Dear Friends,

Today is the International Day of Peace, with millions around the world celebrating the hope and possibility of living in peace!

We have a truly fantastic program lined up for today with top leaders like Michael Bernard Beckwith (9:00 am), Nobel Laureate Betty Williams (noon), and an evening peace council with members of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers (6:30 pm)!

We particularly invite your active participation today in:

  • A minute of silence at noon local time
  • Community Peace Offering ceremony at 5 pm Pacific time in which we invite our full community to offer poetry, quotes, prayers, or songs that express and invite peace.  Bring your favorite and share!
  • Legislative Action – help pass the crucial Youth Promise Act in Congress (see full description below)
  • Tweet for Peace – Help send 1 Million Tweets for Peace, using dozens of quotes or options from our sample list here.

Today’s Events (for bios, click here). For time zone conversion, click here. Use the call-in sent to you upon registration. If you have trouble with your PIN or never received it from MaestroConference, contact [email protected]

  • 8:45 am to 9:00 am – Songs for Peace with folk legend Pete Seeger
  • 9:00 am to 9:30 am – Personal Peace Practices with Michael Bernard Beckwith(founder of Agape)
  • 11:00 am to 11:58 am- Building Peace in a World of Conflict: A Conversation with 2 Veteran Peace MakersSusan Collins-Marks and Ambassador John McDonald
  • 11:58 am to 12:01 pm – Million Minutes for Peace – Join Millions Globally for 1 Minute of Silence at Noon with an Introduction starting at 11:58am
  • 12:01 pm to 1:00 pm – Dialogue with Nobel Laureate Betty Williams and Peace Day catalyst Avon Mattison
  • 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Economics of Peace with Georgia Kelley, executive director of Praxis Peace Institute
  • 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm – Summer of Peace 2012 with Stephen Dinan, creator of PeaceWeek
  • 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm – How to Enhance the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace and Implement the UN Programme of Action on This Matter withAmbassador Anwarul Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations
  • 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Youth Promise Act with Aaron Voldman, director of the Student Peace Alliance
  • 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm – Community Peace Offering Ceremony with host James O’DeaFred Johnson, and Barbara Marx Hubbard
  • 6:30 pm – Members and Supporters of the Indigenous Grandmother’s Council: Council Ambassador JyotiGrandmother Aama BomboGrandmother Agnes Baker PilgrimGrandmother Rita Pitka BlumensteinGrandmother Tsering Dolma Gyaltong, and Marie Meade

Featured Today (in order from above):

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The recordings of previous days are available on the Calendar/recordings page. We also encourage you tune in to PeaceDay.TV, which features live global programming culminating with the International Day of Peace.

Today’s Recommended Peacebuilding Activity – Help pass the historic Youth Promise Act! Here’s a letter from our co-producer The Peace Alliance about this 2-minute Action for Peace:

Dear Peace Weekers,

We hope you have been inspired by the program and are ready to even more deeply engage in work for peace, whether it be in your own life or in advocacy for more peaceful structures in our society. Today, on this Peace Day, you have a chance to help by urging your Senators (for US citizens) to support the Youth PROMISE Act, an innovative prevention and intervention legislation that would go far in reducing violence and cultivating peace among at-risk youth.


2-minute Action for Peace

Call your Senator through our Youth PROMISE Act Senate Call-in line at: 888-743-4385 and/or join our mobile action team by texting “PROMISE” to 738674. You will be connected with your Senator and given a few brief talking points.

Sample Script: “I’m calling to urge the Senator to support the Youth PROMISE Act, bill number S. 435. It is important we give our at-risk youth a real shot at succeeding in life.”

The Youth PROMISE Act (Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support & Education Act, H.R. 1064/S. 435)  is a bipartisan measure currently before Congress. The bill’s passage would create unprecedented investments in proven community-based violence prevention and intervention practices, such as mentoring, afterschool programs and other innovative diversion strategies. It is truly a fantastic model for the work of peacebuilding that would go a long way to proving it’s powerful role in society.

Over half the U.S. House has signed on to co-sponsor the legislation with momentum growing rapidly in the Senate.

Our most vulnerable youth deserve our support, this is a powerful step in the right direction and it”s passage is within our grasp. We need you help today by contacting your Senators, urging them to sign on. With your support, we can make this happen. Gratitude!

All in all, today offers a wonderful finale to an incredible week!  Thank you for participating and helping to create a truly peaceful world.  And do continue to invite your friends and allies to participate.

