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World Peace has seemed pretty elusive lately.  We pray for peace, we tweet for peace, we visualize peace, and yet it fails to materialize.  

 

John Hunter, a teacher in Albemarle, Virginia, has put his hope for world peace in the hands of his fourth-grade classes.  In 1978, Hunter began his teaching career and over the course of it has developed the World Peace Game. Each year since the game’s inception, his students have worked together to solve the problems that lead to conflict. 

 

The World Peace Game is played on a multi-level game board and allows students to participate in a political simulation.  They are not told what to do or what to think, but given the space and critical thinking tools that allow them to work together as “nation teams” in reaching the game’s objective to achieve global prosperity with the least amount of armed conflict.

 

In his 2011 TED talk, Mr. Hunter describes the game and its evolution.  It speaks to the best thing that we can to do advance peace, which is to give our children the tools to bring it about. 

 

If you cannot see the video below, you can reach it through the following link:

http://www.ted.com/talks/john_hunter_on_the_world_peace_game

 

 

 

As Mr. Hunter mentions in his talk, a film has been made about the World Peace Game.  In this extended trailer for the film, you will learn more about it from the kids’ points of view. 

 

If you cannot see the video below, you can reach it through the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCq8V2EhYs0

 

 

 

For more information on the game and on the World Peace Game Camps scheduled for 2016, visit the World Peace Game Foundation website http://www.worldpeacegame.org/world-peacegame-foundation

 

Become active in your support for peace:  Join us at the Rotary International Peace Conference, January 15-16, 2016, in Ontario California.

 

 
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