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Archive for October, 2010

This is an archive of all the Global Circle of Peace news stories posted in October, 2010.

Vision New Possibilities & an inspirational quote by Patanjali

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Vision creates new possibilities. We are the vehicle through which new ideas can be born.  I hope that this quote by Patanjali , which I read in my closing speech at The 2010 Bath Peace Ceremony, will serve you and inspire you to see things in a new light. It has certainly had a huge impact on my life.

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

If we, as a global family, were to collectively align ourselves to ‘some great purpose’ what could happen in 2012? The only way we will know is by living it out. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if humanity chose to be a vehicle for a new possibility of unity and peace to be born in the world?

The more I delve into the practice of peace as a living reality,  the more I discover it is about mindfulness, creativity and conscious choice.

Jo Berry – Keynote speaker for The 2011 Bath Peace Ceremony

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Great news from another Global Circle of Peace Leading Light! Just spoken to Jo who has agreed to be our keynote speaker on The International Day of Peace  next year. We look forward to welcoming you to Bath Jo and hearing about your extraordinary, inspirational  work which has broken new ground. Your courageous leadership has paved the way for others to follow in your footsteps. We are priviledged to have you on board.

Jo is Founder of Building Bridges for Peace – a non-profit organisation promoting peace and conflict resolution throughout the world. Daughter of Sir Anthony Berry MP, killed by the IRA in the Brighton Bombing of 1984, she now works internationally with Pat Magee (the bomber) and is also Chair of International Network for Peace.

Exploratory meeting with John Struthers Director, ICIA (Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts), University of Bath

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Had an excellent meeting today with John Struthers to present our vision and discuss the possibility of our working together in some way over the next two years.  As a result of our conversation, we will be submitting a proposal to ICIA as a basis for further discussion.

The work of The Global Circle of Peace was inspired by the Olympic ideal of unity and peace and to chime with The London 2012 Olympics so it is the perfect timing to be thinking big, sowing seeds and daring to hold the highest vision that one possibly can.

Margaret Gibney: My Experience of The 2010 Bath Peace Ceremony

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The power that the Global Circle of Peace has to make peace a reality could not have been any more evident at the 2010 Bath Peace Ceremony!  I was moved to see so many people full of enthusiasm come together and give freely of their time and energy to help make the ceremony a success.  The ceremony itself stands out as an inspiring example of the unity, hope, humanity and healing that can emerge from a community coming together so creatively.

As well as being reminded of the reasons why peace and unity are so important, we were also given an experience of peace itself and the journey towards it. I think it was clear to everyone how much the night moved me and I want to say a special thanks to Abdullah for sharing his story.

For me creativity is healing and is a key part of the process towards real peace. I’d like to see more people in communities around the world create opportunities like this to come together and promote peace and already it seems like this will happen.

I was made to feel so welcome by you Lizzie, your friends and the people of Bath.  Thank you all so much for making me feel so at home and touching my life so deeply.  International Peace Day 2010 will be a time I will remember and cherish for life.

Bring on next year, I can’t wait!

1st Board of Advisors Meeting today – A warm welcome to Alan Macdonald

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Welcome to Alan Macdonald who joins\Founding Member, Abdullah Ali-Ahmadi on our Board of Advisors.

Alan has been actively involved in The Global Circle of Peace behind-the-scenes from the very start and has been hugely supportive in all kinds of ways.  Indeed he was the very first person with whom I shared the initial seed idea as I knew, with his background in advertising, communications and branding, that  he would give me a sound reality check that I could totally trust. 

We are delighted to have someone so dynamic on board. Your vision, skills and experience are invaluable. Thank you for saying Yes! It is so important that we build a strong and diverse team of people.

Brilliant Support from Arts & Business

Monday, October 11th, 2010

A brilliant ‘masterclass’ in raising sponsorship and marketing from the inspirational and dynamic Regional Director of Arts & Business South West office in Bristol. Perfect timing as we now start planning The 2011 Bath Peace Ceremony.

Thank you James for your focused practical input which I am sure will bear fruit.

Hello Dubai!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

A heart-warming email and offer of help from Frando Sarmiento.

“I hope all’s doing well and that your program was a success in Bath. You are doing a wonderful thing. This is Frando, the Filipino guy who’s working in Dubai where you struck up a conversation also with an American guy from Nasa, Andrew, in one of the restaurants in Bath. ….If there is anything that I can do to help in promoting your peace initiative, I would be happy to contribute in my own little way.”

“Dubai and the UAE as a country are quite involved in humanitarian works and peace initiatives so just in case, may be there are some opportunities to tie up in here.”

Great to hear from you Frando, I will be emailing with a list of suggestions to research in your local community so that we can set up some kind of global link.

Hello Sweden!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

A fortuitous meeting in London last week, with a dynamic Swedish woman, Maria Baczynski, who was over here to give a singing workshop, led to a lengthy inspirational exchange today. Maria has kindly offered to introduce The Global Circle of Peace to Sweden through her network, especially to her media and choir contacts. There are over 800,00 people who sing in choirs in Sweden so this is fertile ground to get our message out there in a really grounded way. We are talking about my going  over to Stockholm early next year to give a presentation and possibly a CANDALA or mime-poem workshop. Watch this space!

Thank you so much Maria for your generosity of spirit and heart. This feels like the beginning of a wonderful friendship and creative adventure.

Maria Baczynski is the founder of the company Voiceinvestor. She is a mezzosoprano and well known performer as well as a voice and singing teacher. She gives presentations, seminars and custom-made courses in Sweden and abroad. (in Swedish).