PeacePledge

What is the injustice we are solving?
All too often in our polarized country, we find ourselves yelling across political divides and can't seem to agree on anything. PeacePledge.World believes that all humans can agree to something: peace. Peace begins with citizens taking the pledge, but we understand that citizens are limited in what they can do. So what if politicians took a pledge for peace? What if the decision makers decided to make peace a priority? What if instead of inheriting the political issues of an older generation, the demanded that peace become a priority?
Our Compassionate Solution
To solve this injustice of
obstinate violence and war
we will address
the indifference legislators have
by
mobilizing pro-peace youth to petition decision-makers to take a pledge for peace.
Our Plan
Our Project Goals
Create a website serving as a peace-building resource
Accumulate a list of politicians sponsoring the project
Create a "Petition Your Politician" Toolkit
Create a movement among youth to pledge for peace
Translate the pledges into different languages so that youth around the world can petition their politicians
We will increase my / our compassion by...
Being mindful of the wars and conflicts around the world and to remember to value human life. We will look to the innocence of children and remember that they are the most innocent victim of war and conflict. We will increase our compassion by remembering the daily victims of war and violence.
How will you show courage?
I will show courage by being fearless and to dream big. I will be fearless in asking politicians to sign the pledge, in spreading the pledge movement, and in having conversations about war and peace. I will dream big by being ambitious and having big long-term goals.
How will you collaborate with others?
I have reached out to an organization down in California to collaborate and combine our efforts to build a peaceful world. Additionally, I am ready to reach out to multiple networks to push the pledge and make it know to young people. I will also make an effort to collaborate with a local team to petition my politicians.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction?
I will know that I am moving in the right direction by asking third-parties for their opinions and analyses. I will know that I am moving in the right direction when peace is viewed as a political possibility and not a utopian ideal. I will know that I am moving in the right direction when a prevailing concern and action for peace exists among citizens and politicians.
Create a list of key steps you will take
Build a team
Find partners and allies
Build a website + organization branding
Ask youth to take the pledge (get 500 pledges)
Petition politicians to take the pledge (get 50 pledges)
Become a registered nonprofit
Adrian B.

April 23, 2018

Hi David,

Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.

Strengths:

I love this idea! You've identified an important reason for war (a lack of political will for/belief in peace) and are working to shift this will by asking people to identify with supporting peace. This is a powerful and important idea. I love that you have set specific, ambitious, and attainable goals for initial sign-ons, and that you're already thinking about ways to grow your impact. It's so important to have people championing peace and to work towards creating a culture shift around how we think about this.

I especially love these words you shared: "I will know that I am moving in the right direction when peace is viewed as a political possibility and not a utopian ideal. I will know that I am moving in the right direction when a prevailing concern and action for peace exists among citizens and politicians." This language is moving and motivating, and I'm sure that it will bring others to your campaign as well.

Things to Consider:

I love that you're thinking about ways to collaborate with others--that will help your project reach so many more people! As you're doing this, the number one suggestion I have is for you to increase and deepen your impact by involving people who are directly affected by war--refugees, veterans, people from countries experiencing war, etc. There are so many of these groups who are also working towards peace--and having their insights and leadership on board with your project will enrich your message and effectiveness in ways that neither of us can fully know yet.

The first step for this is to talk to people who are directly impacted, talk to people who cause war to happen, and talk to people who are working to change it--here's a tool we have to help with this: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-1-talking-others. People in each of these groups may end up also being supporters/leaders in your project, too! Let me know if you'd like to think together about who it makes sense to reach out to--here's one group doing important work: https://www.veteransforpeace.org/

Your updated insight looks great--I love how you've gotten to the root of this problem as legislators' indifference! This is so true!

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!

Best,
Adrian
RaulPF C.

April 12, 2018

Hi David,

Thanks again so much for posting this project.

As part of the Peace First project-making process, we give formal feedback on your compassionate insight. Once your insight is all set, then you can move forward with your mini-grant application if you need funds to help move your idea into action!

