Moving Beyond Violence
Moving Beyond Violence is a conflict resolution experiment focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I am a communications consultant to the project.
Created by British/Israeli relational psychotherapist Irris Singer, the experiment focuses on the traumatic experiences of two individuals – Itamar, a former Israeli soldier and Bassam, a Palestinian Intifada agitator who spent 7 years in Israeli prisons.
By distancing themselves from their own underlying systems of belief – their collective identities – Itamar and Bassam were able to co-create a space for mutual recognition and a genuine human relationship.
Itamar and Bassam eventually became co-founders of Combatants for Peace.
The story of this journey and an exploration of whether or not this small positive outcome can be upscaled to a larger movement is presented at:
Nepal Ambulance Service
The video below is a made-in-Nepal TV spot. Because Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are new to Nepal, NAS has to advertise to promote the benefits of ambulances over taxis in getting sick and injured people to hospital emergency rooms. Bizarre but true.
Before the Nepal Ambulance Service launched in 2011, Kathmandu had no clinically trained emergency medical services. No ambulances, no paramedics. Thanks to the vision and commitment of several Nepali community leaders, international donors and the clinical training provided by Stanford University Medical School, the Nepal Ambulance Service today operates 6 Advanced Life Support ambulances and 5 Basic Life Support ambulances in four of Nepal's largest municipal areas.
However Nepal remains one of the very few countries in the world where government does not fully support EMS. Consequently, the survival of Nepal Ambulance Service is almost completely dependent on private funding. As one of the original founders of NAS, I remain committed to its survival and long term success.
You can read more about our fund raising and support activities at :
Health Care Foundations Nepal
I've been involved with Health Care Foundation Nepal since 2007 when Mahesh Nakarmi, one of HECAF's founders, asked me to document his handcrafted prototype recycling system for health care waste. Astonishingly, Mahesh was recycling even the infectious and pathological bits.
What Mahesh created was a simple, inexpensive and environmentally friendly solution to the problems imposed on local communities by Nepali hospitals. By routinely dumping infectious and pathological waste directly onto local streets – where ragpickers regularly sifted through it for items they could recycle – hospitals and clinics were creating a potential public health nightmare.
The World Health Organization understood immediately that Mahesh had created an "appropriate technology" solution to the problems associated with the reckless disposal of hospital waste. WHO and HECAF have since partnered to promote Mahesh's recycling system throughout South Asia and East Africa. In the video below – Recycling Health Care Waste in Nepal – you'll get a 1 minute 40 second preview of how the system works.
Pharmaceutical Waste is also a problem in Nepal. Like much of Nepal's trash, expired medications are normally burned in the streets. While this approach may solve one problem (disposing of expired pharmaceuticals) it creates two others: 1) it adds dangerous dioxins and furans to Kathmandu's already serious air pollution and 2) it leaves behind toxic ash by the side of the road. Mahesh has also addressed this problem. When the United States Agency for International Development in Kathmandu needed to dispose of a warehouse full of expired pharmaceutical products in a safe and environmentally friendly manner, they called upon Mahesh and HECAF to design a cost effective solution. The video below – Doing The Right Thing – is a 15 minute illustration of exactly how he did it.Doing The Right Thing
The Society for Conservation Biology
The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. Its Freshwater Working Group is led by Dr. Stephanie Januchowsky-Hartley with a mission to promote effective freshwater ecosystem conservation, science and scholarship across the globe.
If you had no idea World Fish Migration Day existed, you are not alone. In oder to promote the day, Steph collected this series of short films from her SCB Freshwater Working Group colleagues to illustrate the diversity of important work being done "off the radar" by dedicated conservation biologists around the world. I support the work of SCB's Freshwater Working Group with assistance in their media outreach efforts as much as possible.