I am making a personal effort to help promote peace by creating my own peace contest called the "Going for A Global Truce Peace Contest". There is no fee to enter or win.
All youth under 21, and all adults over 21 are eligible to participate.
To enter you may just respond right through this website by writing, attaching video, a file or sending a link to your efforts at helping the "Going For A Global Truce" Peace Effort.
Please write, pray and say: "May Peace Prevail On Earth and Let It Beging With Me!" and enter your non-violent plan to help peace to prevail on Earth into this contest and help make your plan come into action.
THERE IS NO LINK TO THE CONTEST WEBSITE. THIS IS THE CONTEST WEBSITE!
Please indicate what you are doing to help the world become a more peaceful place, and to help move the world in a direction of a global truce. Please see my own contest entry at http://goingforaglobaltruce.com/ I thought of this whole proposal and organized a Going For A Global Truce Peace Political Party in a response to this contest. Think big! If humanity is ever going to end all war on Earth will need a peaceful, nonviolent plan and a peaceful and nonviolent road-map. Please ask your self what are the steps needed to achieve a global truce and a global cease fire? Then write them down step by step and develop a nonviolent plan to carry the nonviolent plan out. You never know. We may achieve a global truce in part by someone following one of the ideas they read in your plan.
Please specify in the first sentence of your response if you are under or over 21. Any entrant that does not specify which age category they are in will be judged as an adult thus will be competing with the adults for the prize(s).
Any entry that promotes violence, war, pornography, drug use, uses obscenities or is derogatory to any group, race, religion, or country will have their entry disqualified and their entry will be deleted from the website.
Please refrain from comments that might offend or harm anyone reading your entry. We want to refrain from triggering discord in our contest for global truce and peace.
These guidelines are very important in maintaining this contest to be welcoming to all people wishing to find a path to global truce. Contestant's responses should be positive reinforcements of our peace effort rather than finger-pointing or blaming.
The purpose of the contest is to promote peace, healing and positive steps in the right direction toward peace and a global truce.
The contest ends on Sept 01, 2012. The winner(s) will be officially announced and the prize(s) will be awarded on 9/21/12 Global Truce Peace One Day.
Any entries submitted after 9/01/12 may also be considered eligible for 9/21/2012 award or they may be placed for consideration for next years contest.
If too many responses come in at the last minute it may be difficult to get through them all by 9/21/12 so please submit your responses as early as possibly.
All accepted responses will remain on this site available to be viewed by anyone coming to this site through the internet.
As the idea of calling for a global truce becomes more widespread someone may wish to reprint or publish some or all of the responses individually or as a collection of Global Truce Ideas. Thus by entering the contest you give permission for your work to be read by members of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network and others, copied, printed, reprinted or published.
I suggest anyone wishing to publish any of the entries found in this contest ask for permission of the writer of that work before publishing any material from this contest.
Any person may enter the contest as often as you like. Please write about something new or about some other peace initiative, event or activity you are involved with or peace building service you are providing. You may also enter any type of response, a poem, short story or song you wrote about the theme of peace or Global Truce.
Please do not just reenter the same submission more than once or slightly modify a submission that was previously submitted.
A new entry should demonstrate an additional undertaking that you are working on to help promote the idea of and possibility of achieving global truce and world peace.
I would love contestants to submit stories about your involvement in global peace education classes, global peace organizations, the global peace organizations that you are planning to start in the future or have already started.
Please discuss your ideas about how humanity will get to a global truce and how you are helping move humanity in that direction.
Contestants may write about a job that you had or plan to promote peace. You may write about a non profit organization or a for profit business enterprise that you are planning to start or have started which will promote peace, global truce and global cease fire. Writing about attaining peace on any level will be accepted for consideration in this contest as adding to the peace adds to the sum total of peace on Earth. Please write about how saying the prayer "May Pleace Prevail on Earth and Let It Begin With Me" empowers you.
You may discuss and submit a video that you may have uploaded onto You Tube or song that you wrote or sang about peace and global truce.
You may write about what you did to promote world peace and the concept of global truce through the use of the the internet, in person or even about the research you have undertaken in the area of global truce and peacemaking.
You may discuss documentaries about peace that you have watched and how they have inspired you into action toward achieving global truce and Peace.
I am very flexible. Anyone can win. Anyone under 21 and any one over 21 can enter anything thing you like related to your efforts and aspirations toward Going for a Global Truce and peace.
Please do not give any contact information in your response other than your name. I will reply to you through this website if you are one of the winners. IF you are selected I will get information from you as to how to send your prize and winner's certification to you.
