The Occupy Gezi movement, which is taking Istanbul by storm, is a mostly nonviolent movement which attempts to address universal values like real democracy, reverential ecology, economic liberation, human rights, social justice, and peace. One of the most interesting aspects of Occupy Gezi for me (Kimberlye Kowalczyk) has been the explosion of art and music in Istanbul. Expression liberates creativity, and that is what we are seeing in Istanbul. Listen to music from Occupy Gezi for free, online here.
Watch this inspiring TED talk by Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry, who spearheaded the viral internet campaign, “Israel loves Iran”.
Click here to watch another excellent example of peace journalism from Al Jazeera’s Witness. Peace Journalism’s role is to create opportunities for society at large to consider and value non-violent responses to conflict.
“As fighting rages in Syria, four political satirists find themselves swept up in the great debates that divide Syria’s revolutionaries: armed revenge or non-violent resistance?”
Watch other Witness videos here: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness
A beautiful film about our home, Planet Earth. We highlight this as an example of Media for Peacebuilding, because of its focus on solutions at the end of the film, rather than ending on a note of hopelessness or anger. We are all bogged down daily with negativity. It is time for SOLUTIONS, the COURAGE to suggest them, and the VISION to seek them out.
Watch this interview on Democracy Now! with independent filmmaker and author John Sayles. Interesting insights from a filmmaker who uses media for peacebuilding by broadening conflict beyond a zero-sum game.
Click here to watch: “JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. Learn more about his work and learn how you can join in at insideoutproject.net.”
“Kakenya Ntaiya had a dream: to become a teacher. On the way to achieving it, she has had to overcome obstacles and make tough compromises. But, after becoming the first girl from her Maasai village to attend college, she has opened a path for other young girls achieve their dreams.” Watch here.
“Wafalme is a hip-hop group formed by Kenyan kids who grew up in the slums around Nairobi. They recorded “Trash Is Cash” in a bid to enlighten humanity about innovative ways to recycle waste. These won’t just improve the environment, but also produce wealth and employment.” Watch here.
“As a Fakiri, Anusheh has been attacked by Islamic fundamentalists, but has fought back courageously, stating that the Islamists do not represent the real spiritual values of her countrymen. Her strength comes from her firm faith in Marfat, finding God within oneself.” Watch here.