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    Be Peace For Peace: Global Flourishing

    In our last blog post we discussed that Peace Leadership could yield global sustainability.  But the word sustainability always bothered me a bit.  Yes, it is a necesasry first step AND it has been discussed as an end goal.  There is where my discomfort lies.  I kept asking myself, what is beyond sustainability and the answer  was flourishing!  So, why do I feel it is important to Be Peace For Peace, because the net result can be global flourishing.  If we revert to an earlier concept discussed here, Ubuntu, and we recognize that we are all interconnected then we would want everyone connected to us to not only have a life that is merely sustainable but rather one that is flourishing.  Peace leadership, and everything connected to it from positive peace constructs to positive leadership constructs can yield global flourishing.  Let's start with Being Peace.  What can you commit to for your daily practice that will assist you with Being Peace?








    Be Peace For Peace is more than just a catchy phrase.  The phrase expresses what we stand for at the Deeper Peace Leadership Institute (DLI) and that is to BE peace first and foremost and then take it one step forward and act FOR peace.


    DLI works with Peace Leadership in the context of Being Peace For Peace.  Specifically, Peace Leadership encompasses Positive Peace and Positive Leadership and the Nexus of those two is Peace Leadership and thus the operationalization of Be Peace For Peace.


    Positive Peace is NOT the absence of violence, but rather a situation that creates social systems that serve the needs of the whole population through equitable methods.


    Positive Leadership focuses on virtuous behaviors, positive emotions and energizing with an affirmative basis.


    Picture a:   Drawing of Two Circles:  One is Positive Peace and the other is Positive Leadership with the Intersection of those two circles:  Peace Leadership, aka Be Peace For Peace.  Under the intersection of those two circles, the words:  Flourishing Global Society.


    In other words, individuals and groups operating from a place of peace AND bringing that peace to their world by acting with integrity and from a place of equity for the purposes of creating flourishing societies, is how we define Peace Leadership and thus Be Peace For Peaceä.


    Examples of Being Peace:  Meditation, Yoga, Attitude of Gratitude, Mindfulness Practice…


    Examples of For Peace:  Tutoring students in the inner city, providing complimentary coaching sessions to low income individuals looking to secure a job, initiating a corporate program to train low income individuals, create weekend and after school education programs to supplement public school education in “failing districts”…


    The examples from Being Peace and For Peace all would benefit from technology in order to reach a wider group and have maximum accessibility.


    To what end?  We maintain that Peace Leadership, the Nexus of Positive Peace and Positive Leadership, aka Be Peace For Peaceä, will result in Global Flourishing.  For years DLI maintained that peace was the necessary, and missing, component of sustainability.  We realize now that the world must move to a higher level than sustainability to a level of flourishing.  We believe the components and the operationalization of Be Peace for Peace will create a Flourishing Global Society.


    *NOTE:  "Be Peace For Peace" is a registered Service Mark for the Deeper Leadership Institute.


    Peace Leadership and Martti Ahtisaari

    I had a remarkable opportunity to spend three days with the Former President of Finland and Nobel Laureate, Martti Ahtisaari and learn first hand about peace leadership.  I will share more in the next blog entry but for now, I want to acknowledge that in Finland it is Martti Ahtisaari Day. See below:


    Briefly in English

    Ahtisaari Days

    The purpose of the Ahtisaari Days is to increase knowledge of mediation at all levels of society. The aim is to make peace work and mediation part of everyone’s daily life by treating the theme in schools, at public events and among experts. The Ahtisaari Days are held yearly in November, around Martti’s nameday (10 November). In 2014, the Ahtisaari Day events will take place in Turku (11th & 13th of November 2014). The Ahtisaari Days are organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

    More information about Ahtisaari Days 2013 can be found here.


    The original idea for Ahtisaari Day came from the Country Brand Delegation which outlined solution-oriented approach and functionality as the key strengths of Finland. The Country Brand Delegation assigned the Ministry for Foreign Affairs with a mission to organise an annual peace mediation event, which would be called the Ahtisaari Days. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs accepted the mission and considers the Ahtisaari Days an important initiative by means of which it is possible to enhance international cooperation in peace mediation and highlight Finnish expertise in the arena. In the future, Finland wants to make even stronger commitments to peace mediation. By means of peace mediation, it is possible to affect conflicts in their various stages. In the best-case scenario, conflicts are prevented before they arise.

    Material for Schools

    Schools around the world are more than welcome to join Ahtisaari Days.

    • Conflict resolution role game, Kurkum Peace Talks, suitable for high school students can be downloaded here.
    • Ahtisaari Days Online game can be played here.

    Additional information

    Director Keijo Norvanto, Unit for Communications, Foreign Ministry,

    tel. +358 1605 5836 or mobile tel. +358 40 520 3925



    Mandela and Ubuntu Leadership

    Today we bury one of the world's most important leaders of all time.  Let us not bury his ideals and call to action with him.  The time is now for the world to embrace the African Humanistic concept of Ubuntu.  Granted this concept exists in many forms with many different names and regardless of the proper name, I am asking that we all rally around it. In short, Ubuntu is about forgiveness. Forgiveness of self and others. True forgiveness.  True forgiveness for the purpose of uniting us all. Ubuntu is about recognizing that we are all interconnected.  If someone does something horrific to another, they not only hurt the victim, they hurt themselves and they ultimately hurt all those in the same energy spheres whether they be individual, family, team, neighborhood, community, culture, organization, country, and the world.  Ubuntu is about respect and dignity.  If we can adopt respect and dignity as our core guiding values of action, then we can eliminate so many of our global problems.  If we can use a compasionate lens through which to view situations, problems and issues; we can again eliminate so many of our global problems and we can devise humane solutions.  If we can think and act without borders, and recognize each other as brothers and sisters, then and only then will we be embracing humanity - a major tenet of Ubuntu. 

    The time is now.  I wish I was not writing this on the day Mandela is being buried. I wish we had all heard and heeded his words before now.  But as long as we start.  As long as we start now.  As long as we start now and act BIG.  As long as we start now, act BIG, and with humanity; we will save ourselves from ourselves.  We have the guiding template --- now let us radically change out interactions, our education,  our organizations, and our politics.  Most of all, let us employ Ubuntu within and between governments.  In the name of Ubuntu, let us put down the swords and come together.  In the name of Ubuntu.  In the name of Nelson Mandela.  Let peace prevail through respect, compassion, dignity, and empathy. 

    Ann Dinan

    Head of North American Operations, Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative



    Just finishing another fantastic UN GRLI (Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative) conference.  This time we were hosted by ESSEC in Cergy-Pointoise, a most picturesque village on the river Oise.  Details will follow soon!  It was an extraordinary event and you will not want to miss the details!

    Ann Dinan, Ph.D.