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PeaceJam

Gordon Milllar at Ipeace, brought this to my attention.  The initiative is called PeaceJam , and its mission is:

“… to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody.”

Ambitious, right?…but also quite an innovative idea (IMHO).  As the “About” page explains:

“PeaceJam’s program is built on a pyramid of three simple ideas: Education, Inspiration, and Action.

Education:
The process starts with education, as the students participate in PeaceJam Programs focusing on the lives of the Nobel Peace Laureates. Programs are available for youth ages 5-29 and each program includes components which stimulate critical thinking skills, strengthen research skills, build skills in leadership and nonviolence, and promote personal reflection and growth. Each program teaches specific content around the lives and work of the participating Nobel Peace Laureates including an exploration of the issues that affect communities – both locally and globally. In this section of the site you will find more information on all PeaceJam Programs and how to Get Trained.

Inspiration:
Education is followed up by Inspiration, which comes from meeting the Nobel Laureates the PeaceJammers have studied at conferences, and connecting with other people working on projects for their communities. Through the first-hand stories provided by the Nobel Laureates, youth will get to know each Nobel Peace Laureate on a very personal level – each story emphasizing the Laureates choice to stand up for social justice, human rights, nonviolence, and peace. In the Inspiration section of the site youth can learn about the Nobel Laureates, find upcoming PeaceJam Events, share and look at pictures and videos from PeaceJammers all over the world in the Gallery, and talk to their fellow PeaceJammers on the Message Boards.

Action:
After being properly Inspired Jammers get out of their seats and into the streets! They get to work by taking on PeaceJam’s Global Call to Action – an ambitious campaign to create and track ONE BILLION projects addressing ten of the most pressing issues facing our world. This section will also give you specific ways to create and implement a Global Call to Action Project, and will be where you can register your project so that it can be counted toward the one billion project goal.”

Here is a nicely done video about the founders of PeaceJam and how they got started (sounds brave to me 🙂 ):

You can get involved:  the whole site is about getting people on board for their “Global Call to Action Challenge”

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June 2, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. here is an article I just wanted to share, thought it might be interesting : UK Ambassador to Armenia, Charles Lonsdale-
    http://blogs.fco.gov.uk/roller/lonsdale/entry/peacejam_in_yerevan

    Comment by LucySonyan | January 12, 2011 | Reply


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