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Duke Duchscherer

United States
Speaks English
Certified Trainer since 2000
“Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being. ~Swami Vivekananda”


Facilitator Duke Duchscherer is a former member of the Board of Directors for the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Duke leads learning events in Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Dialogue (based on Restorative Circles as developed by Dominic Barter and the favela communities in Brazil) to deepen his work in peace building, reconciliation, trauma healing, and restorative processes.

He has had the privilege of working around the world with a depth and breadth of peoples from small villages at the grassroots to governmental leaders at the United Nations on five continents. He also has taught in the Masters Peace Building programs at the European Peace University in Austria, the World Peace Academy in Switzerland, and Hacettepe University, Turkey.

Some of Duke’s work has included guiding trauma healing for those horribly affected by the Boko Haram activities in Nigeria. A large part of his work has focused on supporting the transformation of active conflicts such as leading a series of restorative dialogues between the Ukrainian army and the pro-Russian community where they reside near the warfront in Ukraine; or guiding dialogue between those supporting independence for Catalonia and those wanting to remain connected with Spain; or facilitating dialogue between state-level government officials, minority/indigenous groups, and those who have been directly harmed by strikes, protests, and border closings due to the promulgation of the new Nepal constitution.

Duke has also worked extensively in the area of reconciliation leading numerous dialogues to create understanding, healing, and clear actions between communities who have experienced severe violence. For example, he has facilitated reconciliation dialogues between former Shining Path & MRTA rebels, former military, civil society leaders, and those directly harmed during the ‘time of violence’ in Peru; or between Rwandan genocide survivors and recently released prisoners who killed their families. (see the documentaries In The Eyes of the Good and Together for Peace, and the website, Together We Thrive for examples of Duke’s work).

Duke really enjoys working with people from a variety of backgrounds to learn with them in creating understanding and seeing each other in ways that generate connection, harmony, and peace.

TRAINING FOCUS:

  • Conflict Transformation
  • Counseling and Therapy
  • Family and Interpersonal Relationships
  • Peace and Civil Discourse
  • Restorative Justice (including prison work)
  • Social Change
  • Spirituality and Inner Work
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. ~Nelson Mandela
“All I'm saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we're caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr”

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