One act at a time https://blog.billionacts.org Inspiration starts here Tue, 30 Apr 2019 16:50:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 107178145 Help us celebrate youth leaders around the world https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/04/help-us-celebrate-youth-leaders-around-the-world/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/04/help-us-celebrate-youth-leaders-around-the-world/#respond Mon, 01 Apr 2019 16:03:02 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=18034 Are You the Next Billion Acts Hero?  Do you know someone who should be? Have you heard the news?  Billion Acts is accepting nominations for the best youth Acts and Projects worldwide. Each year, Billion Acts reviews every Act of Peace that was added to our website over the past 12 months. If you have logged an act of peace on our website, you could be in the running for a hero award! Why We Hold the Hero Awards: Our organization exists to connect and highlight individuals spreading peace in their communities every day. We hold our annual award ceremony for two […]

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Are You the Next Billion Acts Hero?  Do you know someone who should be?

Have you heard the news?  Billion Acts is accepting nominations for the best youth Acts and Projects worldwide.

Each year, Billion Acts reviews every Act of Peace that was added to our website over the past 12 months. If you have logged an act of peace on our website, you could be in the running for a hero award!

Why We Hold the Hero Awards: Our organization exists to connect and highlight individuals spreading peace in their communities every day. We hold our annual award ceremony for two reasons: to celebrate peacekeepers on a global scale and to encourage others to take action.

We celebrate peacekeepers. Peace would not exist without peacekeepers and peace creators. Our Hero Award Winners are both. Part of our mission is bringing attention to those who are changing the world for the better. These awards honor those individuals.

We strive to inspire action. Our Hero Award winners inspire and encourage other youth and communities to take action and spread peace. It’s our hope that you will be moved to create peace in your community.

 

The Six Hero Award Categories Are…

Our Acts of Peace fall into ten categories: education and community development, protecting the earth, alleviating extreme poverty, global health and wellness, non-proliferation and disarmament, human rights for all, ending racism and hate, advancing women and children, clean water for everyone and conflict revolution.

We look for Acts of Peace that address one or more of these focus areas. There are six categories that the acts of peace fall into:  

  • Best Youth Movement Act: Winners in this category have been as young as seven years old.
  • Best University Act: This award goes to someone at the university level who actively strives to change the world.
  • Best Social Enterprise Act: We’re looking for someone who started a social enterprise dedicated to solving some of the planet’s most pressing problems.
  • Best Community Act: This Act of Peace is all about building community. Often times, peacekeepers and community builders are one in the same. This Award recognizes that in one inspiring individual.
  • Best Nonprofit Act: Have you or someone you know started a non-profit to help your community?
  • Best Up and Coming Peacemaker Act: Are you stepping up to solve a challenge in your corner of the world?

 

The Three Winning Elements of Peace

We look for three elements in the winning Acts of Peace:

  1. Social Impact: To what extent did the act of peace impact their target community?
  2. Scope: How broadly and effectively did the act of peace play out?
  3. Future Peace: How will this act of peace create more peace in the future?

 

Help Us Select Our Hero Award Winners!

Voting begins at the end of May. Our ranking system is based on impact. Voting for a specific act raises its “impact rank.” Our Nobel Peace Laureates, will also jury the acts of peace. Simply visit our website to cast your vote.

Remember to add your act of peace or nominate someone by April 30th!  

 

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World Water Day https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/03/world-water-day/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/03/world-water-day/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:44:30 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=17994   What is World Water Day? The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal number six reads crystal clear: water for everyone by 2030. Did you know that billions of people are still living without access to safe water in their homes, schools, farms and workplaces? Some families drink water at the risk of getting sick. Other families have to walk miles to fetch their water. World Water Day is dedicated to bringing awareness to this human rights issues. Often times, marginalized groups such as women, refugees and disabled people are overlooked when it comes to water rights. This year, World Water Day […]

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What is World Water Day?

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal number six reads crystal clear: water for everyone by 2030. Did you know that billions of people are still living without access to safe water in their homes, schools, farms and workplaces? Some families drink water at the risk of getting sick. Other families have to walk miles to fetch their water. World Water Day is dedicated to bringing awareness to this human rights issues.

