[Catalyst #10] Summer of Peace, Generation One, and Social Impact
By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
We're proud to be launching the Generation One Intensive with Barbara Marx Hubbard this Tuesday—one of the most exciting programs we've ever done, which unites 18 teachers such as Jean Houston and Michael Beckwith at the frontlines of personal transformation AND pioneers such as David Gershon focused on social transformation (check out his brilliant Cool Cities Challenge as a way to solve climate change—video here).
It's this combination of inner transformation and social impact that holds the promise of making a real and lasting shift of our culture. We can be the generation that activates a new era of human possibility and this 6 month Intensive is for those called to the frontlines of this work—for full program details, click here.
We also begin to focus this issue on the Summer of Peace, which is one of our programs that is most dear to my heart. If there's one essential ingredient for us creating a world that works for all, it is peace—and not just at an international level but in our hearts, families, and communities.
This year we're partnering on an Oakland launch event with the East Bay Church of Religious Science and weaving together themes from restorative justice to indigenous rights over the three months leading up to the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21st. Philip Hellmich's article in this issue explores what's coming for this exciting three months.
Finally, I wanted to mention that the Evolutionary Leaders group met in New York 2 weeks ago and we were able to meet with 4 like-minded pioneers in the United Nations and open a dialogue about how our larger movement could serve the United Nations goals, both internally and in the field. It's fun to have these doors opening.
Global Peace Index 2013
The 2013 GPI video explores peace around the world over the last year, and identifies the most peaceful and least peaceful countries. Be sure to download the 2013 GPI Report.
Why the Summer of Peace? By Philip M. Hellmich, Director of Peace at The Shift Network The Summer of Peace is launching in the next few days and will feature a free telesummit with dozens of the world's leading peacebuilders. Plus, there are amazing calls to action where the Shift Network community and others can come together and a make real difference in the world . . . [read more]
Restorative Justice on the Rise By Molly Rowan Leach
I will be hosting Restorative Justice on the Rise as a weekly feature during the Summer of Peace telesummit, and welcome you into this important dialogue space. I'd like to share my experiences of Restorative justice and a bit about the birth of the live telecouncil series that started two years ago called Restorative Justice on The Rise" . . . [read more]
Why We Desperately Need Integral Islam By Amir Ahman Nasser
Through rationally deconstructing and tearing down the bulk of my now crumbled Islam, I unknowingly tore apart my own identity as an Arab, as a Sudanese, as a Muslim. And now my love, my Islam was gone. Divorced, discarded, and buried away. Leaving me with a painful and unexpected inner void I needed to fill . . . [read more]
Learning to Learn Faster: The One Superpower for Everyone By Steven Kotler
I have a new book coming out early next year, The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance. As the title suggests, my subject matter is the outer limits of human potential and the question of what might actually be possible for our species . . . [read more]
Grab a cup of tea and enjoy the ride. From my perspective thus far, the journey on the wheel of co-creation is a wild one when you decide to go causal. Co-creating from the sacred space of the heart takes us beyond our imagination and I am grateful . . . [read more]
Declaration of Commitment – As we enter the Summer of Peace, you can make your commitment with 10,000 others to shifting our relationship with the world's indigenous peoples here.
Summer of Peace – Registration now open! Over 50 of the world's top peacebuiders share their wisdom on how we can create peace, including Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Chief Phil Lane Jr., Don Oscar Miro-Quesada, Col. Puck Mykelby, James O'Dea, Ambassador Chowdhury and more. Plus FREE bonus recordings from Summer of Peace 2012.
Spring of Sustainability: Solutions for a Thriving World – We're at the end of an incredible spring of offerings that help us shift to a green world. However, it's not too late to get access to the full library of downloads, which has included leaders like Vandana Shiva, John Perkins, Frances Moore Lappe, Bill McKibben, Dennis Kucinich and more.
The Peace Alliance – Membership campaign – $5/month supports changing US policies to promote peace. Click here to take part! Taking this step raises your level of commitment to our collective work and mission—and will help us fulfill our goal to build a million+ strong person movement for pro-active peacebuilding.