Rick Ulfik is the Founder and Board Chair of WE, The World, Founder and a Principal Coordinator of the WE Campaign, and Co-Founder and Principal Organizer of 11 Days of Global Unity Sept. 11-21, an annual convergence of more than 700 associated events in over 60 countries around the world launched by We, The World and global partners in 2004. Rick also co-produces Visual Voices a TV Series Co-Sponsored by We, The World which was originally featured on the Dish Network and available in 15 million homes. He has written, produced and directed two short films. Rick organizes and promotes scores of events and other better world activities, large and small, every year.
Rick has been a Nonviolent Communication (NVC) workshop facilitator and leader working with the New York Center for Nonviolent Communication. He has worked with NVC since 2004 and has participated in many workshops led by internationally acclaimed mediator and creator of NVC Marshall Rosenberg who joined the Advisory Board of We, The World.
Rick Ulfik is also an award-winning composer, musician (keyboards), songwriter and sound design specialist who, over the last 30 years, has written, produced, arranged and performed music for ABC TV, NBC, CBS, the Olympics, feature films, commercials, records, and he has performed with major recording artists including Queen Latifah, Phoebe Snow, Carlos Santana, Judy Collins, and Bernadette Peters.
WORK IN SOCIAL CHANGE ORGANIZING
Rick Ulfik is the Founder and Board Chair of We, The World, a non-profit organization that develops global networks of collaboration and action to build mass involvement in the work of creating a peaceful, caring, sustainable world. Advisors and supporters include Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Daniel Ellsberg, Dr. Riane Eisler, Bill McKibben, Robert Thurman, William Schulz (Amnesty International USA Executive Director 1994-2006), Patch Adams, Hazel Henderson, and about 70 others.
Rick is Founder and a Principal Organizer of the WE Campaign – www.WE.net This is a global campaign to unite and amplify the efforts of people, organizations and movements working for the common good. Rick is also Co-Creator and Principal Organizer of 11 Days of Global Unity Sept. 11-21, an annual promotion of peace, sustainability and transformation that annually includes as many as 700 associated events in over 60 countries around the world. In 2004 We, The World and partners launched 11 Days of Global Unity as a breakthrough platform for linking local awareness and action campaigns into an inspiring international movement to create a world that works for all.
From 2004 to the present, participants in 11 Days of Global Unity have included:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, Daniel Ellsberg, Amy Goodman, Bill McKibben, Eve Ensler, Arun Gandhi, Marianne Williamson, Patch Adams, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Robert Thurman, Hazel Henderson, Riane Eisler, Jonathan Granoff, Lynne Twist, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Helen Caldicott, Indigenous Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim, Nina Meyerhof and many others.
Amnesty International, Oxfam America, United Religions Initiative, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the UN NGO Committee for the International Day of Peace, Earthdance, The Shift Network, The Compassion Games, Oprah Winfrey’s Belief Team, Pathways To Peace, Culture of Peace Initiative, World Peace Prayer Society, Children of the Earth, Peaceday TV, Ecofest, Benjamin Barber’s Interdependence Movement and thousands of other socially conscious organizations and businesses around the world.
In 2011 We, The World and partners took 11 Days to the next level with 11 Days of Global Unity – 11 Ways to Change the World which includes 11 Campaigns of Social Change.
11 Days includes concerts, festivals, webcasts and many other activities around the world. By combining artistic presentations, inspiration, consciousness-raising and taking action, 11 Days embodies our strategy of Inspire, Inform and Involve for moving humanity off the path of catastrophe and towards creating a peaceful, sustainable world.
Rick is the Host, Moderator and Principle Organizer of The 11 Days of Global Unity Tele-Summit 2014 and The 11 Days of Global Unity Tele-Summit 2015, which were co-produced with The Shift Network and promoted to over 300,000 people. The Summits featured some of the most visionary thinkers and activists of our time including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Eve Ensler, Deepak Chopra, Daniel Ellsberg, Amy Goodman, Bill McKibben, Patch Adams, Helen Caldicott and Eckhart Tolle.
