Center for Global Nonkilling

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"In 1988 the Center for Global Nonviolence Planning Project was established by Professor Glenn Paige as an exploratory initiative in the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute of Peace, College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i...

"In November 2007 the Center organized and convened the "First Global Nonkilling Leadership Forum". A major outcome from the Forum was the acknowledged need and demonstrated support for establishing a successor Center for Global Nonkilling, along with an associated Global Nonkilling Leadership Academy. Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire co-chaired the Forum with retired Canadian science diplomat and Department of Peace advocate Dr. Bill Bhaneja. The Forum was attended by 30 participants from 20 countries.

"Immediately following the Forum, in December 2007, Professor Paige and CGNV Secretary Glenda Paige attended the 8th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome, where the Peace Laureates proclaimed a "Charter for a World without Violence". A significant result from the meeting was the addition of a thirteenth principle to the Charter, drafted at the request of Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire, that calls upon all “to work together towards a just, killing-free world in which everyone has the right not to be killed and the responsibility not to kill others.”

"First Global Nonkilling Leadership ForumEarly in 2008, Humanity United provided a grant to CGNV to conduct a six-month strategic planning process. This process resulted in an organizational development plan for the Center for Global Nonkilling. This provided Humanity United with the basis for evaluating the potential structure, mission and strategies of the new Center, and its likelihood of success.

"A five person planning team, led by Greg Bourne, Karen Cross* and Tom Fee, with Glenn Paige* and Glenda Paige* (*existing CGNV Board members) worked closely to develop the organizational plan. Three joint working sessions were held in Honolulu, and four international colleagues joined the second session to contribute their perspectives to the planning process.

"Based on this plan, Humanity United then provided a much larger one-year grant in December 2008 to help establish CGNK. The grant enabled CGNK to hire, at least part time, all members of the proposed Leadership Team for the expressed purpose of demonstrating the value that can be added by CGNK to numerous other efforts around the world to stop killing and create societies open to infinite creativity in responding to human needs and aspirations.

"During the last quarter of 2008, after the indication of pending funding from Humanity United, CGNV proceeded with officially changing the name of the existing 501(c)3 from the Center for Global Nonviolence to the Center for Global Nonkilling. In addition, legal consultants were hired to update both the By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation for the 501(c)3 and steps for the transition from CGNV to CGNK, such as establishing a new Governing Council, were put in place.

"On December 6, 2008, the CGNV Board held its final meeting, adopting a slate of new Governing Council members..."[1]

Leadership Team

Accessed May 2012: [2]

Honorary Sponsors

Governing Council

Center for Global Nonkilling Incorporators / Center for Global Nonviolence (1994-2008) Board of Directors

  • Glenn D. Paige (President); see bio above.
  • Lou Ann Ha'aheo Guanson (Vice-President); past vice-president, International Fellowship of Reconciliation; specialist on creativity and leadership for nonviolent social change; co-author and co-editor of Hawai'i Journeys in Nonviolence (1995).
  • Glenda H. Paige (Secretary); management consultant; retired McDonald's quality manager.
  • Karen Cross (Treasurer); program manager, Program on Conflict Resolution, Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace, University of Hawai'i; member of the Board of Directors, Association for Conflict Resolution Hawai'i.
  • Larry R. Cross (Treasurer); president Economics Institute, past academic vice-president, Japan-America Institute of Management Science, past associate dean, College of Business, University of Hawai`i.
  • Ramon Lopez-Reyes (Director); Lt. Col. Inf. (Ret.); scholar-psychotherapist; founder of the International Center for Study and Promotion of Zones of Peace in the World.
  • George Simson (Director); professor emeritus of English, University of Hawai'i; founder of the interdisciplinary journal Biography and of the Center for Biographical Research.

Resources and articles

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  1. Center for Global Nonkilling Background, organizational web page, accessed May 1, 2012.
  2. Center for Global Nonkilling Leadership Team, organizational web page, accessed May 1, 2012.