100-Day Countdown to the UN International Day of Peace
The UN has dedicated the 2015 International Day of Peace to "Partnerships for Peace -- Dignity for All." The Summer of Peace leading up to September 21st gives us the opportunity to move from concern about the great challenges facing our world to taking a stand on Peace Day as one human community united in hope. We will discuss plans at the United Nations and around the world to highlight the actions of people serving a wide range of causes yet building together a new culture of peace.
This session includes a performance of Rev. Patrick McCollum's "Peace Violin." To download a recording of the Violin at high fidelity, click here.
In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures. She managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day. Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share. The Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, but recognizes this can’t be accomplished without a comprehensive approach that addresses the needs of local people who are critical to chimpanzee survival. Our community-centered conservation programs in Africa include sustainable development projects that engage local people as true partners. These programs began around Gombe in 1994, but have since been replicated in other parts of the continent. Likewise, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, which Jane started with a group of Tanzania students in 1991, is today the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program for young people from preschool through university with nearly 150,000 members in more than 130 countries.
Avon Mattison is a Peacebuilding and Inter-Organisational Consultant, Advisor and Mentor with over three decades’ experience. She works with innovative leaders, groups and organisations on the “frontline” building Cultures of Peace inter-generationally and inter-culturally for future generations. She is Founder and President of Pathways To Peace (PTP), an international peacebuilding, educational and consulting organisation.
PTP has Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is an official Peace Messenger of the United Nations (UN). PTP is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation. Avon is also a Partner in the consulting proprietorship, Pathways Consulting. She is originator of Creative/Integrative Decision-Making(sm) in 1961, a process applied to the purpose, principles and organising strategies in diverse fields. A U.S. Foreign Service diplomat for three years serving the European Community, Avon has served as special advisor to United Nations Conferences, renowned international leaders, and emerging youth leaders.
A Summa Cum Laude graduate in political science and international communications. She serves on the Advisory Councils/Boards of several international organizations and has been quoted in numerous publications worldwide.
Through Pathways To Peace, she created the CULTURE OF PEACE INITIATIVE (CPI), in 1983 in colleagueship with former UN Assistant Secretary-General Robert Muller. This local/global Peacebuilding Initiative unites the strengths of over 4,000 international organisations and focuses co-operative activities. Avon coordinates PACEM – Pathways Consulting, Educating and Mentoring. www.cultureofpeaceinitiative.org
Bill Yotive is Project Manager for the Global Teaching and Learning Project of the Education Outreach section of the United Nations Department of Public Information. He has been a key liaison between the United Nations and the NGO community for the International Day of Peace since he began with the UN CyberSchoolBus in 2001. Prior to his work at the United Nations, he served as Research Director for Sesame Workshop (formerly The Children’s Television Workshop) for eleven years.
Rick Ulfik is Founder of We, The World and the WE Campaign at WE.net. We, The World develops global networks of collaboration and action to create a peaceful, caring, sustainable world. Advisors and supporters include Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, Daniel Ellsberg, Riane Eisler, Bill McKibben, Robert Thurman, Hazel Henderson, Tavis Smiley and 70 others. Rick is Co-Founder and Principal Organizer of 11 Days of Global Unity - 11 Ways To Change The World, a platform to promote the work of change agents worldwide, annually with as many as 700 associated events in over 60 countries. 11 Days goes from September 11th through September 21st, the International Day of Peace. Rick is a Nonviolent Communication Workshop Facilitator and leader. Rick co-produced “Visual Voices” a 13-part TV Series that was broadcast on the Dish Network and available in over 15 million homes. Rick is also an award-winning composer and keyboard player who has written music for ABC TV, NBC, CBS, radio, the Olympics, feature films, commercials, records, other media, and has performed with Queen Latifah, Phoebe Snow, Carlos Santana and Judy Collins. Rick serves every year as an Emmy Awards Judge for News, Documentaries, and Music.
Dorothy J. Maver, PhD, is an educator and peacebuilder whose keynote is inspiring cooperation on behalf of the common good. Dot is a Founding Trustee and board member of the National Peace Academy USA, and is a co-founding board member of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures of Peace, and was the founding executive director of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding. Her work in education, politics and grassroots community organizing is focused on applied peacebuilding utilizing a shared responsibility and shared leadership model.
From 2005–2007 Dot served as Executive Director of The Peace Alliance and Campaign for a US Department of Peace, and prior to that she was the National Campaign Manager for Kucinich for President 2004. In the world of fast-pitch softball, Dr. Dot is known for her revolutionary fast-pitch hitting technique, The Maver Method: Secrets of Hitting Success. She is co-author of the book Conscious Education: The Bridge to Freedom; is a Fellow with the World Business Academy, and serves on the boards of Lifebridge Foundation, River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding and Garden of Light. Dot also serves on the United Nations International Day of Peace NGO Education Peace Team, the International Cities of Peace Advisory Council, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence Advisory Board, The Shift Network Summer of Peace Wisdom Council, and is an advisor to the Compassion Games.
J. Frederick Arment is director of International Cities of Peace and a founder of the Dayton International Peace Museum. His new book, The Elements of Peace: How Nonviolence Works, grapples with the great diversity of peacemaking and how the virtues a person possesses determines which of of the thirty methods they choose to pursue in their activism.