Anyone, anywhere, can apply the words of Mahatma Gandhi: Be the change you want to see in the world. For example, if you want to see an end to corruption, start by being fully honest yourself. If you want to see peace in the world, start within your own family. If you care about the environment, start looking at your own patterns of consumption and waste.
Start, but don't stop there. Individuals are powerful. Starting with yourself can inspire others to follow your example by creating hope and fighting skepticism and anxiety. We all have times when we feel discouraged and need the support of others. Being connected to a network can give that support as well as providing a diversity of skills and perspectives, enabling individual efforts to be greatly magnified.
But the driving force for change always lies with the individual. To get you started on your journey towards change we’re offering a bi-weekly collection of inspirational stories, resources, webinars and virtual events from our network, as well as other like-minded groups.
14 - 18 September
Peace+ Peacebuilding Action Week – ‘More than ever, the world needs powerful voices and peacebuilding actions that point us towards a more just & peaceful world. In the face of a global pandemic, people everywhere are facing fear, uncertainty & difficult choices. This Peacebuilding Action Week, we must stand together.
Every day will include 3+ participatory workshops ranging from Yoga and Meditation Practices to Nurture Active Peacebuilding with Peace Direct & Active Peace Yoga on Monday to Community Peacebuilding in Uganda with CECORE & GPPAC on Wednesday to Global Peace Index and Positive Peace Framework with the Institute for Economics and Peace.’
21 September 12:30 GMT
Shaping Peace Together - The UN General Assembly declared 21 September as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. Business Plan for Peace, Creators of Peace and IofC UK is hosting a unique panel discussion to explore the 2020 Day of Peace theme ‘shaping peace together’.
In these difficult times of physical distancing, this International Day of Peace is dedicated to fostering dialogue and collecting ideas. Join us as we share stories, spark ideas and discuss the complex layers of ‘shaping peace together’.
21 – 25 September
International Peace Day - GAIN Platforms for Peace & Justice – ‘All week we are celebrating this year's UN International Peace Day’s theme Shaping Peace Together”. We are inviting our powerful network of peacebuilders and changemakers to start a dialogue about what that looks like for them.’
Charter for Compassion
We Are Many – ‘The never-before-told story of the largest demonstration in human history, and how the movement created by a small band of activists changed the world. This special live-stream event will feature exclusive music performances. The movie will be followed by Q&A panel discussion including the movie’s director, Amir Amirani, cast members and leaders from key activist organizations.’
Guided Meditation: Offering Loving-Kindness to Yourself and Others – ‘Loving-kindness is a practice and technique where the central object we rest our attention on is the silent repetition of certain phrases. And the phrases are a way of offering, gift giving, and switching our attention. Loving-kindness expert Sharon Salzberg guides an 8-minute meditation for wishing everyone around us well—including ourselves.’
Letting Go Practice - ‘Is there a hurt or thought you keep replaying that you’d like to release? Use this interactive Letting Go Practice to help let go of a hurt, injury, or issue in your life. Like forgiveness, it may be something you’ll want to revisit again and again. Take a few minutes to try it and let us know what you think.’
UNESCO MGIEP and Life University (USA)
Global Lesson in Social and Emotional Learning – ‘UNESCO MGIEP and Life University (USA) are inviting the world’s youth (18 – 34 years old) to join in the launch of a lesson on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). The lesson is from the Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) course which cultivates skills such as empathy, mindfulness, and compassion so youth are well-equipped to contribute towards the development of peaceful and sustainable societies. Join us on 21 September, 2020 as we aim to build the world’s largest lesson in SEL.’