One act at a time https://blog.billionacts.org Inspiration starts here Fri, 06 Jul 2018 20:22:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 107178145 World Premiere of Contagious Courage https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/06/world-premiere-of-contagious-courage/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/06/world-premiere-of-contagious-courage/#respond Sat, 16 Jun 2018 20:12:04 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=16364   More about the World Premiere and more on the 2018 Billion Acts Hero Award Winners.  

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Nobel Laureate’s Call to Action: #WomenPeaceKorea https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/05/nobel-laureates-call-to-action-womenpeacekorea/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/05/nobel-laureates-call-to-action-womenpeacekorea/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 21:10:33 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=16204 Nobel Women’s Initiative’s #WomenPeaceKorea: A New Era delegation with Women Cross DMZ begins tomorrow to promote peace, disarmament, and the inclusion of women in mediation. Join a group of extraordinary women, including feminist activist Gloria Steinem, and Nobel peace laureates, Mairead Maguire and Leymah Gbowee, to call on President Moon, Chairman Kim, President Trump and President Xi, to ensure that women’s movements are included in the Korean peace process. Let’s remind them of their government’s commitment to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which states that women must be included in mediation processes to ensure prevention, […]

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Nobel Women’s Initiative’s #WomenPeaceKorea: A New Era delegation with Women Cross DMZ begins tomorrow to promote peace, disarmament, and the inclusion of women in mediation.

Join a group of extraordinary women, including feminist activist Gloria Steinem, and Nobel peace laureates, Mairead Maguire and Leymah Gbowee, to call on President Moon, Chairman Kim, President Trump and President Xi, to ensure that women’s movements are included in the Korean peace process. Let’s remind them of their government’s commitment to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which states that women must be included in mediation processes to ensure prevention, diffusion, and resolution of major conflicts. Decades of research now show that women’s inclusion in peace processes leads to a peace agreement and a far more durable one when women help draft it. We will be in South Korea this week for the #WomenPeaceKorea: A New Era delegation to amplify this message!

We would love for all of you, to sign the petition (see link below) calling for peace on the Korean peninsula. Please also share widely on social media!

Sign the petition for peace talks in Korea

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Presenting the 2018 Hero Award Semifinalists https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/04/presenting-the-2018-hero-award-nominees/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/04/presenting-the-2018-hero-award-nominees/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:14:29 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=16014 Since last April, more than 10 million Acts of Peace have been added to Billion Acts in over 151 countries! 12 were chosen as this year’s 2018 Hero Awards semifinalists in 6 categories: Best Youth Act Best University Act Best Social Enterprise Act Best Community Act Best Nonprofit Act Best Up and Coming Peacemaker Act   Countries Represented: South Africa, Chile, Timor-Leste, Netherlands, UK, USA, West Africa, and Germany   Organizations: Techo, Rethaka, IKEA Foundation, Little Sun, Rotary International, Mercy Corps, Ba Futuru, We Dine Together, Peace is a Lifestyle, Climate-Smart Villages, Asian University for Women, and Student Action for […]

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Since last April, more than 10 million Acts of Peace have been added to Billion Acts in over 151 countries!

12 were chosen as this year’s 2018 Hero Awards semifinalists in 6 categories:

  • Best Youth Act
  • Best University Act
  • Best Social Enterprise Act
  • Best Community Act
  • Best Nonprofit Act
  • Best Up and Coming Peacemaker Act

 

Countries Represented:

South Africa, Chile, Timor-Leste, Netherlands, UK, USA, West Africa, and Germany

 

Organizations:

Techo, Rethaka, IKEA Foundation, Little Sun, Rotary International, Mercy Corps, Ba Futuru, We Dine Together, Peace is a Lifestyle, Climate-Smart Villages, Asian University for Women, and Student Action for Refugees

 

Working in all of the Billion Acts 10 Focus Areas:

 

Watch the videos for each nominee on the voting page, and vote for your favorites every day until May 18th! 

Climate Smart Villages from PeaceJam on Vimeo.

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5 trailblazing women you’ve never heard of https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/03/5-trailblazing-women-youve-never-heard-of/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/03/5-trailblazing-women-youve-never-heard-of/#respond Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:57:48 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=15894 From the farmer’s daughter who set up the only safari resort in the world run solely by women, to the first female Dalit to win a seat in Pakistan’s parliament, women who have challenged stereotypes and refused to give in to fear or discrimination tell their stories. Originally posted on theguardian.com Zaman runs a schools’ roadshow under the Extremely Together programme, travelling across Britain to teach young people how to resist violent extremism, and to question hate and propaganda. Namshali says, “As a woman, working in this kind of environment, you have to be very tough and very strong,” she […]

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From the farmer’s daughter who set up the only safari resort in the world run solely by women, to the first female Dalit to win a seat in Pakistan’s parliament, women who have challenged stereotypes and refused to give in to fear or discrimination tell their stories.

Originally posted on theguardian.com

Zaman runs a schools’ roadshow under the Extremely Together programme, travelling across Britain to teach young people how to resist violent extremism, and to question hate and propaganda.

