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Who inspires the young?

Here's a good start...The Venus Project http://www.thevenusproject.com/ You may call it Utopia....however as Lennon sang in Imagine..."I hope some day you will join us" Peace!!
Rob
Northern California - USA
Violence and rhetoric is blindly directed to an opposing zone. Retaliation seems to reap more intense and cheaper cognitive rewards than investing effort in addressing the systemic sources of conflict.
Mo98a
Rīga
Real peace comes from living harmoniously with one another. The 'reality on the ground' won't go away so isn't it time to work towards a single state solution?
Mike Lake
Derby, England
THE LIFE OF MADIBA IS A LESSON FOR US THAT ARE EXPECTING TO TAKE OVER THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR VARIOUS NATIONS ALWAYS TO FORGIVE AND LOVE EVEN YOUR WORST POLITICAL RI VAL
Obadiah Chikezie
NIGERIA
All my hopes are with the young people of Gaza. That they will find the courage and inspiration to keep believing in their future as the world doesn't make it easy for them.
Wendy Oorthuis
The Netherlands
Peace will only be experienced, when masses of people across the globe speak out, live it, breathe it, and by doing so, change the energetic field in the human consiousness
Dr. Patrick Williams
Palm Coast Florida
There is an historic opportunity for Peace. Palestinians and Israelis should seize it, for their own sake, and that of their children.
Gro Brundtland
Norway
"Two places to feed the world is spirit and family. Both need to be fed with more than just food!" We encourage hope and creativity to deepen and strengthen our hearts in compassion and connections!"
Caterina Alberti
Whistler BC Canada
I pledge to live the example set by Tata Madiba - to act humanely towards my fellow man - to come from a place of Love - to acknowledge and recognise that we are all equal in the eyes of our Creator.
Eliza James
South Africa
You taught us humility, patience and love. Gave us strength to aspire to get education even if we fail along the way but most of all you sacrificed your life for us. RIP TATA
Gregory Matjabe
Pretoria, South Africa
I am writing to appreciate your work across the globe. I am a big fan from India and also a follower on twitter. Please accept my compliments and do share your thoughts/plans (if any) around India.
Kavita Adhikari
Bangalore, India
We must committed ourselves to freeing humanity from poverty and hunger as a matter of urgency.
Vincent John
The Hague
Elders I belong to FATA Pakistan where terrorist activities are on high point and we are on direct target of terrorist. I want peace and peace comes when the US Dollars stop to our region.
Amjad Khan
Pakistan
No one else in our lifetime has made such a lasting mark on our minds and attitudes, all across the world, as Nelson Mandela.
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Norway
I support all those working tirelessly for a peaceful coexistence. It is important to listen to the concerns and aspirations of a broad range of individuals on both sides.
Richard Branson
England
Mandela shall remain in the memory of humanity as an inspiration. His legacy will be to a mankind which will never forget his contribution to all society, in matters of respect and human rights.
Daniel Cançado
Brazil
Dear Elders.... I am writing from Jerusalem, en route to Gaza. Our project Gaza 24/24 speaks directly to your concerns. It is my hope to collaborate. Sincerely, Maurice Jacobsen
Maurice Jacobsen
Jerusalem/Gaza
Thank you Madiba. I know you are singing and dancing with the crowds welcoming you through that 'door'. You have left the most beautiful fragrance. We breathe and it opens our hearts. True Ubuntu.
Roisin O'Connor
U.K.
Heaven gained a great Angel. Engaged not only SA but the world. Lots achieved, there's much more to be done. Let's learn from his legacy.Whoever & wherever we are, let's uphold his values in our lives
Dupé Adeoye
Coventry, UK
He forgave his opponents, which was remarkable. But even more striking is that he did not impose shame upon them. Instead he invited them to feel pride in the new world he created. He will be missed!
Edward Cameron
New York
*love thy enemy not just to be your friend but more so your brother,for he is* i have walked kids along the hills of south Hebron harrassed and threatened by settlers for walking the hills of Hebron
michael hall
earth
“Collective responsibility” will save our “future” selves, from our current selves.
AkuA...
Maryland, USA
Gandhi said "Be the change you wish to see in the world". The Elders are leading the way. Let us follow.
Sabita Banerji
Oxford, UK
I support efforts to end the suffering in Israel and Palestine. I hope that you will be listened to.
nemir adjina
cagliari, sardinia.
"Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent and quiet take that for a hermitage.." - Andrew Lovelace Thank you, Nelson Mandela for being a Wayshower for humanity. All LOVE
Martha Magee
New York City
Peace constitutes an inescapable imperative the world over and the Middle East is no exception. We need a world where people compete not in killing each other but in loving each other and in sharing.
Ochieng M. Khairalla
Kenya
I have researched concentration camp systems (from 1933) using own funds. Millions being spent on Holocaust studies each year need to also consider contemporary situation in Palestine, and humanity.
Dr Joanne McNally
Berlin /Grimsby
'Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless', said Mother Teresa. May your and my words be like that, so peace, love and respect will be embraced by all hearts!
Alie Vos
Borger, the Netherlands
Our planet needs to be free from the pursuit of selfish gain. I am an earthling & believe our Planet should be Under the rule of no man or woman. All animals deserve to be Free, as nature intended.
Christian Boshell
Dublin
There can only be peace when the governments of the world stop the war machine and stop making weapons of death. When the power of love overthrows those who love power, only then will there be peace X
Aaron Patrick Quinn
England
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The Elders

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

(1918-2013) Founder

Former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate; a leader who dedicated his life to the anti-apartheid struggle, democracy and equality; founder of The Elders.

Martti Ahtisaari

Martti Ahtisaari

Former President of Finland; Nobel Peace Laureate and expert in international peace mediation, diplomacy and post-conflict state building.

Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan

Chair of The Elders

Former UN Secretary-General, Nobel Peace Laureate and Chair of The Elders; put development, human rights, the rule of law, good governance and peace at the top of the United Nations agenda.

Ela Bhatt

Ela Bhatt

The ‘gentle revolutionary’; a pioneer in women’s empowerment and grassroots development, founder of the more than 1 million-strong Self-Employed Women’s Association in India.

Lakhdar Brahimi

Lakhdar Brahimi

Former Algerian freedom fighter, Foreign Minister, conflict mediator and UN diplomat; an expert in peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction.

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Deputy Chair of The Elders

First woman Prime Minister of Norway and Deputy Chair of The Elders; a medical doctor who champions health as a human right; put sustainable development on the international agenda.

Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Fernando H Cardoso

Former President of Brazil; implemented major land reform programme, reduced poverty and significantly improved health and education; an acclaimed sociologist and global advocate for drug policy reform.

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Former President of the United States, Nobel Peace Laureate and veteran peace negotiator; dedicated to advancing peace, democracy and health worldwide.

Hina Jilani

Hina Jilani

Pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner; a leading activist in Pakistan's women's movement and international champion of human rights.

Graça Machel

Graça Machel

International advocate for women’s and children's rights; former freedom fighter and first Education Minister of Mozambique.

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

First woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; a passionate, forceful advocate for gender equality, women’s participation in peace-building and human dignity.

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu

Honorary Elder

Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Nobel Peace Laureate and Honorary Elder; a veteran anti-apartheid activist and peace campaigner widely regarded as ‘South Africa’s moral conscience’.

Ernesto Zedillo

Ernesto Zedillo

Former President of Mexico who led profound democratic and social reforms; economist and advocate of multilateralism, inclusive globalisation, nuclear non-proliferation and drug policy reform.