Our day begins with prayers for peace, happiness and health from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, led by His Holiness Trulku Jigme Choeda, the head of central Monasteries Bodies, from the central monastic hall in Thimphu, Bhutan – a country where progress is measured not by gross national product, but by Gross National Happiness.
The monks will lead us in traditional Buddhist chants to begin our virtual Global Dance Party for Peace.
International Webinar on World Peace Through Music, Dance and Dialogue
This special webinar recorded on September 17 explores why peace is important and considers how we achieve peace through music – which has been the mission of Earthdance for 24 years.
Dance, music, ritual and art – these human experiences exist at the core of all that is beautiful in this world. Today that world that needs great healing – more love, more compassion, more understanding, more reasoning together towards societies more just, more fair, less violent, and more peaceful.
Engaged in moving society forward, our panelists will consider the critical importance of the mind. The profoundly intellectual task of building peace in a complicated world of conflict must involve greater integration among our senses, our experiences of the body, and our emotions. The power of artistic expression lies in how it helps every child and adult re-frame their minds for positive thinking, towards healing and building a better world.
True change makers deeply integrate truth and beauty. The arts form an intimate relationship among our senses that inspires shifts in perspective – towards compassion, kindness, care for others – and also shifts towards social justice, climate restoration, conflict resolution and peace-building. Arts increase our ability to take on the good, the right and the just actions needed in this world in need of peace and positive change.
This session will explore artistic means and human interaction. It will explore ways in which each person who dances becomes inspired through the arts, and in turn becomes critical agents of positive change, ambassadors of the good and the right for a world that desperately needs more vision and more kindness.
Dr. Louis D’amore (USA)
Louis D’Amore is the Founder and President of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT). He has been instrumental in promoting the travel and tourism industry as the world’s first “Global Peace Industry” since the founding of IIPT in 1986.
In 1992, following the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (Rio Summit), he developed the world’s first Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism for the Canadian tourism industry. He also conducted the world’s first international study on Codes of Conduct and best practices in Sustainable Tourism for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
Dr. D’amore has recorded opening remarks for this panel which you may view here.
Dr. Marc Gopin (USA)
Marc Gopin is the James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, and the Director of the Center on Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Gopin has lectured on conflict resolution and trained thousands of people worldwide in peacemaking strategies for complex conflicts in which religion and culture play a role. He conducts research on values dilemmas as they apply to international problems of globalization, clash of cultures, development, social justice and conflict.
Dr. Lisa Schirch
Dr. Schirch is Senior Research Fellow for the Toda Peace Institute where she directs the Institute’s “Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding” programme to commission policy briefs and case studies on the impact of social media on conflict dynamics, to encourage civil society to participate in a “Digital Neighborhood Watch” programme that brings the skills of conflict resolution to social media, and in organising a 2020 Global Summit on Peacebuilding.
Schirch is also a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Peacebuilding and Visiting Scholar at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. She taught in the graduate programme on peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University for 23 years.As a practitioner, Schirch has facilitated and participated in the design of national peace processes in Fiji and Afghanistan and written extensively about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Nicholas R. Sherwood
Nicholas R. Sherwood (Nick) is a PhD student in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution (George Mason University). He holds an MA in Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and BAs in Psychology and Political Science (Christopher Newport University). Nick serves as the Lab Manager for CRDC‘s Wellbeing & Peacebuilding Lab and as a Research & Practice Fellow at the Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation. He is also on the Board of Directors for The Parachute People.
Nick’s research examines the psychology of peace and conflict, including the wellbeing of peace practitioners (e.g., humanitarian aid workers, grassroots activists) and resilience in marginalized communities (e.g., Syrian refugees with disabilities, Black women living with HIV). His most recent publication is Surviving and Thriving during COVID-19, a handbook designed to help readers locate and mobilize psychological resilience to cope and deal with the many lifestyle changes brought about from the COVID pandemic. Nick has conducted wellbeing trainings and workshops around the world, often collaborating with music industry professionals and artists in the US. As a former actor, director, and musician, Nick believes the arts have tremendous power to deepen peace processes and contribute to individual wellbeing.
These performances are created by musician and storyteller Ismail Butera.
It is a recitation with musical accompaniment that explains how the universe and humanity are one. As the celestial bodies interact in harmony with one another, humans should seek this harmonic interaction among themselves as it is their natural destiny and reason for being.
Please click here to learn more about the inspirations for this music.
Ismail Butera, saz
Natalia Perlaza, percussion