Principles and Practices

Unity in Diversity – leading to respect for each individual, organization, and project and their synthesis for greater purpose.

Co-operation – based upon compassion, trust, and sharing among diverse organizations, projects, and individuals to benefit the larger community.

These Principles are enacted through such Peace Practices as:

  • Focusing upon strengths and respecting the work of others.
  • Open, direct communications.
  • Accepting responsibility and keeping commitments.
  • Succinct expression, building upon the ideas of others.
  • Listening, leading to dialogue.
  • Celebrating all successes.
  • Opening and closing rituals – e.g. a minute of silence, music, inspirational readings, introductions from the heart, circle of commitment and invocations such as "May Peace Prevail on Earth."

"As everyone knows who takes a moment of silence from time to time, it is what remains that really counts as the moment progresses. And what really counts is life and love and our responsibility to each other. We are connected to all life throughout time and space, shaped by generations past, connected today around the globe, shaping our generations to come. A shared moment of silence to honor this connectedness is a simple and elegant statement of connection to life."

Astronaut Rusty Schweikart wrote these inspiring words to citizens who coordinated the 1984 International Day of Peace in San Francisco. Over 52 countries responded to the invitation to participate in the Project, which continues to expand to people throughout the world.

International Association Of Educators For World Peace

This worldwide organization has a 2020 Global Peace Initiative whose aim is to create a culture of Peace by the year 2020. "This Initiative reflects a global vision of unity: one heart, one mind, working toward one goal. We are many races which form One race: the human race. Each and every one of us has a different place we call home: but ultimately this planet is our Home. While the name 2020 is symbolic, thereby working with and reinforcing positive mass conscious thought forms, it has also been chosen as a practical time-frame for humanity to work towards creating a culture of Peace. Princeton University’s ‘Great Experiment’ which relates to measurement of emotion and directed thought appears to support what metaphysicians have claimed for years: our thoughts impact our reality.

The 2020 Initiative calls on UN member-states and non member-states to support the 2020 Initiative through action, specifically:

a). formally acknowledging not only that our needs comprise the ultimate of human rights but that to create a culture of Peace we must recognize these needs as such and take positive steps toward devising a global Bill of Rights which ensures these rights for all Beings
b). Formulating a global constitution supporting this Initiative
c). Opening the borders-i.e. allowing free movement and residence of all Beings. Not only does this specifically support Articles 2 & 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but global solutions must then be created to address issues relating to fundamental human rights-without allowing governments to hide behind the ‘veil of National Security’ or channel unnecessary funds into ‘security’ issues. This one act will gain the faith and trust of all Beings that our present political leaders and global structures have been put in place to operate for the highest good of humanity."