Liska Blodgett is a Real Estate Developer in Austria and the United States and she has an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France). Previously to that, Liska learned 6 languages in France, Spain, Germany, USA, Israel, and Japan. Her native language is Czech. Her travels and studies took her around the world many times and she was struck how we are all the same and that there is really a global Culture for Peace. This is in contradiction to the Military Industrial Complex who tries to make money off of War, Defense Spending, Military Budgets and Military Turmoil Worldwide
Katie is a a peace maker in Crested Butte, Colorado. She grew up in the midwest, but was attracted to the Gunnison Valley for it's unique sense of community bounded together by love for the beautiful surroundings. After attending Western State Colorado University she moved up valley to Crested Butte where she is putting her passions of community, and integrity to work at Peace Museum Colorado.
Kirin Taylor is pursuing a combined BA/MA degree in Government and Politics, with minors in Social Justice Theory, Sociology, and International Studies at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. Kirin trained as a peace educator with the Maryland, USA-based nonprofit Little Friends for Peace since age 11, moving into a leadership role at a young age, and an administrative position coordinating summer peace camps, and both delivering and developing programming, at age 19. Now she serves as a peace ambassador for LFFP, spreading their mission, while engaging in other work in NYC; currently she is working on research and interning at the Congregation of the Mission at the United Nations. She has also spent time working for the Homes for the Homeless Youth program and as a caseworker to aid vulnerable populations in receiving legal documents at St. John’s Bread and Life. She spent a year in Austria learning German and spent the fall of 2016 in Rome, each helping her to develop her working theory of cultural exchange being a path to peace. Her support for Peace Museum Vienna includes consulting.
Robert is completing his Master in Philosophy at the University of Vienna. Peace means poverty elimination. Peace means everyone having access to the objects of human rights. Human rights such as the right to have a certain quality of life which allows for satisfactory level of well-being for one's self and one's family, are absolutely essential to peace, and the elimination of poverty is essential to these rights. Thomas Pogge says poverty is like slavery, there either exists poverty or there does not, reducing poverty in this sense is then not an option; poverty must be eliminated. Peace, then, does not consist in half-measured efforts but in the total elimination of poverty, and the promotion of human rights. Once we eliminate poverty and ensure everyone has access to the objects of human rights, war is over. This is not some pie in the sky dream. Pogge estimates that if society's very richest members just relinquished 2% of their wealth, poverty would be fully elimated. Not only is this attainable, it's readily and immediately attainable "if we want it". Peace isn't a dream, it's our only hope."
Peter Van Den dungen
Peter van den Dungen, the head and General Coordinator of the International Network of Museums for Peace, who is himself a Professor in peace studies with experience opening over 10 peace museums, joined the project in September 2013, as a volunteer. He will be able to give valuable input to the development of the museum and share his experiences in running other museums.
Navin K Jungali
He is a Nepalese Artist/Painter/Sculptor. Born in 1978 in Ilam, eastern part of Nepal. From 2009 to 2015 he worked in Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, Government of Nepal. From 1998 to 2006 in Nepal there was Nepalese civil war against the monarchy by Maoist army combatants. At that time 17000 people died and numerous people disabled and more than 30000 community property and other governmental buildings are destroyed in that war. Following the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed on 21 November 2006 between the Government of Nepal and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) at the end of the Nepalese Civil War, the United Nations received a request for assistance, and established the political mission United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) on 23 January 2007 to monitor the disarmament of Maoist rebels and the preparations for Constituent Assembly elections in 2007. When UNMIN returned back then Nepal Government established a high commission for supervision, integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist Army Combatants. And NAVIN appointed as an IT officer to support the Secretariat of Commission. It was the most important peace building process in Nepal after the war. When he visited cantonments of Maoist Army Combatants he looked closely many weapons were stored in container. He has never seen that kinds of weapons and quantity. In his working period when he visited remote village and other places of Nepal he saw closely many victims, insured people, family of members missing and tears in many students and orphan children. They had huge fear and trying to search for an invisible future. Navin realizes; “none can change a rule of the nature and to retrieve a past” and he started to think; what can I do for peace? And trying to show a peace in his every artwork and love to work peace activities and awareness after his government service. He exhibited his artworks in Austria, Australia, Argentina, Czech Republic, Equator, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Romania, USA and other countries. Last year when he became connected with Liska Blodgett; founder of Peace Museum Vienna, she provided him an internship program in Peace Museum Vienna then he found a right way and opportunity to start a Peace Museum in Nepal by support of Peace Museum Vienna and Peace Museum Colorado.
Will Bemis is currently a rising Senior at Colorado College. He is a history major and deals quite frequently with prominent figures in history who are passionate about peace. Will was first introduced to the Peace Community through the department at Colorado College, and jumped at the chance to help with Peace efforts this summer through Peace Museum Colorado. He is most interested in the Peace Figures project that he is hoping to help with this summer, because he enjoys doing research and thinks community outreach is one of the best ways to spread the word about the mission statement of Peace Museum Colorado. Will is invested in communities because he thinks that people are stronger together than they are apart, which resonates with the message of spreading our peace effort. He is excited to be working with this creative group of people!
Jackie is a rising senior at Colorado College and she is from Needham, Massachusetts. She studies history and philosophy and is passionate about acting to make a positive change in the world. During the summer of 2017, Jackie was an activist and canvasser for a company called Grassroots Campaigns and helped to raise money for organizations such as ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Doctors Without Borders in New Orleans, Louisiana. When she heard about the opportunity to assist with efforts at the Bertha von Suttner Peace Institute in The Hague, and Peace Museum Vienna, she knew she had to contribute. She is very excited to be working with Peace Museum President, Liska Blodgett, and other interns from around the world to promote world peace and those who have dedicated their lives to the cause. Jackie was very glad to assist with the celebrations surrounding the 175th anniversary of Bertha von Suttner at the historic Peace Palace in The Hague this past June. She is also eager to help with the Windows for Peace project in Vienna, which highlights a variety of activists and peace heroes to educate any and all who walk by the museum.
Shayan was engaged with PMV in summer 2017 on various peace-related projects. His important contributions to PMV are with our peace education through the lives of peace heroes, writing peace heroes profiles, keeping PMV active on social media, organizing events and guiding tours to our windows for peace visitors. After he finished his official internship period, he has continued his voluntary collaboration with the museum. Peace Museum Vienna is delighted to have Mr. Shayan on board as a team member. Shayan was born in Afghanistan. He was a core member of Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in Kabul in 2009 and 2010, which promoted peace through various social activities. He directed an NGO called Dynamic Youth Organization (DYO) in Afghanistan, which worked for capacity development of youth in Afghanistan. He says, he has preferred doing his internship at Peace Museum Vienna despite having several options, due to his personal commitment for promoting peace. Peace in Afghanistan is one of his aspirations.