The Politics of Peace From Grassroots to National

Broadcast on August 18, 2015
With Heart Phoenix & Bob Baskin

Heart Phoenix will provide insights into the organic science of practical "whole systems" community peacebuilding based on her experience with the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding in Gainesville, Florida. Bob Baskin will bring to life how practical peacebuilding efforts are being brought to a national level through the work of The Peace Alliance and their new intiative called BeTheMovement.

Heart Phoenix

President of the River Phoenix Center for Peace Building, Chair of The Peace Alliance Educational Institute
Heart Phoenix's work, service and activism has spanned over five decades. Having worked as an educator, activist and champion throughout the United States and numerous countries on environmental and animal rights issues, social justice, peacebuilding and gender equality, she brings the passion and energy of her name....Heart. She is the Chair of The Peace Alliance Educational Institute and co-founder of the sister organization, The Peace Alliance, a non-profit that takes the work of Peacebuilding into the center of national discourse and policy priorities. Heart is currently living her dream as President of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, in honor of her son. Her tireless efforts to launch and drive this work has lead to success​ in helping to embed Restorative Practices, Communication Skills, Law Enforcement/Minority Youth Dialogues, Peace in Sports, Trauma Responsive Community Initiative and Students for Successful Citizens​ ​by forming partnerships with the ​Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff's Department, ​Department of Juvenile Justice​,​ Florida's State Attorney's Office​, Alachua County Schools​​ a​n​d​ countless partners in the Peacebuilding community. A vegan for over 35 years, her passion and commitment to nonviolence has been the center point of her life.  

Bob Baskin

President, The Peace Alliance

Bob Baskin was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Spotlight Analysis, LLC, where he led the development of products and services for political and non-profit markets, introducing innovative corporate techniques that better identify and move persuadable voters than traditional voter targeting models. After 6 years as Chief of Staff for former Congressman Sam Gejdenson (CT -2), Bob held several key positions, including Minority Staff Director of the Committee on House Oversight (now House Administration), Associate Administrator for Field Operations at the U.S. Small Business Administration during the Clinton Administration, and Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, chaired by Senator John Kerry. 

Bob was a senior officer at the prestigious international marketing and consulting firm, Yankelovich, where he initially started up the government/public policy division and, subsequently, headed strategic planning, marketing, product development, and operations for all syndicated research services.  He has also taught in inner city public schools and has been a public finance investment banker, a corporate marketing officer, and a small business owner.