The #DoItForPeace Experiment
#DoItForPeace will light up the world with peace on September 21st when 1000 ‘Ignitors’ complete an act of peace, share it on social media using #DoItForPeace, and then invite five friends to do the same. By using simple math, at the end of ten days, 1.2 billion people– over 10% of the world’s population–will have taken action for peace.
The ten-day initiative is led by two global nonprofits with a combined 30 years of engagement in world-changing activism. Kids for Peace, with its peacebuilding network of 10 million youth in 121 countries, developed the vision for #DoItForPeace, and is leading the experiment. Kids for Peace brought on the perfect partner, Peace One Day, the organization behind the unanimous United Nations decision to adopt the first-ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence, now known as Peace Day – September 21. The collaboration is in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 17, Partnerships for the Goals, underscoring the importance of working together to build a better world.
Experiment participants can track the impact at www.doitforpeace.org and see the world light up with each act of peace. This dynamic visualization is powered by #DoItForPeace tech partner Insert Change.
Enlivening and amplifying the impact of the event will be Good News Network (GNN), the #1 website for positive news and inspiring content, spreading good news for over 20 years. Co-owner of Good News Network and #DoItForPeace chief uniter, Anthony Samadani said, “Everyone has a role to play in creating peace. GNN is honored to support and share the good news about this inspiring initiative, which has unprecedented potential to shift global consciousness.”
Let’s unite the world and shift from a culture of fear and division to one of love and respect. Peace begins with you!
Kids for Peace is a California-based global nonprofit that provides a platform for youth to actively engage in socially-conscious leadership, community service, global friendships, and thoughtful acts of kindness. Over ten million youth in 121 countries actively create a culture of peace through their two programs, The Great Kindness Challenge and The Peace Pledge Program.
Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalist Peace Day 21 September, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known. In 1999, Jeremy Guilly founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organisation, and in 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September- Peace Day.
Good News Network (GNN.org) was launched 21 years ago by former TV news professional Geri Weis-Corbley, as an antidote to the barrage of negativity prevalent in the mainstream media. With its long history, staying power, and public trust, GNN has remained #1 on Google. Today, with its 5-star app, new podcast, and "Good News Guru" syndicated radio segment, GNN delivers a daily dose of positive news to millions around the globe.
#DoItForPeace Team Leaders
Jill McManigal is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Kids for Peace, home to The Great Kindness Challenge. What started in her backyard in 2006 as a "club" of caring kids has grown into an interconnected global force that engages more than 10 million youth in 121 countries. She is a former elementary school teacher, character education specialist, and children's playwright. Jill is the proud mother of two amazing kids and an eternal optimist who lives to make our world more loving, kind, and peaceful for all.
In September 2001, as a result of Jeremy’s efforts, a General Assembly resolution was unanimously adopted by UN member states, establishing 21 September as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace – Peace Day. Peace Day is an opportunity for UN agencies and NGOs to focus their ongoing life-saving activities within a global context. The impact of a day of global ceasefire and non-violence cannot be underestimated. Throughout the years, millions of people have been active on Peace Day in every country of the world, and hundreds of organisations have carried out life-saving activities in areas of conflict.
To prove the day can work, Jeremy Gilley and Peace One Day Ambassador Jude Law travelled to Afghanistan to spearhead a campaign that, over the years, has resulted in 4.5 million children being vaccinated against polio in hitherto unreachable areas, as a result of Peace Day agreements in the region. Since then, Jeremy has been working to institutionalise Peace Day, 21 September across the world with Peace One Day.
Anthony is passionate about empowering people to make every day count and challenging them to find the good in everyday interactions. As a social good entrepreneur, speaker and consultant, Anthony works with individuals and organizations to discover their purpose so they can “do good, for the greater good.” An attorney and Film/TV producer, Anthony partnered with Good News Network in 2017 to use his entertainment and business acumen to revamp the platform and offer more ways to discover good in the world.
Anthony contributes to GNN’s recently launched podcast called Good News Gurus, sharing personal reflections alongside interviews with inspiring entrepreneurs, investors, authors, celebrities, and everyday heroes exploring their tips and tricks for doing good both personally, professionally and spiritually. Anthony also teaches a course about social entrepreneurism at the UCLA extension school and is currently working on a book entitled The Good Currency. (Want to connect with Anthony - you can find him at www.AnthonySamadani.com)