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Generation Peace: Spotlighting the NeXt Generation of Peacebuilders

27 January 2011 No Comment

Abby Smith

by Abby Smith, Data and Administrative Assistant

PeaceTimes has showcased young heroes like the indomitable Katy Spotz in past issues, and many of the Voices we feature each week are young women like Alaha Ahrar and Yi Wang and young men like HawaH. Now the team here at Peace X Peace has decided to honor the rising generation of peacebuilders by dedicating a column in every month’s PeaceTimes to our distinctive voices. This column will focus exclusively on next-gen peacebuilders: students, young professionals, and young adults who are promoting and pursuing peace while juggling our crazy schedules and planning our next strategic career move.

I am a student at George Mason University in Virginia, and have spent most of my academic career being involved in social justice organizations. I have been working for and promoting peace since high school, when I began to learn about the conflict in Sudan. I will graduate in May with a B.S. in International Politics and a minor in Middle Eastern studies. As a student I see firsthand the amazing grassroots movements that are taking place on campuses all across the world. At Peace X Peace we want to hear about those movements, your feelings on peace or conflict, and where you see our generation taking this peace movement!

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Peace is a common topic of discussion among college students outside of their classes, in their dorms, and even at their parties. There are social justice groups overtaking campuses all across the United States and the world, promoting peace and making changes in our conflict-ridden world. The peace sign has become a huge phenomenon, taking over any and every article of clothing, purses, shoes, posters, stickers, and just about anything that can be marketed. Peace is beginning to take over our generation. We must now decide what to do with that. What does peace really mean to us? Is it just a cute symbol that I have on my shoes, or is it a lifestyle, a dialogue, a discourse, a necessity?

A phenomenal group of men and women peacebuilders have gone before us and are ready to pass that torch on to us. They have laid groundwork and frameworks for achieving peace that we can now take up, follow, and adapt to create peace in a world of ever changing conflicts. It’s time the world took notice of you, the younger peacebuilder struggling to make a difference in the world we live in. This column will be written by people like you and me, college students and other young adults with a passion for peace.

With conflicts erupting every day in every corner of the world, we must figure out how our generation can make a change and begin to create peace. We must figure out what will be effective in peacebuilding and how we can make changes from right here in our own homes. This generation is so connected that if you don’t have at least 300 Facebook friends you are seriously behind. We need to use this connectedness to leverage changes. Peace X Peace offers a global social networking tool where you can connect, read, and write about peace.

With millions of people blogging every day about anything and everything, let’s make blogging worthwhile. I challenge you, the college student, the young adult, the next generation of peacebuilder, to write a blog about your thoughts on peace and what changes you want to see in the world and post it on our community or email me, Please introduce yourself and tell us what’s on your mind. Let’s get going!

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