Thursday, 7 July 2011

Can individuals make a difference?

A recurring theme in our discussions with agents of peace worldwide is the question of whether or not individuals acting as peaceful agents can make a difference. Is it possible for the individual, apart from any social movement or organization cause real change in the world of peace-building and activism.

There has not been a lot of focus on the individual in research that has been done on peace agency. In fact, the individual is nearly absent in discussions of peace-building. While there are many papers written about groups of individuals working together--women for peace, muslims for peace, christians for peace, gays for  peace and so forth--little is said about the single individuals working on their own with the intent of affecting real change with in their communities, in their countries and on the global stage.

So I ask you, can individuals make a difference? And if so, how?

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