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A FREE ONLINE EVENT
June 13 – September 21, 2015

Join 75+ of the world’s top peacebuilders, social change agents, Indigenous elders, political leaders, scientists and spiritual mentors – all offering inspiration, skills training and practical solutions YOU can apply in your daily life, relationships, community and the world.

Featuring:
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Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Founder of The Desmond Tutu Peace CentreFounder, the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace Founder of The Chopra Foundation, Senior Scientist, The Gallup OrganizationAuthorFormer Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Leading Emmisary for Culture of PeaceMember of the 13 Indigenous Grandmother's CouncilFounder and President of Club of Budapest, Chancellor of Giordano Bruno GlobalShift UniversitySufi Teacher and AuthorDirector and Founder, CCARE, and Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford UniversitySpiritual Teacher and Founder of the Academy of Inner ScienceAbbot and Founder of Upaya Zen CenterShift Network Peace Faculty, Former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Social Healer, Activist and Teacher Social Innovator, Speaker, Author, Educator & Leader in the New Worldview of Conscious EvolutionInterfaith Minister, Counselor and Author, Founder of 'Awakening Love & Wisdom' sanghasPeruvian Kamasqa Curandero, Founder of The Heart of the Healer (THOTH)Representative to the United Nations of the World Peace Prayer Society & Founder of the Garden of LightDiane Cirincione is a Clinical Psychologist, Jerry Jampolsky is a Child and Adult PsychiatristFounder of Genocide Survivors Foundation, Human Rights Activist, SpeakerFounder of Gesundheit! Institute, Physician, Comedian, Social Activist, Clown and AuthorCurriculum and Training Coordinator of Generation Waking UpAssociate Professor, Educational Psychology Dept., University of Texas at Austinsleep medicine physicianFounder/Director of the Institute for Radical Forgiveness, IncWorldwide Coordinating Director for Humanity’s TeamProfessor of Psychology, Faculty Director of Greater Good Science CenterPresident of the Divine Shakti Foundation, Secretary-General of Global Interfaith WASH AllianceFounder of Pathways To Peace and Pathways ConsultingPresident, National Peace Academy, USA; Executive Director, River Phoenix Center for PeacebuildingCo-Founder, Peace Day PhillyAuthor of Miraculous Health: How to Heal Your Body by  Unleashing the Hidden Power of Your Mind President of Integrative Restoration Institute, Co-founder of International Association of Yoga TherapistsIyanifa, Co-founder of Overground Railroad, Director of Ase TheaterFounder of Naam Yoga, Lineage of Rose-Croix Kabbalists, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Metaphysical SciencePsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science CenterGlobal Chair of United Religions Initiative, Magistrate, Social EntrepreneurDirector of International Cities of PeacePresident, Patrick McCollum FoundationPresident and CEO of HeartMath Inc., Global Coherence Initiative Steering CommitteeCreator of the BePeace Practice, Founding Director of Rasur Foundation InternationalDeputy Campaign Manager, One Billion Acts of PeaceDirector of Programs for PeaceJam FoundationSpiritual Director of CSLDallas, a Centers for Spiritual Living; Advisory Council of AGNTWriter, Producer, Owner of The Laughing Willow Company, Inc.President of the Board of Trustees at the Henry George School of Social ScienceAuthor, Lawyer, Co-Founder of Abolition 2000Physician, Author, Anti-Nuclear AdvocateAuthor, Speaker, Peace ActivistJ.D., EYT, Reiki II Practitioner, Gulf War Veteran, Founder of There & Back Again, United States Army Judge Advocate GeneralCo-founder & CEO Blu Dot and Ease on EdgeChairman, Mind and Life Institute; President, Institute of Tibetan Classics; Principal Translator to H.H. the Dalai LamaRoot teacher, Work That ReconnectsAward Winning Journalist, Author of The Bond, and Expert on the Science of SpiritualityFounder of Transformative Change, Spiritual Teacher, Author, Activist and TrainerAuthor, SpeakerCo-Founder of Lorian Association, Teacher of Incarnational SpiritualityFounder of Evolutionary CollectiveLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Author, TeacherChief Scientist at IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences), Author, SpeakerLeader in Human and Community Development, Chairman of the Four Worlds International Institute (FWII)Director of The Global Compassion Summit, Compassion/Mindfulness Teacher, WriterLama; M.A.; MFTFounder of Children of the Sun Foundation and I AM Avatar, Unity BuilderFounder of Karuna-Shechen, Buddhist Monk, AuthorKenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Director PEP LabDirector Desmond Tutu Center at Butler University and Christian Theological SeminaryLegislator, Meditator, Leader, Author of A Mindful Nation, and CongressmanProfessor of Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness at California Institute of Integral StudiesCEO of The Shift Network, Author & Member of the Prestigious Transformational Leadership CouncilDirector of Shift UniversityProject Manager for the Education Outreach section of the United Nations Department of Public InformationPlaywright, Performer, Producer and ActivistCompassion Teacher, Founding Teacher of Insight Meditation Central ValleyPsychologist, Author, Compassion Cultivation Training InstructorFounder, ServiceSpaceLecturer, Stanford University