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in spirit,
Stephen Dinan
CEO, The Shift Network

P.S. Here are other great activities to participate in as part of the International Day of Peace:

  • In celebration of the 2010 UN International Day of Peace, the Partner Cities Network of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions is launching the Peace Cities on September 21, 2010. The Peace Cities initiative is a city-to-city interfaith networking platform for grassroots interfaith groups worldwide, all made possible through, which offers community to more than 2,500 members from over 80 countries. It will be inaugurating over 70 cities as Peace Cities in 2010. For more information, contact Partner Cities Director, Zabrina Santiago at [email protected].
  • Join National Yoga Month events and get ONE WEEK FREE YOGA at over 1,400 participating yoga studios nationwide in support of PeaceWeek and Intl. Day of Peace.
  • You are invited to be part of the Global Coherence Initiative (GCI), a science based co-creative initiative to unite people across the planet in heart-focused care and intention, to facilitate a shift in global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace. Membership is free Explore the relationship between collective human emotion / intention and the Earth’s energetic fields. Join with others in the Global Care Room and participate in GCI’s Peace Week Care Focus.
  • The Alliance for Peacebuilding is hosting a Collaboration Connections session on Western Sahara on Tuesday, September 21st at American University from 10:00am until 3:00pm in the School of International Service Building, Room 300. All are welcome to attend! More information.

The Peace Alliance and the Shift Network present – PEACE WEEK


by Stephen Dinan, Founder, The Shift Network
& Matthew Albracht, Managing Director, The Peace Alliance

PeaceWeek will unite pioneers from around the world together for the largest virtual peace summit ever created, culminating with the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21st. It will be a celebration and exploration of everything that is working to foster peace, from the family level to whole nations.

We have a truly amazing roster of leaders, from Nobel Laureate Betty Williams to spiritual leaders such as Michael Bernard Beckwith and the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, and frontline leaders from Israel/Palestine, Sri Lanka, and Watts.

Our featured pioneers are building the practices, structures, and systems that can help evolve human society. Individually, they are deeply inspiring. Taken as a whole, they offer a remarkable picture for how to help evolve our world, covering topics such as:

* Personal Peace Practices
* Healing Collective Wounds & Trauma
* The Economics of Peace
* Addressing Global Hotspots
* Social Justice
* Politics of Peace
* Science of Peace
* Media & Peace

However, even the most illustrious group of peace pioneers can only do so much. It is up to all of us to lead the way in our own lives, which is why we invite you to co-create with us, connect with others drawn to the Summit and build a global movement of peace pioneers. We’ll have a variety of ways that you can engage with each other.

Please join us for one live call or all of them! And even if you can’t make a single live event, do register and you’ll get full access to the library of recordings, which will provide great inspiration for you and others for years to come.

We hope you will sign up to join us today to build a network of peacebuilders that spans the world.

Sign-up today and you’ll get free access to the entire PeaceWeek library of calls to inspire you for years to come (and share with friends and allies).

You can participate live on as many calls as you like and interact with both the leaders and other participants via a state-of-the-art MaestroConference platform, which will connect you to people from around the world. Or even if you can’t make live calls, go ahead and register and you can listen to any of the recordings later.

I truly believe that we are the generation that will bring peace on earth and that this Summit is a powerful step in the right direction. So do join us!

In peace,
Stephen Dinan
Founder, The Shift Network


Matthew Albracht
Managing Director, The Peace Alliance
[email protected]

by Stephen Dinan, Founder, The Shift Network

Dear Friends,

Please join in with PeaceWeek, which begins Tuesday, September 14th at 5 pm Pacific! We have a truly amazing program lined up for you.

I will be hosting many calls for the event, and I’m personally very excited by the inspiring leaders on the frontlines of peace who are offering their time and teaching for free. You’re in for a heart-expanding journey!

All calls will be taped and archived for you to download, but the live calls will include live interaction with the featured guests as well as breakout circles with other participants via MaestroConference. So it’s to your advantage to participate in as many live calls as possible.

Special Sponsor Offers – We are blessed to have many fantastic organizations sponsoring this event, whose work we really want you to know about. A list of these terrific groups is below, with links to their sites and other special events.

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May this event bring great blessings to your life and contribute to our planet’s shift to a culture of peace. And may it renew hope, inspire us with practical strategies, and connect the millions of bright lights around the world united in uplifting humanity.

