By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
Today is the United Nations International Day of Peace!
It is estimated that over 500 million, possibly up to 1 billion, people will celebrate this day of peace!
Around the world at 12pm noon people will observe a minute of silence. Avon Mattison, one of the early supporters of the International Day of Peace, calls this moment of silence a peace wave that circles the world!
The Summer of Peace and all of its partners have been building towards this day! We are thrilled to be having two live calls today — 11 Days of Global Unity at 10am Pacific and the Be The Peace global meditation at 12pm Pacific! (Register free here)
I personally want to thank all of the amazing speakers in the telesummit, along with our friends, colleagues and partners around the world who have made the Summer of Peace an incredible experience. I want to give a special thanks to the Wisdom Council members who have advised the Summer of Peace and to all our hosts that co-created the telesummit: Rick Ulfik (11 Days of Global Unity); David Nicol, Myra Jackson and the Gaiafield Project (Spirituality and Peace series); Ben Hart, Yuka Saionji and Barbara Arredondo (The Next Generation of Solutions); Eleanor Tara (Peace Through Music); Jay Ponti(Mainstreaming Consciousness); Deborah Moldow (100 Day Countdown to the International Day of Peace); and of course, our Director of Peace, Philip Hellmich. The Summer of Peace, like all peacebuilding initiatives, is a collective effort — we each offer our individual gifts (our very hearts, minds and souls) and cooperatively work together for the greater good.
And now, together, we all can participate in making this International Day of Peace a truly global celebration, which includes you too!
In this edition, we loaded it with feature articles from thought leaders who highlight there is a growing wave of peacebuilding. Rev. Deborah Moldow and Monica Willard write about the International Day of Peace; the team at Peace One Day share their amazing global efforts; and, Ambassador John McDonald tells us about the creation of the International Day of Peace in 1981 (a story we published as part of the Summer of Peace). I also am sharing a heartfelt letter I wrote this week to President Obama, applying the first principle of medicine — to “do no harm” — to our actions in the Middle East.
Al Jubitz writes about how Rotary International can play a leading role in grassroots peacebuilding on a global scale. Patrick Hiller from the War Prevention Initiative tells us about the emerging Global Peace System; and,John Filson from the Alliance for Peacebuilding shares realities of making peacebuilding a global priority in 2015 and beyond. The National Peace Academy team offers a brilliant update about their incredible peacebuilding efforts.
Our profiles are from permaculture experts who have taken peacebuilding to their local communities — Rachel Kaplan and Mallika Nair. Several Shift Network team members are signed up for Rachel’s upcoming Permaculture Design Certification training — Permaculture from the Inside Out. It’s a great opportunity to join our team in deepening personal, home and community peace practices. (Mention “Shift Network” to receive an extension of the early bird special $200 discount – click here.)
Also, please take a look at the powerful 11 Days of Global Unity/Summer of Peace summit free recordings, including interviews with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Deepak Chopra, Amy Goodman and Foday Sajuma(Ebola special report). Also, our Featured Artist, Nahko Bear, is a talented multi-ethnic voice for peace!
Finally, I want to remind you to sign up for one of the exciting conferences we are co-sponsoring, especially the 10X Summit in Los Angeles where Congressman Tim Ryan and Philip Hellmich, our Director of Peace, will be presenting (see Movement News).