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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

Free Teleconference Dialogue with Rinaldo Brutoco: Economics & Peace

The National Peace Academy invites you to join us for a special Peacebuilder Teleconference Dialogue featuring:

Rinaldo Brutoco

“Economics and Peace”
with Special Guest Dialogue Moderator Michael Shank

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 (7:00 – 8:30pm)

Free, advanced registration is required

Click here for more information and to register

Join us for a dialogue with Rinaldo Brutoco, President of the World Business Academy, on the topic of “Economics and Peace.” This special dialogue will be moderated by Michael Shank, US Vice President at the Institute for Economics and Peace and a board member of the National Peace Academy.

A recent article by Rinaldo Brutoco, “The Wisdom of Two Generals,” asks: What would you do if you knew that the entire global economic system and Western way of life were in imminent jeopardy? You would likely do whatever you could to protect it. Academy President Rinaldo Brutoco observes that this is precisely the position in which we find ourselves: our way of life is vulnerable and endangered. He goes on to explain that there is a clear way out, outlines a visionary course of action, and issues a call to action. Click here to access the article.

Rinaldo Brutoco

A leading international executive, writer, and keynote speaker for over 25 years, Rinaldo Brutoco is widely recognized as a practical visionary, change agent, and futurist. He uniquely combines theory and practice to assist executives and organizations in adapting to change with breakthrough ideas.

Rinaldo is the President of the World Business Academy, which he founded in 1987 to educate, inspire, and assist business leaders to take responsibility for the whole of society. The Academy is a pre-eminent publisher of new paradigm business literature. Click here to access to access Rinaldo Brutoco’s complete biography.

Michael Shank

Michael Shank is US Vice President at the Institute for Economics and Peace. Michael also serves on the board of the National Peace Academy, is a doctoral candidate at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and an Associate at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.

Between 2009 and 2011, Michael Shank served for three years as the Senior Policy Advisor and Communications Director for US Congressman Mike Honda (CA-15). Previously, Michael worked for over 15 years as an analyst-adviser to the UN, government and non-governmental representatives in the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia and the United States on diplomatic, energy, environmental and security policy initiatives. Click here to access to access Michael Shank’s complete biography.

Peacebuilder Teleconference Dialogues

National Peace Academy’s Peacebuilder Teleconference Dialogues invites distinguished peacebuilders and peace educators into dialogue with the National Peace Academy community of students and supporters. Each 60-90 minute teleconference introduces important and emergent issues and efforts of concern to peacebuilders and will invite guests to engage with speakers through moderated dialogue and Q&A.

Peacebuilding Peacelearning Conference

peacebuilding peacelearning conference logoFebruary 1 is the last day to register and receive the early bird discount!

Join us February 17-19, 2012 for the National Peace Academy’s first-ever Peacebuilding Peacelearning Conference — offered this year in partnership with the Peace and Conflict Studies program at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration and Creative Governance (3CG).

Special Guests include:

Randall Amster, Peace and Justice Studies Association

Cynda Collins Arsenault, Secure World Foundation

Register by February 1 for a reduced rate!

*Advanced Registration Fees (by February 1): General registration: $50. Student or low-income: $25 *Late Registration Fees (after February 1): General participant: $75 Student or low-income: $35

Click here for more info and to register today!

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