Rick was also Co-Producer of the Better World Forum 2012 an online, virtual conference and exposition with seminars, screenings, interviews and panels featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill McKibben, Dot Maver, Deepak Chopra, John Perkins, Robert Thurman, Hazel Henderson, Jack Healey, Benjamin Barber, Rev. Deborah Moldow, Danny Schechter, Occupy Movement Organizers, Stephen Dinan and dozens of other leaders and teachers on the cutting edge of cultural, economic, environmental and political change.
Rick co-produced Visual Voices a 13-part TV Series that presents voices in media, politics, culture and the arts who are shaping our world. It was broadcast on the Dish Network, available in over 15 million homes, and is currently running in New York City. He has also written, produced and directed two short films.
WORK IN MUSIC
Rick Ulfik is an award-winning composer, musician, sound design specialist and audio engineer who is well known and respected for his work in television, film, and many other media. During the last 30 years he has been a member of hundreds of television, film, commercial and other media production teams.
Composer Underscoring Credits include: The Fire Unleashed (ABC-TV 3-hour Prime Time Special with Peter Jennings), Growing Old in America (ABC-TV 3-hour Prime Time Special with Hugh Downs), Dangerous World: The Kennedy Years (ABC), Another World (NBC), Guiding Light (CBS), All My Children (ABC), The Olympics (NBC), French Tennis Open (NBC), NCAA Basketball (ABC), The Peace Corps (Harry Belafonte), Delta Airlines, VISA, Prudential Insurance, IBM, Estee Lauder, Sea World and many others.
Rick has done keyboard work, arranging, sound design and/or musical direction with the following artists: Queen Latifah, Phoebe Snow, Carlos Santana, Spike Lee’s film production “New Jersey Drive”, Kurtis Blow, Noel Pointer, DJ Mark James The 45 King, Samantha Sang, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Pete Seeger, Ester Satterfield, Judy Collins, Bernadette Peters, Jane Olivor, Rupert Holmes, Maureen Mcgovern, Musique “Keep On Jumpin’”, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Jimmy Owens, Lester Chambers and many others.
Songwriting Credits include: Firesign (Record Label: RCA, Artist: Cory). Rick was the co-writer of 5 of the album’s tunes, including the title track (which hit the Billboard and Record World Top 100 Charts).
Grammy Award nomination, Clio awards, and the Parents Choice, Kids First, and National Educational Media Network awards for excellence in musical educational materials.
Rick has served for many years and continues to serve each year as a judge for the Emmy Awards in the areas of News, Documentaries, and Music. He has also served as a judge for the Clio Awards and the NY Festivals Awards as well as the United Nations special UNESCO Award for excellence and social significance in documentary television.
SOCIAL CHANGE ORGANIZING BACKGROUND
For many years Rick has had a strong interest in being involved with groups that promote peaceful and fulfilling interactions. He was a co-leader and coordinator of the 1993 United Nations event “Celebration For the Children of The World” endorsed by Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
He was one of several principal organizers of Michael Lerner’s historic National Summit On Ethics And Meaning in Washington, D.C. in April of 1996 which was attended by 1,800 people and included David Korten, Corinne McLaughlin, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Marian Wright Edelman, Pete Seeger, Marianne Williamson, Daniel Ellsberg, Cornel West and many others.
He also was an organizer for the 1998 United Nations Gandhi/King Season For Nonviolence honoring the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. endorsed by the Dalai Lama and Kofi Annan with participation by close to 2,000 people including Jesse Jackson, Arun Gandhi, over 500 organizations, and events taking place in 115 cities.
As Co-Chair of the National Board of The Foundation for Ethics and Meaning, he was one of three principal organizers of Re-Imagining Politics and Society at the Millennium, a conference in May of 2000 which featured Wei Jingsheng, Cornel West, Michael Lerner, David Korten, Naomi Klein, Arianna Huffington, Mark Green, Patricia Ireland, Cora Weiss, Marianne Williamson, and over 200 other speakers from around the world.
