#33 War Is Over - If You Want It (Jan 2014)
Has the time finally arrived when the world community will act to end war?
A Future Without War suspects that, in fact, that time has come. All the prerequisites needed to fire a great Nonviolence Revolution into action may finally be in place.
On 1 February 2014 Dr. Hand will present a Keynote address "War Is Not Inevitable" at the "Visionary Voices: Alternatives to War" conference to be held in Vaasa, Finland. She will explain why, and how, the global community is poised to end war in two generations....or less. (see more information about the conference below). Further, the planning stages for a global movement to end war and create enduring peace is in the works. It will combine the use of Constructive Programs and Obstructive Programs. (see more information about World Beyond War below)
Dr. Judith Hand's New Book - SHIFT
AFWW founder and evolutionary biologist Dr. Judith Hand's latest book, Shift, The Beginning of War, The Ending of War, is now available. "To read "Reviews" and "Look Inside," go to Amazon.com to purchase. If you know you want the book, you can support Dr. Hand's work financially by buying directly from CreateSpace.com.
Praise for Shift
"Judith Hand marshals knowledge and insight from biological, cultural, and political sciences to argue persuasively that now is the time in human development to extinguish the fires of war. She demonstrates that such a mammoth shift of human spirit and politics is possible, in fact crucial to human survival...she invites us to take part in this historical psychological, social, and institutional shift toward resolving differences through law with justice instead of bullets and bombs."
Douglas P. Fry, Ph.D.
Director of Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
Abo Akademi, University in Vasa, Finland
Author of Beyond War: The Human Potential for Peace
"On a level with Rachel Carson's Silent Spring....Shift offers grounds for hope that we may be close to permanently ending our love affair with war".
Sean English, Ph.D.
Former Director of Saor-Ollscoil (The Free University of Ireland 2000-2007)Convener, Peace Theories Commission of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA)
Author of The Collapse of the War System (2007)
"In Shift: The Beginning of War, The Ending of War Judith Hand has written a book for the ages....Many of us have been waiting years to read a book like this."
Clarence "Sonny" Williams
Sr. Executive, Commercial Insurance Industry
Shift is written for:
"What if someone could convince you that we actually have the power to permanently end war? What if someone could convince you that once we resolve to make that happen, we could free ourselves from war in two generations or less?" With those words, evolutionary biologist Judith Hand opens her exploration of why we make war, when we started making war, and why and how we can, if we choose, move forward into a future without war. In accessible, clear language, Hand marshals knowledge and insight from biological, cultural, and political sciences to persuasively make her case. The depth and breadth of knowledge covered makes it essential reading for anyone interested in war and peace. The notion that we might actually be able to abolish war may seem utopian, but Dr. Hand explains why and how this achievement is possible. Shift: The Beginning of War, The Ending of War demonstrates that the current century blesses us with a rare but narrowing opportunity to achieve what generations before us could not.
The Three Tenors, John Lennon/Yoko Ono's "Merry Christmas, If You Want It, War is Over Now!"
Music inspires. It touches yearnings deep inside us in ways words alone never do. Take a moment to savor the message of this video.It is precisely the message that A Future Without War wants to share with you. Ending war does, in fact, depend on a critical mass of global citizens who decide that war IS over - that they intend to put an end to a cultural invention that has become dangerously maladaptive. That war is a threat to our civilizations. That it is a behavior the continuation of which is a form of social insanity, not a glorious enterprise.
AFWW Founder, Dr. Judith Hand, to Present a Keynote Speech in Vaasa, Finland
Her speech - War Is Not Inevitable - will be presented at the "Visionary Voices: Alternatives to War" conference to be held in Vaasa, Finland. The conference is organized by noted anthropologist Dr. Douglas P. Fry and the Peace, Mediation, and Conflict Research program of
Abo Akademi University. Dr. Hand will share why she is convinced the global community is poised to embrace and bring off a new, Great Paradigm Shift, a Nonviolence Revolution, a shift that in its own way will have the profound cultural impact of the Agricultural, Industrial, and Digital Revolutions. A closely related speech is available on as a video at her website.
World Community Ready to End War
Judith Hand's new book: Shift
John Lennon's "War is Over"
Dr. Hand Speaking in Finland
World Beyond War
It always seems impossible, until it is done.
A Good Book
Waging Nonviolent Struggle. 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential.
The Harvard professor Gene Sharp has written classic analyses of many social transformation movements. Read this book to find out what works, and what doesn't work...and especially the astonishing power of strategic use of nonviolent struggle.
A Good Movie
"Budrus." The film, written and directed by Julia Bacha, follows a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas, and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.
A Future Without War
Believe in it.
Work for it.
And we will achieve it.
These three quick links are to Dr. Hand's core articles on paradigm shift:
To Abolish War
Shaping the Future
Paradigm Shift: Swift and Enduring
How Long Ending War Would Take
Why Women Are the Key to Security
The Nine Cornerstones
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