Often times, marginalized groups such as women, refugees and disabled people are overlooked when it comes to water rights.

This year, World Water Day is on Friday March 22nd. We invite you to jump on board and start tackling the water inequality issues that exist in the world. You alone can make more of a difference than you might think!

 

Eager to do your part on World Water Day?

Visit Worldwaterday.org to learn more about events you can plan. They have an entire resource tab full of beautifully designed World Water Day posters.

 

Here’s What We Recommend Doing on Billion Acts

 

  • Share Your Acts of Peace With Us On World Water Day
  • Support another initiative
  • Educate others about water issues world wide

 

Remember to share your involvement on World Water Day with us at Billion Acts of Peace. We’re always looking for new acts of kindness and compassion to feature to inspire others.

Many hands make light work. Imagine if everyone did their part to help on World Water Day? Anytime you spread peace, you impact more people than you think. So keep on being a leader in your community! The world needs you.

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International Women’s Day https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/03/international-womens-day/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/03/international-womens-day/#respond Fri, 01 Mar 2019 17:09:50 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=17904 Are You Ready For International Women’s Day? We all know about International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate female empowerment, progress, women’s rights and the role of all women on the world stage. But did you know that International Women’s Day originated in Soviet Russia after women gained suffrage in 1917? Or that the first National Women’s day in the US took place in New York in 1909? That’s right! Women were celebrating each other long before the UN officially adopted the celebration in 1975 (and we’re so grateful they did!) Now that you know the origins of International […]

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Are You Ready For International Women’s Day?

We all know about International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate female empowerment, progress, women’s rights and the role of all women on the world stage.

But did you know that International Women’s Day originated in Soviet Russia after women gained suffrage in 1917? Or that the first National Women’s day in the US took place in New York in 1909? That’s right! Women were celebrating each other long before the UN officially adopted the celebration in 1975 (and we’re so grateful they did!)

Now that you know the origins of International Women’s day, we thought you might be interested in how you can spread peace on this day! Keep reading to learn more.

 

What Happens On International Women’s Day?

This year, the campaign leading International Women’s day will focus on building a more balanced world.  

Collective action is the key to creating a better, more equal and peaceful world for all humans. International Women’s day serves as an opportunity to spotlight women dedicated to social, economic, political and cultural change. But it’s also a day centered around increasing gender balance in our world. To make a difference we all need all male, female and non gender identifying hands on deck.

Wondering how your hands can help? Find out below!

 

How Can I Get Involved?

Our Billion Acts of Peace partners over at the Nobel Women’s Initiative have an entire “Take Action” page dedicated to helping you help women in your community and across the world.

Join six courageous Nobel Peace Laureates including, Mairead Maguire, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman, and Leymah Gbowee in making everyday a day to celebrate women.

Follow them on twitter to stay updated on their events and opportunities to create peace.

 

Spread Peace For Women Every Day

Are you ready to take the lead on bridging the gaps between inequality and celebrating the women in your community? Plan or participate in an event for International Women’s Day 2019.

Remember to sure to share your acts of peace with us for a chance to be featured! #IWD2019 #InternationalWomensDay #InternationalWomensDay2019

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The Dalai Lama: Scientist https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/02/the-dalai-lama-scientist/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/02/the-dalai-lama-scientist/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:27:49 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=17734 We are excited to announce this year’s Nobel Legacy Film The Dalai Lama: Scientist The lesser known side of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Everyone know the 14th Dalai Lama as a spiritual Buddhist leader, but few know his other side, The Dalai Lama: Scientist.     See the Trailer

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We are excited to announce this year’s Nobel Legacy Film

The Dalai Lama: Scientist

The lesser known side of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Everyone know the 14th Dalai Lama as a spiritual Buddhist leader, but few know his other side, The Dalai Lama: Scientist.