Rick was the principal organizer of We, The World’s Videoconference Series Building Peace and Security in the 21st Century started in 2003 which connects schools with the United Nations and featured speakers from around the world. Interacting with inspiring speakers like Dr. Jane Goodall and Congressman and Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich, students and others are supported and encouraged to create a dream and vision of peace, and then put their dream into action.
The videoconferences each involved hundreds of students, faculty and others (close to 1,000 total). Students and faculty interacted with speakers and came away informed, inspired and motivated to participate in many different kinds of peace activities. Education Update (a newspaper that reaches 200,000 parents, educators, and students) has made our Sept. videoconference the Cover Story of their 8th Anniversary issue! Utne Magazine website ran a feature story at the start of the series entitled “All About Solutions”.
PREVIOUS TEACHING EXPERIENCE
After college, Rick was a math teacher, math tutor, and music teacher in the New York City Public School System. He has served as a High School Executive Internship Sponsor.
Marriott Sheldon is a Board Member of We, The World and a Principal Coordinator of the WE Campaign. Marriott is a visual artist specializing in abstract painting and drawing and an Adjunct Professor of Art at William Paterson University. Her interest in women’s issues led to her current position with Strengthen Our Sisters shelters as Children’s Program Director. Marriott lived in China for ten years where she studied art at Central Art Academy in Beijing and traveled throughout Southeast Asia.
This experience gave her a greater awareness of our inherent commonalities; working with the WE Campaign allows her to act on this awareness. Marriott received a BA in English from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MFA from William Paterson University.
Ahmad “Armando” Quazi Jr
Ahmad “Armando” Quazi Jr has been an Executive Producer for many film, music and video projects through his production company, IMI Productions for over 15 years. Working with artists from all genres of music, and doing production work for MTV, HBO, NBC, The History Channel, Sci-Fi Channel and others, he has developed excellent relationships with a diverse variety of celebrities representing many different ethnicities, genres and cultures. Artists he has done production work for, or worked on set with, include: Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Ricky Martin, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Tito Puente Jr., and Akon and many others. He has worked with major record labels such as Sony, Universal, Virgin, and EMI, as well as with top radio stations such as Hot 97, Z100, Power 105, La Mega 97.9 and others around the USA. His passion is to find practical ways for prominent people in the fields of film, music, fashion, and sports to serve a higher calling in life and lend their voices for the good of humanity.
Ahmad is the Founder and President of Celebrities, Citizens and Children Against Poverty (CAP2015) and co-founder of the Global GED Initiative (Graduate Equivalency Diploma) as well as a spokesperson for many other humanitarian organizations. Over the years, Ahmad has worked with many programs and has contributed to major events at the United Nations in support of the Eight Millennium Development Goals as well as other humanitarian concerns. Ahmad is also the Founder of the “I AM WORTHY” Anti-Bullying Campaign, a non-profit division of the WORTHY LIFESTYLE Initiative whose mission is to combat Bullying at many different levels with an intent to better and save lives.
Karen Palmer is a best-selling author and popular online talk show host. Karen regularly does shows online to help promote 11 Days of Global Unity and other We, The World programs. Her organization is dedicated to educating children and families about environmental issues, animal advocacy, kindness, mindfulness, and compassion. She is the mom who made a wish and started a kindness revolution! Karen is founder of The #Globalkindness Revolution which is networking with organizations and people co-creating a kinder and more loving world. Most recently Karen has become a National Kindness Leader and is collaborating with 29 other leaders from the USA who have a combined social media reach of over 30 million followers.