Other Members of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network may benefit by reading all the contestants entries.
We may learn something from each others experiences. You are also encouraged to read other contestant's responses and other PCDN members websites as well.
You can network with other members of PCDN if you like. Good ideas for global truce and peace will spread globally!
I will contact the winners by replying to them through this site on 9/21/12 the International Day Of Peace. Every one in the Peace and Collaborative Development Network may see all of the contestants and winners responses too.
Anyone from the Peace and Collaborative Network may share their opinion as to who they feel is the best candidate to be selected as a winner and why.
All entrants will receive a thank you certificate acknowledging their entry in the "Going for Global Truce" Peace Contest.
All winners will get a winners certificate and be recognized by me in an announcement blog that I will write for the Peace and Collaborative Development Network as well as the cash prize and possibly more.
As more people are inspired to get involved with this Going for Global Truce Peace Contest, begin to take more actions toward attaining a global truce and peace and write about their real accomplishments they will be making toward achieving this goal I will be working to find more and more people willing to award prizes to additional winners of their choosing or to winners that I select.
As more and more people see that the contest is actually effective at inspiring global truce and peace activities they will be inspired to support the effort more. Each may inspire the other to do more.
Together we may be able to come up with the plan to have a global truce called for and ratified by all nations in a Pact For Global Peace, Permanent Cease Fire and A Permanent Truce in the United Nations.
There already is a pact still in effect renouncing war signed by many countries in 1928 called the Kellogg Briand Pact. Humanity signed the pact after WW1 but lost their way and got into WW2. We have to "Go Back To The Pact" now before we get into WW3. Can you inspire world leaders to go back to the pact and renounce war again?
Another process of securing peace is to help humanity overcome our addictions to war, fighting, and other vices leading us to conflict and tragedy.
How can you help humanity overcome its addiction to fighting?
How can we actually have an impact on the people in power and inspire them to make reforms needed to improve the world?
How does humanity provide the counselling needed to the world to help them coexist on this planet without killing one another?
This contest is for you to help inspire humanity find its way to peace before we unleash humanity's most destructive wars in the future.
We are in this together. We have to find a way to stop fighting. We are one human family having ongoing family feuds.
We need to set up the infrastructure so that we can have grievances heard and addressed. We need to ask ourselves is it worth it if we lose all that is beautiful in the world to war.
Anyone wishing to enter the contest may do so.
Anyone wishing to offer a prize to honor a person doing great work in the field toward achieving peace and global truce may do so as well.
Anyone may select an additional winner of their own preference and inform me which person they select and the prize they are offering to that person as a token of their appreciation for their effort as peace.
You never know where winning this contest may take the world! We may have many winners and higher prizes.
Please check this site periodically for changes or updates that will be posted.
Best wishes to you in your peace efforts.
Together we can can change the world!
Each entry will be read, listen to or watched.
I will select at least one winner from each category and give at least one winner in each group (under 21, and over 21) at least $180. If I see an interest in this contest I will seek more donations from many individuals, corporations and foundations to offer larger prizes to more and more people. Any individual or organization may apply. There is no fee to enter. You may inform me if you prefer your prize money to be awarded to you directly, to your organization or to be donated in your name to an official non profit charity of your choice.
(On 11/11/11 on Veterans Day we announced our first winner of this contest. Please see:
The book called "When the World Outlawed War" by David Swanson published 10/11 was selected as our first winner! We made an arrangement for PCDN members and other interested people to get a free copy of the book during the veterans day weekend 11/11/11 to 11/13/11.
After 11/13/11 an audio or file version of the book could be downloaded at:
We will announce other winners as they are selected on holidays. All selections and a grand Prize winner will be announced on the International Peace One Day 9/21/12.
On Martin Luther King Day We announced our next winner:
Martin Luther King Jr. Was selected as an honorary winner of the contest for his vision and dream to lead non-violent social change. A small donation was made to the King Center for Non Violent Social Change:http://www.thekingcenter.org/
Hopefully we will actually inspire a global truce and that will be the biggest grand prize for the entire world!
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With Warm Regards, Michelle Rosenthal, LMSW
Since the original "contest" rules are no longer being followed -- I wish to withdraw my entry(s) in protest...
