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Colleen Turner
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Colleen Boyd Turner, Ph.D. (Social Welfare-UCLA) is a communications analyst facilitating change for individuals and groups through lessons from management, sports, the military, psychotherapy, and religion to create Communication for Transforming “No Way” into “Way To Go!”  She is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Lieutenant Colonel who has designed and evaluated terrorist defense scenarios and contributed to international strategic communication. In the sport of volleyball, she was a member of UCLA’s national championship team (retired #44 jersey) and the USA team. Website: colleenturner.com

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Our Mothers Played Hard and We Won

(4) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 9:40 AM

Most mothers can't help but work hard -- it comes with the child-rearing territory. Yet many great mothers play hard too. To help your daughter be her best, show her what it means to get into the game.

From grandmother to mother to daughter, the women in our family experienced...

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Peace Day Is for Wusses (Satire)

(13) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 5:10 PM

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Since International Peace Day was first established by the United Nations in 1981, this September 21 represents its 30th anniversary and another attempt to undermine the value of war, especially for the extraordinary U.S.  Peace on earth needs...

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War Is Over If We Want It?

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 11:55 AM

Every holiday season since 1971 when I hear John and Yoko Lennon and those adorable children's voices from the Harlem Community Choir singing Happy Xmas (War Is Over) "if you want it," I think to myself, "If only it were so." Forty years later professor Joshua Goldstein, author of the...

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"Surfing" At Sixty

(22) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 11:00 AM

What better way to celebrate turning 60 than by surfing? Although I am so out of shape, and the "barnacles" growing on my spine make my shoulder hurt. Then again, at my age, who doesn't have something falling apart?  And if that girl in the Soul Surfer movie can surf...

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What Your Mainstream Media Isn't Telling You About Afghanistan

(54) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 8:40 AM

A CBS Evening News "report" on Afghanistan this week simply gave an account of our casualties -- just like during the Vietnam War.  Haven't we learned from our past?   We don't need a rosy picture painted for us, but we do need to know beyond a body count what is working there along...

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Communicating for Peace Day Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2009 | 11:30 AM

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This year's celebration of International Peace Day on September 21st finds me focusing on communications between real or potential enemies in ways that foster amity, not enmity. From global to local, structuring relationships to enhance understanding makes it harder to hate...

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Best Communications Practices for Making a World of Difference

(14) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 2:55 PM

National Public Radio recently suggested that the remarks of Secretary of State Clinton comparing North Korea to "small children and unruly teenagers" exemplified the use of "soft power" because she did not threaten military action. But according to political theorist Joseph Nye, "soft power is the ability to get what...

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Smile for Peace Day: An Experiment in Global Consciousness

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2008 | 6:22 PM

Since the United Nations passed a resolution in 1982 establishing an International Day of Peace, millions around the globe honor "Peace Day" every September 21st. While global peace might seem like an ideal harbored by naïve dreamers, emerging science is bringing us closer to the realization of this dream. As...

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Ten Ways to Prevent Peace and Goodwill on Earth

(43) Comments | Posted December 29, 2007 | 2:12 PM

'Tis the season to offer tidings of peace and goodwill. This year, however, I'm taking a different tact and have decided to encourage American conflicts. After all, what's the point of championing the myriad of unsung approaches available for preventing wars? War is just too good for the economy, especially...

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Transforming Strategic Communications to Fight Terrorism Since 1492

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2007 | 3:46 PM

A poster of an old photograph of four Native American Indians dressed in traditional garb and carrying rifles states: "Homeland Security -- Fighting Terrorism Since 1492." This message provides a rarely considered viewpoint regarding U.S. policies. It also imparts a cultural clue about a critical transformative shift needed in U.S....

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An Open Letter to the Rutgers Women's Basketball Team

(12) Comments | Posted April 11, 2007 | 2:35 PM

After watching your press conference today, I was not only extremely impressed with your team but deeply moved by your individual attitudes and demeanor. Your coach has set a powerful and articulate example for you.

I hate how this has happened yet I am grateful for the...

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Floating A Message of Comfort

(6) Comments | Posted March 12, 2007 | 6:56 PM

Last week during the news coverage of President Bush's trip to Latin America, a reporter mentioned that a Navy medical ship, the USNS Comfort, would be dispatched to the region on a humanitarian mission. Its staff would perform 1,500 surgeries and treat 85,000 foreign national patients. What a welcomed contrast...

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