Public Peace Prize
Three stages to showcase candidates,
and a new way to “vote”
The first and only goal of the Public Peace Prize is to make better known as many peacemakers and peace initiatives as possible, including those who are virtually unheard of.
We wish to make the process of showcasing candidates participative, collaborative and inclusive1, which is why it takes place in three stages:
1 – Nomination of candidates. To become eligible, each candidate must be nominated by 10 different people. Each of these people is invited to present the reasons why they support the nomination of this peacemaker for the Public Peace Price in about ten lines of writing. These presentation texts are used to write the profile of the candidate.
2- Invite as many people as possible to discover the candidates. Sign up on the website, “Like” our Facebook page or follow our Twitter account. After the nomination period has closed, each day we will add an invitation to learn more about one of the candidates, starting with those who are the least known. Everyone is invited to relay these invitations to their friends. The number of unique visitors and supportive comments on the page2 presenting the candidate on the site, and the number of Facebook shares and retweets during the three days following the publication will be compiled to measure the interest, appreciation and support of the public towards each candidate3.
Instructions to vote:
simply put, a “vote” is a visit to the candidate’s profile page during the 3-day window after they’ve been introduced
Vote in any of these ways:
- On our website: Invite your friends to visit the web page presenting the candidate (each visitor =1 vote)
Even better: leave an appreciative comment on the bottom of the page
If you are on Facebook or Twitter:
- On our Facebook page: click “Like” below the posting presenting the candidate of your choice. To increase the number of votes, click on the “share” button.
- On our Twitter account: “retweet” the tweets presenting the candidates you want to support.
Important: “votes” must be registered during the three days following the date of publication. Sign up on our website, follow our Facebook page or our Twitter account to stay up to date.
3 – Presentation of the year’s laureates. After validating the results with our partner organizations, the laureates will be decided and publicly presented during the 24 hours for World Peace vigil, on January 1st, 2015.
1 – Due to past experience, we have decided to promote the quality of the nominations and support for candidates rather than the quantity of votes, in order to encourage a more collaborative approach that is more attentive to the lesser-known candidates, rather than a competitive, exclusive and elitist approach.
2 – The page presenting each retained candidate is a synthesis of the texts sent in by the people who nominated the candidate.
3 –We have eliminated the vote by count because besides becoming too competitive and partisan, it favoured the candidates who possessed the biggest networks. This new way of voting allows a much more significant form of support to the candidates by boosting their exposure.
We remind you that the Public Peace Prize is the only peace award that takes into consideration the voices and support of the population. This unique award allows everyone to do their part by proposing or supporting the candidature of a person, known or unknown, who is working to build peace.