ASHFORD, Mary-Wynne




Author Tags: Advice, Physician Author

Even when she was president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War—which won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize—Victoria physician Mary-Wynne Ashford knew disarmament wasn’t the only answer.

“We have to examine the roots of war and try to understand why, for over 5,000 years, human groups have repeatedly chosen violence to dominate others,” she says. “And perhaps more importantly, we must investigate what makes some societies choose not to use violence to dominate others.”

With futurist and sustainability consultant Guy Dauncey, Ashford has highlighted non-violent success stories of heroic individuals who have risked peace in Enough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror and War (New Society $23.95). It focuses on how ordinary people can make a difference.

“Working with Guy Dauncey has been a great pleasure,” she says, “because he is not just a problem solver, he is a problem seeker. He loves finding an issue that needs to be turned on its head and addressed in a new way.” 0-86571-527-0

[BCBW 2006] "Advice"