Category: Peace, Justice & Institutions

Re-imagining Policing. By a Former Police Officer

Transforming Police culture and reforming the Judicial system is a complex problem rooted in systemic issues that dredge up rage, hate, and suffering. These emotional states of mind prompt people to cast blame and erodes our ability to use logic and reason to unify everyone to solve this cancer eating away at our nation. First, […]

Forgiveness And the Healing of America

At 9:05 pm on Wednesday, June 17, 2016, the unthinkable happened. Nine people were murdered while worshiping at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. An unlikely place for a murder you may think, but an occurrence that has, unfortunately, become more commonplace, especially in light of the recent George Floyd incident.  That night […]

You Strike The Women, You Strike a Rock

The tragic death of three children, from a skirmish between the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and British troops in 1976, pushed two women into action and galvanized a divided community. It was an unprecedented display of what women can achieve when they join forces. Anne Maguire was walking to the shops with her three children […]

Fashion, the Mafia, and My Quest for Truth

My vision of journalism wouldn’t be shared by my American colleagues. In fact, when I explained what drives me and what my aims are to my professors while completing a Masters program at Columbia University, they told me I had probably chosen the wrong career. To me, being a reporter isn’t just a quest to find […]

Tutu and King: Two Kinds of Nonviolence

This article written by Charles Krauthammer originally appeared in his syndicated column on January 17, 1986, three days before the first national holiday honoring the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1987 Krauthammer won the Pulitzer prize for commentary and this was his winning entry: The accepted wisdom in South Africa, Lionel […]

The Secret to Conflict Resolution: Don’t Focus on the Conflict

Many years ago, I took part in a three-day conflict resolution between Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East. Arbinger’s international bestseller on conflict resolution, The Anatomy of Peace, had just been released, and the Shimon Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv had gathered a group of Palestinians and Israelis for an interaction, sponsored by […]

3 Things to Never Ask a Military Veteran in the Workplace

A veterans law attorney explains what critical questions to avoid when interviewing a military veteran for a job — and interacting with those already on-staff — to avoid legal landmines and to help foster a military-friendly employer status. While this story has a U.S. focus in honor of Veterans Day, these same questions can apply […]

Ethiopian Prime Minister Wins Nobel Peace Prize 2019

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea. The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders […]

Can a Photograph Inspire us Into Action?

It’s important to realize that a memorable photograph doesn’t happen by itself. Firstly, a photographer chooses to press a button at the right moment. Then, an editor decides whether to publish it or not. My hope as a curator, is that after presenting certain images to an audience they decide not to be bystanders anymore, […]

UN Secretary-General’s Message for World Refugee Day

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Refugee Day, observed on 20 June: On World Refugee Day, my thoughts are with the more than 70 million women, children and men — refugees and internally displaced persons — who have been forced to flee war, conflict and persecution.  This is an astonishing number — twice what […]

The Future of Innovation: Learning to Lead with Heart

Design Thinking (DT), (also known as human-centered design) is an innovation process used to evolve products and services in business and social impact sectors. World-renowned companies like Apple, Google, and GE, use DT for business solutions, and top-tier colleges like Stanford, Harvard, and MIT teach DT to students looking to solve the world’s biggest problems. […]

Israeli And Palestinian Women Weave Peace Through Fashion

Every few months, Palestinian and Israeli women meet at Everest Hotel in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem in the Palestinian Territories, to discuss fashion — and business. They work for Two Neighbors, an American company that capitalizes on the legendary embroidery talents of Palestinian women in West Bank villages and Israeli seamstresses and designers. If you […]

Holocaust Remedy Helps Rwandan Genocide Orphans

A South African-born lawyer, Anne Heyman, and her husband raised more than $12 million to help care for families ripped apart by the genocide. Taking their model from Israel’s Youth Villages, which created new families for children whose parents had died in the Holocaust, the couple aim to help the 95,000 children orphaned in Rwanda’s […]

The Leadership Gift is You

All of us have characteristics and behaviors that define us – to ourselves and others. Keeping a vision of positivity, growth and longevity is crucial for us to maintain a healthy and thriving business, career and life. Incorporating the Genshai principles has worked for me and many others. I encourage everyone to give Genshai a […]

Changing The Way Americans See Africa

A report released by the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center’s Media Impact Project reveals that Americans seldom see mentions of Africa or Africans on popular television shows or in the news; and when they do, the portrayals are often negative and stereotyped. The Africa Narrative is a global initiative harnessing the power of the arts, media and entertainment, business, education and philanthropy to engage the world in […]

The Quality of a Great Leader: Seek Amazing Quests

During a sudden downpour in 2012, Paul Cummins sought refuge in a public library. He explored the archives and came across wills written by soldiers fighting in the first world war. One written phonetically, captivated him. Paul is dyslexic and the phonetics made it easier for him to read. He realized that it was the […]

The Nobel Peace Prize 2018. A Nod to #MeToo?

