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Sweet Songs Collection No. 14 : Peace First

PeaceFirstLogoPeace First (formerly Peace Games) began as an annual festival organized by Dr. Francelia Butler, a professor of children’s literature. The event brought children together to play cooperative games and share their visions for peace. Eventually, it grew from an annual event into an independent non-profit organisation that now operates in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York.

Peace First currently leads a national movement celebrating young people and their potential to create positive change. The organisation teaches peacemaking skills, empowers educators and parents to teach and model these skills and values, and creates social messages that raise expectations for young people to demonstrate compassion and empathy.

For more information about Peace First, click here.

Or check out the short introductory video on our Sweet Songs page here.

Sweet Songs Collection no. 12: Veterans For Peace

There are perhaps no more convincing arguments for peace than those made by the soldiers who have been on the front lines.

Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies working to build a culture of peace. Uniquely qualified by their experiences, they share their knowledge of the true causes and enormous costs of war. Founded in 1985 by 10 U.S. veterans in response to the global nuclear arms race and U.S. military interventions in Central America, the organisation now has over 140 chapters worldwide. Continue reading “Sweet Songs Collection no. 12: Veterans For Peace”

Sweet Songs Collection no. 11: The Transition Network

The Transition Network helps communities all over the world move toward a healthier lifestyle.
The Transition Network helps communities all over the world move toward fossil-free living.

The Transition Network is an initiative started in 2006 by Rob Hopkins and Naresh Giangrande. Over the years, the organisation has developed the core elements of a model that enables communities to move out of the age of fossil fuels toward healthier solutions.

“In our vision of the future, people work together to find ways to live with a lot less reliance on fossil fuels and on over-exploitation of other planetary resources, much reduced carbon emissions, improved wellbeing for all and stronger local economies. The Transition movement is an ongoing social experiment, in which communities learn from each other and are part of a global and historic push towards a better future for ourselves, for future generations and for the planet.”

For more information on The Transition Network, click here or watch a 6 minute introductory interview here, on our Sweet Songs page.

Sweet Songs Collection no. 10: The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) works to foster hope and inspiration and to promote active engagement in peace building. One of its main areas of activity is related to obtaining a signed treaty banning and eliminating all nuclear weapons worldwide. The organisation also offers educational resources to help people better understand the issues of peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons.

There are approximately 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world in nine countries: United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea. Over 90% nuclear weapons are in the arsenals of the United States and Russia.

For more information on The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, click here.

You can also watch a short introductory video here, on our Sweet Songs page.

Sweet Songs Collection no. 9: Words of Peace

The power of one

In the wake of the attacks on Paris, several individuals have stepped up to take a stand for peace and brotherhood, emphasizing the surprising influence one person can have on perceptions and attitudes.

Words of Peace is an independent charitable foundation set up by people who were inspired by  Prem Rawat, a man who has been sharing his message of peace for over five decades. The organisation provides access to materials and supports Mr. Rawat’s work. In 2014, over one million people heard him at live events as he toured over 40 cities and visited 16 countries.

For more on Words of Peace, click here

Sweet Songs Collection no. 8: Post-Attacks, November 2015

My kind of people in my kind of town. Today I am a proud Montrealer.

Sweet Songs Collection no. 7: Peace Direct

Founded by Dr Scilla Elworthy in 2002, Peace Direct is an award-winning, international NGO that finds, funds and amplifies the voice of local peace builders operating in some of the most challenging conflict environments worldwide.

With offices in the UK and the US, the organisation runs 10 partner programs in 8 countries and is the force behind Insight on Conflict, an online local peacebuilding resource with up-to-date reports on current conflicts and listings of local peace organisations.

Peace Direct programs support grassroot peacebuilders working to disarm rebels, resettle refugees, heal communities and revive economies.

For a quick video featuring founder Dr Elworthy, please see the Sweet Songs page here.


Choice and Change: Proactive Remembrance

Few now dispute the importance of fostering world peace. Unfortunately, many still think of this as a utopian dream. On this day of Remembrance, it seems fitting to highlight the progress made toward actually realizing this dream. While it outlines the work of one organization in particular, this article is dedicated to everyone currently working to find alternatives to war. Continue reading “Choice and Change: Proactive Remembrance”

Sweet Songs Collection no. 6: TRANSCEND International

Founded in 1993 by Johan Galtung and Fumiko Nishimura, TRANSCEND International is a worldwide conflict mediation organization that brings together more than 400 scholars and practitioners through its electronic network. The organization:

  • offers online courses and on-site training programs;
  • publishes and sells books, textbooks and articles;
  • conducts research; and
  • offers mediation, conciliation and peace-building services.

For more information on Transcend International, click here.
For a short video featuring Johan Galtung on Solutions in Conflict Transformation, please see the Sweet Songs page here.

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