Author: Tim Sample

Social Good Summit – need to Wage Peace

There is much to write about regarding the past week. We’ve signed an MOU with GMU S-CAR, we’ve met with Search for Common Ground, Fr. Clem has gotten to see friends, and now we are in New York for the Social Good Summit. A recurring theme of this past week has been the importance of prevention, not just reaction, with regard to conflict. I will write on the other events soon. For now, I’ll stick to this theme. We are trying to get people interested in waging peace. Yet, our national and international structures and governments are fixated on responding to existing crises without thought or priority to investing in PREVENTING radicalization and violence. This is not a negative comment, but a fact of life. The current crises seems so overwhelming that everyone’s attention cannot get beyond the reaction to start investing in serious steps to allow organizations — like 72 Africa — to act in ways that would prevent future violent conflict. And yet, this shift to a proactive approach is critical because it is the only way to break the cycle of radicalization and violence. By focusing our efforts on cultivating peaceful, stable environments through community-driven approaches, we can eliminate the breeding grounds of radicalization and violent extremism. In Ghana, We have the opportunity to take a deteriorating environment and engage with those who can get ahead...

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Wage Peace on Monday for International Peace Day!

We have a way to help you celebrate and support International Peace Day on Monday, September 21, 2015. Click here to download the sign above, print it out, take a picture of you and your friends holding the sign up, and post it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. with hashtags #PeaceDay and #wagepeace. Here are a couple of websites you can reference, link to, or retweet as part of your posting: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peaceday Twitter: https://twitter.com/peaceday Whatever your favorite social media apps, participate and help wage peace on Monday, September 21, 2015 with 72Africa.org and...

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Presentation on Preventing Radicalization in West Africa

A presentation by Tim Sample, CEO of 72Africa.org, and Reverend Dr. Clement Aapengnuo, President of 72Africa.org about the issue of Radicalization in West Africa, and methods for preventing it by working with local leaders to build relationships with youth. For those who were at the Top of the Town last March and wanted to have access to the presentation…here you...

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Waging Peace — A Need for Change

On Friday, I reflected on the impact of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 and put forth the idea that the only way for us to fully get out of our current situation in the long term is to wage peace. The concept of waging peace isn’t particularly new, but is often a subject of, at best, scoffing and, at worst, ridicule by those in government and in political circles who see such things as flights of fancy or signs of weakness. Not too long ago, a State Department representative who advocated Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) was excoriated in the conservative press and by other State Department staff who are in the Countering Violent Extremism — or CVE — camp (and, in fact, by some of my friends) when she suggested that the answer to ISIS was creating jobs. Although, in today’s setting, providing jobs to members of ISIS seems absurd, I believe that this is the way to stop thousands of young, desperate youth in countries that are struggling economically from joining the foot soldier ranks of these organizations. Ultimately, without troops, neither the most accomplished leaders nor ideologies can survive. The concept is simple; the execution is anything but. To approach such a long-term solution, our citizenry as much as our government (not to mention the NGOs who are in place and...

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