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Sabin Muntean

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


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What will you do to make peace on September 21?

A conversation in which to discuss Jeremy Gilley's "TED wish" from his TEDGlobal 2011 talk on one day of peace.

Please mind - whereas the talk's discussion thread is best suited to discuss the talk itself, this conversation is especially meant for you to express your own ideas on how you could act as a change agent by promoting peace for at least one day.

Topics: peace
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    Sep 4 2011: My students are going to skype with students from another country so that we can gain more multicultural awareness.
  • Sep 3 2011: I have set up an event at my school where 650 children will be enjoying a "Picnic for Peace" and would appreciate ideas for a short video I can show to grades K-5 to explain the day and the Power each of us have to make a difference in the world.....
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      Sep 3 2011: Paula,
      The "Picnic for Peace" sounds like a great idea.
      Are you familier with the TED talk "John Hunter on the World Peace Game"? May give you some ideas?

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      Sep 9 2011: Go for the Freedom Picnic !
      My recommendation: Motivate each kid you know and invited to bring another kid to the PICNIC whom he / she does not know yet. The lesson is easy: peace starts where you keep respecting eachother even though you do not understand anything or even do not like what you hear. peace is an inner challenge - and I love your idea to practice this with kids in such a nice way !
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      Sep 9 2011: Fantastic.
      The best way to change things for the better is to start with the children.
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    Aug 11 2011: Thanks Sabin,

    Firstly I put this video up on 2 Wikipedia pages: Jeremy Gilley and Peace One Day.
    I placed this video and 2 others about Peace One Day on Facebook with a personal comment of support.

    I think before I make my list for the 21st I want to spread the idea-
    I have an idea our aggregated effort to communicate the simple effect of this day will save lives.
    Maybe if this idea, and it's results, spread a tipping point could result.
    In one month or a hundred years.
    What if it has already become inevitable.
    Just because we all have made a decision to support the idea without knowing how?

    A pause can change everything.
    I don't know what I will do next,
    But I can pause

    When mental activity pauses
    Fear and aggression can be washed away...

    A new idea can float in
    That seems wiser as it is examined...
    or crazy, but in some unfathomable way
    the next thing to do

    So I will wait a bit-
    Then I'll act

    Maybe my actions will give me a list for 21 September 2011
    or maybe I'll find ways to celebrate
    the change that this idea is making

    maybe every hour

    Happy interim.
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    Aug 12 2011: I was thinking that I'll make status updates and Tweets about it three days in a row before and on the actual day... Furthermore, until then I'll write a lot of letters, I've already written to the Swedish Secretary of Defense! ^^
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      Aug 16 2011: excellent and simple thanks

      tweets adn reminders to everyone on our lists and groups. reminders.
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    Aug 11 2011: I think making peace with the Earth will do. Getting ahead on my garden, using no electricity for a day, and researching ways to save the fishies in the sea ^^
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    Aug 10 2011: Maybe I as a Canadian should kiss an American given my often expressed TED opinions! As I do not live far from the border it should be doable!
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      Aug 12 2011: Thought you might like my classroom flag. Oh, and I always feel like Canadians are trying to kiss anyway since about 85 percent live within 12 miles of the US.
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        Aug 12 2011: I guess you might call us kissing cousins, then. I love that flag!
  • Aug 29 2011: I do my best to make peace every day by promoting the understanding of others views and the acceptance that everyone has been through a different life and so thinks uniquely.

    One person at a time, one day at a time.
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    Aug 28 2011: I will remember...as I do every day.
    On 9/11, I was helping to care for a friend who was dying of cancer. When she became bedridden, friends and family signed up for shifts to be with her 24/7, with the help of hospice caregivers. She asked me if I could be with her when she passed on, and I said I would try my best to do that. I went in for my "shift" at 9:00pm on Sept. 10, and she passed on at 2:00am Sept. 11.

    As I was sitting on the front porch on a beautiful morning, pondering my friends peaceful death, with friends and family beside her constantly, another friend stopped to tell me what was happening in NY. The painful deaths and destruction that followed, immediately pulled me in another direction with my thoughts and feelings in pondering death, and demonstrated the two polarities of death that many people in our world experience.

    I try to act as a "change agent" in every single moment I am alive on this earth school, by being mindful of how I live life, which is precious. Promoting peace in ourselves, is the first place to start. We cannot give to others, something that we do not have in ourselves.
  • Aug 26 2011: I will write and share a simple poem (below- share freely as you wish) - peace


    What innocence
    might return to a child
    who imagines Peace One Day

    What soft light, in Bright eyes
    when a child hears
    yes, you can go outside to Play

    For once
    in all these troubled times
    there will be no War today...

    What innocence
    might return to a child
    who imagines Peace One Day

    -Jo McKay
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    Aug 26 2011: I work in an educational setting and have strong contact with almost every family who attends our program (over a 1,000 families). As a group, they are committed to providing the very best educational experiences for their children.

