Remembering the Roots of Peace - with teaching from Rigoberta Mench Tum
In this session with PeaceJam, you’ll hear a short message from Rigoberta Menchú Tum who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for being a peaceful advocate of indigenous people’s rights in Central America and worldwide. She reminds us that it’s our responsibility to balance our scientific knowledge with our indigenous wisdom and to remember we are all sons and daughters of this fully alive planet.
Dr. Kate Cumbo is the Director of Program for the PeaceJam Foundation – a non-profit organization that connects youth with Nobel Peace Laureates and whose mission is to create young leaders committed to positive change in the world, their communities, and themselves. As Director of Programs Dr. Cumbo manages a nationwide and international network of PeaceJam Affiliates and Chapters, develops PeaceJam’s award-winning curricular programs for youth ages 5-25 and manages PeaceJam’s professional development programs including the certification of trainers and online training systems. Dr. Cumbo is an expert speaker, facilitator and trainer, with experience working internationally in conflict areas such as the Southern Caucuses and post-colonial communities in South East Asia and Africa. Dr. Cumbo has Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and was Director of Service-Learning at the Colorado Department of Education from 1999-2004. In addition she has been an education consultant for national and international organizations such as the Corporation for National & Community Service and the Civil Society Institute. She has conducted trainings and keynote addresses around the globe on service-learning, youth leadership, program evaluation, peace education, assessment of student learning, social innovation, and global youth movements.
Philip M. Hellmich is a thought leader in creating a new narrative of peace, from inner peace to international peacebuilding. As the Director of Peace at The Shift Network, Philip is the chief architect of the Summer of Peace, Yoga Day Summit and World Peace Library - online global forums that seek to inspire, inform and involve people in the many ways that peace is emerging around the world. He also is the co-lead faculty of the Peace Ambassador Training. These peace programs provide skills training, inspirational stories, and powerful solutions from the world’s top peacebuilders, social change leaders, scientists, Indigenous elders and spiritual mentors. Philip and his colleagues design these peace programs in partnership with a number of organizations while advancing strategic initiatives, including the International Cities of Peace in creating 1,000 Cities of Peace by 2020; Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education in promoting global compassion education; the Alliance for Peacebuilding on countering violent extremism, PeaceJam and 13 Nobel Peace Laureates in promoting global peace education and Parmarth Niketan Ashram in promoting a deeper understanding of yoga.
Philip has dedicated most of his life to global and local peacebuilding initiatives, including 14 years with Search for Common Ground. He also served for four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone where he lived and worked in small remote bush villages. A published writer, Philip is author of God and Conflict: A Search for Peace in a Time of Crisis with a Foreword by Lama Surya Das. He also serves as adviser to The Global Peace Initiative of Women.
Philip’s passion is exploring peace along the Peace Continuum, from inner to international levels, and his framing purpose coincides with the key questions: How is inner peace a global responsibility; and, how does the world affect inner peace? A long-time meditation practitioner, Philip enjoys studying and teaching about the parallels between inner and outer peace.