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. This years Nobel Peace Prize is intended to send the message that “women, who constitute half of the population, […]

Going Ballistic: The Bulletproof School Backback

A rise in school shootings has resulted in one company developing an armored protection backpack for students, travelers and first responders. In 2016 there were 385 mass shootings in which four or more people were injured or killed in the U.S., according to the Gun Violence Archive as of February 2017. According to the FBI’s […]

UEFA’s #EqualGame Has Nothing to do With Politics or Religion

The city of Kyiv in the Ukraine was the focus of worldwide attention last month with the UEFA Champions League final taking place at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium between Real Madrid and Liverpool. A big part of the competition this season has been UEFA’s #EqualGame campaign which aims at celebrating the positive effects that football brings to communities while highlighting […]

Two Koreas Under The Same Flag is The First Olympic Victory

Recently, the entire world had its eyes turned towards Pyeongchang. Everyone watched the splendid pageant of the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony with excitement and emotion. During the delegations’ procession, they saw 166 Korean athletes walking in step behind a blue and white flag. A unifying flag for two countries separated by one border, but […]

Man-made Star Goes Into Orbit For Humanity

A newly launched satellite is expected to become the brightest object in the night sky, creating a shared experience for all humanity, after being launched on board Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle in January. The Humanity Star is intended to serve as a focal point for humanity, as every single person on Earth will have […]

Nespresso Invests in Post-conflict Colombian Coffee

Nespresso has announced it will expand its coffee-sourcing program for the first time into several former conflict zones as part of a $50 million investment in sustainable high-quality coffee cultivation in Colombia. President Juan Manuel Santos addressed the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board where he welcomed the company’s commitment. He cited the investment as an important contribution to the development of post-conflict areas. The […]

The American Question: Rethinking Values in Order to Survive as a Superpower

A year after the historically divisive 2016 elections, a new documentary is challenging Americans to stop blaming others and question how their own decisions and actions shape the contours of our society and our country. By asking questions about family, money, religion, civics and more, the film gets viewers to question whether the divisions in our society […]

From Mugabe to Wonder Woman: When Goodwill Ambassadors go Bad

The decision to appoint a goodwill ambassador can backfire if the organisation – or brand – doesn’t understand the public’s perception of their ambassador. First, Wonder Woman fell from grace, lambasted for her curves. Next, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lost his honorary status as a goodwill ambassador, deemed more strongman than beacon of U.N. hope. […]

Nobel Peace Prize Takes Aim at Nuclear Weapons

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization received the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such […]

American and Vietnamese Cyclists Seek Fathers’ Downed Fighter Jet

Mountain biker Rebecca Rusch rides the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam in a new documentary that documents a personal journey of healing. Ultra-endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch has won competitions all around the world in several disciplines, however she faced her toughest challenge yet in new Red Bull Media House documentary Blood Road. The American, […]

Does The White House Need a Childproof Nuclear Button?

Senator Ed Markey, a Co-President of a program of the Global Security Institute, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, with hundreds of legislative leaders in over 80 nations, has correctly identified the need to bring the office of the President of the United States under appropriate checks and balances to guard against the unthinkable.  S. 200 “Restricting […]

The Pope Does a Surprise TED Talk

Pope Francis made a surprise appearance at a TED talk conference in Toronto in April, urging powerful leaders “to act humbly” and said he hoped technological innovation would not leave people behind. The 18-minute video was filmed in Vatican City and broadcast to the audience at the annual TED 2017 conference in Vancouver. “The more […]

Malala Becomes Youngest UN Messenger of Peace

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has become the youngest United Nations Messenger of Peace. Yousafzai, 19, was appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and will help promote girl’s education around the world as part of her new role. The Pakistani education activist came to prominence when a Taliban gunman shot her in […]

Honoring Diana, Prince Harry Urges Landmine-free World

Britain’s Prince Harry has thrown his support behind a campaign to rid the world of landmines by 2025, two decades after his mother, Princess Diana, walked through a minefield in Angola to highlight the plight of victims. Even though the production and use of landmines has dropped since a 1997 treaty to prohibit their use, […]

Business: A Powerful Force for Interfaith Understanding

Business is at the crossroads of culture, commerce and creativity. This means businesses have the resources to make the world more peaceful as well as the incentive to do so. Here are three examples from the UN Global Compact. Coca-Cola Serves up Cross-border Understanding In 2013, the Coca-Cola Company initiated a project to promote understanding […]

“African Union Should Stop Acting Like Exclusive Club”

Africa is approaching a tipping point across a number of issues, including the fight against terrorism, creating economic opportunity and embedding democracy across the continent. “Africa at the Tipping Point” was the theme of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s annual Ibrahim Forum on Saturday, 8 April. While the continent’s future is in the balance as opportunity […]

3 Lessons From Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Building Peace

As the CEO of TLEX Institute, which trains leaders from global agencies, Fortune 100 companies and governments in fragile states, I have seen how conflict and power struggles can become embedded in how people operate. Even seasoned progressive leaders can struggle to disentangle identities, cultures and systems from cycles of retaliation and aggression. For the […]

Should the Business of Business Only be Business?