Dear John LaMuth, No problem. You can delete your entries. Just click on the x and your reply entry will be deleted or you may leave your work there so other people can read it and watch it on the video but I will just keep it in mind as time goes on that you are no longer participating in the contest. Michelle Rosenthal, LMSW
Dear John, At your request I will no longer consider your entry into the contest unless you change your mind but I would greatly appreciate if you delete your "Protest" comment reply since adding additional winners to the contest is a positive feature that was added to the contest to keep people interested in it. Michelle
Since you have withdrawn and are officially considered withdrawn please withdraw this comment. It serves no purpose in a peace contest. Thanks
I will withdraw my protest when my contest entry (under the original rules) is declared (by default) to be a de facto winner -- being that the original-rules contest has now long been determined to be defunct.
I HAVE THE HONOUR AND RESPECT TO APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAMME.MY NAME IS NGWA PATRICK SHU AND I AM A CAMEROONIAN OF 21YEARS OLD .I AM VERY INTERESTED IN THIS PROGRAME AND I WISH TO TAKE PART IN IT.
HUMAN RIGHTS IS A FREEDOM OF INDIVIDUAL AND A NATION AT LARGE.
WE NEED TO IMPROVED ON HUMAN RIGHTS STRATEGIES BY PROMOTING RESPECT FOR EQUAL GENDER,
ASSIST THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ON THE REALISATION OF IT OBJECTIVES
FIGHTS AGAINST INJUSTICE IN COURTS LIKE JUDGING PEOPLE EQUALLY WITHOUT FAVOURING THE RICH AGAINST THE POOR
FIGHTS AGAINST RACIAL DESCRIMINATION IN THE SOCIETY LIKE LANGUAGE,ORIGIN,ETC
AS A MATTER OF FACTS,I THINK BY WORKING TOGETHER,WE WOULD MAKE A GREATER CHANGE IN THE WORLD.
THANKS YOURS APLLICANT NGWA PATRICK SHU
Dear Ngwa Patrrick Shu, Thank you very much for your reply and taking part in the contest. Good Luck on your application! Keep up the efforts to secure improved human rights for all. Michelle Rosenthal, LMSW
On 1/16/12 on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day I have nominated Martin Luther King Jr to be an honorary winner of the Going For A Global Truce Contest for his work over his lifetime. I have made two small donations totaling $100 toward the King Center For Nonviolent Social Change. I hope his work is remembered in the years to come and we all make his dream come true. Please check out the King Center's website: http://www.thekingcenter.org
Michelle Rosenthal, LMSW
Its really a good opportunity to share and learn, we would definetly partcipate
Here i would also share that we are now working on sanitation for Peace, so in introduction i would in first instance just share the Community Led Total Sanitation approach a new global approach to attain total sanitation, which brings self esteem, social solidarity, collective action and empowerment....This CLTS is bringing real solution to local conflict and if properly utilized could work in adressing/contributing to resolve global conflicts.
I would share the below paper for friends feedback
Katherine Pasteur, Institute of Development Studies, Univ of Sussex, firstname.lastname@example.org (Sept 2005)
A livelihoods approach takes a holistic and integrated approach to development in communities, however a key challenge can be finding an entry point. Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) has been found to be an effective entry point activity for wider livelihood interventions. This document outlines the CLTS approach to sanitation, building solidarity and a sense of empowerment to take further action for community improvement. It describes experiences from Bangladesh as illustration of successes and challenges.
The Sustainable Livelihoods Approach and CLTS: some background
A sustainable livelihoods approach to development recognises that poor people’s lives and the choices they make are complex and dynamic. As such it aims to understand the multiple dimensions of poverty including its underlying causes and take a holistic and integrated approach to addressing them. The livelihoods framework serves a checklist of issues to take into consideration. Thus livelihoods programming can encompass strengthening assets, such as physical (home, infrastructure), human assets (health, education, skills), financial assets (credit), social assets (groups, family) and natural (land); creating an enabling environment through improved governance; and reducing vulnerability to shocks and stresses (e.g. seasonal food shortages, natural disasters, etc). Furthermore, any programming, for sustainability and effectiveness, should be centred around peoples own priorities determined through their own analysis of their situation, and should build on their existing strengths.
This checklist presents a wide range of options for strengthening livelihoods. In a practical sense though, and particularly when working at a community level, the challenge can be where to start. In many cases participatory analysis of community issues (using tools such as PRA), needs and strengths can reveal many pressing priorities, embracing a range of complex issues, from addressing gender discrimination to ensuring state provision of schooling or improving labour rights. These are daunting issues to begin to tackle. What is generally needed is a quick win to boost the confidence of the community and let them see that their collective action can achieve positive development outcomes.
Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) involves mobilising communities to build latrines and completely eliminate open defecation. Through a process of facilitation, community members come to realise the links between open defecation and negative health impacts, and as a result they become motivated to take collective action to change this practice. A collective strategy to ensure that both rich and poor have access to and use latrines is critical, as even if a few people continue open defecation the negative impacts are felt by all. Collective action is also important to set a precedence for working together on future issues which are likely to require collaboration from all members of the community.
With effective facilitation, total sanitation can be achieved at relatively low cost in a matter of a few weeks or months. Once this is achieved, there are two major implications. Firstly, the number of flies and incidence of diarrhoea and dysentery decline dramatically and the health of particularly poor families is improved. This can have a huge implication for household spending much of which is spent on medical consultations and treatments for diarrhoea and dysentery. Secondly, people realise that they can achieve something for a community wide benefit through collective action. Having organised themselves to take this first action, they are inspired and empowered to take action in other areas to improve their livelihoods.
CLTS is achieved through effective facilitation and the use of PRA methods such as transect walks, mapping and community discussions. The aim of the facilitator is to make households aware of the links between open defecation and diarrhoeal diseases. Simply put, the facilitator helps people see that as a result of open defecation they are in effect consuming their own faeces. Once householders realise this crude fact they become highly motivated to construct latrines and change their behaviour. The facilitation styles is key: the facilitator should not try to ‘educate’ people or to tell them what to do. They should merely raise awareness of the implications of open defecation and help facilitate community situation analysis and action planning.
The community’s own initiative and innovation should be encouraged in terms of latrine construction. External hardware support (such as cement rings and slabs) should not be offered, though some ideas for design of low cost latrines may be shared where this knowledge does not already exist. Where hardware subsidies are offered they tend to be taken by the elites, or high quality latrines are constructed but not actually used. They also encourage dependence and a preference for external models. Many low cost models have evolved as a result of ingenuity of particularly the poorer householders.
Why is CLTS a good entry point for Livelihoods interventions?
CLTS is a highly effective entry point as it mobilises community members towards collective action and empowers them to take further action in the future. Sanitation improvements have immediate health benefits which quickly demonstrate to householders the success of their collective action in improving their personal and community wide wellbeing. This serves an initial illustration of what can be achieved through undertaking further initiatives for their own development.
Taking collective action and achieving success builds pride and self esteem which is itself a form of social capital. This can benefit individuals and households in many ways. It gives them self worth and encouragement to take many other small actions for personal betterment
The PRA exercises carried out for the purpose of CLTS can be a start point for further community analysis to identify other priorities to be addressed. Mapping of households with and without latrines can be developed into wealth ranking of households and mapping of other community resources. Discussion of sanitation can lead onto other hygiene and health related issues such as hand washing, wearing sandals, availability of contraception, maternal and child health problems, or ensuring provision of improved health services.
Natural leaders may emerge from within the community through the process of CLTS who will be effective in mobilising and motivating households in future activities. Natural leaders are often women as well as men, resulting in leadership of activities relevant to both, e.g. fishing rights may be an issue for men, and fuel efficient stoves a project for women to pursue. Natural leaders may also become facilitators of CLTS in other villages spreading the approach as well as offering them a potential opportunity for income.
Discussing sanitation can be an uncomfortable or embarrassing issue which is typically avoided. In addressing this topic in a public way then barriers are broken down and other topics are easier to deal with in the future. It will also bring out power issues, including access to land, who owns available resources. Sanitation is an issue which crosses social strata and requires collaboration of all, both poor and rich, young and old, women and men, to achieve a successful outcome. It usually involves elites offering support in the form of temporary use of latrines, loan of land or material to construct a latrine, or even financial donation to poorer members to achieve this end. Once such cooperation has been achieved in the case of sanitation, and community solidarity is established, future actions become much easier to organise.
Experience in Bangladesh
Initial experience in developing the Community Led Total Sanitation approach comes from Bangladesh. It was pioneered by Kamal Kar (a consultant) working VERC (Village Education Resource Centre) a local partner of Water Aid. It has since been taken up by several other NGOs including CARE, Plan and World Vision. The approach has grown rapidly in popularity and commitment to implementation on a large scale has intensified to the extent that a conservative estimate by Water Aid suggests that around 2,000 villages have achieved total sanitation through this process. This section will review some of the experiences of CARE villages where CLTS has led to further livelihood activities.
