PEACE

Albert Hammond - Give a little love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JOhdTDeGZw&mode=related&search

Martin Luther King
http://video.yahoo.com/video/play?vid=1d0f7beff4defeb716b60b23e2a32263.1248462

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In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968)
lead the historic March on Washington, where he delivered his well-known and often quoted 'I Have a Dream' speech to over 250,000 people."

http://www.AfricanAmericanCentury.com

EXCERPT

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed - "We hold these these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, and rough places will be made plains, and the crooked places will be made straight,and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the south. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."
And if America is to be a great nation this must come true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California.
But not only that - let freedom ring from Stone Mountain in Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual,
Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

Free Hugs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4

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Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

As this symbol of human hope spread accross the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.

In the Spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS THIS TO A FRIEND and HUG A STRANGER! After all, If you can reach just one person...

Music by Sick Puppies. (Visit http://sickpuppies.net or http://myspace.com/sickpuppies for the music)

MUSIC TRIBUTE To Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus 2006

http://www.muhammadyunus.org/index.php?option=com_content&task
=view&id=74&Itemid=105

Stop the Clash of Civilizations

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http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_clash/

Talk is rising of a 'clash of civilizations'. But the problem isn't culture, it's politics - from 9/11 to Guantanamo, Iraq to Iran. This clash is not inevitable, and we don't want it.So where to start? The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the key symbol of the rift between Islam & the West. It's time to step up and take the initiative.Add your voice below and when leaders meet in late March, our message will be delivered in a way they can't ignore...

Peace Train

http://www.lucasgray.com/video/peacetrain.html

WHAT ABOUT ME
Happiness is the heart being free
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDSAAlrqAHM

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Mipham records albums, runs marathons and just happens to be a Tibetan Buddhist Lama.Check out his website http://www.mipham.com

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THE SCIENCE

The Chaos Point: The World at the Crossroads

This is a fabulous interview a 30minutes video of Ervin Laszlo on Dutch TV with wonderful pictures
Unforgettable!!!
English-spoken (after intro of 5') / dutch undertitled

http://www.nederland2.nl/uitzendinggemist/programma/alziend-oog/741

Alziend Oog
Afl.: Ervin Laszlo. Speciale eindejaarsuitzending vanuit Boedapest met de Hongaarse filosoof en wetenschapper Ervin Laszlo. Het Hongaarse wonderkind Ervin Laszlo begon zijn carrière als concertpianist. In de jaren zestig begonnen zijn gedachten boven de toetsen steeds vaker af te dwalen naar de wereld buiten de concertzaal. Een wereld die hem tot het stellen van vragen dwong. Laszlo werd een vooraanstaand wetenschapper en filosoof, die zich meer en meer ging bezighouden met de vraag:

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Ervin Laszlo is the author or editor of sixty-nine books translated into as many as nineteen languages, and has over four hundred articles and research papers and six volumes of piano recordings to his credit. He serves as editor of the monthly World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and of its associated General Evolution Studies book series.

Laszlo is generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory, serving as founder-director of the General Evolution Research Group and as past president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. He is the recipient of the highest degree in philosophy and human sciences from the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, as well as of the coveted Artist Diploma of the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest. His numerous prizes and awards include four honorary doctorates.

His appointments have included research grants at Yale and Princeton Universities, professorships for philosophy, systems sciences, and future sciences at the Universities of Houston, Portland State, and Indiana, as well as Northwestern University and the State University of New York. His career has also included guest professorships at various universities in Europe and the Far East. In addition, Laszlo worked as program director for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Canadian International Institute of Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics.

Laszlo serves as president of the Club of Budapest and head of the General Evolution Research Group, which he founded. He is an advisor to the UNESCO Director General, ambassador of the International Delphic Council, member of both the International Academy of Science, World Academy of Arts and Science, and the International Academy of Philosophy. He is the former president of the International Society for Systems Sciences.

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CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate Change Global Warming Scottish Action on Climate Change contraction and Convergence

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U.K. Urged to Act Against Climate Change
The Associated Press
Saturday, November 4, 2006; 11:40 PM

LONDON -- About 20,000 environmental activists protested in central London Saturday, demanding the government take urgent action against climate change.

Some demonstrators slowly rode bicycles on prominent streets to hinder traffic in the day of protests.

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, which organized the demonstrations, said the protests were timed to coincide with the second meeting of Kyoto Protocol countries _ who have agreed to cap greenhouse gas emissions and stave off global warming. The meeting will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 6-17.
Under the 1997 Kyoto accord, 35 industrialized nations have committed to reducing emissions by an average of 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. The U.S., the world's biggest polluter, rejects the agreement.
At a rally in London's Trafalgar Square, about 4,000 activists demanded the British government negotiate an international agreement to stop global warming, and introduce a new Climate Change Bill to cut the country's carbon dioxide emissions.

