Mark Karasek

Business Executive, Educator, Innovator and Investor

Stories of Key Peace & Justice Work

Mark is a passionate supporter and volunteer for many non-profit organizations.

He is involved with PADS of DuPage County, IL, as a supporter and volunteer, and is a dedicated supporter of Christian Peacemaker Teams and On Earth Peace.

He also has served as a board member at the mHub Innovation Center in Chicago for product development, and is teaching courses in entrepreneurship and innovation in the professional Masters programs in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. Mark and his family are longtime residents of the visionary York Center Co-op neighborhood for community living.

Read Mark's stories at the key organizations he has been a part of:

PADS of DuPage County Christian Peacemaker Teams On Earth Peace

Read Mark's stories at other organizations he has been a part of:

mHub Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering York Center Co-op

For additional information about Mark's work, follow his social media outlets and how On Earth Peace has impacted his work.

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PADS of DuPage County

PADS of DuPage County provides shelter, food, and essential care for the homeless, along with interim and permanent housing and support services in order to help individuals work toward becoming self-sufficient. Mark likes to work the overnight shift desk (2am-6am or 9pm-1am) as a monthly volunteer—helping clients with needs, blankets, personal issues, and talking with them. Part of his responsibilities in this role includes helping people keep calm, and getting them to go back to bed. Mark's other duties include contacting the staffer on call when clients arrive at night and then to helping with their check-ins.


Follow PADS of DuPage County:

PADS of DuPage County's Website

PADS of DuPage County's Facebook

PADS of DuPage County's Twitter

PADS of DuPage County's LinkedIn

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Christian Peacemaker Teams

Christian Peacemaker Teams is an accompaniment organization. They train volunteers go to specific locations and walk with other people there who are experiencing violent oppression, and help to amplify their stories of abuse and oppression so they can be heard by everyone. Mark is a sustaining donor of Christian Peacemaker Teams, enabling these brave field workers to advance their philosophy and practice of standing between groups in conflict, to witness, be there, and make sure somebody is watching. 

Follow Christian Peacemaker Teams's progress and work:

Christian Peacemaker Teams's Website

Christian Peacemaker Teams's Facebook

Christian Peacemaker Teams's Twitter

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On Earth Peace

On Earth Peace focuses on supporting people who are working for justice and peace, helping them to develop as leaders in their communities. Mark and his family have been involved with the organization throughout its evolution as an agency for mutual training and accompaniment in the Church of the Brethren and beyond. They have been participating in the On Earth Peace sponsored "Song & Story Fest" week-long family camping activity for many years.


Follow On Earth Peace's progress and work:

On Earth Peace's Website

On Earth Peace's Facebook

On Earth Peace's Twitter

On Earth Peace's Instagram

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On Earth Peace's Impact on Mark

“OEP has evolved. Providing peace counseling, peace programs to be aware of decisions we make, intervention, stepping in and helping in conflict situations or disagreements—were all helpful parts of the work for us in our family years. I like that OEP is doing real things on the ground through many small actions, helping communities make change on their local levels.” 
-- Mark Karasek

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Get A Free Sticker of Your Choice

Mark’s sticker from our Just Peace Outfitter’s store draws on his focus on business with a just peace lens:

Anyone who makes a donation to OEP through this "JustPeace Leaders" campaign will receive a free sticker of your choice from our growing gallery of peace and justice stickers in the JPO online store.

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