Successful livelihoods interventions: Kazibara in Maizchar Union was the first village in Bajitpur District to achieve 100% total sanitation through facilitation by CARE Bangladesh staff. In the two years since then, improvements have been made to many of those original latrines, for instance from just a tin sheet moulded by hand into a pan, to purchasing a simple plastic pan, to upgrading to a concrete slab with inbuilt pan. How are these costs of such upgrading borne by the very poor? Villagers say that they are saving 2-3,000 Taka per year which they previously spent on treatments for diarrhoea. A concrete slab costs only 800 Taka by comparison. There has not been a single case of diarrhoea in this community this year. There are no flies to be seen, and there is no unpleasant smell, both of which make a huge difference to women who spend a lot of time in the community.
During the process of working towards total sanitation the community formed a Village Development Committee (VDC) in order to manage this process. Subsequently, the community, with leadership from the VDC, has planted “kurosh” plants around the village which serve as protection against erosion; they have encouraged planning of fruit trees in the homestead; and they are ensuring that all children are attending primary school. They are also currently looking into collectively investing in solar power for the village through a loan.
When the VDC was established there were not many women members. They asked themselves, why not form our own group? They heard about fuel efficient ovens from an NGO and 80 families have learned to make these including testing some innovations to reduce the smoke impacts. They have also established a savings group and have been producing handicrafts which they sell in nearby villages and towns.
In terms of plans for the future, they aim to address family size (through family planning), early marriage and dowry. These are more complex social issues which they may not have had the confidence to address before. Now they have achieved so much they feel empowered to improve their lives in other ways and will not be deterred.
A self-spreading entry point!: In Kaimer Bowli village in Bajitpur, the idea of total sanitation did not come from an NGO – the motivation came from the community itself on hearing what was happening in surrounding villages. When visitors came to their village they would complain about the smell and the lack of latrines. Then when some community members visited other villages and saw for themselves the difference, they realised that they had to take similar action. When they called a village meeting few disagreed and there was considerable cost and labour sharing to ensure that even the poorest could build latrines. This in itself built solidarity in the community.
Once each community achieves total sanitation, they put up a sign to say that no-one defecates in the open in this village, and families say that they will not allow their daughters to marry into villages where open defecation continues. These factors aid the spontaneous spread of CLTS further, as more and more communities hear about it and want to achieve the same. As this can be facilitated by natural leaders from any of the successful communities, there is no need to wait for an NGO or government programme to come to their aid.
One year after they have achieved total sanitation villagers of Kaimer Bowli and are tackling more costly and challenging issues such as addressing wave erosion and securing fishing rights (raising funds to get a collective government lease).
What problems does CLTS present as an entry point?
The above sections have proposed that CLTS can be an excellent entry point for ongoing, sustainable livelihoods activities. However there are some challenges and points of caution. Successful of CLTS is highly dependent on effective facilitation, i.e. an approach which builds local motivation and confidence and does not initiate action through external influence and control, or offer external solutions or subsidies. This can often prove harder than it sounds.
In some contexts latrine construction is very difficult, such as in flood prone areas or where the water table is very high in which case pit latrines often fill with water and collapse. Furthermore in urban areas there are other challenges, such as lack of available space for latrine construction, and low motivation to invest in this activity when populations can be evicted from the land as short notice. In these cases, the involvement of urban authorities is needed to secure tenure. Success is also somewhat dependent on compact communities, as the observation that flies know no boundaries is stronger where households are close together than where they are spread apart.
Where householders hear about the availability of hardware subsidy the tendency is for people to choose to wait for it to come to them. This has been the case in parts of Bangladesh where the government continues to offer hardware subsidy to the poorest. CLTS processes have been undermined by the expectation that government will provide without any community effort, which is rarely the case in reality.
In brief, this document has outlined are the advantages of CLTS as an entry point for community based livelihoods activities. Experience beyond Bangladesh is growing, as the approach is taken up in India, Mongolia, Indonesia amongst other countries. In some cases CLTS interventions address the sanitation issue only and do not encourage community members to pursue other livelihoods goals. However, in other cases this is encouraged or communities feel empowered to
For further details on CLTS please refer to: Kamal Kar (2003) Subsidy or Self-respect? Participatory Total Community Sanitation in Bangladesh, IDS Working Paper 184 http://www.ntd.co.uk/idsbookshop/details.asp?id=760
 Participatory Rural Appraisal (e.g. transect walks, resource mapping, prioritisation matrix, institutional mapping, time lines, etc)
Ths same CLTS approach if we took it for peace, and work with communties to Analyze their conflicts and to cum up with their own solutions, rather then presenting by outsiders.
the plus point is that sanitation is cross the culture and cross the globe issue, so there we have good opportunity to learn each other culture and to work together for bringing reak peace.