A Day of Peace … Well, It’s a Start


International Day of Peace Poster

I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On this annual day of focus on conflict around the globe, I have some suggestions for your further attention on this and the following days of our lives:

 

GIana Consulting:  

Read Chery Gegleman’s blog series on peace by her and some special guests.  Chery has created a strong series of posts around the theme of peace.  This is not a collection of fuzzy-thinking feel-good pieces, but solid and useful observations about how we can do better.

The Arbinger Institute:  

Read The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by the Arbinger Institute.  It’s a short book in narrative form with a relatively simple message about how we interact with each other can either increase or decrease the conflict we experience.  Either way, our choice …

Reflection:

Watch this Youtube video about Peace Day and consider the presence of conflict in your personal, communal, and global lives.

Then take some quiet and protected time to consider how conflict affects us all as we live on our shared planet, and identify some ways in which you can act to reduce or eliminate conflict in your own and other’s lives.

Then act on what you have learned.

Be one of the billions thinking about, working on, and praying for peace today … and tomorrow.

“Give Peace A Chance” …


International Day of Peace logo OLDOver at The Lead Change Group, people from all over our shared planet are banging the drums for peace … in the world, in our organizations, and within ourselves.  A worthy focus for all of us, with much of value being shared.

You will not find much pie-in-the-sky optimism, but you will experience reality-based thinking and solid recommendations for action to create transformative change.  

Here are three distinct things you can do now to connect with all this.

First, check out the clear-eyed observations of Chery Gegelman at Peace – A Leadership Strategy, Not Pixie Dust.  Chery’s series on peace provides a wealth of information, highlights varying perspectives, and helps us understand the depth and importance of past, current, and future work to create peace

Then join Chery and Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach and creator of the Google+ People Skills community group, as they co-host a #PeopleSkills TweetChat this Sunday, September 20th, at 10 AM EST.  Share your thoughts, experiences, and hopes with others who are exploring positive and real-world action to work for peace.

I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Finally, join the world as the United Nations celebrates the International Day of Peace on Monday, September 21, 2015 to learn more about how we can and must work together to reduce and end conflict.  This years theme is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” focusing on how all segments of society can work together to create peace.

This is not a movement to sit out … at stake is nothing less than the well-being of everyone in our shared world.

As I softly sing “All we are saying is ‘Give Peace a Chance’” in the Heartland ….

John