Scilla Elworthy

Scilla is founder of Peace Direct, and founder and Chair of Oxford Research Group. Previously, she was a consultant at UNESCO on women’s issues, a director of Minority Rights Group in France and she has worked for ten years in southern Africa. In May 2003 she was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize and has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

From the field: Inspiring change at Heliopolis University

In her recent visit to Cairo, Egypt, Scilla Elworthy visited Heliopolis University for a three day training course, where she taught leadership and teaching staff the tools needed to bring about positive social change. Read more »

Commentary: How do I deal with a bully, without becoming a thug?

Drawing on stories from her inspirations such as Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi, Peace Direct co-founder Scilla Elworthy gives a TEDx talk in which she shares six methods has identified that we can use to counter violence without having to resort to force ourselves. Read more »

Commentary: Guardians for the future

Dr Scilla Elworthy, co-founder of Peace Direct, explains the idea of Ombudspersons for Future Generations – guardians who would be appointed at global, national and local levels whose job would be to safeguard environmental and social conditions by speaking up for future generations in all areas of policy-making. Read more »

Commentary: Planning for the future

Dr Scilla Elworthy, co-founder of Peace Direct, reports from a recent World Future Council meeting in Egypt. The World Future Council is a group of 50 experienced specialists in Climate and Energy, Sustainable Economies, Future Justice, and Peace and Disarmament. Coming from all five continents, together they form a voice for the rights of future generations. Read more »

From the field: Egypt’s peaceful revolution

I have just returned from Egypt, where the reality was rather different from government advice and some media reports. The German foreign office advised its nationals against travelling to Egypt; Netherlands newspapers were running reports of Bedouin kidnapping refugees for ransom and many police posts in Sinai deserted. In reality, I have never known the Sinai so safe and relaxed. Read more »

World Peace Festival

I’d like to let everyone know about this unprecedented 3-day event to take place August 27-29 2010 in Berlin. Local peace builders are invited to present their work. See www.worldpeacefestival.org Read more »