With a steady stream of news about unspeakable violence in war-torn areas to escalating reports of police brutality, we are reminded of the need to strengthen our capacity for outer and inner peace. It’s clear that it’s time we create a new story about peace.

We need a narrative that speaks to the human complexity of the inner spirit, to international relations, to dialogues across multiple sectors of society – including healing humanity’s relationship with the Earth. We need an understanding of peace broad enough to embrace the deep spiritual realms, along with the grounded – and at times even hard-nosed – practical actions that can transform difficult situations locally and globally.

However, for all of us who long for more peace and harmony in our lives and our world, some days, the challenges we face can feel daunting.

In these times, it’s common to feel overwhelmed by the inner conflicts within ourselves – not to mention the pain generated by clashes with family members, friends, co-workers... and even strangers. And when we hear about bullying in schools, the senseless violence in our neighborhoods and the overwhelming number of refugees displaced from war, it’s so easy to feel helpless and fall into despair.

It can be difficult to know where to turn to find the inspiration and guidance we need to heal the conflicts in our own hearts, in our relationships and in our larger world.

This is where The Summer of Peace comes in. The Shift Network has a deep commitment to global peace, which is why we’re offering this amazing series to you for FREE.

This monumental 3-month event features powerful insights and practical skills from the world’s leading peacebuilders – so you’ll be empowered to co-create a life and a world where peace – instead of conflict – is the baseline.

Through The Summer of Peace, you’ll:

  • Discover more personal ease, joy and well-being with practices to help you connect more profoundly to the deep peace within yourself.
  • Experience more harmonious and loving relationships with your family, friends, co-workers and community members.
  • Be uplifted when you hear success stories from those on the front-lines of creating positive change in the most desperate areas on the planet.
  • Receive deep wisdom for co-creating a new narrative of peace, and find effective methods for putting this vision into inspired action.
  • Discover best practices for citizen engagement and conscious activism to help accelerate the shift to a world of peace!

As part of The Shift Network’s commitment to peace, we have also created the first virtual World Peace Library. The 2015 Summer of Peace programs will eventually become part of this FREE global resource.

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Get Inspired! Get Informed! Get Involved!

The Summer of Peace is designed to inform and inspire you into action, starting with inner peace, moving to the interpersonal and culminating with our collective peace efforts.

INNER PEACE

Peace in the world begins with peace inside each of us. When you listen to the experts in dialogue during The Summer of Peace, you will discover insights and techniques to help you connect more deeply and consistently to a peaceful place within your being.

You’ll:

  • Discover meditations that foster greater inner harmony (and in turn, deeper engagement in the world).
  • Learn practices to cultivate a more steady baseline of peace in your heart.
  • Increase your capacity to let go of old stories and traumas.
  • Experience the ease, joy and well-being that come from inner peace.
  • Learn how to forgive yourself for harm you may have inflicted upon others.
  • Discover the latest in the science of compassion, and learn how you can grow your innate capacity for kindness and compassion.

INTERPERSONAL PEACE

The internal foundation of peace will empower you to cultivate peace with others you come into contact with – from family members to work colleagues, and even strangers.