In spirit,
Stephen Dinan
Founder, The Shift Network

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The Shift Network aims to empower a global movement of people who are creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that in turn leads to a more enlightened society, one built on principles of sustainability, peace, health, and prosperity. Now is the time for an upgrade to our planetary operating system. If you are part of this Shift, please join us as we create events, programs, and activities that help us evolve! You can view our big-picture vision for the next three years here:


The Peace Alliance empowers civic engagement toward a culture of peace. We are a grassroots alliance of organizers and advocates throughout the United States taking the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the centers of national discourse and policy priorities.


Pathways To Peace (PTP) is an international PeaceBuilding, Educational and Consulting organization. “Peace”, as it is defined by Pathways To Peace, is both an innate state of being and a dynamic, evolutionary process. Peace begins with ourselves, living in harmony with one another, the Earth and all Circles of Life. PTP’s operating principle-in-action is:


PeaceDay.TV offers a global groadcast from September 17 – 21, allowing us to celebrate the International Day of Peace with the world community. It features sustainable solutions, entertainment, music, festivals, celebrities, films, awards, & peace building partners


United Religions Initiative (URI) is a grassroots bridge building organization that believes when people’s passions and initiatives are organized, connected they can create a sustaining global force for good. URI is made up of over 480 local interfaith groups in 76 countries dedicated to promoting enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, ending religiously motivated violence and creating cultures of peace, justice and healing for Earth and all living beings.


Praxis Peace Institute is a non-profit, peace-education organization dedicated to deep inquiry, constructive dialogue, creative problem solving, and informed civic participation


Student Peace Alliance engages our communities and policy makers in building sustainable peace. We advocate for evidence-based legislation and policy that will enhance our capacity to reduce violence and build sustainable peace both domestically and internationally. We practice and promote community peacebuilding efforts that engage people in the day-to-day work of understanding and preventing violence in our homes, communities, and institutions.


MaestroConference offers a platform that allows us to bring dynamic group dynamic group interactions to the calls – an essential aspect of learning and peacebuilding! It’s the next level of online learning with applications in business, non-profit, learning, grassroots, and more: MaestroConference Website Building on their technology, they’ve also createdMaestroPath, a powerful program to empower trailblazers with group coaching, learning and support.


The Shift Movie: The “movie made by a movement” chronicles a massive worldwide phenomenon in progress, offering seeds of great hope for the future. Millions of individuals, organizations and corporations around the world are waking up and embracing a new outlook with an emphasis on their responsibility to contribute positively to our collective future.


The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is a coalition of diverse organizations and professionals working together to build sustainable peace and security worldwide.


A Million Minutes for Peace: Odyssey Networks invites you to participate in A Million Minutes for Peace. People of different faiths from all over the world will stop at noon and pray for peace for one minute – each in their own way on September 21st – the U.N. International Day of Peace.Join us. It’s simple. It’s global.


The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions cultivates harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and fosters their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

The Council also organizes and hosts the world’s largest interfaith gathering, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, in a different international city every five years. Over 6,500 delegates attended the fourth modern Parliament, which was held in December of 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.

PeaceNext is the official social network of the Council designed to bring together the global interreligious movement in dynamic and far-reaching ways. Initially created as a way to keep interfaith activists connected in between Parliaments, PeaceNext now offers community to more than 2,500 members from over 80 countries.


Earthdance: The world’s largest synchronized global music and dance event for world peace and sustainability uniting over 350 locations in 65 countries on Saturday Sept 18th. The climax of the event is the playing of a spoken word music track, “The Prayer for Peace” at every location at exactly the same time.


The Summer of Peace is an innovative initiative designed to accelerate the shift from a culture of violence to a culture of peace through global and local collaborations, best practices, civic engagement and inspirational events. We will focus on creating a series of dynamic events in the summer of 2012 – concerts, conferences, trainings, neighborhood circles, school interventions, civic leadership gatherings, peace pledges and more.


The Dalai Lama Foundation was established in 2002, with the Dalai Lama’s endorsement and advice, by a core founding group including long-time friends of the Dalai Lama and members of the Silicon Valley business community. A letter from His Holiness invites all to join us in our work. Participation is open to all, and we warmly welcome anyone who wishes to support the Dalai Lama’s vision for a better world to join with us.


