Peacemaking

AFGHANISTAN – CONCEPTIONS AND MISCONCEPTIONS

Join this event and engage in dialogue with young Afghan scholars.
Get to know artifacts and intricacies of Afghan culture, arts,
and fragments of life amid chaos.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 7:00 PM 8:30 PM Kibbitznest 2212 North Clybourn Avenue Chicago, IL, 60614 United States
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Kofi Annan speaks on Religion, Pluralism, and Democracy

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“Globalization, while integrating the world’s economies, societies and people more than ever, and creating unprecedented wealth across the globe, is also generating a backlash because the benefits are not fairly shared and the gap between the rich and the poor has widened. The losers of globalization- encouraged by populist politicians – are retreating into primal identities, some real, some imagined, as bulwarks against uncertainty and fear. Around the world, groups or movements are trying to reject the ties that bind all of us across religious, national, racial, and class divides. Populist and xenophobic movements are demonizing migrants and other minorities in the name of protecting their own identities, often based on some notion of ethnic and or religious purity. Even more brutally, religious extremists are denying humanity not only to those of different faiths, but even to those of their own faith who do not share their convictions. Diversity is increasingly being portrayed as a threat that undermines our societies, rather than an asset that can benefit us all.”

 

http://www.kofiannanfoundation.org/speeches/bali-democracy-forum/

AlunaGeorge’s take on being a mediator

alunageorge-2016AlunaGeorge’s take on being a mediator:

[Verse 2]
“There are times you’re convincible
You look at me all crazy cool
And you know that I’ll stick up for you, you
But taking sides is a foolish game
Cause in the end they won’t remove the pain
And I’m trying to give you the truth, truth
[Pre-Chorus]
You come knocking at my door
And whose gonna pick you up the floor?
Yeah whose the one whose really torn, torn
[Chorus]
I will always be your mediator
I will always be your mediator
Let me talk to him
Let me be your friend
He’s no good for you
He don’t need your help
You can trust in me
And you can thank me later”

Click link to hear “Mediator”:  http://ow.ly/Zq66304zRhr

Music above Fighting

Powerful new Mini-Documentary from Masterpeace

MasterPeace wants to inspire everyone to use their talents for peace building and togetherness.

Everyday, thousands of MasterPeacers are working the world to build peace in their own communities.

Their website is the hub of this offline and online movement. (http://www.masterpeace.org/)

Join the effort to start a peace movement:

    • 1. Creating the MasterPeace Concert

      On the International Day of Peace 2014 (21st of September) we will organize the most heartwarming peace concert ever. During this concert, the top artists from 14 of the world’s major conflict areas will perform together. Think about popular artists with ‘power of speech’ and many fans from for instance North and South Sudan, Russia and Chechnya, Pakistan and India, Israel and Palestine, bringing a message of togetherness and positivity, and a message to push back armed conflicts and nuclear arms. The event will be broadcasted internationally.

    • 2. Creating the MasterPeace WorldBand

      One of the other eye-catching moments during the MasterPeace Concert will be the performance of World Leaders and top musicians side-by-side in the MasterPeace WorldBand. Using music where words failed. The proud leaders of the WorldBand are Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu and the Colombian Grammy Award winner Juanes. In the coming years many others will follow. The artists will provide musical lessons to the world leaders and of course the footage of these rehearsals will create worldwide attention for MasterPeace and its goals.

    • 3. Creating MasterPeace Documentaries

      In the week before the International Day of Peace 2014 artists from 14 conflict areas will prepare their performance at the concert in 14 studios, supported by world-renowned artists as artistic mediators. At first some artists will hardly shake hands, but at the end of the week they will be friends or at least contact and dialogue will be established. That’s what making music can bring. This process and the exchange of visions, values, judgments, experiences and dreams will lead to beautiful documentaries, to be broadcasted worldwide and preferably in the conflict areas too.

    • 4. Organizing a MasterPeace Village

      In the week before the International Day of Peace 2014 Cairo – the biggest city of Africa – will be transformed into a Peace Village. The city will host several inspiring peace meetings. One of those meetings may possibly bring together thousands Mayors for Peace to launch  – with us – their global campaign to create a world free of nuclear arms by 2020. All over the city hotels, clubs, universities, theatres and museums will host artists, peace-workers,  marketers, NGO’s and social entrepreneurs for debates, seminars, workshops to fuel  peace building innovation and information exchange. Because minds are like parachutes: they work better if they’re open.
    • 5. Mobilizing millions of MasterPeacers

      Before 2015 we will have reached millions of people with our innovative campaigning including a 2.0 platform, several virals, RTV programs, social media activities, educational programs, MasterPeace Clubs, crowd funding, special songs, art events and an eye catching travel project. Because peace is a verb