You’ll:

  • Find practices that reinforce our interconnectedness, common humanity and sense of oneness.
  • Discover techniques for resolving conflicts in personal relationships.
  • Learn powerful techniques to help you parent more peacefully.
  • Bring clear, harmonious communication to your work relationships.
  • Adopt practices to help heal unresolved conflicts and wounds.
  • Cultivate new ways of communicating that foster deeper trust, love and intimacy in all of your interactions.

COLLECTIVE PEACE

With so much violence in our world, it can be overwhelming to try to figure out what you can do to truly make a difference. In The Summer of Peace, you’ll learn how you can make your biggest contribution by learning practical skills to help build a culture of peace that addresses today’s critical issues.

You’ll:

  • Discover practices for stronger citizen engagement and becoming more empowered to influence the creation of policy.
  • Learn how to become an effective activist from peacebuilders around the world.
  • Gain insights on the benefits of subtle activism, including collective meditations for the greater good.
  • Learn ways you can increase compassion in your community and join collective peace efforts.
  • Discover techniques for recharging and reinvigorating the peace movement.
  • Find effective ways to build political and social will toward a culture of peace.

Join The Summer of Peace to learn how to cultivate peace in your heart, home, school, neighborhood – and the world at large.

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Exciting New Peace Summits

With The Summer of Peace, we are galvanizing an emerging global movement to create a culture of peace by showcasing peacebuilding efforts – from the inner to the international levels and across every sector of society. You will be inspired to participate in peace efforts in ways that are meaningful for you.

And, this year, you can experience special peace summits in inspiring topic areas that might be of interest to you.

The Summer of Peace –
Special Peace Summits Include:

Discover Compassion as a Path to Peace
July 7-9

Featuring:
James R. Doty, MD
Director and Founder, CCARE, and Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University
Karen Armstrong
Author
Thupten Jinpa
Chairman, Mind and Life Institute; President, Institute of Tibetan Classics; Principal Translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama
Roshi Joan Halifax
Abbot and Founder of Upaya Zen Center
Dacher Keltner
Professor of Psychology, Faculty Director of Greater Good Science Center
Matthieu Ricard
Founder of Karuna-Shechen, Buddhist Monk, Author
Congressman Tim Ryan
Legislator, Meditator, Leader, Author of A Mindful Nation, and Congressman
Kristin Neff
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology Dept., University of Texas at Austin
Allan Boesak
Director Desmond Tutu Center at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary
Darshita Gillies
Co-founder & CEO Blu Dot and Ease on Edge
Barbara Fredrickson
Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Director PEP Lab
Nipun Mehta
Founder, ServiceSpace
Lori Wong
Compassion Teacher, Founding Teacher of Insight Meditation Central Valley
Gonzalo Brito Pons, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Author, Compassion Cultivation Training Instructor
Kelly McGonigal
Lecturer, Stanford University

A more peaceful world is possible when we can demonstrate love, understanding, acceptance and compassion for our fellow human beings. Fortunately, every human being is hardwired for compassion, and with intention and education, that compassion can grow. The Global Compassion Summit will bring to life the science and practices that help us as individuals embrace compassion. In doing so, we see how compassion is a fundamental contributor to inner peace as well as global peace.

What you’ll learn in The Global Compassion Summit:

  • How science and ancient wisdom have united to create powerful compassion education protocols that can relieve anxiety and depression and increase happiness
  • What compassion is and how recognizing suffering in ourselves and others is the first step in creating more inner and outer peace
  • How the science of compassion illustrates that we can nurture compassion for ourselves, loved ones, strangers – and even perceived enemies
  • Why embracing love and common humanity are important in the cultivation of compassion
  • How compassion is emerging as a relevant and poignant field that serves our evolution as a human species
  • What you can do to grow the compassion movement

We believe that a compassionate world is a peaceful world.
We believe that a compassionate world is possible when every man, woman and child treats others as they wish to be treated – with dignity, equity and respect.
We believe that all human beings are born with the capacity for compassion, and that it must be cultivated for human beings to survive and thrive.

If you also believe in this vision above (from The Charter for Compassion website), please join our Global Compassion Summit featured speakers to be a part of co-creating a more compassionate world.

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Note: Session details and times can be found on the Program Page after you register.

