Welcome to Waging Wisdom. My name is Charles Strohmer, the author of this blog. I’m American, but my wife and I lived in the UK for a few years, where she co-founded a preschool. After returning to the States, I traveled to England dozens of times, where I traveled widely on speaking trips, and it became my home away from home – apparently my purpose there was to keep the rail systems and the Tube funded with my countless ticket purchases.
My driving passion is also my work, writing and teaching. Many years ago, I became convinced that the agency of wisdom is vital for advancing peaceable initiatives in areas where human diversity is normative, cooperation is essential, and human flourishing is desired – from family life to foreign policy. In other words, across the spectrum of life. Wisdom-based approaches give us ways to think and act outside of the confines of ideological thinking and acting. And as the years pass, I am increasingly convinced that wisdom-based approaches are especially critical for times such as ours.
Within that framework I have been working since the late-1980s with individuals, small groups, NGOs, and institutions to think about and to develop peaceable, wisdom-based approaches in areas such as education, the business world, family and social life, cultural development, environmental stewardship, and especially the arts, communication, and inter-religious engagement. My current work entails advancing wisdom-based approaches for improving international relations, with a special focus on diplomacy, negotiations, and mediation in the context of the United States and the Middle East, including Christian – Muslim – Jewish narratives in that context.
For me personally this has meant a lot of unlearning and, on the other hand, learning wisdom in all sorts of surprising ways, including from creation, from the historic wisdom literature, and in conversation with persons who are not like me. Everyone, I believe, has gifts of insight and understanding from God so that we may learn wisdom from one another to ease adversarial relations and improve the life of our families, communities, nations, and world.
This blog, wagingwisdom com, seeks to discuss many of the above areas in short posts related to current events. If you happen to be interested in a more detailed and academic approach, I invite to spend some time on my main website.