We Need Not Be a Hero: Lessons from Artisans of Peace

A group of people put their hands together.

Reflecting on a recent Artisans of Peace gathering, Jason Ferenczi questions the hero narrative and discovers strength in interdependence.

Resisting Rivalry Burnout: Three Insights from Dr. Gena St. David

A wooden chess set.

Turn confrontation into constructive dialogue with three key takeaways from Lyle Enright and Dr. Gena St. David’s recent unRival Spaces discussion.

Hold onto Hope: A Message from unRival Network Co-Founder, Suzanne Ross

A white candle burns against a green linen background.

Reflecting on unRival Network’s impact in 2023 and looking forward to the future, Suzanne Ross extends an invitation: in the midst of darkness, peace is possible when we hold on to hope together.

Why We Need Nonrivalrous Space Now More Than Ever

Watercolor painting of the planet earth on a dark blue background.

At a time when there are such urgent needs, why does unRival focus our energy on creating nonrivalrous space for leaders? In an increasingly violent world, Jason Ferenczi explores how to support grassroots peacebuilders in the ways they need the most.

Shimmers of Light in the Dark: An Interview with Andy Peterson

A film projector lights up the darkness. Photo credit: Jeremy Yap

In this interview, unRival’s Research Director Lyle Enright talks with Andy Peterson about the often unjust landscape facing filmmakers who want to tell stories about peace and justice. Andy passionately creates and advocates for new ways of sustaining documentary filmmakers, so they can continue drawing hearts and minds towards a deeper vision of belonging.

Play, Peacebuilding, and “The Quiet Year”

"The Quiet Year," a storytelling game designed by Avery Adler.

Through playing the storytelling game “The Quiet Year” with peacebuilders at the Artisans of Peace retreat, Lyle Enright discovered the importance of creativity, strategy, and play in peacebuilding.

Moving with the Mountain

A collaborative art project created by Suzanne Ross and Iván Camilo Vargas at the Artisans of Peace gathering in Montreat, NC. The poem reads: Fear and beauty erupt as one. Ash merges with the land, Becomes better fruit. People move with the mountain. El miedo y la belleza estallan juntos. La ceniza se funde con la tiera, Se convierte en un mejor fruito. La gente se mueve con la montaña.

Suzanne Ross delves into the profound connection between people and their natural surroundings. Through a transformative experience with the Artisans of Peace, she collaborates on a unique piece of art and poetry, learning to appreciate the symbiotic relationship between a community and its volcano, and challenging her initial perceptions.

Choosing to Speak Up

Jason Ferenczi recounts an experience where showing up imperfectly, yet authentically, nurtured a safe, nonrivalrous space for growth.

The Surprise of Showing Up: A Reflection on the First Artisans of Peace In-Person Gathering

In May of 2023, we hosted the first in-person gathering of the Artisans of Peace cohort in North Carolina. Jason Ferenczi, unRival’s Program Director, reflects on the shared experiences and discoveries we made as we worked and collaborated with these leaders in peacebuilding face-to-face.