We are grateful to our Global Compassion Summit co-sponsors: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE, Stanford), Charter for Compassion, UNIFY, Greater Good Science Center, Project Happiness, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, Center for Mindful Self Compassion, Compassion Games, Compassion It

Become Joyfully Engaged in Creating the World You Want August 18-20

We Seek a World Free of War and the Threat of War;
We Seek a Society with Equity and Justice for All;
We Seek a Community Where Every Person’s Potential May Be Fulfilled;
We Seek an Earth Restored.

– From Friends Committee on National Legislation, “The World We Seek”

There are many pathways to building a peaceful world, but an important and often overlooked one is through our democratic system. By positively engaging with elected representatives – after we elect them to office – we can be a voice that is stronger than money. “Lobbying” is something all of us can do, and we CAN make an impact by directly talking to those who are representing us. The Heart of Democracy Summit will help you address the despair and hopelessness that comes from feeling like you’re unable to impact the actions our government takes in your name... and teach you how to do something about it. Together, we will learn how to reclaim participatory democracy – and do it with hope and joy!

What you’ll learn in The Heart of Democracy Summit:

  • How to positively impact the direction of the country while recovering from feeling powerless
  • Confidence in engaging positively with elected congressional representatives
  • Clear action steps that have proven world-changing results
  • How to work toward peaceful solutions that go beyond your lifetime
  • Insightful ways to find common ground, even with those with very different views

Join our featured speakers and become joyfully engaged in creating the world you want.

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We are grateful to our Heart of Democracy co-sponsors: TBD

The Inner Dimension of Peacebuilding
September 8-10

Featuring:
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
Sufi Teacher and Author
Patricia Albere
Founder of Evolutionary Collective
David Spangler
Co-Founder of Lorian Association, Teacher of Incarnational Spirituality
Sandra Ingerman
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Author, Teacher
Thomas Huebl
Spiritual Teacher and Founder of the Academy of Inner Science
Ervin Laszlo
Founder and President of Club of Budapest, Chancellor of Giordano Bruno GlobalShift University
Lynne McTaggart
Award Winning Journalist, Author of The Bond, and Expert on the Science of Spirituality
Dean Radin
Chief Scientist at IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences), Author, Speaker
Charles Eisenstein
Author, Speaker
Joanna Macy
Root teacher, Work That Reconnects
angel Kyodo williams
Founder of Transformative Change, Spiritual Teacher, Author, Activist and Trainer
Sean Kelly
Professor of Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness at California Institute of Integral Studies

What is the connection between inner peace and peace in the world? How might we leverage the power of consciousness-based practices like meditation, prayer and ritual to support social and planetary transformation? The Subtle Activism Summit will bring together leading scientists, mystics and activists to illuminate the crucial role of spiritual practice in the global peace movement.

What you’ll learn in the Subtle Activism Summit:

  • How to apply your spiritual practice to help heal collective trauma and seed positive social change
  • The science of subtle activism
  • How subtle activism and direct action are uniting to create an irresistible force for change
  • What you can do to be part of the emerging subtle activism movement

Please join our featured speakers to learn how subtle activism is some of the most accessible peace work you can do.

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We are grateful to our Subtle Activism Summit co-sponsors: Gaiafield Project, World Peace Prayer Society, Global Coherence Initiative, Lorian Association, BeThePeace, NewStories, UNIFY, Evolutionary Collective, The Interspiritual Network, Pathways to Peace

11 Ways to Transform Your World
September 11-21

Featuring:
Deepak Chopra
Founder of The Chopra Foundation, Senior Scientist, The Gallup Organization
Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim
Member of the 13 Indigenous Grandmother's Council
Carole Hart
Writer, Producer, Owner of The Laughing Willow Company, Inc.
Andrew Mazzone
President of the Board of Trustees at the Henry George School of Social Science
Professor Richard Wolff
Patch Adams
Founder of Gesundheit! Institute, Physician, Comedian, Social Activist, Clown and Author
Cherine Badawi
Curriculum and Training Coordinator of Generation Waking Up
Jacqueline Murekatete
Founder of Genocide Survivors Foundation, Human Rights Activist, Speaker
Alice Slater
Author, Lawyer, Co-Founder of Abolition 2000
Dr. Helen Caldicott
Physician, Author, Anti-Nuclear Advocate
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury
Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Leading Emmisary for Culture of Peace

The Shift Network is a leading participant in the annual 11 Days of Global Unity, a worldwide convergence of festivals, concerts, broadcasts, forums, rallies and other programs by changemakers promoting peace, justice, sustainability and transformation. Launched in 2004 by We, The World and global allies, 11 Days annually includes as many as 700 associated events, in over 60 countries around the world, and culminates on September 21, the UN International Day of Peace.

