Curious as to what it is about the human condition that makes the notion of peace so appealing yet so excruciatingly elusive? Join former federal prosecutor and public defender, author, and peacebuilder Colette Rausch and her guests as they explore insights into the link between neuroscience and peacebuilding, as well as approaches to transform societal divisions and cycles of violence. Every episode will inform and entertain as we explore the intersection of the human brain, psyche and obstacles and opportunities to forging a lasting peace.
Journeying on the Road to Reconciliation | Antti Pentikainen | Episode 31
Going down the road of reconciliation is a daunting path that not many people can take. This road may test you in ways you couldn't imagine but when the end result leads to tangible and sustainable change, you realize that the journey is worth it. In this episode of the Think Peace Podcast, host Colette Rausch sits down with reconciliation expert, Director of the Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation and Think Peace Learning and Support Hub Convener Antti Pentikainen to discuss his journey into reconciliation, his experiences working in different contexts, and what have been the most effective methods in working towards reconciliation.
Dissecting Social Change | Hema Preya Selvanathan | Episode 30
Creating social change requires a strong cause to rally people behind and strength in numbers which includes bringing together different groups, even groups who normally would not work together. In this episode of the Think Peace Podcast, Host Colette Rausch sits down with Dr. Hema Preya Selvanathan to discuss how different groups rally together behind a cause, the role of allyship, and the beauty that comes from working together for social change.
Cracking the Code of Free Will | Robyn Repko Waller | Episode 29
We take pride in our free will but do we fully understand what goes into free will and is it actually as free as we believe? How much control do we have over our decisions and actions? In this episode of the Think Peace Podcast, host Colette Rausch sits down with philosopher of mind and psychology Dr. Robyn Repko Waller to discuss the inner brain mechanisms that control free will, the intersection of philosophy and neuroscience, and how a better understanding of our brain mechanisms and human behavior can help us potentially quell polarization and conflict.
Healing Across Cultures | Euphrasia (Efu) Nyaki & Donald (Del) Laverdure | Episode 28
Indigenous communities have practices which have helped them reconcile differences and heal from intergenerational trauma. What are these practices? What is their definition of healing? How can we integrate indigenous wisdom into current healing and peacebuilding practices? On this special episode of the Think Peace Podcast, host Colette Rausch co-hosts this powerful discussion with Senior Producer Cam Cassar as they are joined by indigenous healers Dr. Euphrasia (Efu) Nyaki and Donald (Del) Laverdure to discuss their journey into healing, how ancestral wisdom and spirituality factor into their practices, and how their approaches to healing can help inform domestic and global healing and peacebuilding.
This episode is a special one in that it was part of a live event held earlier in partnership with the Think Peace Learning and Support Hub, The Mary Hoch Foundation, and the Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation at George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. You can watch the video of the event here.
Disassembling Conflict | Robin Lynch | Episode 27
Conflict is an inevitable and unavoidable aspect of the human experience and conflicts manifest themselves in a multitude of ways. Certain conflicts can be easily resolved while others have destructive and chaotic potential. In this episode of the Think Peace Podcast, host Colette Rausch is joined by social psychologist Dr. Robin Lynch to discuss the different types of conflict she has encountered, her experiences working in family court, and the crucial role of empathy in resolving some of these conflicts.
Deciphering the Political Brain | Liya Yu | Episode 26
The human brain has within it the capacity to dehumanize others. What impact can this dehumanization have on someone’s political beliefs and behaviors? How can it impact political cooperation and the ability to bridge divides? Can we re-humanize each other to mend a fraying social fabric?
These questions can be answered by the field of “neuropolitics”, which explores the intersection of neuroscience and politics. In the first episode of Season 2 of the Think Peace Podcast, host Colette Rausch sits down with political neuroscientist and lecturer Dr. Liya Yu to discuss what neuropolitics entails, her experiences in teaching in this field and some findings from her research for her upcoming book, Vulnerable Minds: The Neuropolitics of Divided Societies.
Opens a new world!
I wish I would have known all this when I started to work as peacebuilder. Thank you Colette and Melanie!