[Catalyst #14] Summer of Peace - Building Momentum
By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
"The world is getting better and better, worse and worse, faster and faster," Velcrow Ripper made this comment in a Summer of Peace interview last year.
The recent tragedies in the Ukraine, Israel/Palestine and Syria point to the overwhelming challenges which can be so disheartening. Our prayers go to the people who are directly suffering. The word is so interconnected, when one person suffers, we all suffer.
Such tragic events deepen our commitment to support viable and practical peacebuilding efforts from the inner to the international levels and to encourage all Shift Network community members to take meaningful actions for peace in your daily lives.
With tragic news like we've had, it is easy to forget there is a new wave of peacebuilding that is gaining momentum. In the Summer of Peace we are witnessing and participating in the rapid growth of grassroots peacebuilding efforts around the world.
The Summer of Peace summit interviews have been truly inspiring — with pathfinders and social healing catalysts speaking from their hearts about practical ways to promote peace. People in 125 countries have registered for the summit, making it truly a global event! (Register to listen to over 70+ FREE interviews – click here.)
For example, recently Chief Phil Lane, Jr. spoke about Sixteen Indigenous Principles for Building a Harmonious World. These principles have been and are being applied with great success helping millions of people. (Click on Summer of Peace recordings below and see Movement News for Chief Phil's recommended resources.)
Chief Phil and Indigenous elders from around the world are now calling for Pope Francis to apologize for the Papal Bulls of 1452-1493 that set the legal groundwork for colonization, including the killing, raping and robbing of millions of Indigenous peoples – click here. This is an historic and important effort as atoning for and correcting the mistakes of the past is key to creating a peaceful future.
There is also beautiful momentum building towards the International Day of Peace – September 21. In this edition, we feature an article by Marty Krasney about the Dalai Lama Fellows participating in the Compassion Games, which culminates on the International Day of Peace. We also have an article by our friends Bill McCarthy and Laurien Towers about the International Day of Peace Global Broadcast. You are warmly welcomed to participate in the Compassion Games, the Global Broadcast and other International Day of Peace activities. (See Movement News)
We also have an article and video from Jay Ponti and PeaceLink Live about the 10XSummit in Los Angeles, where our very own Philip Hellmich, Director of Peace, will join a star-studded line up of peace pioneers. (Shift Network members receive a 40 % discount when registering by August 18. To register click here and use this coupon code: Shift Network).
Nina Meyerhof, founder of Children of the Earth, provided a beautiful article about what is peace. Guy Finley, who was recently featured in the Summer of Peace, wrote an outstanding article exploring how we can awaken to our true leadership potential. Do listen to the profound Summer of Peace interview with Guy as well (Click on Summer of Peace recordings below).
We are also thrilled to feature profiles submitted by Shift Network community members Rev. Dorothy Wellington and Annette Schafer.
I invite you to submit an article for The Catalyst about your commitment to peace and how that is taking shape. Please send your 400-800 word article to us by July 27 — firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a photo and brief bio.
Finally, three of our Summer of Peace partners are creating exciting live conferences happening in October and November 2014 that will carry the collective momentum forward. The Shift Network is delighted to be co-sponsors of these incredible events and encourage you to attend one or all of them:
Can you feel the growing global momentum of a new wave of peacebuilders? Let's move forward, remembering that we are all part of one global family.
10XSummit– Igniting Change – Los Angeles – October 10–12, 2014
The Shift Network is delighted to be a partner with the upcoming 10XSummit that is being produced by PeaceLink Live. This live event in Los Angeles Oct. 10–12 will bring together visionaries and activists from 10 movements to develop practical strategies to ignite change. Shift Network members receive a 40% discount when registering by August 18. To register, click here and use this coupon code: Shift Network.
Featured Summer of Peace Recordings –
FREE The Summer of
Peace is our commitment to peace in the world. The free summit provides
tangible skills you can apply in your daily life. Here are three recent
Today in Atlanta, because of a Spelman College senior's compassionate and innovative work as a Dalai Lama Fellow, teen moms are acquiring life skills and completing high school.