    I am going to send out a marketing event email to our families a week prior to the 9/21 Make Peace event for them to join us at a Marshmallow Campfire Sing-Along for Peace. We are designating the marshmallow as the official food of peace and the song "We All Live Together" by Greg Milang and Steve Scelsa as our official song of peace.

    Here are the lyrics:

    Oh we all live together
    Yes we all live together
    Oh we all live together
    Together every day.

    We live in a house in a neighborhood
    The neighborhood is a part of the city
    The city's in a county and the county's in a state
    A part of the USA
    And the USA is a great big place
    But it still just a part of a place called Earth
    The big old Earth is out in space
    A part of the universe.

    Oh we all live together
    Yes we all live together
    Oh we all live together
    Together every day.
  • Aug 18 2011: A group of us from the Niagara Region will be gathering in the Name of peace at Oakes Garden next to the Falls on Sept. 21st. There will be music and dancing. I've come to believe that music can be a great tool to the implementation of peaceful relations. Group harmony is important to music and to play in harmony we must listen and negotiate space in a fair way. I think this is a lesson from music that can contribute towards Peace on Earth.
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      Aug 24 2011: Hello Carl David! I'd like to learn more. Would you email me the details on the TED email system please?
    • Aug 25 2011: What a great idea. I love Oakes Garden. What a beautiful place for your gathering. I will be there in spirit.
  • Aug 11 2011: My small contribution to peace on Sept. 21 is that I will host a meeting of my Awe-full group and I will show this TED talk. My friends and I meet to find ways to be full of awe to counteract negativity in the world. Usually we start with an inspiring TED talk such as Jeremy's and discuss it. Then we talk about our own experiences of awe, times when we have been full of awe (such as a time in nature, or being with an awe-inspiring person, or having a personal experience of awe.) We do not talk about religion. I invite people to gather friends and start their own awe groups.
  • Aug 11 2011: I will send email to WAR lords /generals saying that:

    " You have lost it even you have won the WAR"

    Please debate on any issue. Otherwise, It will teach you culture of having weapon and finding solution thru war. It will continue killing as long as culture remains. It is not easy to overcome this cutlure, not it please.
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    Sep 9 2011: Smile to everyone. Say "thank you" a lot. And hold the doors for others. Simple things I can do that can make others and myself happy and peaceful.
  • Sep 1 2011: On sept 21st i'll live the exact same way as i always have, peacefully. I don't need a peace day to be peaceful any more than I need valentine's day to express my love for my wife.
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    Aug 31 2011: I have suggested an event that I will be helping to organize where I work for many people to see and to spread the word of the existence of the global peace one day UN resolution which many people still are not aware that it exists.
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    Aug 30 2011: Perhaps an indirect - but perhaps quite effective way of promoting peace and tolerance - introduce at least one person you know to TED and TED Talks on September 21st.
  • Aug 29 2011: @Colleen Steen

    There is a difference between making accusation to all humans and specific subgroup of humans. In first part of the post I was referring to my discontent of humanity - all humans. In second part I was referring to people who are not consistent in their moral values - subgroup of humans. It is incorrect to presume debate about all humans transfers automatically into all parts of the post.
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      Sep 8 2011: Mr. Anony Mouse, Could you please define 'discontempt' for me? It is a new word for me and I'd like to understand your meaning.
      • Sep 9 2011: Sorry, I have made a spelling error. I believe the right word would be "discontent" - as in: "dissatisfaction; restless desire for something more or different". I'm not a native English speaker, so I mostly use intuition with spelling of words and sentence formation, it's usually right, but I still fail at certain words and/or sentences.
  • Aug 29 2011: I think it is difficult for people to make peace at the 11th hour if we have not prior to that make peace with many things or with people. I think thoughts of regrets of not making peace earlier would take over us at that moment. Better therefore to make peace now than to wait to make peace on doomsday. :)
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      Sep 8 2011: Yes Carole but wouldn't you agree that it all has to start somewhere and starting late is better than never starting?
      • Sep 9 2011: Yes Debra, I totally agree with you.:)
  • Aug 28 2011: i will feel peace if i dont have conflict to anyone in the world in real or vitually. So, as simple as that, I will not in conflict with anyone on that day and try to do that everyday :)

