By Arnold R. Grahl, Rotary Editorial staff
Everyone wants peace, notes Rotary Peace Fellow Erinma Bell, a graduate of Rotary’s Peace Center program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
But the biggest challenge with wanting peace is actually getting people to understand that peace means different things to different people.
“When people think about peace they think about the absence of conflict. But peace is not necessarily the absence of conflict,” Bell says. “Peace could be just wanting to get along with your neighbor. For a child it could mean wanting to get to play with his favorite children on the playground.”
Bell, and three of her colleagues — Eduardo DaCosta, a graduate of the peace center program at Duke University and University of North Carolina, Francis Kabosha, a graduate of the program at the University of Bradford, and Liana Lopes, a director at the peace center at Uppsala University in Sweden — agreed to take part in an informal round table discussion Sunday on the challenges to promoting peace, parts of which are captured in the video above. From their booth in the House of Friendship, they have also been answering questions from Rotarians, whose clubs and districts sponsor up to 110 scholars a year, adding to an impressive network of peace workers.
What does peace mean to you?