I want to give you feedback on your insight:
"To solve this injustice of
violence
we will address
peace as a solution to conflicts and problems
by
convincing youth and decision-makers to take a pledge for peace."

I love the fact that you have a very clear idea of what you want to approach as a solution. Something I think would make your insight a lot more powerful is if you were able to go a little bit deeper into the particular injustice you want to address as well as the root cause that you have identified.

An example of a really strong insight could be:

"
To solve this injustice of
Teen Dating Abuse
we will address
The lack of education of teenagers on this issue to help themselves and others, enabling them to recognize dangerous warning signs, identify the cycle of abuse, and safely leave an abusive relationship.
by
Putting on our 2nd annual Party to Prevent, an event planned and run by teens for teens featuring education and empowerment in a fun and positive environment."

I would love to see how you can elaborate on your insight so that it is a lot easier for everyone to understand your angle.

Thanks for contributing towards a better world!

Raul and the Peace First Team
David G.

April 21, 2018

Hello Raul and the Peace First team,

I updated my compassionate insight! Let me know what you and your team think of it!
Adrian B.

April 05, 2018

Hi David,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!

Best,
Adrian
David G.

April 05, 2018

Thank you for letting me know Adrian!
Adrian B.

April 05, 2018

Sure thing! Please let me know if you need support finding and completing the application--I know the site can be a bit confusing sometimes!
Adrian B.

March 29, 2018

Hi David,

Just checking in about your project and the next steps. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the upcoming Mini-Grant Deadline - there is still time to remain eligible to attend a Peace First Challenge Accelerator if you complete your Compassionate Insight, Project Plan, and Mini-Grant application by March 31st.

We're excited about your work, and would love to be able to support it with a mini-grant of up to $250.

These tools can help you craft your insight, plan, and budget for your mini-grant:
https://www.peacefirst.org/understand-through-compassion
https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

Through your dashboard you can submit your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let me know how I can help!

Best,
Adrian
Fish S.

January 19, 2018

David, love this idea. It would be great if folks in positions of political power made peacemaking a priority and, more importantly, were able to commit to a set of common values. I think it's a great vision!

What's your plan for your next steps -- and how can we help?
David G.

January 19, 2018

Step 1: Draft a Citizen's Pledge for Peace and a Politician's Pledge for Peace
Step 2: Build a preliminary website
Step 3: Target the Mayor of Portland and the Portland Police Bureau Chief to publicly take the pledge at an interfaith march/rally I will be organizing on April 29.
Step 4: Reach out to Oregon's 2 senators and 5 representatives and petition them along with the Oregon Attorney General and Governor.
Step 5: Have the willing ones promise to publicly take the pledge on September 21 (International Peace Day)
Step 6: Make the Politicians for Peace website public and send it to all known and accessible networks so that youth can petition their politicians to pledge for peace on Peace Day. (By then I 'd have created an easy to follow guide on how to do so respectfully and successfully)
David G.

January 19, 2018

I'm not sure how Peace First can help, I'm not too familiar with the work you do, but what pops out to me is the micro grant to fund the website and to help spread the word to youth when I go public
Fish S.

January 22, 2018

I think the micro-grant could absolutely help. And I definitely think you could recruit willing partners in other states.

Great step-by-step plan. One thing to consider might be asking city council members and state senators/reps to sign on -- easier to get in touch with and if you can validate it by saying "so-and-so has already signed" it might be easier to get buy-in from higher office holders!
David G.

January 22, 2018

Lol, way ahead of you! We already got a hitlist of contacts and politicians, starting with smaller ones and start going for the bigger fish once we've got a record of politicians that already signed up.
Fish S.

January 23, 2018

Nice. Let us know whether there's anything else we can do to be supportive!
Abigail A.

January 23, 2018

Thank you so much! We will continue working on some of the preliminary tasks and keep you updated as we go. Thanks again :)