#GivingTuesday is coming up on November 28th. But we like to think of it as Gratitude Tuesday! It's an opportunity for all of us at Seeds of Peace to say "thank you" to the friends who have given so generously and supported us in so many ways. A special thank you to a wonderful board member who will match gifts made between now and Tuesday November 28th, up to $50,000! https://www.seedsofpeace.org/donate/.
Seeds of Peace partnered with The Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) to organize meetings of local NGOs in Israel and Palestine to examine the theories of change behind their work. The participants discussed how each organization implements various theories, what the challenges are, and how the peacebuilding community can better support itself.
Seeds of Peace had the privilege of launching Nadia Murad’s moving memoir “The Last Girl” at our winter #Dinner4Dialogue event in Washington, DC, this week. More than 80 guests heard from Nadia about her captivity in the hands of ISIS. The dinner was graciously hosted by Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio and his wife Micaela. We are grateful to @glamourmag Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive for her thoughtful moderation.
Egyptian Seeds took part in Traverse 2017, a networking event designed to expose high school students in Cairo to opportunities outside the scope of education, including conferences, volunteer work, travel, and more. Our Seeds chatted with fellow students about the great opportunities Seeds of Peace offered them and gave those interested information on applying to Camp!
Seeds of Peace Board Member Bobbie Gottschalk was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at @campbelledu last week, explaining our strategy and methodology to undergraduate and graduate students. Here she is speaking to students from the School of Education. Go, Bobbie!
Seeds of Peace launched a facilitation course to train Seeds in Maine, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. These trainings are designed to give participants skills and tools to use as dialogue facilitators, as well as an opportunity to put what they are learning into practice. The first course was held in Maine for 55 Seeds!
Indian Seed Zeenia spoke recently about her work with @shesaysindia at the Vatican Youth Symposium. The organization works to “create safe spaces… and host seminars to train people on how to actively break the cycle of sexual violence,” says Zeenia. “We work to educate people on the basic ideas of consent and about the laws on harassment and rape.” View her full speech here: http://ow.ly/KN7T30g4v7O. #leadership#transformingconflict#womenlead
#GATHER Fellowship applications are open until Nov 15! This year’s Fellowship is focused around the GATHER Challenge, the most universal, urgent, and unresolved question, according to our network of changemakers, facing communities divided by conflict: “How do we move beyond superficial diversity to leverage our differences and build thriving, equitable communities across lines of conflict?” Click here to apply now: www.ow.ly/B7Xl30fzOFf.
A Harvard University scholar and conflict resolution practitioner talks about her work uncovering the idea that dignity violations are at the heart of conflict. “What I found,” she says, “was that underlying all of these political issues was this overwhelming undercurrent of unaddressed dignity violations.” She said that on a personal level her life’s work has led her to “aspire to treat people with dignity all the time.” #leadership#conflicttransformation
Team member extraordinaire Clarke Reeves is running his second marathon to benefit Seeds of Peace! On November 19, he will run the Philadelphia Marathon and is fundraising to send two young leaders to Camp in 2018. Check out his CrowdRise page: http://ow.ly/ND5x30fXwJ5. Go, Clarke!
Don't miss this #Diwali celebration on October 15 hosted by @dishoom, a London restaurant that has provided ongoing support for Seeds of Peace. The Diwali event will include dancing, henna, music, food, and more. Get tickets here: http://www.dishoom.com/diwali/.
We are excited to share a unique program that we organized this year about one of the root issues of conflict. A group of Palestinian and Israeli Seeds visited sites in the Golan Heights, at the #borders with Gaza and Jordan, and within the West Bank. Together, they explored their experiences encountering and engaging with borders, checkpoints, and treaty lines—as well as the boundaries within us all that serve to divide. Watch the video: ow.ly/taJH30fR9uC.
Over two weeks in August, Seeds of Peace Educators organized the Second Annual Olive Branch Summer Camp at the Arroub Refugee Camp near Hebron. This summer camp included 61 Palestinian children ages 11-14 who took part in a range of creative activities that provide a taste of the kind of education embodied by Seeds of Peace.
“Seeds of Peace really allowed me to have hard conversations and become an active listener and really become aware of our differences and celebrate those differences.” - Anna, New York Seed, during a group interview on @i24news on Friday. Watch the full interview below! #leadership#transformingconflict
We are proud to announce the launch of the 2017-2018 #GATHER Fellowship. This year’s Fellowship is focused around the GATHER Challenge, the most universal, urgent, and unresolved question, according to our network of #changemakers, facing communities divided by conflict: “How do we move beyond superficial diversity to leverage our differences and build thriving, equitable communities across lines of conflict?” Apply now: http://ow.ly/WqBq30fBPsV. #transformingconflict
Today we remember Asel Asleh, a Seed whose courage and commitment to inspire change has touched the whole Seeds of Peace community and beyond. October 2nd marks the 17th anniversary of his death, when he was killed by Israeli police. Read more about Asel and his legacy at www.seedsofpeace.org/asel.
In honor of International Peace Day, over 100 Seeds and supporters marched in Augusta, Maine, during our annual Bridges to Peace event to bring awareness to the nearly 6,700 Seeds of Peace alumni working to create change in communities divided by conflict around the world. #peaceday#B2P
@globalgoods, which sells the Peacemaker bracelet pictured below, has a pop-up shop at the @canalstreetmkt in New York until March 2018. Stop by and check it out! Global Goods Partners is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to promoting social justice and creating economic opportunities for women and net proceeds of the bracelet are donated to Seeds of Peace.
Here are the hours for the pop-up shop:
Mon – Wed: 11AM - 7PM
Thurs – Sat: 11AM - 8PM
Sun: 11AM - 6PM
A group of Maine Seeds has been instrumental in creating a gender-neutral dress code for their local high school that has been a big success and involved engaging in dialogue with the students and the community. Lewiston high school senior and Maine Seed Abdul addressed a school committee earlier this week to explain the new policy has resulted in "three things the school wants to create: trust, communication and respect." Sounds familiar! Read the article: http://ow.ly/fjsU30fbnco. #leadership
Congratulations to Israeli Seed Lior, who was named the new Executive Director of Yesh Din ييش دين יש דין, an Israeli organization that focuses on human rights in the West Bank and Gaza. Lior previously oversaw the Settlement Watch project at @peacenow_il.
Chicago Seeds held their first post-Camp meeting at the Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center. The group discussed the difficulty of coming back home from Maine to a world that seems to exhibit even more outward racism and intolerance. They ended the meeting with brainstorming action plan ideas for their schools and communities. #leadership
A group of Egyptian Seeds held a car wash fundraiser earlier in August at the Heliopolis Sporting Club in Cairo for the eighth year in a row! The proceeds are split between a local charity and Seeds of Peace programming in Egypt. #leadership
Palestinians and Israelis who attended the Seeds of Peace Camp this summer came together to talk about their experience of returning home through dialogue, creative writing, and a theater workshop. They also explored different ways they can create change in their communities. #leadership