Karen has been nick-named The Queen Of Globalkindness and is MindfulMediaMom on all social media, she has been known as a Modern Day Mystical Mr.Rogers, who uses music, meditation ,mindful practices, and mantras for empowerment of all ages. Karen is also an Angelic Mindful Marketing & Sacred Social Media Strategist who helps dreamers, visionaries, change agents, and peacemakers find their voice and share their message and gifts globally. She is a singer and songwriter who designs musical empowering kindness activity coloring books and games for children and families.
Angelina is a coursework team member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Director of Lemon & Vinegar (PTY) LTD. a company in Gaborone, Botswana that focuses on agricultural produce that supports and nurtures Bio-diverse Ecosystems, Youth and Women’s Empowerment Cooperatives through Organic Agri-Processing value chains. She is a former member of SAPSSI, a non-profit organization which coordinates a peer education program to facilitate with Youth issues such as peer pressure, self-image, drugs and alcohol abuse.
Angelina is passionate about Rejuvenating the Balance of the Earth, Empowering Women, Youth & Children. She is keen and eager to foster collaboration between We, The World (and the WE Campaign), and other organizations, to tackle issues in Botswana.
Heidi Little is a spiritual teacher, singer, songwriter, and children’s heart based education platform/activity developer. She is Co founder/Director of International Children’s Month, Outreach Coordinator for WE The World, Co founder of A United Earth, Co founder of The Earth Dollar, Radio show host of One Love Rising on blogtalk radio, Owner /developer of One Clothing Unify, Facilitator / Co founder for the Children’s Global Wave of Love, and the Co Chair for the WE Tour. ” Music that is the beauty and truth of the rising generation, love, care and respect. ” International Children Love to Create and Play 2017: Game On!! ” One becomes two. Two become many. Many become one.”
Originally from Atlanta, Abba moved to New York City promptly after graduating college and brought along her studies in various artistic mediums and her passion of working for “the greater good”. She currently produces a podcast called The Many Shades of Green, which aims to raise environmental awareness through interviews with experts and activists in the sustainability movement. It is through the podcast that she met Rick and became involved with WE. Abba also works on the marketing team for the Institute for Humane Education and the Solutionary School and is a member of SPARE’s board.
Abba is excited to collaborate with WE and looks forward to helping spread the mission through social media and other digital platforms!
Robert Levine is a writer, activist, Yoga instructor, city planner and political scientist based in New York. He has written extensively on the deep inner connection between politics and spirituality and wrote a column from 2003 to 2008 for LifeSherpa.com. He is working on a book on that topic. He is board member and treasurer for FIONS (Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences) and has been teaching Yoga since 1999. Robert is now teaching at Integral Yoga Institute Princeton, and is one of the founders and principal instructors of the Advanced Teacher Training program at TGR Yoga in the Princeton area.
Angel Fullerton is co-founder of the nonprofit Dragonflies Spiritual Center, whose mission is to raise consciousness in the Madison County, Kentucky community through workshops and retreats; and raising awareness and inviting collaboration on local and global issues. Her desire is to spread the message that: “Everyone is gifted with a piece of the puzzle.” She is also a transformational coach, Leadership Madison County alumni, facilitator for the Delightfully Divine Sisterhood Circle, and is involved in several community and volunteer projects. In partnership with We, The World, Angel is bringing the mission of the WE Campaign to the Madison County, Kentucky area. In collaboration with local nonprofit organizations and groups, the goal is to expand the mission of WTW in creative and innovative ways.
Happiness is a New Jersey based Nigerian born artist working in many media: Video, Computer 3D, Painting & Illustration. She received an MFA from William Paterson University in 2008. Her interest in social issues started at the William Paterson University Women’s Center where she worked as an assistant for three years, researching and organizing events that foster gender understanding and tolerance in the campus community. Her desire is to use her life-lessons learned from hardship and struggles growing up in Africa, as well as her creativity and cultural experience to make a positive change.
