Bridging Inner Peace and International Peacebuilding
Summer of Peace 2014 > International Peacebuilding & Global Citizenship > Politics & Governance
Broadcast on June 24, 2014
With Dr Scilla Elworthy
It is a common belief that world peace starts with inner peace, yet the gap to international peace can seem insurmountable. Scilla Elworthy draws upon decades of practial experience to tangibly demonstrate the relationship between inner peace and international peacebuilding, including addressing issues such as nuclear weapons and child soldiers. Scilla provides insights we all can apply in our daily life and invites us all to take action rooted in inner awareness.
Dr Scilla Elworthy
Dr Scilla Elworthy, peace builder, founder of The Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct
Scilla Elworthy Ph D founded the Oxford Research Group in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, work which included a series of dialogues between Chinese, Russian and western nuclear scientists and military, and which helped build the basis for later treaties. She founded Peace Direct in 2002 to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas, leading to the acceptance by the UN of the value and cost effectiveness of ‘locally-led’ initiatives. Peace Direct was voted ‘Best New Charity’ in 2005. Scilla was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003; she has been three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’; she is chair of the Civil Society sector of the Hanwang Forum in China; a Councillor of the World Future Council, author of numerous books, patron of Gender Rights and Equality Action Trust, Voice of a Woman, Oxford Research Group; and a member of the steering Committee of PAX, a service to help prevent wars and genocides.