* Freedom for All (on 9/19) features leading speakers who are at the forefront of ending modern-day slavery of all kinds. In this short series, you will learn about different types of slavery and the 4P framework for addressing it: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership. The Shift Network is aligning with world religious leaders to end slavery by 2020 and create Freedom for All.

Together, these themes form a blueprint of change for a peaceful, sustainable, transformed world!

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We are grateful to our 11 Days of Global Unity Summit co-sponsors: We, the World

Additional Summer of Peace
Offerings Include:

The Spirituality & Peace Meditation Series (every Sunday) features profound spiritual teachers from many traditions who will lead guided meditations focused on applying the science of “subtle activism” – meditation and prayer to affect changes in the world. Organized by The Gaiafield Project, the teachers were selected because of their deep spiritual practices and ability to transmit the energies of their lineages. This series weaves together the spiritual essence of the world’s religions into a culminating event – BeThePeace on the UN International Day of Peace (September 21). BeThePeace will be one of the world’s largest global meditations.

The Everyday Peace Series will provide practical insights and skills that can be applied in daily life – from deep inner peace, intimate relationships, parenting, business and front-line peacebuilding work. Designed as short workshops, the series will teach techniques in mindfulness, forgiveness, restful sleep and living from a place of oneness. It will provide practical ways to handle being triggered and to communicate clearly and compassionately. Nobel Laureates will share insights about living peace in daily life and how to join the global movement of One Billion Acts of Peace. Military professionals will teach how to assist veterans with PTSD, and Indigenous elders will share wisdom about living peace from moment to moment.

Special Live Broadcast – Campaign Nonviolence National Conference(August 7 – 8). Streamed live from Santa Fe, New Mexico, this conference will look at deepening the movement for a culture of peace free from war, poverty, the climate crisis and the epidemic of violence. Featured speakers include James Lawson, Erica Chenoweth, Roshi Joan Halifax, John Dear, Kathy Kelly, Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Kit Evans-Ford, Medea Benjamin, Sr. Joan Brown, Ken Butigan, Marian Naranjo and Beata Tsosie-Pena from the New Mexico Pueblo and many others. When you register for The Summer of Peace, you will receive access to this special broadcast.

The Summer of Peace also features tools, resources and practices that can help you become an empowered activator for peace.

Your participation in these events are an act of courage and commitment that will move us closer to a global tipping point... that moment when enough people are focused on peace that the balance “tips” – and we become a world of peace.

Join the The Summer of Peace for FREE to experience the most comprehensive online resource for the creation of peace.

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You Are the Next Wave of Peace!

The Summer of Peace is bringing together tens of thousands of global citizens who, like you, yearn for a more peaceful life and planet. From the personal to planetary issues, together, we will acknowledge, celebrate and accelerate the wave of peacebuilding that has been growing around the world.

With guidance from the most remarkable, inspiring peacebuilders, there’s no way you can’t come away from The Summer of Peace deeply inspired, transformed, and part of the solution.

Join us in taking peace to the next echelon – and help co-create a harmonious world that leaves a legacy of good for generations to come.

Enter your name and email address in the free registration box, and you’re in!

I can’t think of any other educational forum that touches on so many issues, and with such depth of thinking, looking at how we build peace. Some of the smartest and most inspiring thinkers are lined up to share their wisdom. It’s an opportunity not to miss.
– Matthew Albracht, The Peace Alliance

The Summer of Peace was an enlightening and moving experience where I got to hear directly from visionaries who spoke with true wisdom.
– Stephen Fantl, Director of PeaceDay TV

This is the most exciting event on behalf of Peace in decades!
– Krystal Rose

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