Peace Building: 1000 Voices Unite for Peace
an article by The Jester
Video: 1000 Youth for Peace
Standing Together to Enable Peace (STEP) calls for stories of the youth from across the world through their initiative, “1000 Youth for Peace”. This is an effort to combine synergies of the youth in a concerted effort towards affirmative action.
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STEP is a non-profit organisation which works with the objective of promoting a culture of peace. We started our journey in the year 2008, initially, as a group of common-minded people discussing social change and what it takes to reach the tipping point. Recognizing the power of communications and technology the group decided to create a web portal where these discussions could be furthered and more people could join it.
What started as a a web based community of people from various walks of life, committed to enhancing and building a culture of peace, soon grew into action on the field. It was realized that time for talking was over and there was need to translate word into action.Ideas discussed need to be germinated into seeds of change and more people had to be brought into the fold of these conversations in order to achieve it. Thus in 2009 the STEP trust was registered so that the search and movement for building a society that respects all living beings, fosters understanding between people and builds skills for non-violent transformation could be realized.
“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the ability of people to deal with it imaginatively.”
* To build a peaceful society, free from violence, both direct and indirect
* To promote compassion and understanding for others, respecting the differences and tolerance for others
* To promote peace globally
So put on your thinking caps and join us as we ask questions, dream the impossible and create road maps to make it possible. Take the STEP – Towards Building a Culture of Peace today!!
Question(s) related to this article:
Is there a renewed movement of solidarity by the new generation?,
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LATEST READER COMMENT:
from Javier Collado Ruano, Director of Edition at Global Education Magazine, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity.
Solidarity is a trans-dimensional phenomenon that goes beyond the ontological essence of human nature. In fact, when we analyze the connections between the microcosm and the macrocosm, we perceive that human beings are not involved in chaos and arbitrariness, but belongs to the large network of interdependencies, complementarities and reciprocities that constitute life. The emergence of life on Earth, around 3,8 billion years ago, was a complex process of exceptional natural phenomena, inherent in all living systems. A process which is expressed through unlimited creativity: mutation, gene exchange, and symbiosis. From a cosmo-biological perspective, we can understand a new conceptual dimension of life, where all living beings share same basis of genetic code: the twenty amino-acids and four phosphatic bases. In fact, the diversity of living beings is caused by the combination of this cosmo-bio-genetic basis.
This trans-dimensional perspective has a deep ecological and spiritual sense for our worldview because the human evolutionary adventure is the latest stage of life on Earth. The modern human being is a vertebrate animal, mammal, belonging to the primates, which emerged 200,000 years ago. In recent centuries he has imposed its anthropocentric, industrial and capitalist vision to the detriment of Pachamama (and Indigenous goddess known as earth mother). We consume around 120% of the natural resources that Earth Mother regenerats annually. Our consumer behavior is immersed in a fatalistic dynamic with a destiny to climate change (deforestation, loss of biodiversity, ozone, etc.), and our own self-destruction as a species.
There is an urgent need to get beyond the cognitive fallacy that the mental structures of social Darwinism and capitalist postulates of the 19th century have historically constituted, because they only understand natural and social systems as warmongers and competitive processes whereby species diverge from each other. . ...more.