Scilla Elworthy Peace Resources

Building a collection of articles and links for global peace initiatives and in particular the work of Scilla Elworthy

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by Pete Lawrence
Created on 4 Dec 2018

Building a collection of articles and links for global peace initiatives and in particular the work of Scilla Elworthy



Tue, 12/04/2018

Campfire keynote : Scilla Elworthy on 'asphyxiating terror'


Our Sunday keynote speaker was the celebrated peace activity Scilla Elworthy, a peace builder, and the founder of the Oxford Research Group, a non-governmental organisation she set up in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, for which she was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. She served as its executive director from 1982 until 2003, when she left that role to set up Peace Direct, a charity supporting local peace-builders in conflict areas. 

In 2003 she was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize. From 2005 she was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson in setting up The Elders. She is a member of the World Future Council and in 2012 co-founded Rising Women Rising World, a growing, vibrant community of women on all continents who take responsibility for building a world that works for all.

Her latest book is Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works (North Atlantic Books, 2014), and her TED talk on non violence has been viewed by over 1,100,000 people.

Her speech, based around what she terms "asphyxiating terror" had a profound effect on the Campfire members and it took her a full hour to get away from the stage area afterwards, such was the demand for her books and for direct conversation with her.

Photo : @JAMES ROCK , thanks to @Cathryn Butler for the transcription

Transcript - see PDF attachment (thanks @Cathryn Butler)




Cathryn Butler

Can the attachment be set up so that it opens in a new window, rather than replaces the article one? Credit to the transcriber wouldn't go amiss ;-)


Pete Lawrence

a) Not yet, but it has been flagged with developers as desirable.
b) I credited you on the letter I sent to all Trailblazers @Cathryn Butler Thanks! x



Ooh I - what at treat - just found Scilla whilst trawling through Campfire for good stuff (it's ALL good stuff!).
I'm going to listen to the whole talk next time I'm cooking or sewing and need inspiration ( I ALWAYS need more inspiration).
Thanks to all involved and Scilla, for this inpisred piece of posting.
Good idea to transcribe it onto. pdf too - saves having to take notes whilst listening. Thanks @Cathryn Butler x