• VISION:To make Peace a practical and sustainable reality in the 21st century.
    MISSION:To foster a culture of peace personally, locally, and globally, awakening in individuals and the nations and organizations of which they are a part, their inherent potential to be and act as Pathways To Peace.
  • Who We Are

    Pathways To Peace (PTP) is an international Peacebuilding, Educational and Consulting organization dedicated to making Peace a practical reality through both local and global projects. Incorporated in 1983, PTP is an official Peace Messenger of the United Nations and has Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and works with the U.N. Centre for Human Rights, U.N. Centre for Human Settlements, UNESCO, UNICEF and other agencies. PTP is a tax-exempt, Social Profit, Non-partisan 501(c)(3) Corporation, (taxexempt ID# 68-0015625).

    What We Do

    Pathways To Peace works locally and globally to promote Peacebuilding, Education and to collaborate with other organizations in initiatives that help further our Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI). Our founder Avon Mattison developed CPI with then-Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Robert Muller in 1983. The annual highlight of this initiative is the International Day of Peace (Peace Day), held annually on September 21. In addition to Peace Day, our signature initiatives for 2014 are the expansion of the Peace Education Resource Center (PERC) and the launch of our first City Peace Commission.

    How You Can Help

    You can help PTP build a culture of Peace by donating, volunteering, attending events or simply sharing information on social media. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date about initiatives and events to attend or volunteer for. If possible, make a donation, too, to support our major 2014 initiatives. As a donor, you become a Peacebuilder and a key member of a community of like-minded individuals. You will receive monthly newsletter updates and see first-hand how your contributions are effecting change.

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    Avon Mattison

    is a Peacebuilding and Inter-Organisational Consultant, Adviser and Mentor with over four decades’ experience. She works with innovative leaders, groups and organizations on the “frontline” building Cultures of Peace inter- generationally and inter-culturally for future generations. She is Founder and President of Pathways To Peace (PTP), an international peacebuilding, educational and consulting organization. PTP has Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is an official Peace Messenger of the United Nations (UN). PTP is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation.Avon is also a Partner in the consulting proprietorship, Pathways Consulting. She is originator of Creative/Integrative Decision- Making(sm) in 1961, a process applied to the purpose, principles and organizing strategies in diverse fields.
    A U.S. Foreign Service diplomat for three years serving the European Community, Avon has served as special adviser to United Nations Conferences, renowned international leaders, and emerging youth leaders. A Summa Cum Laude graduate in political science and international communications. She serves on the Advisory Councils/Boards of several international organizations and has been quoted in numerous publications worldwide. Through Pathways To Peace, she created the CULTURE OF PEACE INITIATIVE (CPI), in 1983 in colleagueship with former UN Assistant Secretary-General Robert Muller. This local/global Peacebuilding Initiative unites the strengths of over 4,000 international organizations and focuses co-operative activities. Avon coordinates PACEM – Pathways Consulting, Educating and Mentoring
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    Masankho Kamsisi Banda, M.A

    African Dancer & Storyteller — Educator—Healer--Interplay Leader & PeaceBuilder Using InterPlay, Dance, Music, Drumming, and Storytelling to motivate and inspire diverse people of all ages to work together to bring about Peace, Social Justice and Cultural/Spiritual Healing & Understanding. Brief Bio: Masankho is a multi-disciplinary Performing Artist, Educator, Spiritual Healer and PeaceBuilder. He brings many unique perspectives to his work around the world. He learned the fine arts of storytelling and dance from his Malawian culture spending many long days and nights listening to stories and dancing to music that captivated his mind, shaped his being, nourished his soul and strengthened his spirit. Using performing arts, Masankho motivates and inspires people of all ages to work together to bring about peace, social justice and cultural understanding. In 1997, he started Ucandanc African Healing Arts to bring his passion for dance and storytelling to communities around the world. In 2001, Masankho was awarded the Unsung Hero of Compassion by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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    Alain Gauthier

    Alain Gauthier is currently Executive Director of Core Leadership Development and Founder of the Global Transforming Ensemble, in the San Francisco Bay Area. His current focus as an author, consultant, facilitator, educator, and coach is on evolutionary co-leadership development and collective learning as prerequisites for cultivating deep and lasting change in and across organizations. A graduate from H.E.C. (Paris) and an M.B.A. from Stanford University, he has served over the past 45 years a large variety of client organizations in Europe, Japan and North America. He first worked as a senior associate of McKinsey & Company in Europe, then as a partner of a Paris-based consulting firm. Over the years, he has broadened his experience from strategic management and organizational design to leadership, partnership, team, and network development, as well as organizational and societal learning. Over the last twenty-five years, Alain Gauthier has concentrated his consulting, facilitating, educational, and coaching work on new approaches to collaborative leadership development and organizational learning issues. To this end, Alain conducts two major types of seminars in North America, Europe, Japan, and Africa: cross-sector leadership development workshops and in-house executive team-building sessions around shared visions and values, while challenging thinking and behavioral habits.

