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A hopeful approach for the future of international relations.

Redirect teen rebellion towards idealism and self improvement.

Read excerpts from unpublished book: Science, Religion and the Search for God —Bridging the Gap.

Poems of society, the human condition, and spiritual discovery.

Our student activities and curriculum materials instill an environmental, cultural, and global perspective, and integrate various academic disciplines.

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Archives 2002:
Vol. 1, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Hope for the Future
Six Part Series on Science and Religion
First Three Parts of the Series on Leadership
Archives 2003:
Vol. 2, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Series on Leadership continued
Avoiding Dictatorship in a Free Society

Art and Politics
Living the Good Life
Teaching Teens
World Peace in Less Than a Month?
Archives 2004:
Vol. 3, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Seven Part Series on Global Consciousness
Is "Liberal" a Dirty Word?
Can Idealism Solve Problems?
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All

Archives 2005:
Vol. 4, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Standing up for Humanity
Unity in Diversity

Thought and Imagination
Imagination and Healing
Lessons of Katrina
Intelligent Design or Evolution

Archives 2006:
Vol. 5, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Human Programming and Conflict
Non-Violent Political Change
Sustainable Development
Legalizing Torture
Living Without an Enemy
"Fast Food" is really "Slow Food"


Richard Sidy

Richard Sidy is an educator, lecturer, writer, and poet. He lives with his wife Monique, a graphic designer and artist, in Sedona, Arizona. Their son, Victor is curently the Dean of Taliesin - the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Their daughter, Rosa is a massage therapist.

Richard V. Sidy, M.Ed.

Throughout his life Richard Sidy has sought to improve understanding between people and cultures. As an educator, writer and activist he has sought to instill in people a sense of optimism, the desire to work for peace and understanding, and the motivation to help improve the lives of others.

Like many young people in the 1960’s he had a great desire to discover how to live a life that embodied spiritual values and social responsibility. In 1971 he met Torkom Saraydarian, whose dedication and personal example of humanitarian work and creativity was a life-long inspiration. He gave Sidy his first real push to write seriously by suggesting the book World Diplomacy. He studied with Saraydarian until his passing in 1997.

Sidy graduated from UCLA in 1968 with a BA in political science, specializing in political theory, with minors in Spanish and history. He was active in community service projects including the Tutorial Project, the Experimental College, and was the leader of UCLA Project Amigos for which he organized and worked on development projects in the barrios of Tijuana with other students each school break.

In the spring of 1968 he was participating in the Poor Peoples' Campaign when Martin Luther King was assassinated. In the days after Kings death, he arrived in Washington DC in the midst of an urban riot to work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King’s organization. There he worked to prepare for the arrival of poor peoples’ caravans from all over the United States. He helped build, and then lived in Resurrection City on the National Mall at the feet of the Lincoln Memorial during the whole campaign. His daily contact and participation with leaders and people in this movement to raise political awareness of poverty in America was an awakening for him.

After graduating from UCLA, Sidy entered the Peace Corps in which he served for two and a half years in rural development in the West African nation of the Ivory Coast. He lived in the village of Sirasso and worked with the Senoufo who were practicing animists, the Dyula who were practicing Moslems and the Fulani who were nomadic herders of the Sahel. This experience contributed tremendously to his understanding of traditional agrarian peoples and religions, the challenges of development, and the precarious survival of a way of life and cultures in post-colonial Africa.

In the early 1970's, once again back in Los Angeles, Sidy worked with Mayor Tom Bradley's newly formed City Volunteer Corps. He was involved in starting community gardens throughout the Los Angeles area and in starting food co-ops in inner-city neighborhoods. Ever since that time he has been involved in organic gardening, and in encouraging local food systems. He is currently President of Gardens for Humanity.

Sidy earned his teaching credential in secondary education at UCLA. He taught Spanish, French, and Social Studies for the Los Angeles Unified School District in south central Los Angeles beginning in 1973, and in 1977 was selected to be on the founding faculty of their first magnet school, the Center for Enriched Studies. During this time he wrote and published curricula for home-schooling families. In 1982 Sidy founded an innovative elementary school in Sedona Arizona, emphasizing global education, environmental studies, science, and art in an integrated curriculum.

