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The Share Experiment

an article by Haydee Pereyda & Luis Quero

Video: Experimento Comparte - Acción contra el Hambre

Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian organization which aims to combat malnutrition and ensure water and a secure life for the most vulnerable populations. They seek to eliminate hunger through campaigns of prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition. One of his most recent global campaigns is the share experiment.

Kids involved in "The Share Experiment"

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Share experiment is a media campaign of awareness which consists of a video where various pairs of children sitting with a covered tray appear and only one of those trays has food in it; this is not told to the children in order to ensure the purity and accuracy of the experiment. When recording the reactions each pair of children presents when they realize that only one of them has food on their tray, kind of reflecting the current situation of a large part of the world population, without thinking twice or ask for anything in return and in the more genuine and natural way, children with food divided and shared it with their partner who has none. The message that this experiment seeks to disseminate is that while we live in a world with the capacity in resources to feed the double of its total population, there are still 3.5 million children dying from acute malnutrition each year. The final argument is that we all should learn from their example. If this experiment has shown that children are able to share their food, because adults aren't able to do this on a larger scale. In that moment of a person's life breaks this paradigm of solidarity? In fact we have to relearn what we already knew in childhood?

This type of campaigns help to highlight the intrinsic characteristic of human kind which is solidarity and it promotes the exercise of it. If we as a society are capable of learning this and apply such campaigns within our communities, we would be taking an important step towards the establishment of a culture of peace in a local scale that could grow up later to reach a global scale.

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Is there a renewed movement of solidarity by the new generation?,

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Inspiration.  If I had to define my experience during the week spent in Budapest with 31 young people from all over Europe this would be the word I use.  Because inspiration is what we need to keep going, inspiration brings joy and a feeling of being able to do whatever we want.  And why not?  Human beings are able to do whatever they want, you just have to look around to see. So why not work towards a culture of peace?!

Culture of peace was one of the themes we discussed in Budapest, and our main conclusions were that a culture of peace is a process that leads to a better world where human beings can live free in peace and dignity.

To know what is a culture of peace in a more concrete way, just look around you and think of the things you would like to improve in your life and in your quarter, community, country.  Each place and community looks forward to the ‘own’ culture of peace, because to engage the community in this process is fundamental.  And, furthermore, it is important to keep in mind some basic aspects when creating a culture of peace: equality in human rights, nonviolence, respects and care for the environment (because we don’t live in a vacuum), share of information and knowledge, gender equality and freedom from discrimination, sustainable development, peace education, inner peace...

It is hard to me to imagine a human being who would answer ‘no’ to the question ‘would you like to live in a culture of peace?’.  What do you think?  This is the reason why few years ago the petition for the ‘Manifesto 2000 for a culture of peace and human rights’  gathered 1% of the world population signatures!!  Wow!  And maybe the reason why it was totally ignored by the world “leaders” is because it was starting to wake up people minds and hearts.

Maybe some of you may laugh while reading this article, because it seems that there is a general tendency to irony and cynicism in our modern society towards peace and human rights matters. . ...more.

This report was posted on February, 21, 2012.

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