Dorothy Polash is a Board Member of We, The World and works with the WE Campaign in Outreach and Development and Social Media. A full time activist working for social justice and equality, Dorothy is a regular visitor to “the Hill” in Washington D.C. and works to convince law makers of the need for change as the world’s needs and populations change and grow. A Co-Founder of Progressive Women Silicon Valley, Dorothy is an active ally of the GLBT community, Dorothy is a Federal Council member of the Human Rights Campaign and an active of member of GLAAD, Courage Campaign, Equality for California, and Faith for Equality. She is on the Majority Council of Emily’s List and a co-founding family of Summit Preparatory Charter High School in CA. Involved with several organizations working for change in the DR Congo and Sudan, Dorothy uses social media to reach out to the global community bringing her message of a world that can work for all and the concept that as we are the human race, we are “WE”.
Arlan Berglas is a Board Member of We, The World and works passionately with the WE Campaign to help create “A United World”. As Executive Director of We, The World from 2007-2014 Arlan initiated many innovative programs such as the Pass It Forward Mentoring Program benefiting hundreds of young people around the United States and Fundraising for a Better World offering thousands of non-profit organizations free fundraising tools and strategies.
Board of Directors
Rick Ulfik – Chair
Founder of We, The World
B. Junahli Hunter, Ph.D- Vice Chair
Diplomate, American Academy. of Experts in Traumatic Stress
Ina Bransome – Secretary
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant; Doula; community organizer; writer
Alan Schogel – Treasurer
Energy Conservation Consultant
Director of Pass It Forward Movement, Baby Boomer Fun Events
Rwanda Survivor, author, Left To Tell
Co-Founder, 11 Days of Global Unity
Activist, Social Media, WE Campaign
Marriott Sheldon, M.F.A.
Artist, Activist, WE Campaign
Dr. Deepak Chopra
(Co-Founder of the Chopra Center; Best-selling Author who has written over 89 books translated into more than 43 languages)
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE
Founder, Jane Goodall Institute, U.N. Messenger of Peace
Author, released the Pentagon Papers during the Viet Nam war
Dr. Riane Eisler
Author, The Chalice and the Blade, Co-founder and President, Center for Partnership Studies
Broadcaster, Best-Selling Author
Executive Director, Amnesty International U.S.A. 1994-2006
Patch Adams, MD
Exec. Dir., Gesundheit Institute
Nana Osei Boakye YiadomII
Queenmother/chief of Aburi, Ghana, African refugee advocate
Co-Founder/Pres., Tibet House
Eskimo [Kalaallit] Elder, 4 Worlds International Elder’s Council
Worldwatch Institute Board
Co-author, The Cultural Creatives
Founder, Source of Synergy Foundation
Dr. Ervin Laszlo
Founder, the Club of Budapest
Dr. Delois Blakely
Community Mayor of Harlem
Learn More About WE
WE Connect, Mobilize, & Accelerate Global Social Change for a United Humanity!
WE, the World is a global coalition-building non-profit organization based in New York City. Founded in 1998 by Rick Ulfik, WE, the World annually connects and promotes thousands of socially conscious organizations and businesses, representing millions of people, to amplify their efforts and generate public awareness and action for peace, justice, sustainability and transformation.
Advisors and Supporters include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Bill McKibben, Immaculee Ilibagiza, Daniel Ellsberg, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Patch Adams, Hazel Henderson, Robert Thurman and about 70 other visionary leaders from around the world.
WE, the World is a Founding Member of Abolition 2000 – a Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons. We have Co-Sponsored many conferences, Teleseminars, Forums and Campaigns to end the threat of Nuclear Weapons.
As part of our Disarmament Campaign we are working closely with WE, the World Advisory Board Member and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Jonathan Granoff and the Global Security Institute, as well as many other groups, raising consciousness and taking action to abolish Nuclear Weapons for a Livable Future.
WE is a Consciousness, a Campaign, and a Collaboration of people, organizations and social change movements from around the world.
WE Consciousness: WE promotes making a shift from “I” to “WE” in our individual actions and attitudes and in our societal priorities and policies.
