Seeds of Peace UK
Since 1993, Seeds of Peace has inspired and cultivated new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict. We equip them with the skills and relationships they need to accelerate social, economic, and political changes essential for peace. With over 6,300 Seeds and Educators from 27 countries, they are at the heart of everything we do, as it is their realities and futures that are most affected by the conflicts that define their lives. Seeds of Peace UK is dedicated to expanding our charity's footprint in the UK.
At our annual summer Camp in the USA, we offer a rare opportunity for historic enemies to meet each other face-to-face. Here, the campers ('Seeds') confront their deep-seated fears and jointly tackle issues that fuel violence, hatred and oppression in their home countries. Now in our 24th summer, Seeds spend three weeks in programming designed to open young minds to the possibility of a new reality.
There are now over 6,300 Graduate Seeds and Educators from 27 countries. Post-Camp, we build on their new-found understanding through arranging year-round leadership programs that focus on four of the most important assets and abilities that leaders in conflict regions need to create meaningful change: strong relationships across lines of conflict; a sophisticated understanding of core conflict issues; practical skills in communication, critical thinking, and change-making; and the ability to take action on behalf of peace.
Seeds of Peace accelerates the impact and influence of our alumni and other changemakers who are taking action to transform conflict in and between their communities. We do this with our GATHER Convenings and GATHER Fellowship. Our alumni are having an impact far beyond their families, schools, and peers. As they gain influence in their socieites - shaping policy and the media, starting companies and non-profits, and leading classrooms and civil society institutions - they are increasinlgy positioned to challenge the ideologies, policies, and practices that perpetuate conflict.
Every year, Seeds of Peace UK runs a number of activities to engage its growing local community and stakeholders, including film screenings, academic lectures, writing workships, alumni showcase events, and an annual family activity in London's parks know as "Bridges to Peace." In November 2016 the Fellows will be returning to London for a week of intensive training and mentoring. They will have the opportunity to showcase their work to members of the UK philanthropic, business, and NGO communities.