Keynotes 2017

Compassion: revisiting a revolutionary ethic

Presented by Marilyn Turkovich on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Description: Compassion is a practically acquired knowledge, like dancing. You must do it and practice diligently day by day. ~Karen Armstrong

Often one person can help to change a small part of the world. Each of us has compassion built into our core but not many of us know it and fewer still understand that it can be taught. Just as we become proficient in developing various skills as musicians, athletes, parents, teachers, artists, we can develop compassion and the attributes often associated with compassion: encouragement, happiness, kindness, empathy, resilience, and altruism. Compassion is not only a philosophical concept, but an action. This presentation will provide some of the core meanings of compassion, relate them to the work that is being done around the world in compassionate cities and schools, and set the stage for how participants can bring about compassionate action in their lives and in their schools.

Courage through Peace, not for War

Presented by Kathy Kelly on Friday, March 24, 2017

Kathy Kelly will explain, mainly through stories, why she believes that the best way to counter terrorism is to build justice. She will tell about how people in war zones are affected when some countries use their resources to make wars and to develop, store, sell and use weapons. She'll also tell about how the Afghan Peace Volunteers have helped inspire and sustain peacemaking efforts, globally, through their determination to abolish war, protect the natural environment and end income inequities.