At a factory established by the first two Dalai Lama Fellows from Egypt, previously unemployable women in Cairo earn their living in textile manufacturing and recognized their rights as workers and citizens . . . [read more]
One spring morning in 2009 I had an inspiring idea: What if for one day there was a media focus exclusively on promoting peace? The UN International Day of Peace on September 21 would be the most appropriate day, and the Internet would be the perfect vehicle. Excited by the prospect I called my producing partner Laurien Towers. She thought it was a great idea and committed to do everything she could to make it happen . . . [read more]
October 10–12, 2014 PeaceLink Live! will present the 10X Young Leaders Vision Summit, bringing together visionary leaders, activists, experts, celebrities, non-profit organizations and our country's brightest youth to solve some of the greatest challenges facing our nation and our world today.
The 10X Summit is calling together like-minded leaders, organizations and
celebrities from 10 social activist movements. For three days groups will
unite causes and implement innovative solutions to global challenges and
develop the sustainable systems, legislation and initiative that will actualize
Peace is something we all want. We know it is more than the absence of war. We know it is a state of Being as well. We learn the words and seek the experience of inner peace for the road to world peace. Yet, what is this nebulous peace? With so many wars, confrontations, challenges and competitions, how do we ever even learn to live this word peace? . . . [read more]
To begin with, and to set the stage for our study, it is the true leaders — those individuals of this world who expand its boundaries - who reveal the secret routes to new and nobler realities. Such revolutionary discoveries are never the work of organizations — groups that always spring up in the wake of the walk of those who lead in order to capitalize upon their work. Those who seek power by such means are, by definition, little more than followers of the individuals who have found the power to discover. And generally speaking, such followers tend to be fearful because their powers are always borrowed. So then, what is it that makes one person a true leader and another his dependent? The answer is not what you think! . . . [read more]
Thank you for the opportunity to submit an article on our commitment to Peace.
I am an ordained minister and a 1995 graduate of Grand Canyon University. I have been involved in reaching out to hurting people and inspirational teaching since 1980. I have spent 15 years as a therapist for those suffering from depression, anxiety, grief and loss, personal development and troubled couple relationships. Over the years I have conducted numerous workshops, seminars and special speaking engagements. I am the author of eight small and powerful books that help people to be healed from life's painful events and to teach people how to be in-spirit with God and live in our physical Universe. I have been the founding pastor of a church in west Phoenix in the early 90's for five years and today I'm the inspirational teacher, pastor and director for a poor and homeless community outreach meeting in parks in central Phoenix . . . [read more]
I have recently completed a book: Transformational Leadership: Bringing Soul Into Organizations. My book takes a profound look at the state of our organizations, our lives, and life on this planet. It addresses the urgent need to transform our Western industrial world-view into a more holistic, life-affirming model before we come any closer to the abyss that we seem to be rapidly approaching. This book presents a synthesis of ancient wisdom, new scientific discoveries, consciousness theories, the mind/body connection, Jungian psychology, and modern management theory and practice in an amalgam that challenges our most deeply held cultural beliefs, while offering a unique perspective that will revitalize our lives, our organizations, and our world. The following is a synopsis of this transformational process: a step toward peace and global renewal . . . [read more]
Upcoming Conferences, Co-Sponsored by The Shift Network:
The Economics of Sustainability – Emerging Models for a Healthy Planet – October 6–9, 2014 – Fort Mason, SF, CA – The Economics of Sustainability conference is looking 50 years into the future. Our challenge is to bring forth a transformation of cultural and economic relationships so that environmental sustainability, social justice, and economic democracy become our way of life. To learn more, click here.
10XSummit – Igniting Change – Los Angeles – October 10–12, 2014, produced by PeaceLink Live. The 10X Summit is calling together like-minded leaders, organizations and celebrities from 10 social activist movements. For three days groups will unite causes and implement innovative solutions to global challenges and develop the sustainable systems, legislation and initiative that will actualize change. (Shift Network members receive a 40% discount when registering by August 18. To register click here and use this coupon code: Shift Network).
Congressman Tim Ryan calls for support of legislation to ensure veterans and active duty armed forces are getting the benefits and care they have earned – click here.
Summer of Peace – Featured Speakers Resources:
Chief Phil Lane, Jr. recommends reading:
Sixteen Indigenous Principles for Building a Harmonious World – click here.
