What I would like you to know about activating change
In this time of vast change and turbulence, people are constantly asking me “What can I do?” – so in this section of the website I would like to show you how energizing it can be to get active in bringing about change on the issues that break your heart. I want to offer people the confidence to stop complaining and start acting.
In his foreword to my book “Pioneering the Possible: Awakened Leadership for a World That Works” archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote:
“The world is in crisis. It needs people who have the skill to combine inner power with outer action. Inner power comes from self mastery, observing and controlling the ego, and deepening integrity through a regular practice of reflection or meditation. This generates not only the ability to transform conflicts, listen to others, communicate clearly and develop trust, but also the creative innovation and energy to resolve local and global problems.
This is the current evolutionary process that most people don’t yet see: namely that the desired outer changes cannot come about without the inner change, as Einstein said. The quality of your awareness will directly affect the quality of the results you produce. This book demonstrates—steadily and sensibly—how anyone can develop this inner power to build their own personal contribution to the future, and to a world that works for all.
It will wake you up to the challenges now facing the planet, and inspire you with sparkling accounts of what people are already doing to meet those challenges. It will show you how to build your own vision of the kind of future you want for your children, and the energy to make that vision real.
I suggest you use this book as a guide, so that you too can become a twenty-first- century pioneer of the possible.”
That pretty much sums up my message today.
“Finally, what we have known intuitively is now demonstrated in plain English utilizing business principles. A business plan for peace resonates with me as it will with thousands of Rotarians worldwide. Dr Elworthy’s work is groundbreaking and hopeful. Imagine giving up war which costs US$1,600,000,000,000 dollars per year with unimaginable side effects for a mere two hundred million dollars per year. This is a must read.”
How can I help?
What you can do right now
Support alliances of cities standing for peace values
If you live in a city, ask if your city is one of the United Nations Peace Messenger Cities. These are cities around the world that have volunteered for an initiative sponsored by the United Nations to promote peace and understanding between nations. Look up your city here.
Support students to trigger massive divestment from fossil fuels
Started by a small group of university students in Philadelphia, “350” became a global grassroots climate movement that focused on holding leaders in various positions accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. Their argument was simple and twofold, supplementing a moral incentive with an economic one: it is not only wrong to profit from climate change, but it also is no longer a good investment as fossil fuel assets are losing value fast. The campaign inspired institutions to divest around 5.4 trillion from fossil fuels; another 5.2 billion was divested by individuals as of January 2017. Learn more about the global climate community 350 here.
Support non violence in schools and at home
Many schools are now finding that the simple steps of Non-Violent Communication (NVC) work extremely well to minimize bullying and teach children skills that will be invaluable throughout their lives. So if you as parent or grandparent want to propose NVC to your local school, you can find out how this works on the CNVC website. You can also break any cycle of violence in your own family or community by opening dialogue and using Non-Violent Communication. Take a two-day foundation training in NVC, it will change your life. It changed mine. . It’s so important yet common sense really, and not difficult at all. Learn more about NVC here.
Engage local and national media
Point out to editors of your local and national media how frequently they carry stories about war and terror, compared to how rarely they feature the brilliant stories of peace builders. For such stories have a look here. Want to receive more suggestions on what you can do right now? Read Scilla’s latest book ‘The Business Plan for Peace’ or join our community to receive more suggestions.
Get inspired to activate change
Choice Point Movement
If you need inspiration, do watch Harry Massey’s award-winning film CHOICEPOINT. Sir Richard Branson says: “Choice Point is a ground-breaking movie to show how we both individually and collectively can be the change we want to see in the world!” Group”
You can watch the movie free on http://www.choicepointmovement.com/free-movie
The EDOF and CNN Freedom Project
Filmed: March 2015
Books and booklets that students have found useful
Peace Begins With Me
This little book was written by Dr Scilla Elworthy for young people as an introduction to self reflection and peace building.
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Price: £5.00 + £2.50 P&P.
Pioneering the Possible: Awakened Leadership for a World That Works
Most human beings worldwide are anxious about the future, afraid for their children, and dissatisfied by their lives, but have no idea what to do about it. This book is the first to address these anxieties head on by envisaging a future that could work for all, demonstrating with live examples how that future is already emerging, and profiling the people who are already living it.
Power & Sex: A Book About Women
Can power be wielded with integrity and responsibility? How do we oppose domination and power without using force or escalating conflict? Author and former UNESCO consultant Scilla Elworthy, Ph.D., takes on these timely and important issues in her groundbreaking book. Dr. Elworthy calls upon men and women to replace their distorted notions of “male” power and domination with a new, inner power, developed through the body, mind, and spirit.
The Business Plan for Peace
Many people feel powerless in the face of what they see on TV or read in the news – a world in crisis, with wars and violence taking place across the globe. In my upcoming book Business Plan for Peace I teach you how to step out of helplessness and apply your own personal skills do something about challenges now facing us.
Now is a pivotal time. There is an opportunity to engage the whole of humanity in an evolutionary advance, if only we can understand what’s happening and why. This book helps us do just that. Our brilliant technological culture inflicts intolerable stress on us because it grants no value to feelings and allows no time for relationship with the soul.