Category Archives: Peace

Work For Peace, but Pay for war?

As I venture down the path towards birthing a water filter, I’m re-affirming that I have a real opportunity to make a difference in the world. Soon people will have our filter as a reliable option to provide drinking water for their families at a very fair price, hopefully the lowest in the world.

I am thrilled to put my full weight behind something so positive. I’m proud of what we’re building.

I fully intend to put the American flag on products that I make. The product will be a symbol that positive, compassionate, and nonviolent Americans exist. It is a direct form of peace building.

But I have also been asked to pay for war. I’ve deeply considered the implications of paying for war, and I find that I am not able to do it. To pay for war would undermine the work that I am doing with water filters. I have not been able to pay for war for the last few years. As tax day 2016 approaches I have been thinking about contributing to war, and I continue to re-affirm that I cannot pay.

Every time I hear about my country’s violent use of drones, extrajudicial killings, torture, and other despicable things, my heart sinks. I am comforted however when I remember that I have not financially supported that system. I’d love to hear what other people are doing when they are asked to pay for the endless wars, and other unconscionable acts that our government and military are propagating in our name. Please write!

You can read my full letter to my fellow taxpayers, here:   Statement of Conscience on paying for war tax 2015


Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

“I’m convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives, and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr., from the speech “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam” on April 30, 1967, Riverside Church, New York.

Forty Nine years have passed since these words have been spoken, and they still hold true today. Dr. King, I hope that I too can be on the right side of world revolution. I also seek a shift in the values of the society. I am building a company where all people are treated equitably, regardless of their role, from the suppliers all the way to the customers.
I do not worship the water filter that I am creating, rather I use it as a tool to alleviate people’s suffering. Making filters is not enough. The way that we make them matters. I will use the actual work of selling filters to foster connections between people and nations. The partnerships I will be forging to actually sell the filters will foster connections between people and nations. I believe strongly that those person-to-person connections foster a love between people that has the power to conquer racism, economic exploitation, and takes away the need for war.

“Hatred paralyzes life; Love releases it. Hatred confuses life; Love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; Love illuminates it.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Martin Luther King Day, I am celebrating both the man and the day by thinking about inclusion and the value of all people. One of my goals with Triton Ceramics is to be inclusive and celebratory of all. I want a world that fairly treats people of all genders and embraces people of all ages. Why not create a company that does just that? Why not create a company that is composed of people of all races cultures and religions and treats those people equitably? I’m not limiting myself to theses issues, but they are at the forefront of my thinking right now. I want a company that celebrates the wonderful diversity in the world. Being 100% European-American and 100% male myself, I clearly need some help getting Triton Ceramics to meet those diverse goals.

I am committed to building a company that treats all people equitably. This means more than just treating people fairly. I am just now learning that there is a difference between treating people equally and treating people equitably.  Equally means treating all people the same.  I know that I can do better than treating all people exactly the same.  I’m not sure what treating people equitably means yet, and I am very interested in exploring and learning further.  So far it seems to mean that I will need to work and strive to bolster those who are not as privileged as I. I am striving to achieve harmony in the society. On that quest, I’m finding myself both excited and a bit scared. To properly address these issues, I will need to examine the fibre of who I am. I will need to dig deep and consider my own race, privilege, and the effect my participation in dominant society has on others.  That feels hard and scary. I’m scared that I will not succeed in creating the more harmonious world that I am seeking. I’m afraid that the privileged white males, and others around me will not understand or appreciate what I am trying to do. If Dr. King was here he might say:

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Thanks for those uplifting words Dr. King.

When I’m feeling down, under the weight of these moral undertakings, I remind myself of the rewards. I’m excited about the chance to make an example of a company that treats all people equitably. I’m imagining an ethnically diverse company that empowers all of it’s employees. A Triton Ceramics that embodies those will undoubtedly have many doors opened to it around the world. That sure would make it a lot easier to sell filters. Those people will not only have language and cultural knowledge that would help, they will undoubtedly have diverse connections that will enable the work we are doing to spread.

Now I’m not feeling so down. Now I’m feeling empowered. The world is ours to do what we deem to be right. Building a company that treats its employees fairly feels right. Making water filters feel right.

I am committed to transparency. As a start, I have published a Mission Statement, Vision, and Values on the Triton Ceramics webpage. In the next few weeks and months I will also be establishing my path to achieve the noble goals set out in these three statements. I’ll be wrestling with how I will know if I’m meeting those goals. What good is talk if we cannot actually see if I am achieving the goals that I have set out to accomplish? I will need to develop ways of communicating whether or not we are meeting those goals to all of you, the supporters. Regular reports will be publicly posted on the webpage. Wish me luck!

Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., you are still with us. I promise to undertake this water filter work with painstaking excellence.

“Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means that we must develop a world perspective.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Well Received Talk on Water Filters as Conscience!

Conscience was the subject of the annual gathering of the Farmington-Scipio Gathering of Quakers.  The plenary session kicked off with my story of how I am following my conscience by working on water filters.  You can listen to the audio of that portion here:  Farmington-Scipio Spring Gathering Talk 2015 .

There are some interesting tidbits about what my conscience is, how I hear it, how I follow it, and how it feels.


Sometimes following your conscience is beautiful like walking on a Mountain.  This one is Mt. Baker, Washington State.

Sometimes following your conscience is beautiful like walking on a Mountain. This one is Mt. Baker, in Washington State

Upcoming Talk on Water Filters as Conscience

Saturday 16th May 2015, 9:30-12:00 AM Farmington-Scipio Spring Gathering, Painted Post, NY


I can't condone graffiti, but can't support war either!

I can’t condone graffiti, but can’t support war either!

How are water filters building a peaceful and conscionable world? How did I decide to follow my conscience and dedicate my life to water filters? What can we as people working towards peace learn from my work and choices so far? Good news for the curious, because these questions lead to the the subject of a talk I am giving on Saturday the 16th of May. I’m calling my talk: Water Filters as Conscience. The Filters as Conscience talk includes an activity-based workshop on conscience in our everyday lives. What’s better than an engaging talk about how one person followed their conscience? An engaging talk with participation by everyone in the room! Come and play with conscience! My presentation is the plenary session for Farmington-Scipio Regional Meeting‘s largest annual gathering. Alfred Monthly Meeting which I am a member of, is a part of Farmington-Scipio RM. What an honor it is to share this work I’ve been doing with you all!

-Nick Rozard

Directions to Watson Homestead


How are Water Filters Grassroots Peace?

A few weeks ago an interesting thing happened that exemplifies how sharing of technology can connect people. Nate Halverson designed an experiment on how to heat treat the silver used in the ceramic, and took the data on a machine at Alfred Univeristy used to measure chemical reactions, called a TGADTA. By that evening on the same day, a new procedure for water filter production was implemented in Indonesia. Here’s how it happened:


11:00 AM, Alfred NY. Nate Halverson completes an experiment on how to best apply silver to the filter.

4:00 PM, Alfred NY Nate sends the data to Nick Rozard


7:30 PM, Alfred NY and Yogyakarta Indonesia During a Skype meeting, with Rina Wijaya in Yogyakarta Indonesia, Nick sends the data and a recommendation on how to run the kiln.

20 minutes of discussion later, Yogyakarta Indonesia Rina has implemented a new firing procedure for the kiln.


The world is more peaceful with right sharing of technology. Rina will make great use of this information for the processing of the filters. The information allows her to make use of her local materials to provide drinking water for her community. When technology is shared between people, lasting bonds are created. Bonds that transcend violence and even war.


If you would also like the technical information discussed here, including the chart and recommended firing schedules, see the resource section of our webpage.