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Illusions of Nonprofit Culture in Ecuador: My Intentions

The first time I met an Ecuadorian nonprofit was in the summer of 2015. I came to Ecuador for the summer to get some boot-in-the-mud experience during my master’s degree and spent six weeks at

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The Impact that Ecuadorian Women Have Had on Me…

[caption id="attachment_819" align="alignnone" width="648"] Maria Jose, Maribel, Rocio, and Priscila - 4 Ecuadorian women who lead nonprofits, and who have given me so much more than I could ever give in return <3[/caption]   When

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In Ecuador, “Peoples Power” Works

Ecuador has a history of mobilization for social change. Social movements in Ecuador have influenced governmental regimes, policies and social norms. These movements have been mostly nonviolent, unlike others in Latin America. Although many critics

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A Marylander in Ecuador: My Perspective Post-April 2016 Earthquake

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Ecuador with devastating effects on April 16, 2016. The impact was felt around the country, but those on the pacific coast endured the worst of it. The

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Exploring Ecuadorian Popular Social Movements & Intersections of Nonviolent Tactics

This research explores how the tactics of nonviolence are used differently depending on their origin within a singular campaign or social movement in Ecuador.  In doing so, this writing analyzes the origin and reasoning behind

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Can we Measure Reconciliation?

Measuring reconciliation provides a challenge for the field because it is both a process and an outcome with a multitude of definitions attached. While there are many logistics and loopholes that need to be addressed

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Religion and the Existence of Multiple Truths

Religion is a powerful phenomenon – it carries the potential to construct peace, unify communities, fuel allegiance and hatred of the other, and, most mysteriously, allows for a glimpse of the beauty in our universe.

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Conflict, Memory, and Dealing with the Past

Dealing with the past is both a personal and communal process that requires activation of the mind and the heart. After a traumatic experience or conflict there is pressure to move forward away from the

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Forgiveness: A Case Study on Sierra Leone

Forgiveness as an element of reconciliation can be a transformative moment that shifts focus from a traumatic past to a future of possibilities. Forgiveness can be presented in numerous forms: a personal apology, a confession,

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A Reflection: Justice, Reconciliation, Coexistence, and Peace

Justice, reconciliation, coexistence, and peace are concepts that often coincide, thus it is important for practitioners and academics to gain further understanding of their relationships and operation. Reconciliation can be understood as a journey that

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