Policy and Practice event: 'Why current xenophobia and thuggish behaviour is a challenge to up our game and our consciousness'
What we encounter now – in Europe and the Middle East as in the US - is an upsurge of primitive, brutish forces using threat, massive fire-power, trickery, punishment and information manipulation. However this darkness that appears to be growing around us may also be an invitation, a challenge. At times in history there have been vast step changes in human capacities, and it’s in our hands to make history now. We shall discuss how that can be done.
Scilla Elworthy Ph D founded the Oxford Research Group in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, including a series of dialogues between Chinese, Russian and western nuclear scientists and military, for which she has been three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/
She founded Peace Direct in 2003 to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas; Peace Direct was voted ‘Best New Charity’ in 2005. http://www.peacedirect.org/uk/
Scilla was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003, and was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’. She co-founded Rising Women Rising World in 2014 http://www.risingwomenrisingworld.org/ and advises the leadership of selected international corporations as well as teaching young social entrepreneurs. Her latest book is Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works (North Atlantic Books, 2014), and her TED talk on non violence has been viewed by over 1,100,000 people https://www.ted.com/talks/scilla_elworthy_fighting_with_non_violence