Press Release: Spiritual Leaders and Wisdom Keepers Convene For Global Indigenous Gathering, Call For Unprecedented Unified Action – click here.
Sister Jenna recommends:
Brahma Kumaris - The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization acknowledges the intrinsic goodness of all people. They teach a practical method of meditation that helps individuals understand their inner strengths and values. Click here.
America Meditating Radio - A lively discussion that features celebrities, leaders, authors, and average folks sharing success stories. Discussions provide listeners with new and inspiring ways to combat challenges that we encounter along the journey of life. Click here.
Leslie Temple-Thurston and Brad Laughlin offer free audio, video and writings ranging from how to boost the power of your spiritual practice (Impeccability) to exploring the nature of their humanitarian work in South Africa (Heroes, Hope and Heart). To learn more, click here.
JOIN the Compassion Games and make your community
safer, kinder, more just and a better place to live. By participating, players
are called upon to perform acts of service and kindness in our neighborhoods,
on the job, in service-providing agencies, and wherever their daily journey
takes them. The acts of service are organized projects or simple acts of
kindness to aid a neighbor in need or just for the pure joy of it! The 2014
Games will run from September 11 through September 21, 2014 and involves people
around the world. You can join now by clicking here!
JOIN the Peace Day Global Broadcast – September 20–21 – Organizations and individuals can submit brief videos (3 to 4 minutes in length) for consideration by our selection committee. The quality of the videos must be in alignment with the overall quality of the Peace Day Global Broadcast. A Preview of the 2014 Peace Day Global Broadcast can be viewed at www.unityfoundation.org. The process is to send the links for the videos to email@example.com by August 21, 2014. All submissions will be reviewed by September 1. A response from the selection committee will be sent to the senders by September 10.
The 2014 Global Peace
Index has just been released along with new groundbreaking
research that identifies the countries most at risk of instability and
violence. This year the Global Peace Index report focuses on identifying
countries most at risk of instability and conflict; it explores the
institutions that underpin peaceful societies, and look at the link between
conflict risk, resilience and peacebuilding institutions. To learn more, click here.
The EFT Universe Peak Performance
Symposium – Register for free recordings of recent
interviews with Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Lipton, John Gray and Dawson Church.
The Latest Scientific Research is In. Turns Out What We Thought About Success
Up Until Now... Is Wrong. To listen, click here.
Celebrate Life Festival (CLF),
one of Europe's largest spiritual events with more than 1,000 attendees live
and online, invites you to join the Mystical Summer School – Renaissance
of Spirit from July 24 to August 3, 2014. In the eleventh year of the CLF,
people from all over the world will study the mystical principles and in a
dynamic mix of exploration and celebration, exercises and encounters, develop a
culture that places awakening in the center of everyday life. To learn more, click here.
• Future of Yoga mini-summit
• Laura Cornell 8-week course
• Sally Kempton 7-week course
• Ken Page 7-week course
• Margaret Paul 9-month intensive
• Barbara Marx Hubbard 12-week course
• Miranda Macpherson 4-month course
• Lisa Schrader 9-month intensive
• Enneagram 9-month intensive
• Tim Kelley 7-week course
• Enlightened Business Summit
• Enlightened Business Academy 6-month intensive
• Christian Wisdom Summit
• Robert Moss 6-month intensive
• James O'Dea 7-week course
• Andrew Harvey 7-week course
The 2014 Peace Day Global Broadcast September 20 to 21, 2014 – Celebrate the International Day of Peace with the World Community; featuring: Sustainable Solutions, Entertainment, Music, Festivals, Celebrities, Films, Awards, Peace Building Partners. To learn more, click here.
Acharya Mangalanda is an American disciple of Sri Anandamayi Ma and has been deeply associated with India and its culture for more than 40 years. When I met Mangalanda at a recent gathering of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, I fell in love with his deep devotional kirtan. His chant "Jaya Jaya Ma" is saturated with Anandamayi Ma's presence, awakening a profound sense of joy, peace and love in the heart. I have listened to Mangalanda's CDs repeatedly. To learn more about Mangalanda and to listen to his music – click here (click on "Kirtan").