Sidy was one of twenty-three people from five nations who met at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, in April 1996, to brainstorm ways they could become instrumental in raising the consciousness globally to focus on world peace in the year 2000. The Honorable Rodrigo Carazo, former President of Costa Rica, and Dr. Robert Muller, former Under Secretary General of the United Nations and the Chancellor of the University for Peace, were among those who worked to construct the foundation for what they named the World Peace 2000 Network. They produced an international declaration of World Peace later adopted by the United Nations and began creating a network of groups working for celebrations of peace at the dawn of the new millennium.

Sidy earned his Master of Education degree at Northern Arizona University in secondary education, focusing upon international education, multicultural education, and foreign language. He recently retired from teaching French and Spanish with the Flagstaff Unified School District. During his career he has organized and supervised student cultural exchanges with France, the Ivory Coast, and with the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni people.

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Archives 2005
Volumn 4
January: "Standing up for Humanity"
February: "The Wake of Disaster" – a poem
March: "Unity in Diversity
April: "Life is Calling"
May: "Entertainment" – a poem
June: "Thought and Imagination" part 1
July: "Thought and Imagination" part 2
August: "Imagination and Healing"
September: "Malice or Neglect? – Lessons of Katrina"
October: "Protecting Children"
November: "Intelligent Design or Evolution?"
December: "Building with one hand, destroying with the other"
Archives 2006
Volumn 5

January: "Conflict, Harmony, and Integrity"
February: "Satyagraha or Soul-force and Political Change"
March: "I Know I'm Not Alone - Wisdom of Michael Franti"
April: "Human Programming and Conflict Part I"
May: "Human Programming and Conflict Part II"
June: "Soccer Diplomacy"
July: "Sustainable Development is Nature's Way
August: "Parallel Universes"
September: "The News is not New"
October: "Legalizing Torture"
November: "Living Without an Enemy"
December: "Fast Food is really Slow Food"

Archives 2007
Volumn 6

January: "State of Fear"
February: Criminal Justice - "The Powerful Over the Weak"
March: "Culture Shock: The Good Life and Survival"
April: "March Madness"
May: "No Child Left Behind" Leaves Many Teachers Behind
June: "Personal Ecology"
July: Criminal Justice - "The Ethic of Custodianship"
August: "Exploring the Mind - part 1"
September: "Exploring the Mind - part 2: The Poetic Mind
October: "How Much Pain Can We Stand?"
November: "When Languages Disappear"
December: "Is it Enough to be Tolerant?"

Archives 2008
Volumn 7

January: "Beyond Ideology: Politics of the Future "
February: "Beyond the Bush Years"
March: "The Imaginary Economy - Part I
April: "The Imaginary Economy - Part II
May: Questions from Prison
June: "iGods and Connectivity"
July: "Energy Independence"
August: "Tribalism and the 2008 Elections
September: "Guilt, Shame and U.S. Justice"
October: "Have We Been Willing Slaves?"
November: "Are We Ready for the Future?"
December: "Are we done learning from pain?"

Archives 2009
Volumn 8

January: "Awakening"
February: "When Sacrifice is no Sacrifice"
March: "The Good New Days"
April: "The Power of Metaphor"
May: "The Conflict of Mythologies"
June: "The Time is Right"
July: "The New Anarchy"
August: "The Art of Living"
September: "Outrage"
October: "Are Women Becoming More Unhappy?

November: "Effect of the manufacturing culture on the American Psyche"
December: Who are the Real Game Changers?

Archives 2010
Volumn 9

January: The Music of Place
February: Earthquakes and Other Awakenings
March: Sense of Place, Sense of Self, Sense of Humanity
April: Why Do People Serve?
May: Decentralizing Food and Energy
June: Beyond Reading and Writing — Ecological literacy
July: Organization or Organism?
August: Fear and Cynicism = “Inter-fear-ance”
September: Are we afraid of our "Better Angels?"
October: Choosing Our Battles
November: Meeting the Need
December: A Living Canvas

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