Namshali says, “As a woman, working in this kind of environment, you have to be very tough and very strong,” she says. “Be confident and believe in yourself, even if the world doesn’t, and the rest will follow.”

In Pakistan’s 70-year history, a woman from a low-caste Hindu background has never reached this upper echelon of political power. This month, however, Kohli became the first female Dalit member of Pakistan’s Senate.

In 2013, Meza, 55, was forced into exile in the UK, and was accepted on the University of York’s protective fellowship scheme for human rights defenders.

Amid violence and drought, Loitaruk struggles to get parents to value education. Across the country, three-quarters of adults are illiterate, Unicef estimates, and many schools lie abandoned in the towns and villages.

Read more about these incredible women here

 

 

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Us vs. Them https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/03/us-vs-them/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/03/us-vs-them/#respond Thu, 01 Mar 2018 20:24:34 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=15734 Many are complaining about the growing divide in our communities. We blame our problems on each other, our leaders, the news, people standing up for issues we disagree with, our education system, and ‘the other’. Are these fair assessments?  Do we bare any responsibility for creating this culture? Does finding fault do anything to propel us forward to finding solutions that just may benefit us all? Have you clicked on a link whose sole purpose you know is to divide you against another group?  Are you pushing your local news to report stories focusing on the good that happens everyday […]

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Many are complaining about the growing divide in our communities. We blame our problems on each other, our leaders, the news, people standing up for issues we disagree with, our education system, and ‘the other’.

Are these fair assessments?  Do we bare any responsibility for creating this culture? Does finding fault do anything to propel us forward to finding solutions that just may benefit us all?

Have you clicked on a link whose sole purpose you know is to divide you against another group?  Are you pushing your local news to report stories focusing on the good that happens everyday in your community?  Are you debating others with viewpoints very different than your own in a healthy manner?  Have you thought about the behavior you are modeling for the youth and future leaders of your community?

Billion Acts is not just a campaign, it is a movement for open dialogue, a place to celebrate all who are doing their part to create a more peaceful and equitable world. It is a platform to highlight the incredible human beings who walk and work amongst us, and do their part to change the world every day.  It is a vehicle to make Acts of Peace a part of all of our daily lives and honor unity and kindness over conflict and fear.

With more than 38 Million Acts from over 151 countries, it is apparent that grassroots efforts are uniting change makers worldwide to become the leaders that we need.

How can you bring your community together?

 

It is up to us to stop finding fault elsewhere, and instead be accountable and take action. We need your voice too, if we are truly going to create the change that we need.

 

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Meet the Youth Suing the US Government over Climate Change https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/02/meet-the-youth-suing-the-us-government-for-climate-change/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/02/meet-the-youth-suing-the-us-government-for-climate-change/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:35:21 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=15944 Filed by Our Children’s Trust, representing 21 plaintiffs between the age of eight and nineteen (at the time it was initially filed), the lawsuit charges the government with violating their constitutional right to life, liberty and property. The lawsuit aims to force the government into action on climate change.   LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 21 Youth Suing the U.S Government over Climate Change Here.  

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Filed by Our Children’s Trust, representing 21 plaintiffs between the age of eight and nineteen (at the time it was initially filed), the lawsuit charges the government with violating their constitutional right to life, liberty and property. The lawsuit aims to force the government into action on climate change.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 21 Youth Suing the U.S Government over Climate Change Here.

 

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We invite you to nominate yourself, or your favorite Business, Nonprofit, School, Youth or Community Act between now and March 25th to be considered for a 2018 Hero Award. https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/02/invite-nominate-favorite-business-nonprofit-school-youth-community-act-now-march-25th-considered-2018-hero-award/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/02/invite-nominate-favorite-business-nonprofit-school-youth-community-act-now-march-25th-considered-2018-hero-award/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:51:17 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=15634 The post We invite you to nominate yourself, or your favorite Business, Nonprofit, School, Youth or Community Act between now and March 25th to be considered for a 2018 Hero Award. appeared first on One act at a time.

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Female groundbreakers of 2017 https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/01/female-groundbreakers-2017/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/01/female-groundbreakers-2017/#comments Tue, 02 Jan 2018 01:03:39 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=15194   The Independent picks the 20 names whose strides in their fields challenged preconceptions and stereotypes and provided inspiration   We have more female politicians on the world stage than ever before, from the UK to Germany and New Zealand. Countries are starting to tackle period poverty and abolish the tampon tax. A teenager in Mexico invented a bra that could detect breast cancer. Real and significant steps have been taken in the fight against female genital mutilation. The highest-paid boss in the UK is actually a woman. The vaginal mesh health scandal is finally getting the attention it deserves. And […]

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The Independent picks the 20 names whose strides in their fields challenged preconceptions and stereotypes and provided inspiration

 

We have more female politicians on the world stage than ever before, from the UK to Germany and New Zealand. Countries are starting to tackle period poverty and abolish the tampon tax. A teenager in Mexico invented a bra that could detect breast cancer. Real and significant steps have been taken in the fight against female genital mutilation. The highest-paid boss in the UK is actually a woman. The vaginal mesh health scandal is finally getting the attention it deserves.

