Peace Žing 2012
an article by Jennż Dögg Björgvinsdóttir
This year the Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout organisation celebrates its 100 year anniversary. One of the main events of the centenary celebration is a Peace Žing (see below for history of this word) which will be held on 12th to 14th of October in Reykjavik Iceland with a peace camp the week before.
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The event is aimed to bring together people of all ages, scouts and non scouts and provide them with a platform to inspire each other and create a multitude of peace projects that will contribute to a better world for all.
With the Peace Žing, we want to promote people's ideas about peace. We will offer 25 lectures that focus on the idea of peace in its most diverse form. There will be 5 workshops held that will show participants how to involve peace in their lives. Also we will prior to the Peace Žing weekend invite patrols from Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Latvia and Denmark to participate in a week long Peace Camp. The aim of the Peace Camp is to bring together Scouts from different cultural settings and backgrounds, where the participants will be able to share their thoughts around peace and work together to create a better world. One of the peace camp projects is making of a peace game built on the idea of Mr. John Hunter. The game will run on Saturday on the Peace Žing and will be offered for use in scouting after the event.
The event will be supported by Youth for Europe (Peace Camp) and the World Scout Foundation (Peace Žing) in connection with their peace initiative; Messengers of Peace. The Peace Žing patron is Mr. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson president of Iceland.
We have established a website for the event which is a work in progress www.peacething.is and a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/peacething.
History of the word "žing", quoting from wikipedia: In Iceland, a thing/žing was the governing assembly, made up of the free people of the community and presided by lawspeakers, meeting in a place called a thingstead, a sacred space, to talk. Use words instead of arms to solve disputes and make laws. Today, the term lives on in the official names of national legislatures and political and judicial institutions in the Nordic countries.
In English the term is attested from 685 to 686 in the older meaning “assembly”; later it referred to a being, entity or matter (sometime before 899), and then also an act, deed, or event (from about 1000). The meaning of personal possessions, commonly in plural, first appears in Middle English around 1300.
Question(s) related to this article:
Two movements: scouting and culture of peace, Are they related?
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The relationship between scouting and the culture of peace goes back to the 1990's when I was at the UNESCO Culture of Peace Programme and we established a working relationship with the World Organization of Scouting based in Geneva, Switzerland.
We conducted culture of peace training for scouts through the Council of Europe and established an agreement which included the development of a scouting branch of the culture of peace news network (CPNN). At one point we sent a trainer to the World Scout Jamboree held in Chile to train scouts as CPNN moderators. CPNN was represented at the academic meeting in Geneva in 2007 to celebrate the 100 years of scouting (see The role of Scouting and the coming generation in the historic transformation from the culture of war to a culture of peace).
The scouts of Algeria and Korea were especially active in distributing and getting over a million signatures on the Manifesto 2000 commitment to practice a culture of peace in everyday life.
Scouting organizations in Algeria and Argentina reported their work for a culture of peace in the World Report for the Culture of Peace in 2005 and 2010 for the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World.
Recently CPNN has carried articles on scouting initiatives for culture of peace in Senegal, Iceland and Algeria.