The 2018 edition of the Public Peace Prize innovates!

The 2018 edition of the Public Peace Prize innovates
by making the endorsement process for
the laureates completely non-competitive!

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A prize daring to step outside old elitist models

The Public Peace Prize, the only peace prize in the world for which candidates are proposed, nominated and supported by the planet’s simple citizens, wants to further encourage a culture of mutual aid, collaboration and peace.

Completely new in 2018 is that all participants will be called upon to contribute to sustaining each initiative or artisan of peace beyond any form of competition.

Read more about how to propose an initiative or a person:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/propose-an-initiative-or-a-person/

Why this new approach? Because many competitions and prizes end up involuntarily supporting elitist trends. Invariably this creates more losers than winners. We just need to think about all the initiatives and artisans of peace who remain little known, shadowed by those officially proclaimed winners.

Noteworthy is the fact that for years now, and thanks to public support, the PPP has largely contributed to making known over thirty finalists and laureates around the world.

Like previous years, the Public Peace Prize is a completely cost-free, unsubsidized, unsponsored prize, run by ordinary volunteers, citizens of the world. Its purpose is to promote greater support for the artisans and initiatives of peace beyond borders, cultures, religions and social backgrounds.

Wanted: Volunteers and Correspondents

The People’s Peace Prize is looking for writers, translators, communicators, artists, musicians and correspondents in different countries to contribute to the process of acknowledging world peace initiatives and artisans of peace!

Email: contact@prixpublicpaix.org

Together for the recognition
of initiatives and artisans of peace
in the world!

The Public Peace Prize at the Montreal World Social Forum!!!

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Visit the kiosk of the Public Peace Prize
At the World Social Forum!!!

August 10 -11 – 12, 2016
UQAM – Pavillon SH 201, President Kennedy Avenue

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Join the round-table discussion on promoting peace initiatives and peacemakers,Friday, August 12, 1 PM at the World Social Forum
McGill University, Pavillon Bronfman, (Local OO2),
1001, Sherbrooke West

The Round Table (in French) will bring together several contributors:

  • Anne Beaumier, instigator and President of the Festival de la paix à Victoriaville created in 2009
  • Adriana Eslava, from the Columbian Amazon, Coordinator of Réseau Outils de paix.
  • Elana Wright, Program Officer, Advocacy and Research at Développement et Paix
  • Colette Coughlin, Public relations for the Public Peace Prize
  • Guy Demers, Sociologist, artist and sociocultural mediator, member of Artists for Peace and the international movement ATD Quart Monde
  • Ferdinand Djayerombe Vaweka, native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and president of Antennes de paix – Pax Christi Montréal, working for human rights, social justice and the transformation of conflicts.

The starting question : How to make peace initiatives and peacemakers better known in a media culture centered on sensationalism, scandal and violence?

The Round Table is open, please participate!

 Offer your vote for peace!

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It is time to nominate people or initiatives for the 2017 Public Peace Prize!

The Public Peace Prize is a citizens’ initiative without borders. Its sole goal is to make better known as many peacemakers and peace initiatives as possible.

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¡¡¡El Premio del Público por la Paz estará presente en el Foro Social Mundial 2016 en Montreal!!!
Visite nuestro kiosco los días 10, 11 y 12 de agosto de 2016 en el Pabellón SH de la UQAM (segundo piso) ubicado en 201 Avenida Président-Kennedy.
Participe en nuestra mesa redonda que trata de la promoción de iniciativas y de artesanos de paz, el viernes 12 de agosto a la 1:00 de la tarde en el edificio Bronfman de la Universidad McGill (local 002), ubicado en 1001, calle Sherbrooke Ouest.
Es el tiempo de proponer el nombre de personas o iniciativas al Premio del Público por la Paz 2017, ¡ofrezca su voz a la paz!

Narine Dat SOOKRAM receives a commemorative plaque

narine-dat-sookram-pppOn May 28th, Narine Dat Sookram, the 2016 Public Peace Prize winner in the category of Social Integration & Community Peacemaker, was presented with a commemorative plaque. He received this honour during the Caribbean Dreams Concert in Kitchener, Ontario (Canada).

It is very fitting for him that the award be presented not only at the annual concert that he has been organizing for the immigrant community for the past 14 years, but also that it aligned with the commemoration of Guyana’s 50th Jubilee of independence. A member of the Public Peace Prize team was in attendance to present him with this well-earned mark of recognition and appreciation.

Narine is of Guyanese descent, and his concern and support for others branches out from his local community to the greater Canadian community, extending to the Guyanese community both locally and abroad.

More on
https://publicpeaceprize.org/narine-dat-sookram-2016/

My views on peace!

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Narine Dat Sookram

When it comes to peace I think the most important thing for me is to have people come together to celebrate life together as one.  I also think that it is time that people look beyond our differences not only to respect each other but to make sure that every human being has equal opportunity.  One of the things I try to put into practice is to live my life with a conscious mind, because I believe that peace itself starts from home and I think that it is everyone’s obligation to be part of the process.