WE Collaboration: The WE Network, WE.net, provides a vehicle for connection, interaction and opportunity for unprecedented cooperation between people, organizations and movements. Utilizing advanced technology and intuitive web design, Partners of WE consisting of thousands of organizations and a mass movement of people create an ever-expanding social change network essential for a world that works for all.
WE Campaign: WE is an ongoing Awareness and Action Campaign; four WE Action Campaigns per year with culminating Global Public Events every 3 months. WE will Inspire, Inform and Involve millions of people through WE.net in solutions to:
- Ensure basic human needs and well being worldwide
- Restore healthy eco-systems and environmental stewardship
- Create a culture of peace and nonviolence – from individuals to nation-states.
Imagine 4 times a year, groups like MoveOn, Greenpeace and Amnesty International coordinate their action campaigns with hundreds of other global organizations, thousands of smaller groups and millions of people around the world, shifting societal consciousness and creating political will.
WE, the World has developed the Strategic Alliances and has the team to achieve that level of global collaboration and effectiveness. In 2004, WE, the World launched 11 Days of Global Unity which now annually has more than 700 associated events in over 60 countries.
WE Campaign is based on the successful model of 11 Days of Global Unity Campaign.
People are looking for ways to come together locally and globally that can create real change because they can sense the danger we’re in as a civilization. Scientists around the world have concluded that unless extraordinary measures are taken now, Global Climate Change and the Mass Extinction of Species (as many as 70-100 per day) will become irreversible with devastating consequences even in the wealthiest countries.
More and more people realize that our elected officials, our corporate CEOs, our mainstream media, and others in power are not sufficiently addressing environmental destruction, the mass extinction of species, escalating militarism and violence, the expanding epidemic of poverty, and the destruction of indigenous peoples worldwide (some of whom are the last remaining examples of cultures that have lived in sustainable harmony with nature for many millennia).
Even if somehow the huge obstacles were to disappear allowing emergency funding for the Kyoto/Copenhagen Accords, the U.N. goal to cut poverty in 1/2 by 2015 and other major initiatives, the underlying reasons for this rush towards global collapse will still be there. Beyond emergency measures, what’s needed is a major cultural shift, including a shift in consciousness and societal priorities, especially in the wealthiest countries. This is a shift away from what WE, the World Advisory Board member Riane Eisler calls Domination Culture (and it’s impending collapse) and toward Partnership Culture. This is a moment when great change is possible.
But don’t imagine that the change, the shift to peace, sustainability and transformation, is just going to happen on its own. The major changes brought about by social movements throughout history have not happened as a result of a few people with vision like Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. Tremendous organizing was needed, and everyone’s involvement counted. “Unless we see our vote [in the U.S.] as part of a commitment to involve ourselves consistently and unrelentingly in the political process, our vote is wasted.
This is because the forces that have led us to this economic, military, and political precipice exert such awesome power over the mechanics of Washington that no single candidate or group of legislators, whatever their intentions, can possibly go up against them unless armed with an irrepressible public mandate.” Eugene Jarecki, filmmaker who produced the acclaimed documentary Why We Fight To make the shift happen, we need “an irrepressible public mandate”. And for that we need a major public awareness-raising and mobilization program that benefits from what some people call “conscious” or “sacred” activism.
Social researcher Paul Ray estimates that there are 50-60 million people in the USA and 80-90 million in Western Europe who are what he calls Cultural Creatives who would love to see such a shift happen. But they don’t know that there are so many others with their values. WE, the World has begun to help make the Cultural Creatives visible to each other so they can begin to act collectively! But to fully implement this, via the WE campaign, we need full participation at this stage by those, like you, who share these values.
Together, you and WE have the potential to galvanize tens of millions of new people.
Please join us!
