Friday, May 23, 2014

Peace Week 2014 brainstorming begins

Human Journey: Join Us! from Forgiveness Challenge on Vimeo.


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else's life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

—Steve Jobs (1955-2011);
Co Founder Apple Inc.

A Hopeful Future

Each of us can find a way to transform a painful past into a hopeful future. We can develop compassion for others and compassion for ourselves. We can tell a new story of ourselves. The new story admits that “yes, I have caused pain and suffering.” The new story also recognizes that “the harm I have caused in the past is not who I am today.”

Self-forgiveness is truly at the core of peacemaking. The more we create peace in our heart, the more we can create peace in our world.

With Love,
Desmond & Mpho

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944);
French author
“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826);
3rd U.S. President

Peace, like charity, begins at home.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945);
32nd U.S. President


Peace Stone Soup: Pinwheels, Paths to Peace/Acts of Compassion on 11 Days of Global Unity for PEACE ONE DAY

Pinwheels for Peace
Primary Pinwheels Blessing

There are 6 billion paths to peace, What is yours?

We the World- 11 Days of Global Unity

Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and 11 Days Honorary Co-Chairs Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, Irene Khan (Secretary General of Amnesty International) , Marianne Williamson, John McConnell (the original Founder of Earth Day) , Hazel Henderson, Ervin Laszlo, Jonathan Granoff, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Robert Thurman, Sally Fisher, Riane Eisler, Lynne Twist, Paul Winter, Nina Meyerhof, and New York City Councilman Alan J. Gerson.

11 Campaigns that together form a blueprint of change for a peaceful, sustainable, transformed world

Campaign Theme 1:
Thursday, 9/11
Commemorate the anniversary of September 11th 2001, and other dates of significance to humanity, emphasizing Global Unity
Strengthen interfaith dialogue and understanding
Empower grassroots organizations  Peace Team
Develop global partnerships and build coalitions - UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) #8
Recognize global awareness
Promote the role of values, ethics and spirit in creating positive change
Carry out programs to achieve other Unity goals
Campaign Theme 2:
Friday, 9/12

Celebrate Interdependence Day September 12th and participate in the Interdependence Movement
Promote conscious interdependence acknowledging that we are all connected through the web of life
Expand awareness and action to protect and preserve our global commons (water, air, etc.)
Honor indigenous wisdom
Create an Interdependence Curriculum for Schools
Carry out other Interdependence programs
Campaign Theme 3:
Saturday, 9/13
YLOKC training
10-4 PM 
Promote investment in renewable, non-polluting energy systems and fuels
Protect eco-systems and biodiversity - end the Mass Extinction of Species
Protect and provide clean water for all
Address the Climate Crisis: from International Agreements to Local Policies
Support local, organic, sustainable agriculture
Carry out other programs to achieve Environmental goals
Campaign Theme 4:
Sunday, 8/14
YLOKC training
10-4 PM

End poverty (MDG #1)
Fulfill all basic human needs: food, water and shelter
Expand socially conscious business and investment
Conduct global financial reform
Promote Fair Trade and other fair labor practices
Participate in the movement to reduce economic inequality and end economic injustice
Carry out other programs to achieve Economic Justice goals
Campaign Theme 5:
Monday, 9/15
Support holistic, proactive and preventive health practices
Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases (MDG #6)
Provide for universal healthcare
Promote the connection between individual well-being and societal health
Carry out other programs to achieve Health and Wellness goals
Campaign Theme 6:
Tuesday, 9/16

Advocate for universal literacy and a minimum of 8th grade education worldwide (MDG #2)
Reduce child mortality (MDG #4)
Promote Peace Education programs at all grade levels
Promote the rights of the child
Encourage youth activism for a peaceful sustainable world Peace Team
Carry out other programs for Children and Youth
Campaign Theme 7:
Wednesday, 9/17

Advocate for gender equality (MDG #3)
End violence against women
Advocate for economic empowerment of women Girl Rising
Eliminate all forms of discrimination against women
Promote full implementation of UNSCR 1325 for ensuring women's equal representation at all decision-making levels
Carry out other programs that support Women
Campaign Theme 8:
Thursday, 9/18

End persecution in all forms
Promote judicial transparency and fairness
End torture in all forms
Promote civil rights and civil liberties
Reduce levels of incarceration
Promote Restorative Justice
Carry out other programs that support Human Rights
Campaign Theme 9:
Friday, 9/19

