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Social Entrepreneurs for Peace

Well now, this is interesting:  The AshokaPeace blog, tells us a bit about AshokaPeace:

“With climate change, resource scarcity, and economic turmoil all projected to increase violent conflict in the years ahead, it has never been more critical to live and work together in harmony. Ashoka is embarking on an unprecedented effort to scale up the contribution of social entrepreneurship in meeting these challenges…

In these pages, you will see many examples of the social entrepreneur as a peace builder. There is, for instance, the pioneering approach to inter-faith reconciliation being championed by Imam Mohammed Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye in Nigeria. Similarly, in countries ranging from Cambodia to China, Karen Tse is is training and supporting public defenders through the creation of “Communities of Conscience”, as described in this short video. Ashoka is seeking to multiply the number of powerful, proven solutions such as these.

Unfortunately, the pursuit of change is not always a safe endeavor; social entrepreneurs trying to build a more peaceful coexistence are often targets of violent reprisals by those who want to retain the status quo. To realize its vision of an “Everyone a Changemaker” world, Ashoka seeks to ensure that all changemakers can safely pursue their visions for social change. Ashoka’s Fellow Security program is realizing this through emergency response support to social entrepreneurs as well as longer-term security trainings.”

This seems like an intelligent approach to certain aspects of peacebuilding; and I particularly appreciate the emphasis on the securty of their peacebuiding “social entrepreneurs”.  There have been too many examples of people active in this area simply being eliminated by those who, for a variety of selfish reasons, prefer war and violence.

If you know of somebody doing this kind of work you can nominate them to be an “Askoka Fellow”.

It’s a long road back from violent conflict (in fact, often a very long road),  but as Lao-tsu is supposed to have said (but apparently didn’t exactly): “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  So, let’s be as entrepreneurial about peace as we possibly can!

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September 6, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] where we are at the moment I’ve mentioned the Ashoka peace site previously.  Well today I saw an interesting guest blog there about “The State of Peace […]

    Pingback by Peacebuilding: where we are at the moment « IG’s Peace Blog | February 4, 2010 | Reply


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