Rocks of Unity™

What is the injustice we are solving?

Rocks of Unity™ is a brand of educational workshops, geared towards individuals of all ages, which affirms diversity as a strength through kindness, acceptance, and unity.

We invite people of all backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and social distinctiveness to come together, decorate a rock that expresses their identity, and then turns these creations into permanent art installations. This can be in the form of diverse rock gardens, rock walls, walkways, and more as we help reinforce the values of inclusion, acceptance, and kindness, while rejecting intolerance and hate.

With the enactment of Rocks of Unity™, citizens will gain a heightened awareness of these prominent issues and learn how to better understand each other, ultimately building stronger communities.
Our Compassionate Solution
To solve this injustice of
intolerance
we will address
the characteristics that potentially divide individuals
by
hosting Rocks of Unity™ workshops and highlighting that our differences don't divide us. They unite us.
Our Plan
Our Project Goals
Enhancing cross-cultural dialogue and co-existence
Uniting people both nationally and internationally
Stopping the spread of intolerance by making a positive change through kindness, acceptance, and unity
We will increase my / our compassion by...
Continuing to conduct workshops that introduce me to new individuals and their unique qualities and experiences. This will increase my understanding and acceptance of others, which in turn, diminishes intolerance.
How will you show courage?
By continuing to expand Rocks of Unity™ at a national and international scale, I have been determined to stand up against hate and intolerance. Through Rocks of Unity™, I am showing that kindness and acceptance must be our first response against this injustice. I may encounter doubt or negativity along the way; however, that will not deter me from spreading these ideals through my work.
How will you collaborate with others?
In order to spread these ideals effectively, I continue to recruit other young people to join me on this movement. In addition, I enact these workshops to various organizations where I work with a many diverse individuals. Some of these organizations include schools, community organizations, religious affiliated groups, health and fitness centers. These workshops are geared towards individuals of all ages. I have recently launched a spin-off of Rocks of Unity™ called Rocks of Unity™ Rockstars where I am working with celebrities and their publicists. I don't think kindness, acceptance, and unity are restrictive to only people with or without status. I think it's applicable to anyone regardless of that. These celebrities decorate a rock that is mailed to them and then they send it back to me. One celebrity rock is placed seamlessly among the rocks of "normal every day people" in each community garden to again bridge the gap between differences.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction?
I will know that I am moving in the right direction when Rocks of Unity™ continues to become an organization known nationally and internationally which people associate with spreading positivity. I will also know that I am moving in the right direction when I can see that ideals such as hate and intolerance are replaced with ideals such as kindness and acceptance. I can measure this through what is portrayed on social media and by being observant as to how others interact with individuals who are different from them.
Create a list of key steps you will take
Partner with organizations interested in Rocks of Unity™
Begin by conducting an interactive speech which addresses the importance of diversity within that organization
Each participant is given a rock which they decorate based on their individual characteristics
The participants come together and share the importance of what they put on their rock
Their rocks are placed in permanent art installations which reinforce the values of inclusion, acceptance, and kindness, while rejecting intolerance and hate
Daily Doses of Kindness postings on three social media platforms in attempt to fill social media with positivity. These posts are then shared by celebrities and everyday people nationally and internationally.
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Kelsey T.

November 15, 2017

Congratulations! We have approved your mini-grant application and are delighted to support your ongoing work to create tolerance and celebrate difference. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

You've done a wonderful job articulating your project plan and how it will address the injustice and the values of courage, compassion, and collaboration are visible in your plan -- I appreciate your emphasis on how conducting the workshops will also increase your own understanding and acceptance of others as well as impacting the workshop participants - recognizing our own journey is an important part of being a reflective practitioner.

One thing I'd encourage you to think about is thinking about shorter term indicators. I love how passionate you are about helping to create significant change, but in addition to looking to a future where people are more kind and accepting on and offline, think about how you can measure your impact in the short term. How can you measure the impact of your work in the next three months and with the materials you will acquire with this particular mini-grant funding? How do you know each individual workshop makes a difference in the lives of those who participate?

Keep up your amazing work and let us know how we can help!
Fish S.

September 26, 2017

Hey, this is really awesome! It's amazing to see the ways in which you're working to bring people together, affirm their identities, and reject intolerance. That's so important!

How can we help? Are there any ways that we can support you in this important work?

One thing that would be really neat is if you took a minute to write a story about your project and what you've learned so far!
https://www.peacefirst.org/stories