They also want Britain to help developing countries fight climate change.
"There is a danger threshold. If we breach it, it could be catastrophic," said Ashok Sinha, director of the coalition made up of environmental and development organizations. "The governments have enough evidence themselves that something needs to be done."

On Monday, Prime Minister Tony Blair called for decisive action on carbon emissions after a government-commissioned report warned global warming will cause a drastic economic calamity if it is not addressed urgently.
Sir Nicholas Stern, a senior government economist, estimated the effects of climate change could eventually cost the equivalent of between 5 percent and 20 percent of global gross domestic product each year.

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POVERTY
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-563559936059419369&pr=goog-sl

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Washington, D.C.- http://www.worldwatch.org/node/1799

The global war on terror is diverting the world's attention from the central causes of instability, reports the Worldwatch Institute in its annual State of the World 2005. Acts of terror and the dangerous reactions they provoke are symptomatic of underlying sources of global insecurity, including the perilous interplay among poverty, infectious disease, environmental degradation, and rising competition over oil and other resources.

Compounded by the spread of deadly armaments, these "problems without passports" create the conditions in which political instability, warfare, and extremism thrive. They could lead the world into a dangerous downward spiral in which the basic fabric of nations is called into question, political fault lines deepen, and radicalization grows. Tackling these challenges demands a strategy that emphasizes prevention-focused programs rather than military might, the report concludes.

"Poverty, disease, and environmental decline are the true axis of evil," says Worldwatch President Christopher Flavin. "Unless these threats are recognized and responded to, the world runs the risk of being blindsided by the new forces of instability, just as the United States was surprised by the terrorist attacks of September 11."

In the State of the World 2005 foreword, former Soviet Union President and Green Cross International chairman Mikhail Gorbachev calls for a "Global Glasnost-openness, transparency, and public dialogue..." and "a policy of 'preventive engagement'...to meet the challenges of poverty, disease, environmental degradation, and conflict in a sustainable and nonviolent way."
Make Poverty History - Nelson Mandela

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQzY0ZoclRI

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ACTIONS FOR PEACE

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Shortcut to:

http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?&pid=416&srcid=895

Shortcut to:
http://video.clintonglobalinitiative.org/health_cast/player_cgi.cfm?id=2773#

EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN with Hilary Clinton
Shortcut to:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6150239460209844607&q=
%22clinton+global+initiative%22&hl=en

Shortcut to:Poverty Clinton Global Initiative
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4915691949440657323&pr=goog-sl

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The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a non-partisan undertaking that is part of the William J. Clinton Foundation, is a catalyst for action.

CGI brings together a community of global leaders (CGI "members") to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Ongoing working groups focus on issues that include poverty, climate change, global health, and religious and ethnic conflicts. All CGI members-who come from diverse entities including business, non-governmental organizations, foundations, philanthropy, and government-are required to make a specific action commitment each year to help address one or more of these problems.

Commitments can be made to any cause or organization of the member's choosing, and can any number of forms including financial contributions, an investment of time, or the application of special expertise. Over the past two years more than 500 commitments have been made by CGI members, totaling nearly $10 billion and benefiting the work of more than 1,000 organizations.

2007 Skoll World Forum - Jeff Skoll Opening Speech
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK876EzwhK8

Information on the 2004 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • The first annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship was held March 29-31, 2004
  • Those who participated were some of the world's leading social entrepreneurs, as well as thought leaders, nonprofit professionals and academics involved in the field
  • The Forum provided an opportunity to learn the new strategies and tactics that successful social entrepreneurs are using, and how they mobilize support
  • Participants had a chance to discover the skills needed to become a social entrepreneur
  • Other discussions focused on what social entrepreneurs can learn from business, and how businesses can be enlisted to promote social change


Microcredit

Muhammad Yunus The Nobel Peace Prize for 2006

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBBemklV5vU

Nobel Peace Prize ANNOUNCEMENT

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006, divided into two equal parts, to Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for their efforts to create economic and social development from below. Lasting peace can not be achieved unless large population groups find ways in which to break out of poverty. Micro-credit is one such means. Development from below also serves to advance democracy and human rights.

Muhammad Yunus has shown himself to be a leader who has managed to translate visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people, not only in Bangladesh, but also in many other countries. Loans to poor people without any financial security had appeared to be an impossible idea. From modest beginnings three decades ago, Yunus has, first and foremost through Grameen Bank, developed micro-credit into an ever more important instrument in the struggle against poverty. Grameen Bank has been a source of ideas and models for the many institutions in the field of micro-credit that have sprung up around the world.

Every single individual on earth has both the potential and the right to live a decent life. Across cultures and civilizations, Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development.

Micro-credit has proved to be an important liberating force in societies where women in particular have to struggle against repressive social and economic conditions. Economic growth and political democracy can not achieve their full potential unless the female half of humanity participates on an equal footing with the male.

