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For kids: A board game with a peaceful resolution

Students solve conflicts and learn how to cooperate as world leaders.

Christian Science Monitor, 10 February 2009 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Twenty-six fourth-graders walk into their classroom in Charlottesville, Va., to play the World Peace Game. When they enter, they know their own neighborhood, their school, and certain places in their hometown. By the time they walk out, they are on their way to becoming citizens of the world.

The game begins quietly, with the ring of a silver bell. Students take their seats around a 3-D structure – four layers of clear Plexiglas stacked four feet high to represent water, land, sky, and space. Each layer is divided into four parts and dotted with movable miniature ships, submarines, troops, planes, satellites, and energy reserves.

Teams of leaders from four nations – Verde, Tiger’s Eye, Ushia, and Magnopolis – take their seats around the board. Their teacher, John Hunter, hands out crisis reports on the state of the world. Over the next few weeks, a group of 25 to 30 players will handle problems that include war, a shaky economy, natural disasters, poverty, and climate change…


‘Middle East Peace begins in the Midwest’

UM-St. Louis professor creates the Mind of Peace Experiment

The Current, 2 February 2009

Sunday night, while most Americans were getting ready for the Superbowl, Palestinian and Israeli participants of the Mind of Peace Experiment, or M.O.P.E., gathered at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in Rm. 331 SSB for a signing ceremony.

The group attended to sign the final of three agreements on which they had previously concurred. Called the “Agreement on Borders and Jerusalem,” the document was signed at around 5:00 p.m….

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