concept.
Valentine’s Day = love and appreciation.  Martin Luther King Day = nonviolence and equality.  Secretary’s Day = recognition that others hold you together.  Fourth of July = freedom is valuable.  Religious holidays = connection to something larger than …

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[2 Mar 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
THE e-FIELD of DREAMS: build it and peace will come

- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Come with me, women … and men. There’s an e-field of dreams growing in virtual space and our collective minds. Peace X Peace re-entered this field by recreating itself as an e-media site for global women’s commentary and connection. Peace is the vision. Meet me there!
Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet who experienced life all along the continuum between mortal isolation and ecstatic connection, says in his famous poem:
Out beyond ideas of wrong doing
and …