Peace Exchange has something rather special up its sleeve today.
Something that really speaks to the essence of the Peace it Together network’s endeavours.
Curious? Well, it comes in the form of a video.
Here it is.
Yes, it’s a Ted talks video. Perhaps you’re acquainted with Ted.
Ted, according to Wikipedia is: “a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate ‘ideas worth spreading'”.
In other words, freely accessible and frequently uploaded recordings of talks given by innovators from all walks of life: from technology, to literature, to science, to politics and beyond.
The video above is listed under Ted’s ‘inspiring’ category.
And indeed it is, when you consider that the lady giving the talk, Amy Purdy, is a double amputee who nonetheless went on to become a snowboarding champion, an entrepreneur and a pioneer.
There may be some who may snicker a little at her obvious nerves and rather cliche-ed opening.
Regardless, if you put that aside and watch till the end (it’s a whisker over nine minutes) you’ll find the video speaks about an oft-repeated, but ultimately transformational idea.
In Amy’s words:
“Our borders and obstacles can do only two things: one – stop us in our tracks, and two – force us to get creative…
“Borders are where the actual ends, and also, where imagination begins…
“It’s not about breaking down borders, it’s about pushing off of them, and seeing what amazing places they might bring us…”
The Peace it Together network aims do that too, using current obstacles as a starting point to “get creative” in bringing the island’s communities together.
It uses the boundaries that exist to harness imagination for the benefit of peacebuilding and cooperation.
And it acts to to keep the island’s citizenry aware of the possibilities for intercommunal harmony and reconciliation.
These are a few of the reasons why Peace Exchange thinks you should watch the video. Quite apart from which, it’s a compelling life story told with simplicity, sincerity and an endearing self-deprecation.
Meanwhile, the International Day of Persons for Disabilities is just round the corner, to be marked on December 3. You can read UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the day here.
That’s all for the moment, but the Peace Exchange will be bringing you more good stuff very shortly.
Till then, stay tuned, keep warm and… see you in the next post!