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George Lakey

Conflict Transformation Across Cultures
Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change
Swarthmore College

GeorgeLakey is the Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change at Swarthmore College. He has been an activist in social movements for fifty years, published seven books, and founded and led a number of nongovernmental organizations. First arrested for a civil rights sit-in, George has worked with labor unions and poor people's groups as well as peace activists and environmentalists. He has led 1500 social change workshops on five continents. He was an unarmed bodyguard for human rights activists threatened with assassination in Sri Lanka, and was smuggled across the border to work with pro-democracy insurgents in the Burmese jungle.

George's book Grassroots and Nonprofit Leadership (also published in Cairo and Belgrade) is available on the website of the organization he founded and led for fifteen years: Training for Change. Through a recent grant from the US Institute of Peace, George researched and published a training manual on third party nonviolent interventions in zones of conflict.

A leader in non-violent change since the 1960s, Lakey has held teaching posts at Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania and has led workshops in social change in five continents.

On October 2, 2010 George Lakey was named the Peace Educator of the Year by the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) during its conference in Winnipeg, Canada. Read more.

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