- Individual Partners
- Share WE.net with your network on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or your email list
- Create your own project, program or event in your school, community, or village for WE
- Share your actions and ideas on the WE Forum blog
- Set up a WE Student Action Group or Local WE Group
- Volunteer for WE
- Donate to WE
- Get involved with projects/actions of WE Partner organizations
- Organization, Coalition and Campaign Partners
- Post WE.net and the WE logo on your website
- Mention your participation with WE in your outreach emails, newsletters and other promotion
- List your upcoming programs and events on the Global Unity Calendar as part of the WE Campaign
- Create events and other programs specifically for a WE Action Campaign and list them on the Global Unity Calendar
- Co-sponsor and co-organize WE Global Events and other programs with WE, the World
- Resource Partners
- Provide funding for “Now Is The Time For WE” Video (now in production) and WE Campaign
- Provide media outlets: broadcast (TV, radio, satellite), print publications, website articles/ads
- Provide other in-kind donations of products or services: video production, design services, printing, promotion services, server capacity, venues, outreach to major constituencies, volunteer Services, etc.
How is WE different from other global campaigns?
- Comprehensive: WE addresses not just one major issue but all issues of global concern.
- Inclusive: WE not only partners with organizations and coalitions, WE also partners with other campaigns and movements.
- Values including awareness of our interconnection, interdependence and understanding of our common goals are reflected in the WE campaign; these values are fundamental to all movements for social change.
- WE not only promotes other groups’ efforts, WE also produces events and programs through four action campaigns per year.
- WE.net provides an essential network for social change agents to meet, interact and collaborate.
- WE, the World started WE. WE, the World is a 501c3 non-profit organization, founded in 1998 and headquartered in New York City, whose mission is to maximize social change until we have a world that works for all.
- Meet the WE Team
Report from 2011: The date is October 3, 2011. There have been 3 Global Initiatives as part of the “WE” campaign so far this year. They focused on Women & Equality (January through March), Ecosystems (April through June) and Unity and Peace (July through September).. Together, these 3-month Campaigns have already succeeded in involving more people in an ongoing way than Live Aid, Live Earth or other similar global events. Results have varied regionally. In some areas political and legislative action was taken to allocate funds for greatly reducing poverty, ending social injustice or restoring damaged eco-systems.
In other areas, it was about expanding non-military approaches to ending ethnic and border conflicts. Some regions had transformative cultural and educational public activities. Participation in “WE” has taken place locally in thousands of towns and cities around the world. Organizers usually began by engaging and educating the public about important local issues related to the current Global Campaign theme.
Then the focus would turn to generating local and regional political support to make crucial changes in legislation, business or government practices, diplomatic treaties, ecological improvements, education or whatever was most important in the region. The participating local organizations were connected to others outside their area through the Network, www.WE.net, including an internationally accessible Calendar. Simultaneous high visibility Hub Events on each continent provided a means of rallying excitement and large scale consciousness-raising.
As more recognizable leaders and celebrities participated in the Hub Events, mainstream media coverage increased substantially leading to even more ongoing participation around the world. The creator of “WE” was a relatively small non-profit with the ambitious name of “WE, the World”. As a result of its persistent organizing efforts and strong supporters such as Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall and Deepak Chopra, these Global Initiatives generated an unusual degree of collaboration between large organizations and coalitions including Amnesty International, Greenpeace, the Clinton Global Initiative, MoveOn, the International Council of Churches, the International Trade Union Confederation, four Years. Go., the Global Commons movement, the Evolutionary Leaders movement and many other large and small groups.
Though still new in everyone’s minds, this approach appears to be overcoming the political logjams of the past in which special interests used their power and influence to maintain the status quo at the expense of the common good. Now, in many areas around the world, politicians have started to point to “an irrepressible public movement” when no longer giving in to these power brokers and special interests.
Around the world people are beginning to notice that something unique is happening. Now, instead of the predominance of political partisanship and conflict covered in the media, we are seeing a growing theme of people in different parts of the world coming together to solve their problems. There seems to be a new activism fueled by awareness of common goals. Even the most cynical commentators admit that we could be entering a new global era of collective public involvement.