Hear the voice of the people
"Make Your Voice Heard" (UN 2011 Theme for Peace & Democracy)
Promote responsible governance (of, by and for the people)
Promote public financing of local and national elections
Fund and support democratic governance practices and institutions worldwide
Fully fund and support independent non-commercial media in the public interest
Advocate for socially responsible public interest practices in all media
Protect and foster freedom of expression in media, culture and the arts worldwide
Carry out other programs that support Freedom
Campaign Theme 10:
Saturday, 9/20

Reform and improve laws governing gun sales and the global arms trade
Reduce weapons sales globally
Abolish nuclear weapons and all WMDs
Support arms reduction treaties
Promote diplomacy and nonviolent conflict resolution
Reduce military spending
Carry out other programs that support the goal of Disarmament
Campaign Theme 11:
Sunday 9/21.14
Interfaith Youth
Tour, 1-4

Celebrate the UN International Day of Peace September 21 with a minute of silence at 12 noon in every location, and in other ways
Promote a global military ceasefire on September 21
Call for Sept 21 being a day of nonviolence in all media - a "media ceasefire"
Call for Sept 21 being a day of nonviolence in our communities - a ceasefire in gangs, domestic disputes, etc.
Promote the multilateral framework of the United Nations, its institutions and its legal instruments for resolving international conflicts
Establish departments and ministries of peace around the world
Work to create a culture of peace
Highlight our personal and collective progress towards a culture of peace
Carry out other programs that support Peace

ACTS of Compassion - Volunteering/ Service-learning experiences

Charter for Compassion

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Facilitated by our partner Unicef, Jeremy recently visited the Muganga Internally Displaced Persons Camp and spoke to young people, including former child soldiers, about their vision for peace. 

2014 sees us begin a three-year programme to promote peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the countries of the Great Lakes Region of Africa thanks to the generous support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.  War has been raging in the DRC for twenty years. More lives have been lost here than in any conflict since WW2; it is the world’s forgotten conflict.

But as we witnessed in 
, peace for one day in the DRC is possible...

Our goal is to encourage all parties in the DRC to stand together in the name of peace on 21 September. We hope to raise the level of awareness of, and respect for Peace Day, so as to generate a significant reduction of violence across the country on the day by 2016 at the latest, and allow much needed humanitarian access to reach people caught in the cross fire. Just as important, however, is the way in which a day of peace could help change the perception of what is possible in the DRC, particularly amongst a younger generation who have known only war.


There are two things you can do. Firstly, you can show your support for Peace Day by organizing some kind of activity at home, in school, at work or in your local community on Sunday 21 September 2014, and telling us about it. This can be as simple as bringing friends together for a meal, or as ambitious as putting on an event - for example music, sport, dance, art, or anything you’re passionate about.

Secondly, you can help spread the word and be part of the campaign to reach 1.5 billion people this year. Re-post our journey on Facebook, follow and re-tweet @jeremygilley and email your network to ask them to get involved. If you’re part of a business or an educational establishment, 
email us to find out specific ways you can help.

It’s so exciting to see so much activity starting to take shape. To make sure we can capture all of these wonderful plans, here’s the brand new 2014 Activities Form. By telling us what you have lined up you are inspiring others to take action on Peace Day around the world.

So, here is a quick update on some key developments for 2014:

  • The Great Lakes Peace Campaign goes from strength to strength. After recent calls with UN SESG Mary Robinson’s team, One UN Rwanda and UNICEF Burundi, awareness of the campaign is spreading throughout the GLR. To find out about the objectives and aspirations of this campaign please read and share our Statement of Purpose. Generously making this project possible is the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, whose work in the region we have showcased in this new film, which you can view here.
  • Last week I was privileged to meet British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg with Richard Reed, Co-founder of Innocent Drinks. It was fantastic to receive Mr. Clegg’s backing for what we are doing both globally and in the DRC and GLR.
  • It is brilliant to see so much enthusiasm to get involved in our football and dance initiatives. We’ve also launched a new flyer to promote Set for Peace, our DJ initiative, ahead of the International Music Summit in Ibiza later this month.

With 4 months to go, now’s the time to start planning for Peace Day 2014.

If we haven’t heard from you already, we look forward to hearing your plans for Peace Day!

In peace,

Jeremy Gilley
Founder, Peace One Day

RECIPEACE: People Coming Together for Peace over Food