Aiki Extensions is a nonprofit network of aikido practitioners who take aiki principles off the mat and into the world in areas like youth violence prevention, K-12 conflict-resolution curricula, business consulting, psychotherapy, and Israeli/Palestinian peace programs. Aiki Extensions is also leading the worldwide observance of International Aiki Peace Week – find out more at

Aikido Peace Week September 19 – 26, 2010, Aikido schools around the world will offer Aikido classes to the public that will be free, paced for beginners, and focused on compassionate power as a foundation for conflict resolution and peacemaking. Peacemaking e-book free download


CorStone develops and supports emotional resilience in children and families to better deal with conflict and crisis. CorStone has provided counseling, support and training to thousands of adults and children from over 50 countries facing life-threatening illness, grief, trauma, stress and adversity. The organization also works to design and implement easily accessible, evidence-based resiliency programs for at-risk individuals and communities in developing countries.


Peace On Earth Film Festival (POEFF) has reviewed over 400 films on peace, nonviolence, social justice and eco-balance over the past 2 years and has offered to the public through the festival, 76 films of the highest quality, mission on peace modalities and excellence of craftsmanship. The festival also offers Filmmaker and Peacemaker Panel discussions. The POEFF also has a well tested curriculum which was successfully piloted through the Chicago Public School (over 1,500 students in the last 6 weeks of 2009/2010 school year).


Samadhi Life is dedicated to supporting people in living inspired – We are here to support and encourage people like you who want to connect with your life purpose and make a difference in the world. We endeavor to meet you wherever you are on your path, and offer a unique array of inspired products and resources. Samadhi Life is dedicated to inspiring an eco-gracious lifestyle while supporting the development of conscious community.


We, The World is a Global Collaboration for a Livable Future. We promote solutions for a world that works for all. Our programs and events are designed to Inspire, Inform and Involve increasing numbers of people in the growing global movement that has the transformative consciousness of peace and service to people and the planet at its core.


Global Summit: Far more than an event, The Global Summit delivers a whole system approach to addressing humanity’s most critical issues from the ground up, 365 days a year. Join us Nov. 8-10, 2010 in San Francisco!


The Compassionate Action Network (CAN) is a network of self-organizing groups who share a common vision for a compassionate world.


FOUR YEARS. GO. is a campaign to catalyze and empower a fundamental shift in the direction of humanity, inspiring collaborative action, connecting individuals and organizations, and amplifying best practices and successes.


National Yoga Month September is a national observance and awareness campaign to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. During National Yoga Month September hundreds of free classes will be available nationwide and new students can access ONE WEEK FREE YOGA at over 1,200 participating yoga


Global Mala Yoga for Peace is to unite the global yoga community from every continent, school or approach to form a mala around the earth through collective practices based upon the sacred cycle of 108 on Sept. 19th or 20th, Fall Equinox as the yoga world’s offering to further the UN International Peace


Jerusalem Peacemakers is a network of independent interfaith peace-builders dedicated to encouraging understanding and reconciliation in the Holy Land.


One Peace Jerusalem: A synchronized global prayer initiated in Jerusalem by religious leaders from the Judaic, Christian and Islamic faiths taking place on Sept 26th in alliance with Earthdance International


Humanity’s Team is a fast-growing spiritual movement “awakening the world to Oneness” within a generation. The movement, with some 60,000 teammates mobilized in more than 150 countries, sees this awakening as essential to world peace. Indeed, on May 20, veteran U.N. envoy Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the leading emissary of the landmark U.N. Culture of Peace initiative, declared on receiving a Humanity’s Team-inspired petition seeking a U.N.-approved Oneness Day, that peace efforts would “go nowhere” until people recognized we are all one.


The Center for Sacred Studies is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining indigenous ways of life through cross-cultural spiritual practices, ministry and education, and a commitment to peace and unity for all peoples. They sponsor the International Council of Thirteen Grandmothers and feature a two-year ministry training.


Peace X Peace lifts women’s voices, strengthens women’s capacity to connect across divides, promotes leadership and gender equity, and nurtures the global network of


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The Center for Visionary Leadership helps people become practical visionaries and develop the inner, spiritual resources to be effective leaders and respond creatively to change. Based on the ageless wisdom found in all spiritual traditions, the Center promotes heartfelt dialogue and trainings to co-create a new world.h


YES! connects, inspires and collaborates with diverse young and intergenerational leaders in building transformational change on the internal, interpersonal and systemic level. The organization convenes gatherings, called Jams, for groups of 30 changemakers who are working for thriving, just and sustainable ways of life for all, helping them to become more sustainable, effective, and connected in their vital work.


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