International World Peace Day Is A Real Thing
… so why is there not much fuss about it?
After watching Professor Brian Cox’s program for the BBC ‘The 21st Century Race for Space’ I was inspired to make a video on Facebook last week. I’ve now uploaded it to Youtube:
Then 3 days later I was at a conference called ‘Fast Forward Your Business’ (FFYB) which really could have been called Fast Forward Your Consciousness. It would take me half an hour to explain why, so I’ll shorten it to these two snippets
- FFYB is the flagship event of Roger James Hamilton. Roger is helping lead the entrepreneur movement towards creating a better world – eradicating poverty is part of his mission. He is very reminiscent of Richard Branson. His main business is worth about 30 million dollars, yet you’ll find him at festivals, expanding his horizons of human expression, in the middle of the desert. Here he is at ‘Burning Man’ with some of his family. Roger in under the tophat.
- Another man making a huge impact on the FFYB movement is Paul Dunn. Paul has done 4 TEDx talks, and set up ‘Buy 1, Give 1’ a fantastic concept on how business can be a force for good. So far over 115 million gifts given! If you have a business and you want to give: https://www.b1g1.com/businessforgood/
Let’s just say I got home on Sunday even more eager to get this peace process hurried along.
That’s when I stumbled again across International Peace Day, which I remembered I’d read about last year. It’s on the 21st of September. Every year since 1981, set up by the United Nations. You’d think there would be more publicity.
There are plenty of ways to get involved with this, and link up with others, ready to do something about World Peace, which I’ll cover in a moment.
The BIG problem with World Peace, is that it is such a huge issue, that most people can’t even seriously entertain the idea of doing something about it. It’s scary, and seems ridiculous to entertain such thought. It’s taken me 45 years to realise that ‘I’d like to see world peace’ has to be more than ‘a nice idea that I’d love to something about, but I really don’t know what to do, so I won’t even look’.
Now I’m seriously looking, it turns out millions of others have the same thought. And some of those millions are very powerful, influential people.
So what can we do?
My belief stems from reading this Chines proverb in 1996:
“If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nations.
When there is order in the nations, there will peace in the world.”
…and if you look after your health and wellbeing you look after your brain and your heart, and increase your sense of self peace.
…and maybe if I can influence you to look after your brain and heart and make better decisions, then maybe you can influence others? Perhaps even politicians and world leaders you may know? It’s a long shot, but not is we share.
I aim to do more, so how else can we get involved…
One way is to align yourself, and your business if you have one, to one of the United Nation’s 17 Global Goals
The 17 Global Goals
- Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
- Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
- Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
- Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
- Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
- Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
- Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
- Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
- Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
- Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
- Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
- Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
- Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Maybe after reading the list one goal resonates with you. Maybe more than one, after all they are all worthwhile. If you don’t know or are confused as to where to start then here is the Purpose Test, which is part of Roger James Hamilton’s ‘Genius University’, it’s free and won’t take long: http://purpose.geniusu.com/
A few simple ideas for what to do on World Peace Day (and every day)
http://unite4peace.com/ A great site to learn more about getting involved with International World Peace Day and world peace in general right now.
http://visionofhumanity.org/#/page/indexes/global-peace-index The Global Peace Index
https://peacenews.info/ UK peace news service
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/what-are-the-global-goals The input of the UK to the Global Goals
Link up with Roger Hamilton’s Genius University and learn more about conscientious leadership and business -or even about just getting to meet people who wan to be a force for good: https://www.geniusu.com/
…and link up with your peace loving, local wellness centre and tell us how you can help us spread the peace: