Supporting Peace & Promoting the Shared Interest of Humanity: Who are The Elders?

The story of the Elders started in a conversation between the entrepreneur Richard Branson and the musician Peter Gabriel. The idea they discussed was a simple one. In an increasingly interdependent world – a global village – could a small, dedicated group of independent elders help to resolve global problems and ease human suffering?

For inspiration, they looked to traditional societies, where elders often help to share wisdom and resolve disputes within communities. They took their idea to Nelson Mandela, who agreed to support it. With the help of Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu, Mandela set about bringing the Elders together.

The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

Source: The Elders Website

Introduction to The Elders (click here if video does not appear)

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Susan Boyle Dreamed A Dream

Call it coincidence that I was catching up on ‘Glee’ this weekend and witnessed yet another moving rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Miserables. I call this coincidence because days before I had started working on this blog post on Susan Boyle. Who is Susan Boyle, you say? Susan Boyle is the middle-aged woman who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2008, and despite being mocked and judged by her physical appearance, went on to perform one of the most captivating television performances of all time. The song she sang – “I Dreamed A Dream”. Now, I’m not one to watch a show like Britain’s Got Talent. Seeing as I live in Canada I’m not even sure I would have been given the opportunity. However, the buzz on this performance has refused to go away and a few months ago I broke down and looked up Susan Boyle on YouTube. Seven minutes later I knew I had to share this inspiring story, and share the inspiring video of her performance.

“I know what they were thinking, but why should it matter as long as I can sing? It’s not a beauty contest.” ~ Susan Boyle

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The Reason to Believe in Others

“Treat a man as he is, he will remain so. Treat a man the way he can be and ought to be, and he will become as he can be and should be.” ~ Goethe

What happens when you believe in someone more than they believe in themselves?

With the XXI Olympic Winter Games upon us in less than a month, it is a time to celebrate the dedication of all athletes who train day in and day out for one shot at the coveted Olympic medal. Some have been training since they were 5 years old. Others maybe only a few years. Whatever the case may be, they have dedicated their lives to excelling in their particular sport to the point where they now have the opportunity to be crowned the best in the world in front of millions of viewers around the globe. Their sacrifices to get here will never truly be known to anyone who has not taken the journey with them, and you will never know how many times that athlete almost gave up on their dream before

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