What can the business community do to promote peace – and why should it be interested in doing so? After all, is the business of business not business – rather than peace-making?   The answer, of course, is that business is about more than business: today it is widely accepted that there is a triple bottom […]

Nobel Peace Prize Winner on His $9.3 Million a Day War

The Colombian Minister Of Defence, with a mandate to fight the revolutionary armed forces of Colombia (FARC), resigns and instead runs for president – convinced that negotiations, rather than war, will have a better outcome. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for his efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil […]

Join Forest Whitaker in Defeating a “Death Star” for $50,000

An online auction of “Star Wars: Rogue One” items is being held by actor Forest Whitaker to support the young women and men of The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI). In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the […]

International Children’s Peace Prize 2016 Finalists

Children’s rights organisation KidsRights has announced the three finalists for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2016. The prize is awarded annually to a child who fights courageously for children’s rights. Every year, the message of the new young winner has enormous impact and demonstrates to millions of people globally that change is possible. The International Children’s […]

“Kung Fu” Nuns Bike Himalayas to Oppose Human Trafficking

Clad in black sweatpants, red jackets and white helmets, the hundreds of cyclists pedaling the treacherously steep, narrow mountain passes to India from Nepal could be mistaken for a Himalayan version of the Tour de France. The similarity, however, ends there. This journey is longer and tougher, the prize has no financial value or global […]

Does UK’s Landmark Anti-slavery law Live up to The Hype?

From life imprisonment for human traffickers to forcing pimps to pay compensation to their victims, Britain has some of the world’s toughest sanctions against modern slavery. Passed a little more than a year ago, Britain’s Modern Slavery Act has been hailed as a milestone in the anti-slavery fight, combining harsh penalties with progressive measures such […]

Experience A Gaza Refugee Camp in 3D

The Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip is home to more than 110,000 refugees, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Among them are children, so many that the camp’s 20 schools work double shifts to accommodate them all. Some children are third-generation refugees, whose grandparents settled in the region […]

George Clooney Admits to Spying on Sudan

At some point actor George Clooney realized that swinging the spotlight off himself and onto pressing social issues was a good idea. Since 2010 he’s been actively campaigning against the genocide in Sudan, an East African country that’s been torn apart by a bloody 21-year civil war that has claimed more than 2 million lives […]

Obama on Refugees: Why do we Keep Making Excuses?

As reported by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the world is facing the largest displacement crisis on record. Sixty-five million people have been forced to flee their homes by violence, persecution, and instability. Many countries have given them sanctuary and assistance, so that families have shelter, medical care, and basic services, and children can […]

Yes, Kids Can Create Lasting Peace

There are over 1.8 billion people on this planet between the ages of 10 and 24—the most at any time in history. This figure is a positive sign, for, in all the societies and countries of the world, young women and men are a group that actively looks for opportunities to generate unprecedented change and […]

Working with Refugees Today to Prevent Tomorrow’s Conflicts

As the international community comes together to commemorate World Refugee Day, we face the somber reality that the number of refugees around the world continues to grow to unacceptable levels. Today over 60 million people—about 1 per every 122 people on the planet—are currently displaced due to violence or conflict. To put that in perspective, […]

The Meaning of Life

Have we forgotten why we are here, who we are and how to pose and answer these most important questions? I believe we are here to learn and know through essential love. This process can guide our actions and reveal the birthright of being human.   We are deeply inquisitive creatures sent into this creation […]

In Hiroshima President Obama Can Help Save History

President Obama is going to Hiroshima. He could start to save history during his historic visit. Nuclear weapons disarmament commitments and aspirations which, date back to the first resolution of the UN General Assembly, have not been fulfilled. We are presently on the precipice of a new arms race. Most American do not know there […]

Building Peace in the Digital Age

Over the past decade, we’ve seen many examples of how technology has changed the ways we respond to crises and build broad-based, popular movements. After the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, individuals on the ground used the crowdsourcing platform Ushahidi to help direct search-and-rescue teams to the locations where they were needed most. In 2011, […]

Overlooked and Misunderstood: Older People Speak out About Conflict

Overlooked and misunderstood: older people speak about their experiences of conflict. A new HelpAge International survey of 300 older refugees fleeing from conflict in Syria, Ukraine and South Sudan has found evidence of neglect, poor health provision and feelings of isolation and fear. The refugee crisis of the last few years has mainly focused on the […]

Africa’s Last White President

FW de Klerk is best known as the last white president of apartheid South Africa. He freed Nelson Mandela after 27 years in jail, handed power to his former enemies and then shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela – who many still considered a terrorist at the time. He explained his views to us […]

Desmond Tutu: “God Is Not A Christian. Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu…”

In this exclusive interview with Real Leaders, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and social rights activist Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says he is not threatened by the beliefs of others. He believes the world should become more aware of our shared humanity to avoid future conflicts. You represent a very specific world view, Christianity, yet have […]

Mao’s Last Dancer

One day in 1972 in the rural province of Qingdoa, China, a delegation from Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy arrived at a commune school to find suitable children to study ballet and pledge allegiance to Chairman Mao’s revolution. They walked past a quiet eleven year-old boy named Li Cunxin without taking much notice, but just […]