 

 

See the Trailer

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World Interfaith Harmony Week https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/02/world-interfaith-harmony-week/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/02/world-interfaith-harmony-week/#respond Fri, 01 Feb 2019 16:19:38 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=17874 Everything You Need To Know About World Interfaith Harmony Week World Interfaith Harmony week takes place every year during the first week of February. It’s a celebration full of love, understanding and coming together around a common goal (aka the building blocks of peace).   At the UN General Assembly in 2010, H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan proposed The World Interfaith Harmony Week for the first time. Today, this week symbolizes peace, collaboration and unity between all people with faith and without faith.   It’s a week dedicated to everyone, including you!   What Exactly Is World Interfaith Harmony […]

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Everything You Need To Know About World Interfaith Harmony Week

World Interfaith Harmony week takes place every year during the first week of February. It’s a celebration full of love, understanding and coming together around a common goal (aka the building blocks of peace).  

At the UN General Assembly in 2010, H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan proposed The World Interfaith Harmony Week for the first time. Today, this week symbolizes peace, collaboration and unity between all people with faith and without faith.  

It’s a week dedicated to everyone, including you!

 

What Exactly Is World Interfaith Harmony Week?

The World Interfaith Harmony Week serves first and foremost as a community platform. For seven days every year, people of all different faiths come together and embrace the powerful movement they represent.

Did you know, that even though interfaith groups organize community events almost every day of the year, they often fly under the radar of the general public? This week empowers those groups to learn about each other and reach more people dedicated to similar aspirations. Maybe someone like you!

The overall goal of this week is to show humans that we are all connected through our common values and good morals. Our similarities are far stronger than our differences. By reminding ourselves of that every year, we create more opportunities for peace and harmony.

 

How Can I Get Involved?

From planning a harmony breakfast to organizing a community wide event, the options to participate in World Interfaith Harmony Week are endless. To explore all of your options take a look at this how-to-participate guide. If you do plan an event, be sure to share it with us here at Billion Acts of Peace!

 

What Our Network Members Are Up To…

At the core of Billion Acts of Peace are our network members. Here’s what they will be up to on World Interfaith Harmony Week 2019:

  1. Our friends over at Compassion Games will be hosting their annual World Interfaith Harmony Week Coopetition. During the week an epic battle will unfold and reveal who the survivors of the kindest are in your community. Should you choose to participate in the global challenge of collaboration, tolerance and acts of peace, you must be ready for one thing: lots of fun. All you have to do is sign up to play!
  2. Next up, the United Religions Initiative will be holding their own interfaith celebrations all week long. We love URI because they created this entire URI World Interfaith Harmony Week tool card guide. It’s packed with ideas for you to host in your own community.

 

Spread Your Own Peace This Week

So, are you ready to connect with other people and have fun through peace and harmony events?

Spread peace during WIHW week by planning an event and sharing it with us. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or how you practice or don’t practice your own religion, we’re all in this world together.

 

Now let’s make some peace!!!

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How to Spread Peace on MLK Day https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/01/how-to-spread-peace-on-mlk-day/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/01/how-to-spread-peace-on-mlk-day/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:25:01 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=17964 How To Spread Peace on MLK Day You’ve likely been celebrating Martin Luther King Day since you were very young. But just in case you need a little refresher (we all do sometimes), here’s why we celebrate MLK Day every year: To strengthen our community. To spread acts of peace. To work with organizations dedicated to equality in our country. To lend our hands, ears and minds to communities that need help by asking and listening to what they need. We do all of this to honor Martin Luther King’s dedication to community building, equality and peaceful change.   When […]

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How To Spread Peace on MLK Day

You’ve likely been celebrating Martin Luther King Day since you were very young. But just in case you need a little refresher (we all do sometimes), here’s why we celebrate MLK Day every year:

  • To strengthen our community.
  • To spread acts of peace.
  • To work with organizations dedicated to equality in our country.
  • To lend our hands, ears and minds to communities that need help by asking and listening to what they need.

We do all of this to honor Martin Luther King’s dedication to community building, equality and peaceful change.

 

When is MLK Day?

MLK Day takes place every year on the third Monday of January. This year, it’s Monday, January 21st.

