Citizens for Global Solutions, and its affiliated Minnesota Chapter, strives to inspire Americans to engage with the world.  We recognize that in today’s interconnected world, our lives, our jobs and our families are increasingly affected by global problems. CGS-MN offers local programs that strengthen awareness of critical international issues. The focus of our programs is to offer perspectives on possible solutions to a variety of world problems on which we endeavor to shine a spotlight.

 

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“Global Problems Require Global Solutions”

 

CGS-MN MISSION

We are a membership organization:

  • working to build political will,
  • promoting global citizenship and a new spirit of sharing, and
  • devising initiatives to promote our vision.

We undertake our mission by:

  • organizing educational events,
  • communicating global concerns to public officials,
  • collaborating with globally engaged organizations, and
  • disseminating proposals to reform and strengthen the United Nations and other international institutions, including the creation of new agencies when necessary.
 

CGS-MN VISION

We envision a future in which countries work together to abolish war, protect universal human rights and freedoms, foster sustainable development, and solve related problems facing humanity that no country can solve alone. This vision requires the involvement of informed world citizens to create and maintain effective democratic global institutions that will supplant the law of force with the rule of law while respecting the diversity and autonomy of national and local communities.

Board Members

 

While this group of Board members is remarkably diverse in age, gender, area of origin, ethnicity, occupation, experience, and philosophical orientation, all have several traits in common: a global outlook, dedication to peace and justice, a commitment to grassroots citizen action, and a belief that peaceful change for the betterment of the human family is possible at all levels from the local to the global.

 
 

Nancy Dunlavy
President

Nancy worked as a reference librarian for over 25 years, first at the University of Minnesota and then at Honeywell’s Systems and Research Center. She has been a member of Soka Gakkai International, a socially engaged Buddhist community, for 44 years. She has initiated community events at numerous venues in the Twin Cities metro area in relation to the Earth Charter, a Culture of Peace and other causes. She has been a delegate or officer of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers since 2002, a Board member of Minnesota’s Chapter of the United Nations Association, and serves as Director of The Workable World Trust.

Kristi Rudelius-Palmer
Vice President

Kristi is a human rights education consultant and currently serves as the Human Rights Education Ambassador for Youthrive. She served as Co-Director of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center from 1989-  2016, and as an Adjunct Professor of Law and director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota Law School from 2003-2016. She has collaborated with hundreds of human rights activists and educators, working to create innovative programs and models of human rights teaching and training in classrooms and communities throughout Minnesota and the United States as well as in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Latin America, and the Middle East.

Dick Bernard
Secretary

After college, Army, and nine years of teaching junior high school social studies, Dick represented public school teachers for 27 years as a field representative for the Minnesota affiliate of the National Education Association. After retiring in 2000, and disappointed in the American response to 9-11-01, Dick became very active in the local Peace and Justice community, serving as President of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers for three years, 2005-07. He has been active in Citizens for Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota since 2003; has been an active blogger since 2009 (http://outsidethewalls.org/blog/), where he writes frequently on assorted topics.

Dennis Dillon
Treasurer

Retired after 38 years of educational testing and survey research and a co-founder of two corporations,  Dennis is currently active in peace, social justice, and sustainability pursuits with a number of volunteer, non-profit organizations. Dennis has served on the Citizens for Global Solutions-Minnesota Board for nine years and has served as the organization’s treasurer for the past eight years.  These pursuits originate with the Basilica of Saint Mary parish and continued with the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (including chairing the 2008 Peace Island Conference), Network of Spiritual Progressives-MN, People of Faith Peacemakers, the Minnesota Peace Project, and Middle East Peace Now. In addition serving on the board of CGS-MN, Dennis has served on the Boards or Leadership Teams of MAP, NSP-MN, MPP, and MEPN, and schedules semi-monthly programs for the PoFP.

Roxanne Abbas

Roxanne is the founder and President of the Minnesota Peace Project,  advocating for a more peaceful world through the efforts of constituent teams working with our ten members of Congress. Roxanne had previously been a board member and co-chair of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) and has been active in many other local and national peace groups. Prior to becoming a full-time peace activist,  she used her Master’s in Industrial Relations to design and manage compensation and benefits programs for several local companies.

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N. John Borgen

Now retired after 40 years of service as a union organizer with the state teacher union (Education Minnesota, formerly known as the Minneapolis Education Association). Way back when, John was a music teacher in Wisconsin for four years.

Gail Hughes

Gail is a member of the Grassroots Leadership Council of Citizens for Global Solutions national organization, where she also is a member of the Board. Gail is a part-time faculty member in Post-Secondary and Adult Education at Capella University, and has previously taught Global Studies, Sociology, and Interdisciplinary Social Science at St. Cloud State University. In earlier years, she was a program evaluator for the Minnesota Community Colleges, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho.

Dr. Bharat Parekh

A native of India, he earned his PhD in Physics from the University of Rochester. He was professor of Physics at ND State University and a research scientist for the ND State Water Institute, Fargo, ND. His research focused on turbulence modeling and hydrologic simulation to address complex river basin issues. He has lived in the Twin Cities since 1987. As a consultant for US and Indian companies and NGOs his work has involved technology transfer and trade in environment and agro-food sectors, including bio-fuels, food processing and modeling of water resource systems. His current passion is to fight the scourge of malnutrition in Mumbai and other parts of India. He has long been an active board member of several organizations in the Twin Cities:  Citizens for Global Solutions; St. Paul/Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations; United Nations Association and Toddler Food Partners. He set up the Minnesota Millennium Initiative to champion the achievement of the UN MDGs. His new venture is the Sarvodaya Project. It will engage Educational,  NGO and Corporate sectors in the Twin Cities to develop global partnerships, especially with Indian counterparts, to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Joseph E. Schwartzberg

A life-long peace and justice activist, Joe was one of the founders of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers in 1995. He has written three books and numerous articles on matters relating to global governance. His most recent book,  Transforming the United Nations System:  Designs for a Workable World, was published by the United Nations University Press in 2013, and has been warmly endorsed by former UN Secretary-  General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and many other prominent global thinkers. Joe taught geography and South Asian studies at the University of Pennsylvania, 1960-64, at the University of Minnesota, 1964-2000, and at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1979-80, and has published extensively on South Asia. He founded The Workable World Trust in December 2014, and currently serves as its Director Emeritus.
See also:  http://www.workableworld.org/about-the- author.html