I love the concept of the Olympics. I know it seems they have become a competition of sponsorship and excess instead of sport. For me, the underlying idea of the world coming together to compete peacefully in sport is one that I believe in. I'm idealist and proud of it. And I love Vancouver, BC, which is my favorite place in the world. It thrills me that these two favorites of mine would give the world a concept called Acts of Transformation: from War Toys to Peace Art.
In Vancouver there is a group that is honoring the spirit of The Olympic Truce with an educational program about peace. The mission;
Promoting a culture of peace for children through education is the main intent of Acts of Transformation: from War Toys to Peace Art’.
Why do we allow our children to play with war toys? What values are learned?
Children play with toys to learn socialization skills that foster growth and development, to become self-reliant, self-disciplined citizens. 'The Promoting a Culture of Peace Society of BC's hope is: that children who participate in this project will learn to display a sense of social and environmental responsibility, who will understand and support the values of a democratic, pluralistic and peaceful society.
The society is working to establish a Centre for a Culture of Peace for Children as a legacy for the 2010 Olympic Truce and the UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non Violence for the Children of the World: 2001 to 2010. The Centre would enable children and youth of BC to become involved in the Olympic Truce movement that aspires to contribute to a peaceful future for humanity through the educational value of sport.
We would gift this concept to the 2012 London Olympic Games and the Olympic Truce Foundation. Hopefully they would accept this gift of creating Centres of Cultures of Peace for Children. Then every two years in another city of the world we would have another Centre for a Culture of Peace for Children. In this way, the next generation of children and youth would have the skills and knowledge with which to create: Peace and Social Justice on Earth.
The very essence of this program speaks to me as an idealist, an artist and a story teller. What a great addition to the legacy of the Olympic Games. It's a nice balance to all the media hype and the excess that the games have become. And, it's a great reflection of the citizens of Vancouver, BC and the country of Canada. It's a new chapter in the ongoing story of the Olympics. I hope that in 2012 I will be able to continue this story up with London 2012.