Topics: Creating lasting peace, Women and peace, A year without war, Afghanistan's saffron solution
On this episode of Solutions News, we target solutions that work to create lasting peace in the world. We examine the role that women have played in ending violence in conflict zones, and how it has been shown that women and other non-combatants need to be at the center of peace negotiations if a community or a country wants to truly heal after a war ends. We interview Professor Joe White, founder of the “2020: A Year Without War” project which seeks a worldwide truce for just one year. We also spotlight an innovative company, RUMI, founded by US Veterans of the Afghan wars who have partnered with Afghan farmers growing saffron, a crop with enough value to replace opium poppies and still earn enough to feed their families. It is a mission-driven business that does well by doing good. And of course we have some fun “didyaknows”! (Produced by Kristy Jansen)
Prof. Joseph White is the Founder, and Executive Director of 2020 A Year Without War, and Chair of the Board of Directors.
Professor White has served as the Chair of the Dept. of Philosophy at Santa Barbara City College as well as a visiting lecturer at other colleges and universities. He was most recently nominated as United States Professor of the Year. He has also been selected as the SBCC Faculty Lecturer of the Year. He has worked as a screen/television writer represented by the Lenhoff & Lenhoff Agency, LA.
Professor White has Baccalaureate Degrees in Psychology and Philosophy. He also has an M. A. degree in Philosophy from the University of Calgary and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Rupe Foundation, Santa Barbara City-wide Humanities Committee, as the Executive Director of the Center for Philosophical Education, and Editor of the International Undergraduate Journal, STOA along with coaching a number of his kid’s sports teams. He presently also serves as Ambassador for Flying Goat winery.