However, because of my passion for a more peaceful world, I have initiated a community concert and a community radio show to spread the importance of peace.  In particular, with the Caribbean Dreams Concert, I showcase talents from different cultures and the idea behind it is that I want the broader community to have a better understanding of other cultures, because I strongly believe that the more people are knowledgeable of other cultures the less likely they are to be judgemental.  But when I really come to think about it, there is no better way to promote peace than to have a diverse set of ethnic backgrounds under one roof, because to me it is the best way to breaker the barrier between our differences.

My weekly community radio show is another initiative that is a powerhouse that I use to promote peace.  The good thing with this show is that I get to choose the type of songs I play and usually it’s songs that the Caribbean/West Indian people can listen to and feel a sense of home.  But best of all I get to connect with my listeners locally and internationally where I get to influence them in a positive way.  I really want people to know that there is not a specific formula to promote peace in the world around us, but it is surely possible when we can work together to achieve a common goal.  Though the world is divided, it is up to us to make that history.

Dr. Narine Dat Sookram, Hon. D. Hum. Litt.

February 10, 2016

5 days left to share your favorite actions for Peace

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Begin the new year with a sense of hope! Share an initiative aimed at bringing about a little more empathy, tolerance, forgiveness , compassion, inclusion, assistance, solidarity, reconciliation, non-violence or world peace!

Describe the action for peace and email before January 1st 2016 at: contact@publicpeaceprize.org

Do not hesitate to add photos, links or any other information that will help the peace initiative gain greater appreciation.

Read about the initiatives we have already received:
https://publicpeaceprize.org/24-days-for-world-peace/

Initiatives which receive about 20 or more supporting comments (about 5 lines of text) will automatically be nominated for the Public Peace Prize.

On January 1st 2016, during World Peace Day, as a part of the 24 hours for World Peace, the public is invited to cheer on the initiatives and the candidates for the Public Peace Prize by sending “bravo”, “thank you” or other adjectives showing appreciation and recognition.

Like our Facebook page or sign up on the website to stay informed of all the details.

Share your peace initiatives – Even simpler and more accessible!

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Use your voice for peace!

Help make better known those who are working for peace by nominating them for the 2016 Edition of the Public Peace Prize.
Send the name of a peacemaker and the reasons why they should be nominated to:

contact@publicpeaceprize.org

Even simpler and more accessible!

The stages and procedures have been simplified into three steps:

  • Propose

Anyone can propose a peacemaker, a project or an initiative for the Public Peace Prize. All you have to do is present the reasons why you think it’s important that this person, project or initiative should be publicly recognized for their contribution to peace by sending a half-page written introduction along with a few photographs.

  • Support

In order for a proposition to be validated by the public, we ask that a minimum of ten different people endorse it by sharing supportive comments on the PPP Facebook page. Once the proposition is validated, the person, project, or initiative is officially nominated for the Public Peace Prize.

  • Recognize

All the different ways for showing support – by sending comments, sharing on social media and other mentions on the Internet – are considered to be forms of appreciation and recognition by the public. New this year: at the end of the nomination process it will be possible to send a “thumbs up” to the peacemakers, projects and initiatives that have been nominated.

New: Peace projects and initiatives

Besides showcasing peacemakers, from now on projects and initiatives presented by the public will also receive a mark of recognition during the 2016 Public Peace Prize. If you would you like to present a local initiative or highlight the contribution of a film, a book or any other form of peace work, please present them to us!

More egalitarian but just as public!

In order to ensure the visibility of all participants in the most unbiased and egalitarian way possible, the peacemakers, projects and initiatives will be classified according to a proportional table that takes into account the category, the context, and the degree of notoriety they already possess.

Therefore a local peacemaker who is little known but proportionally supported by the public will have as good a chance to be highlighted in his or her category as an international personality who already has a large support network. A dozen distinct categories will be created to make the Public Peace Prize as egalitarian and as representative as the many peace processes brought forward.

Finally, just a reminder that the only objective of the Public Peace Prize remains making better known as many peacemakers, peace projects and peace initiatives as possible, beyond all forms of competition!

The candidates nominated last year can be presented for nomination again this year.

The nomination and recognition process will extend across the entire year of 2015, to end with the World Peace Day celebrated on January 1st, 2016, during the 24 Hours for World Peace event.

Growing Impact

The 2015 edition of the Public Peace Prize made a considerable impact. The most extraordinary part is that even if the Public Peace Prize does not offer prize money, it is very valuable, not only because it is the only peace prize who’s laureates are chosen by the public, but in particular because it makes better known, around the world, peacemakers who may otherwise remain little known except in their own respective networks. More than 20,000 new visitors from 20 different countries discovered the website this year during the nomination period. Even more impressive: the public offered 143 633 supportive actions to the 2015 Public Peace Prize candidates, through 132 814 profile views, 6700 “Likes” and 4119 encouraging comments!

Just like last year, the Public Peace Prize remains a completely unconditional prize, without grants or sponsors, organized by simple volunteer citizens of the world, with the goal of fostering recognition of peacemakers and peace initiatives beyond the boundaries of culture, religion, and social affiliations!

All non-profit organizations can become partners of the prize by associating with the team to help make the prize better known through their own networks.

Important

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