    In the last ten years, he has designed and facilitated partnership and co-leadership capacity-building workshops for teams representing the public, business and civil society sectors of more than twenty developing countries, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and several UN Agencies, including UNICEF. Alain also delivers presentations and keynote addresses on organizational learning, systems thinking, and leadership development in North America and Europe. He is a co-founder and member of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) in Boston as well as a co-founder of SoL France and Bay Area SoL, a trustee of Pathways to Peace, and Executive Committee member of the Club of Budapest in Paris. Alain has designed and taught courses at John F. Kennedy University for their Organizational Leadership Although based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he devotes more than half of his time to work outside the United States.

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    David Wick

    David Wick founded Youth Services in Santa Cruz and Watsonville California in 1974, with a staff of eight, an eager group of volunteers, and with a budget of only $17,000. This current multi-million dollar center is still going strong today. Based on the dynamic early years of Youth Services he authored a chapter in the recently published book, “The Origins of Neuro Linguistic Programming.” In 1983 David helped launch the United Nations NGO, Pathways To Peace (PTP) which had assisted the resolution passage of the UN’s International Day of Peace in 1981. David has been a leader in organizing the celebration of the International Day of Peace since 1984 and he currently serves as a PTP Director. While working at Stanford University, in 1985 he founded the ten year-long PTP Peace Within Organizations program and in 1995 co-founded the visionary project Peace Building Through Business which led to being a leading member of a five year international think tank on the future role of business in the 21st Century. David is currently the Team Leader of the global Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI), a UN-designated “Peace Messenger Initiative”, of which Pathways To Peace serves as the Secretariat.

    David also works in the Public Diplomacy area through placing foreign exchange students in high schools and with host families. In his current role as Vice President of Southern Oregon China Connection, David has been an essential initiator in developing the growing economic, educational and cultural bridge between Oregon and China and works closely with Oregon’s legislators and the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. David has over 30 years of executive and management training and organizational development consulting experience, and has held important positions within Sun Microsystems, Stanford University, Levi Strauss and the European Foundation for Management Development (efmd). He has designed extensive international training programs, and has received accolades in both the business and peace building arenas. Building upon his Peacebuilding and consulting experience, David is co-leading a community and city development plan which will result in a Culture of Peace Commission in Ashland OR, and Peace education in its schools. He also served as the award-winning publisher at Silver Light Publications.

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    Dr. Joan Kenley

    Dr. Joan Kenley is a psychologist, broadcaster, author, personal development consultant, and media coach. She specializes in facilitating dialogue and circle groups interested in peace from within, questions that matter, and deep soul purpose – serving as Director of Circle Projects for Pathways To Peace, and as a Convener of the Millionth Circle Initiative.

    Dr. Kenley has appeared on Dateline, 20/20, CNN, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has been featured on countless radio shows and in many national publications: The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Health, Wired, Cosmo, Fortune, and Allure.

    Launched in 2006, The Joan Kenley Show – branded as Conversation Radio – was first on KRXA in Central California, and subsequently moved to San Francisco’s KQKE and KKGN. Programs are now podcast internationally on the top ten podcast directories, including iTunes. All shows are archived – and available for listening 24/7 at www.joankenley.com. Kenley is both Host and Executive Producer, creating conversations with her guests to encourage awareness, consciousness, and positive change.

    Joan authored the acclaimed book, Whose Body Is It Anyway? — Smart Alternative and Traditional Health Choices for Your Total Well-Being (Newmarket Press. NY 1999). It’s a subject she had to write about, having faced her own life-threatening and difficult-to-diagnose health problems. Joan was named one of Best Foods’ health experts in 2002 for their national “Refresh Your Mind, Body, and Soul” program and tour, and she recently was a member of the Alameda Public Health Commission.

    Prior to her work as a psychologist and health professional, Dr. Kenley explored the healing aspects of working with the speaking voice. Her book, Voice Power – a Breakthrough Method to Enhance Your Speaking Voice (Henry Holt. NY 1989), details her innovative six-step BodyVoice MethodTM that improves the sound of the voice through practices that involve working with the mind, body, and emotions.

    Kenley’s work in broadcasting has led her to become known around the globe for her warm, friendly “voice” on such recognizable voice mail/digitized phone products as Nortel’s Meridian Mail voice mail, Pacific Bell’s Message Center, and Verizon’s Information Services.

