Scilla Elworthy
@Scilla / Trailblazer member


Female, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, birthday 3rd June
Joined September 2017

Biog : Scilla was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’, brought together by Mandela, from whom she learned key lessons about integrity. She founded the Oxford Research Group in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, work which included 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. She founded Peace Direct in 2002 to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas, and in 2013 co-founded Rising Women Rising World She advises the leadership of selected international corporations on emerging values, and teaches young social entrepreneurs; her latest book is Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works, and her TED talk on non violence has been viewed by over a million people


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Scilla Elworthy
11 May 2020, 16:38
Just after Christmas I had a premonition that we – whether we live in a big city or a small village, in Europe or in Africa, in New Delhi or New York – were going to need every possible help and support to resolve arguments and prevent fights. I dreamed about being shut in, impatient and frustrated. I never dreamed it was a pandemic that we would face. It was so strong that I sat down and wrote everything I know about conflicts, and people who know how to transform them.
Scilla Elworthy
16 January 2019, 11:37
Bella Merlin, Professor of Acting and Directing in the department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production at the University of California, Riverside, is taking her students through a course based on The Business Plan for Peace. The course is Acting: Theory, Practice and Medium for Social Change and the students will engage in actor training skills during the first part of the course, and then create short plays based on inspirations from "The Business Plan for Peace" in the second half. 
Scilla Elworthy
22 December 2018, 15:23
Here’s what I sent as a written complaint to the BBC on 20 Dec about their coverage of climate change.
Scilla Elworthy
30 September 2018, 14:25
With humanity facing unprecedented challenges, how we work together as men and women will determine the future for countless generations.  ​Our vision is of groups of 1000 women and 1000 men coming together to engage this Restoration of the sacred Feminine and the sacred Masculine working together.
Scilla Elworthy
11 December 2017, 22:44
I spoke to the wonderful Laura Storm on her 'Cracks of Light' podcast about leadership, the fast developing peace-building initiatives around the world, and what we can all do individually to foster peace in our communities as part of my #BusinessPlan4Peace. 
Scilla Elworthy
24 October 2017, 11:25
Tomorrow, hear Afghanistan's first lady Rula Ghani on her work in empowering women as agents of peace: "Afghanistan’s women historically have mediated in conflicts among families and tribes, their role often seen as a last resort to stop bloodshed. That tradition has been eroded by four decades of war and the increased influence of more restrictive cultural ideas from neighboring countries and the Middle East.
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02 October 2017, 14:50
Scilla Elworthy
2 October 2017, 12:57
My mantra is “the future belongs to those who can see it”.  I am gripped by the possibilities opening up amidst the current soup of misanthropy, xenophobia and toxic nationalism.  I have no answers, but I'm keen to explore what emerges with other hearts and minds engaged, so the Campfire Convention is a good place to be.