There are some initiatives which are so cool that you have to take a moment to truly appreciate them. Let me introduce you to The Elders.
Sounds very mythical or medieval-ish, correct? There was once a time a village, town or tribe would turn to its elders for wisdom and possible solutions.
Well, The Elders are real and they consist of some of our leading spiritual and intrepid minds. They are an independent group of global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela who pool their collective influence and experience to support peace building and address issues facing humanity worldwide.
The names are a who’s-who of leadership on our planet, from popular household names like Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter to leaders such as Muhammad Yunus and Ela Bhatt.
The idea of The Elders started in a conversation between the entrepreneur Richard Branson and the musician Peter Gabriel, reports the organization. They wondered how, in an increasingly interdependent world, could a small, dedicated group of independent “elders” help to resolve global issues.
“The Elders can speak freely and boldly, working both publicly and behind the scenes. They will reach out to those who most need their help. They will support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair,” – Nelson Mandela.
The Elders’ agenda of issues are truly mountains, from humanitarian tragedies in the Sudan or Zimbabwe to achieving equality for women which are discriminated against through religious and traditional practices used to justify inequality.
If there was one group of people who can lead us to achieve fair solutions in these areas, I have to believe it is The Elders…if not them, then who?