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    Joanie Ciardelli

    Joanie (Misrack) Ciardelli is a very part-time consultant and volunteer spe- cializing in the area of peace-building. She was Co-founder of Pathways To Peace (PTP) in 1983 with Founder Avon Mattison, and a Director of the or- ganization until 2002. She continues to be an Advisor, and represents PTP on the Steering Committee of the United Nations Association of Marin. For many years she represented PTP on the Board of the Citizens for a UN People’s Assembly, and serves on the Democracy and Justice Committee of the Threshold Foundation. Joanie is also involved in socially responsible investing, having spent many years in the corporate world of business. This included directing/managing Marketing Research for Levi Strauss International and Del Monte Corpora- tion, and consulting/resourcing in leadership development for a large-scale corporate change endeavor. Joanie was a co-founder of Soviet-American Business Opportunities, Inc. and served as President of the American Mar- keting Association, San Francisco Chapter. She has published articles on “Marketing Peace” and participated on several panels related to PTP’s pro- grams: the Culture of Peace Initiative and Peace Within Organizations.

    Joanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration / Marketing from the University of California at Berkeley, a Masters of Busi- ness Administration in Management from Golden Gate University, and an “Agent of Conscious Evolution” Certificate from the Institute of Conscious Evolution. She is married to Dr. Jack Ciardelli, Jr., and they share their home with the original Peace Cat, Princess Jasmine. She very much enjoys traveling -- especially to visit Jack’s five children, ten grandchildren, and great grandson. Joanie’s research skills have turned to photography and genealogy, tracing and documenting family back several generations. She began the process of documenting the history of PTP through photos, which will eventually be published as a book and on line.

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    Irene Kai

    Director of Pathways To Peace Board member of Oregon China Sister State Relations Council. President of Southern Oregon China Connection Irene is an internationally known author, artist, speaker, and business woman. Her book The Golden Mountain: Beyond the American Dream received three US national awards, and is used as a model textbook in universities for students who learn English as a Second Language and for Women’s Studies. Her book is highly respected as a cultural bridge between China and the US. The Golden Mountain is also published in Korea. Irene’s art exhibit caused a stir in Los Angeles, and the gallery reception honored this Chinese American woman who has taken a creative stand to go beyond bias, prejudice and false perception. Irene has been a frequent guest on radio and TV, and is a keynote speaker and lecturer for US-China cultural exchange topics in highly esteemed national committees and organizations.

    Irene received a Masters of Design from the Royal College of Art in London and was an Instructor of Design at Penn State University in Pennsylvania. She traveled extensively to countries in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia and is fluent in Chinese. Irene is a long time supporter of peace initiatives. She is a director at Pathways To Peace, a United Nations Peace Messenger Organization and her inspiring image of the logo for the Culture of Peace Initiative hangs in the United Nations building in New York City and is used around the world on the International Day of Peace. In today’s world, Irene’s passion is to bring cultural understanding to help establish our awareness of global citizenship. She currently lives in Ashland, Oregon and is a leader in creating new trade relationships in education and commerce with China. Additional information can be found at www.irenekai.com.

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    Sheva Carr

    Sheva Carr is the architect and Director of HeartMath’s HeartMastery Program, the CEO of Fyera! / Heart Ambassadors, and the founding Executive Director of the Fyera Foundation and Sunflower SunPower Kids. She is honored to be a Pathways To Peace (PTP) Director and Representative to the United Nations. She is featured as a “love luminary” in Marci Schimoff’s New York Times bestselling book Love for No Rea-son. As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and HeartMath trainer, she has authored several books of her own (most recently Being the Source of Love). Through her alliance with Creativity for Peace Sheva helps to bring young Israeli and Palestinian woman together in retreat settings and through social media. These women have become fast friends and global peace builders, living by the motto “An enemy is a friend who’s story you have yet to hear.” She has developed diverse programs around the world, including ones benefiting street children in Nicaragua and secret schools for women and girls in Afghanistan. Sheva speaks to people all over the world on how to access heart intelligence and inner peace, in order to receive the benefits of the heart’s impact on consciousness, health, performance, creativity, and social change, to create cultures of personal and global peace. She also has trained government agencies and soldiers preparing for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Sheva did her undergraduate work in fine arts, cross cultural international studies, Spanish, and pre-med at Carnegie Mellon Universty, Yale, Friends World College, and Dalhousie University. She received experiential credits for her work in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Holland, England, and Canada. Her Masters Degree is in Traditional Chi-nese Medicine from Yo San University. Sheva has trained and coached hospital staff across the US, and founded the first HeartMath hospital patient education program at Earl Bakken’s Heart-Brain Institute in North Hawaii. She co-authored HeartMath’s Stopping Emotional Eating Program with Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman and was the coach and manager of the participants involved in the study done on that program. Previously on the Faculty of Alternative Medicine at University of Minnesota, and a professor of Oriental Medicine at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica CA, she has worked as a coach and consultant to leading cardiologists, heart-brain researchers, and physicists, and has been published in such prestigious journals as Perspectives in Biology and Medicine Where healing and performing arts meet, she has also come full circle, as a consultant to cutting edge creators of culture in the film, television, and music industries. With over 30 years of experience in fine arts and over 20 years of experience in acupuncture, herbal medicine, polarity therapy, birthing assistance, coaching, and stress management research and training, at heart, she is always a beginner learning new, and always willing to witness impossible good made real through the power of the heart.