The Nashville Peace Garden

November 3, 2012 in Gardens

In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, work has begun on a new peace garden. Led by Franklin Road Academy’s Center of Philanthropy, The Scarritt-Bennett Center, and myself, the project will include several organizations and different groups in the Nashville area. Over the past year, the project has developed tremendously, as we are already halfway through the donation stage, and are very close to breaking ground. We are planning on partnering with several gardening organizations, religious groups, and other businesses in the area. In addition, Franklin Road Academy has begun a Center for Philanthropy in which the school will be able to help with the organization of the project as well as use student volunteers for gardening. We have plans for an inauguration next spring which will lead to constant events and a spread of the mission of Unity in Diversity, to bridge cultures, civilizations, and ethnicities towards peace and prosperity. If the project is completed when expected, it will be the first peace garden in the USA.

I hope to update you soon!

Kiran Thawardas

Global Citizenship Forum 2012

April 10, 2012 in Civil Society

Earlier this month, I attended the Global Citizenship Forum at the beautiful Seldon Park Hotel, near London, which has a history of over a thousand years. The event was organised by the British Council with several co-convening partners and brought together 50 people from around the world, primarily aiming to establish an alliance of global citizens.

I was wondering whether the goals of the Forum will be aligned with establishing a global civil society network and was very pleased to find incredible opportunity indeed!

If you would like to see the group’s working notes and meet some of the amazing people, go to http://gcf12.posterous.com/

Best wishes,

Peter (Pece) Gorgievski

An invitation…

March 26, 2012 in Civil Society

With more migration today than ever before, cultures and religions are at every step of the way beginning to create a true Unity in Diversity.  The upside is many new opportunities. On the downside, the process is unorganised and is creating an enormous amount of tension and overstrained societies.

Community-based organisations, peak-bodies, councils, clubs and youth have a key role.

In as much as the problem is complex and a major concern for global peace and security, what is most encouraging is the movement to bring different cultural, ethnic and racial groups together at the grassroots community level to establish programs that overcome stereotypes, build mutual understanding, and strengthen capacity among community and its leadership.

These are among the key goals of ‘Unity in Diversity’, which in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations also aims to establish a global community of civil society organisations working closely together under the UN umbrella.

If this sounds like the area your organisation is working in or would like to work in, you’re invited, http://www.gdfunityindiversity.org/unaoccivilsociety.htm

Hope to see you soon!

Peter (Pece) Gorgievski