Dr. Beebe’s New Book Illustrates The Importance of Helping Kids In The First Months of Life

Dr. Beatrice Beebe and her team of researchers from Columbia University have written an amazing book that looks at the powerful and life changing impacts of mother-infant interactions in the first weeks and first months of life. Her book uses dozens of drawings done from video recordings of mother-child interactions taken at roughly 100 days old for each child, and shows how those mother-child interactions...

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Ethnic Cleansing By Tribe Is The Syrian Core Reality Today — And The Chemical Weapons Use Is Being Done Entirely In That Context

Anyone who does not see how central tribes are to the conflict in Syria is missing the point of that conflict entirely. The conflict in Syria is not political. It is absolutely not ideological. It is clearly not philosophical and it is not even vaguely economic. The conflict is entirely, purely, clearly, and obviously tribal. Anyone who looks at that situation and does not understand...

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We Need Everyone To Understand The Impact of The First Weeks and First Months Of Life For Each Child

The attached Huffington Post piece that just ran explains the epigenetic reasons why the first three months of life are so important for every child born in America. We have new and important information about the huge impact of the first weeks and first months of life for every child — and now that we have that information and that knowledge — we need to share it...

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Celebrating The New Three Key Years Website for Helping Kids

We have just done some work at the Institute for InterGroup Understanding we believe could actually help change the lives of large numbers of children for the better. We have just built and offered the world a new, easy to use Three Key Years website, which focuses entirely on helping parents and families from all groups build better lives for children by doing the right...

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Re-appointment to Four More Years on the First Five Commission

Governor Jerry Brown has just re-appointed me to serve for four more years on the First Five Commission for Children and Families for the State of California. I have been honored to Chair that Commission for the past four years, and I love the work that the Commission does and is doing. Thank you, Governor Brown. The people of California created First Five more than a...

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What Just Happened?

The United States just elected a new President. The election process and the election results were exactly aligned with the most problematic “Us/Them” instinctive behavior chapters of the Primal Pathways, Peace in Our Time, Cusp of Chaos, and The Art of InterGroup Peace books. We had one of the most contentious and divisive campaigns in the history of our election process. We have people who...

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Saving All Children: The Strategy and The Commitment

We have massive learning gaps between groups of children in far too many schools in our country today. Efforts to close those gaps over the past two decades have very consistently failed. We have an economic reality where minority Americans have an average net worth that is less than 30 percent of the average net worth for White Americans. Unemployment levels are far higher for...

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Mayo Clinic Grand Rounds Talk About Saving Kids

Sixty percent of African American males in this country who drop out of school end up in jail. The recidivism rate for those prisoners is nearly 80 percent. Those numbers are horrible. They result in damaging life trajectories for far too many. We can change those trajectories — but to change them, we need to make those changes for people in the very first weeks, months,...

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The Art of InterGroup Peace:
New Edition

The book, The Art of InterGroup Peace, has just been re-issued as a second edition. The new edition deals more directly with issues and topics like Black Lives Matter, Ferguson, the shootings in Paris and Brussels, and the immigration and alienation backlashes happening in Europe and the Middle East. The new edition has a clearer chapter on how to use the six key alignment triggers...

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Peace in the Divided and Conflicted Countries is Needed

We need to understand our basic sets of intergroup instincts in order to create Peace in our conflicted settings. There are more than 200 ethnic conflicts in the world today. Instead of being a world where nations go to war with other nations, we are now a world where people inside nations fight other people in those nations. Instinctive behaviors shape all of those conflicts....

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