Even though many schools and companies close on Martin Luther King Day, it’s widely celebrated as a day ON, not off. Everyone from children to adults use this day to get involved in their community and make a difference together.

 

How Can You Get Involved On Martin Luther King Day?

Typically towns, schools and companies host their own organized day of service on MLK day. In case you haven’t heard of anything happening near you, you can search the Nationalservice.gov community service directory. They organize community service events throughout the entire year so even if it’s not MLK day anymore, you can still get involved!

 

Our Billion Acts of Peace Member Spotlights for MLK Day 2019

At the core of the Billion Acts of Peace Mission, are our valued members. Our spotlight for MLK Day 2019 is: Upcycling Colors! This organization rescues old and new art supplies, transforms them into brand new art kits, and then distributes them all over the world. Learn more about how they help spark creativity and artistic talent by getting involved today.

If Upcycling colors hits close to your heart, we encourage you to get involved. You could even plan an event to help further their mission.  

 

Share Your Peace With Us

Send in your acts of kindness to us at Billion Acts of Peace to add your voice to the peacekeepers in your community. There’s no act of peace too big or too small. We’re all here to build a better world together.

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Good things that happened in 2018 https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/01/good-things-that-happened-in-2018/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2019/01/good-things-that-happened-in-2018/#respond Tue, 01 Jan 2019 16:04:13 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=17564 The Happy Broadcast on Instagram does a nice job of sharing good news throughout the year. There were many great things that happened in 2018, lets celebrate some of them.                                                                                        Check out more here          

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The Happy Broadcast on Instagram does a nice job of sharing good news throughout the year.

There were many great things that happened in 2018, lets celebrate some of them.

 

                                     

 

                                        

 

 

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Take Action! https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/12/take-action/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/12/take-action/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:51:29 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=17334                  

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PeaceJam Summit to End Gun Violence https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/12/costa-rica-summit-to-combat-gun-violence/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/12/costa-rica-summit-to-combat-gun-violence/#respond Sat, 01 Dec 2018 19:42:33 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=17464 Thank you to all the donors, supporters and leaders who joined this incredible summit. Looking forward to moving this coalition forward, and finding more resources and partners to combat gun violence in all of our U.S. communities.          

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Thank you to all the donors, supporters and leaders who joined this incredible summit.

Looking forward to moving this coalition forward, and finding more resources and partners to combat gun violence in all of our U.S. communities.

 

 

 

 

 

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PeaceJam Profile https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/10/peacejam-profile/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/10/peacejam-profile/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2018 18:10:37 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=16614      I’m so thankful for my experience in India with the Loy Norrix branch of PeaceJam in the summer of 2018. There are truly no words to completely describe it, I can only try to convey it as best as possible. This was my first international trip as other opportunities had fallen through, but upon spending time in India I realized that I would choose this experience above all others. Its purpose and our immersion in the country and the culture were far above any other trip.     This trip opened my eyes further to many issues. When I returned […]

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     I’m so thankful for my experience in India with the Loy Norrix branch of PeaceJam in the summer of 2018. There are truly no words to completely describe it, I can only try to convey it as best as possible. This was my first international trip as other opportunities had fallen through, but upon spending time in India I realized that I would choose this experience above all others. Its purpose and our immersion in the country and the culture were far above any other trip.