And in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the viral #MeToo campaign, we’ve seen an explosion of reckoning – and recognition – of endemic sexual assault and harassment in all kinds of industries. A tangible cultural shift has occurred, as more women feel empowered to speak out against gender violence and more men gain a better appreciation of channels of power and female oppression.

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A Year In Review https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/12/a-year-in-review/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/12/a-year-in-review/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:03:24 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=15134 With your help, 2017 was an incredible success! In 2017, PeaceJam increased its global impact of peace. We hosted over 15 conferences internationally, including our first ever conference in Liberia during their elections allowing PeaceJam to play a role in the country’s peaceful transfer of power. All of this was made possible through the generosity of people like you who have been integral to our mission and so, we thank you. Please consider supporting our upcoming 2018 initiatives. Over 34 Million Acts of Peace The Billion Acts of Peace campaign reached a milestone of 34.7 million acts of peace committed in over 145 countries, and launched a new tool allowing students and adults the ability to create a portfolio of […]

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With your help, 2017 was an incredible success!


In 2017, PeaceJam increased its global impact of peace. We hosted over 15 conferences internationally, including our first ever conference in Liberia during their elections allowing PeaceJam to play a role in the country’s peaceful transfer of power. All of this was made possible through the generosity of people like you who have been integral to our mission and so, we thank you. Please consider supporting our upcoming 2018 initiatives.

Over 34 Million Acts of Peace


The Billion Acts of Peace campaign reached a milestone of 34.7 million acts of peace committed in over 145 countries, and launched a new tool allowing students and adults the ability to create a portfolio of their service work that can be easily shared with colleges and prospective employers. Lets end 2017 on a high note by Creating 1000 Acts of Peace by Dec 31st!
All of this was made possible through the generosity of people like you who have been integral to our mission and so, we thank you. Please consider supporting our upcoming 2018 initiatives.

 Two new laureates joined our board!


Kailash Satyarthi 2017


More About PeaceJam


For over 20 years, PeaceJam has been creating young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through a year-long, ongoing educational program for youth ages 5-25. PeaceJam is the only organization in the world with 14 Nobel Peace Laureates working together long-term for a common cause – the leadership development of our youth.
Since our inception, more than 1.2 million young people worldwide have participated, 330 Youth Conferences have connected youth worldwide with Nobel Peace Laureates, and nearly 2.5 million community service projects were developed by PeaceJam participants. And we see the impact every day – participants in PeaceJam programs make significant gains in academics, show increased engagement at school and in the community, and incidents of violence decrease where PeaceJam programs are implemented.

Your Donations Will Be Matched!


Nobel Laureate Jody Williams with our PeaceJam Juniors in Denver, CO

Nobel Laureate Jody Williams with our PeaceJam Juniors in Denver, CO

As we close the door on 2017, we ask for your continued help – help to inspire, educate and encourage action around the world. Please consider making a donation of $50, $100, or $250 to support the important work of the PeaceJam Foundation, the Nobel Legacy Film Series, and our Billion Acts Campaign. A PeaceJam donor has volunteered to match each donation, up to $5,000, through the end of the year, so we encourage you to make your gift today. Together, with your help, we are unstoppable.

 

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1000 Acts of Peace in December https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/12/1000-acts-peace-december/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/12/1000-acts-peace-december/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:15:58 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=14934 Lets create 1000 Acts of Peace before the end of 2017! Add your Act Today! Some ideas of things you can do: Loan your money to third-world entrepreneurs through a website like Kiva. Ninety-nine percent of these loans are paid back, and you can truly change the lives of the families who receive the loans. Discover where to donate everything in your home, from books and electronics to clothes and sporting equipment. This website helps you target opportunities for kids and families to do good together. The Joy of Sox is a wonderful organization that provides new pairs of socks to homeless people. New […]

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Lets create 1000 Acts of Peace before the end of 2017!

Add your Act Today!

Some ideas of things you can do:

  1. Loan your money to third-world entrepreneurs through a website like Kiva. Ninety-nine percent of these loans are paid back, and you can truly change the lives of the families who receive the loans.
  2. Discover where to donate everything in your home, from books and electronics to clothes and sporting equipment.
  3. This website helps you target opportunities for kids and families to do good together.
  4. The Joy of Sox is a wonderful organization that provides new pairs of socks to homeless people. New socks are apparently the number one item needed, and people rarely donate them.
  5. Stand Up 2 Cancer is an amazing initiative developed to help accelerate innovative cancer research and work toward finding cures.
  6. If you and your family love to take on art and DIY projects, consider creating handmade cards for sick kids in hospitals all across America.
  7. Know you want to do some good, but don’t have any clue where to start? Volunteer Match can help you find opportunities in your area that will work with your schedule and passion.
  8. Another wonderful family activity over the holiday would be to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. They are building homes all across the country with the hope that everyone has a decent place to live. They also accommodate group volunteering, so you could really get your whole extended family involved.

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