Did somebody say this is the Age of Community? How about hundreds of somebodies? (Google found more than 10,000 occurrences of that exact phrase on the web, but it’s not exactly rigorous research to stop there.)

Still, what’s a community without Elders?

Heart-labor of Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel, a awesome endeavor called, “The Elders” brings together a group of people “who have the trust of the world”, and who are able and willing to speak freely and act quickly when conflict arises.

Given form by Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel, other members include Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson. They plan to work both publicly and behind the scenes, answering to whatever needs emerge with all the means available to them.

The website says it like this:

Never before has such a powerful group of elders come together. Free from political, economic, or military pressures. The only agenda of The Elders is that of humanity. And their only purpose is to ease human suffering in three essential areas:

1. Offering a catalyst for the peaceful resolution of conflict.

2. Seeking new approaches to seemingly intractable global issues.

3. Sharing wisdom: Reaching out to grassroots Elders and to the next generation of leaders. Listening and helping to amplify voices for good all over the world.

Visitors to the site can send comments and elder nominations, and subscribe to updates.

Everybody needs to know about this. We need to have a party, and declare a global holiday. I bet you think I’m joking.


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