    This trip opened my eyes further to many issues. When I returned some people asked me what stood out to me the most. I told them the vibrant colors, the welcoming people, and the amazing sights. In addition, I also mentioned one specific sight that left an impression on me. In India we traversed many roads to get to our locations in the itinerary, and while looking out the window of our little bus, just soaking everything in, I noticed that on the very same street the disparity between rich and poor was so clearly juxtaposed. I saw a worn down shack in shambles with its inhabitants sitting on empty cartons beneath tin roofs right next to a gated lavish house with its green stretch of lawn, another shack surrounded by ground littered with trash flanking its other side. We don’t see that in the U.S., we have separate communities that share a common average of income, so we only see our own reflection in our immediate vicinity and don’t always think of other walks of life. We have a disparity too, but it’s never right in front of our faces. I also drew similarities between the village Bandhwari, right outside New Delhi, and my own country, the United States of America. Their school struggled with getting all the students to attend because many parents did not see the point in it, much like my own school system and other schoolchildren across America who are not motivated or pushed to pursue higher education if their family doesn’t value it. Interestingly enough, when I mentioned to others that I was going to India, I got some unpleasant reactions. It seems there’s a mentality that as a developing country they have completely different and separate problems from us, of which we’ve somehow graduated from or become elevated above. But as I saw, we face similar problems across humanity. They have issues to fix within their country and we have issues to fix, as well. One of Ms. May’s, our program leader, requirements to come on this trip was to make sure you are participating in your own community’s needs, and I’m grateful for that principle because while it is great to go to other countries to help, it’s also vital to invest your efforts in your area. We all have improvements to make in our society, from India to the United States of America.

    One aspect I loved about this trip was the immersion in the country and culture of India. I loved the direct communication and interaction with the people; we weren’t just tourists, instead I felt we were actually part of their communities for the time. I got to meet and interact with many different people, from talking to people at historical monuments to bargaining in the markets on busy streets to laughing with the schoolchildren and women of Bandwari. At Bandhwari, the village near Delhi where we worked with the school teaching basic English, games, and just having fun making friendships, I remember fondly of a third grade boy named Nitu who was my buddy and always gave me a turn throwing the frisbee. Another fond memory of mine was when we spent a day at Ladli, a local non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides a vocational training program for abused, orphaned and destitute children, in Jaipur. One girl asked me if I liked to dance and I answered with an energetic yes, and the next thing I know they pulled me excitedly into the building to have a dance party. They were amazing dancers and we had so much fun!

     We also had some even further looks into the lives of different citizens of India. One man in Bandhwari showed us his home, and Anup pointed out he was the first to install a modern toilet in the village, one of the many projects of improving the living standards of the village. Anup himself is the head of The Incentive Foundation, an organization that has invested in Bandhwari’s well-being, including helping the school and starting the Bandhwari’s Women Group set up at a center in the village providing a source of income and a set of skills for the women to develop some independency. Anup was a perfect example of a person doing great things for the community they care for, and he was extremely humble as if it was just the thing to do. He didn’t make himself out to be a saint, which reminded me of the 2018 PeaceJam Great Lakes Conference Laureate Leymah Gbowee and how she insisted that we remember she was not the only woman of the women’s peace movement that ended the Second Liberian Civil War. We need more role models like that in the world. We can all contribute; their stories inspire me to do even more with PeaceJam and to find similar activities after high school.

    One final, but certainly not the last, thing I want to share is how our wonderful tour guide, Ramesh Nambiar, contacted one of his colleagues, Annapoorna, to make an incredible experience possible. We were invited to her home for dinner–which was so, so beautiful and awing as we ate under the stars in the open courtyard in the middle of the house–and she taught us how to dress in a sari. I learned the technique of the folds before placing the length of material over my shoulder, and it was really fun having her and her friend show me. Before sitting down to dinner I talked with her for a bit and got to ask about her view on me buying and occasionally wearing a sari, if it would offend her concerning cultural appropriation, as I did not want to mistreat this culture I had grown to love. She was so open and kind, and I could not have asked for a better chance to improve upon my knowledge.

    Along with our working with children and the people of India, we also got to see briefly on our ride from Delhi to Agra an organization that works with animals. Wildlife SOS is a nonprofit organization that ended the 400 year old practice of “Dancing Bears” in India, and is currently tackling the issue of elephant mistreatment found in commercial use for rides and other forms of entertainment. We saw both locations of the separate facilities for elephants and for the remaining bears under their care. Sadly, we did not get to stay and help out, although we did learn a lot about the unspoken truths behind the facades of industries involving the use of animals for entertainment. Ella and Mia— my two best friends who were also on the trip—and I hope someday to go back to India and volunteer with wildlife SOS.

  I’m truly awestruck that I went to India. I fell in love and I’d go back tomorrow if I could.

-Tess, Grade 12

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