    And to make other people aware of the important of peace and to make people believe that peace could happen, i will post the Jeremy video on my facebook home to share to my friends on fb.
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    Aug 28 2011: In my environment, that is your typical upper-middle class American suburbia, peace doesn't mean lowering our guns as much as it means shutting up about people behind their back. On the date of September 21st, 2011, I will try harder than I ever have not to be so bad to people like most of us are every day. If I see someone I have never met, I will make no assumptions whatsoever about his or her lifestyle. I will not tell any lies. I will talk to my family and friends as if I knew I would never see them again. I will form a list of people in my head who I feel have really been good to me and make sure they know it. I will hug my parents tighter and thank my favorite teachers for being there for me and looking out for me. I will confess to things I have done, and ask for forgiveness. No, not from any god, but from those who have been directly affected by some of the choices I have made. I want to apologize to my mother for not spending a lot of time with the family, or being a "ghost" in her words. I want to apologize to my dad for not always remembering how much he has done for me to give him a better life than he ever dreamed of as a child. And, lastly, I want to really check in with myself. Do something for myself. Treat myself to a day without homework (of course doing it beforehand), or to a nice long nap.
    The time we have on this earth is short, and as much as I want peace for all 365 days of the year, the fact that so many of us have truly come together to make this decision makes me truly satisfied to some level. Lets really take this day to our advantage and stop. Live in that moment. Feel how happier we actually are.
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    Aug 27 2011: I hope we can celebrate the tenth anniversary of Global Peace One Day by having a new UNresolution reconfirming humanity's commitment to Peace One Day. I call for a new idea calling for Peace Every Day with a global cease fire and declaration of world peace. Many scientists are saying we may be accelerating environmental crises, we have to realize that we are making the environment toxic with all of the bombing, atomic testing and use of weapons of mass destruction that has been going on for the past century. We may wind up causing a mass extinction of life on Earth. We have to realize what we are doing and where we are heading and quickly change paths. We must strengthen the systems that help in peaceful conflict resolution. We can encourage the use of fair arbitration, mediation and the courts to settle disputes not resorting to violence and killing. I suggest we begin a Global Declaration of World Peace asking each country starting with the country listed as most peaceful on the Global Peace Index of 153 Counties. One by one each country may read the declaration of world peace and global cease fire and elect to sign on. As more and more countries sign on the idea will build momentum for world peace as hopefully no country would want to obstruct efforts for humanity to finally come to an agreement to stop fighting. There are 82 of 153 countries that were ranked more peaceful than the USA. USA likes to be the leader in all technology and the most powerful country in the world. We have to use our wisdom to become the leader in the peace effort and rank number one on this index within the next 5 years. USA must win at the Peace Race. How can we win the war if we lose the planet? Lets establish a US cabinet position called the Secretary of Peace and establish judicial oversight of the planning of all military operations as war is a crime and a series of illegal acts that are accepted but should not be tolerated on Earth. Humans must become more peaceful
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    Aug 27 2011: Hi, That is a great question. I have been speaking about Global Peace One Day ever since I saw the Ted Talk by Jeremy Gilley and watched his documentaries about the UN resolution for a the global cease fire that day. I have written to President Obama, several senators, the UN and even large corporations asking them to promote and support this idea. I suggested that global peace one day banners be put up all around the world, that day should be made into a national holiday, that we need to utilize more tools to help the world lessen tensions and hostilities. We need to develop more global events of peace, friendship and sustainability. Creating a 24 hour global film festival showing films related to ideas to spread peace would be great to do each year. If films are made of Peace One Day events and concerts organized by individuals and groups around the world they could be seen on The Peace One Day Website it would become a great video library of great ideas on how we can steer humanity in a peaceful path. I am announcing the creation of a PEACE ONE DAY THINK TANK and I am inviting people to join in. I believe that people's addictions and compulsive behaviors are contributing to war. Since there likely has never been a day on Earth throughout all history where no human being had been killed by another it seems as a species are addicted to fighting, war, weapons, power, money, status, greed, riches, fossil fuel, over consumption, wastefulness, drugs, nicotine, alcohol, overeating and quick fixes. We have a behavior problem and we have to grow up, seek help and stop fighting. I suggest we begin a global 12 step fellowship, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous available to all humans seeking to recover from their compulsive behaviors leading to conflict and unrest. Imagine if the leaders of the world, the armies, the commanders, the warriors did join a self help fellowship to overcome these addictions and begin a healing process. We can develop new peaceful ways.
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    Aug 26 2011: I would aim to be conscious of my actions. I would try to remain patient when deciding things, avoid negative body language and take a 24-hour vacation from selfishness.
  • Aug 26 2011: Jeremy Gilley, your effort to promote world peace is extraordinary and your passion evident. I think you should be the next winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, you deserve it. Not to mention that it would add exposure and help the cause.
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    Aug 24 2011: Ok heres what i've thought of so far :
    1- be a less aggressive driver and tone down the road rage . & believe me it isnt easy seeing where i live!
    2-be a nice to strangers
    3- leave nice notes on people's cars & i'll also tell them about peace day
  • Aug 24 2011: I'll help promote the wonderful day by telling my friends.
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    Aug 24 2011: I will holdpeace and positive thoughts about the world and its people for that day.

    And be extra peaceful that day, for me the best way to do that is to go 'inside'; sedona method, meditation, etc

    I feel it will be a great day.
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    Aug 24 2011: I will shut-up, listen (I really liked that talk), get a good night's sleep, and start September 20TH.
  • Aug 17 2011: We put too much emphasis on peace. Since the United Nations was founded, mainly to turn swords into plowshares, we have not had a single year without war. In those years, we have endured peace where we have had to avert our eyes, in North Korea, Kampuchia. the Soviet Union, Syria and Iraq. Peace means nothing if the people are enslaved by governments that impose their will on the people and not those that ask for it. Peace means nothing if accompanied by tyranny.

    We need to stop working for peace. We need to work for freedom.