Music Tribute

http://www.muhammadyunus.org/index.php?option=com_content&task
=view&id=74&Itemid=105

Muhammad Yunus: Banker to the Poor (preview)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxpTFwQx-A8

Fazle Hasan Abed
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4236717007293778404

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The adage "It is never the same after a war," has proved to be utterly true in the life of Fazle Hasan Abed, the Founder and Chairperson of BRAC, one of the largest non-government development organisations in the world. Born in 1936 in Bangladesh, Abed was educated in Dhaka and Glasgow Universities. The 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh had a profound effect on Abed, then in his thirties, a professional accountant who was holding a senior Corporate Executive's position at Shell Oil in Chittagong. The war dramatically changed the direction of his life. In the face of the brutality and agony of war, the comforts and perks of a Corporate Executive's life ceased to have any attraction for him. As the then East Pakistan was under virtual occupation, Fazle Hasan Abed left his job and went to London to devote himself to Bangladesh's War of Independence. There, Abed helped initiate a campaign called Help Bangladesh to organise funds for the war effort and raise awareness in the world about the genocide in Bangladesh.

The war over, Abed returned to the newly independent Bangladesh to find the economy of his country in ruins. Millions of refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, started trekking back into the country. Their relief and rehabilitation called for urgent efforts. Abed decided to initiate his own by setting up BRAC (formerly Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) to rehabilitate returning refugees in a remote area in a northeastern district of Bangladesh. This work led him and his organisation BRAC into dealing with the long-term task of improving the living conditions of the rural poor. This experience strengthened Abed's belief that the poor cannot be expected to organise themselves on their own because of economic insecurity, illiteracy and general lack of confidence. The process of social mobilisation, he felt, must be accompanied by measures to remove these handicaps. Hence, his policy was directed to help the poor develop their capacity to manage and control their own destiny. Thus Alleviation of Poverty and Empowerment of the Poor emerged as BRAC's primary objectives.

In a span of only three decades, BRAC grew to become the largest Non-Governmental Development Organisation (NGO) in the world in terms of the scale and diversity of its interventions. As BRAC grew, Abed ensured that it targeted the landless poor, particularly women in rural Bangladesh, a large percentage of whom live below the poverty line with no access to resources and to whom the fruits of conventional development do not even trickle down.

Oded Grajew
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6180036948830658291&q=%2
Bashoka+%2Bgrajew

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As a leading social entrepreneur based in Brazil, Oded Grajew is both challenging the way business works and changing the way the citizen sector organizes itself and responds to corporate-led globalization. He is bridging divides within and between business and society at national and global levels.

Oded is spearheading the corporate social responsibility (CSR) movement in Brazil as president of the Ethos Institute for Business Social Responsibility (Instituto ETHOS De Empresas E Responsabilidade Social), which he founded in 1998. He also is the founder of the annual World Social Forum, the citizen sector alternative to the World Economic Forum that meets in Davos, Switzerland. The WSF is attended by representatives of more than 100,000 organizations and social movements

Green Children
http://www.thegreenchildren.org/tgcf/index.php

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Milla Sunde and Tom Bevan established The Green Children Foundation to support microcredit, education and healthcare. Last year, The Green Children shot a music video in Bangladesh to celebrate the work of Professor Muhammad Yunus, the father of microcredit and founder of The Grameen Bank.

http://www.microcreditsummit.org/

The first Microcredit Summit, held February 2-4, 1997, gathered more than 2,900 people from 137 countries in Washington, DC. They launched a nine-year campaign to reach 100 million of the world's poorest families, especially the women of those families, with credit for self-employment and other financial and business services by the year 2005. That goal was very nearly reached and in November of 2006 the Campaign was re-launched to 2015 with two new goals:

1. Working to ensure that 175 million of the world's poorest families, especially the women of those families, are receiving credit for self-employment and other financial and business services by the end of 2015

2.Working to ensure that 100 million families rise above the US$1 a day threshold adjusted for purchasing power parity (PPP), between 1990 and 2015.
The Campaign brings together microcredit practitioners, advocates, educational institutions, donor agencies, international financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and others involved with microcredit to promote best practices in the field, to stimulate the interchanging of knowledge, and to work towards reaching our goals.

Investment
Al Gore & Richard Branson: Investing to Solve Global Warming
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef2bQzDbcP8

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Sir Richard Branson has decided to invest $3 billion dollars over the next decade to fight global warming. He will invest all profits from his travel-related companies (like airline Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Trains) in initiatives to develop new renewable energy technologies, both run by Virgin companies and external businesses. "We must rapidly wean ourselves off our dependence on coal and fossil fuels," said Sir Richard. We agree, and $3 billion is definitely a step or two in the right direction
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ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Vinod Khosla
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-570288889128950913&q=Ethanol

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The Constant Gardener
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2005/
12/01/8364595/index.htm

At Kleiner Perkins, he nurtured seedlings that grew into the Valley's mightiest oaks. Now, out on his own, Vinod Khosla is tilling the startup fields again
Ethanol has been around forever, but Khosla points out that new technology is transforming its utility. "In the past, ethanol was made from corn, which isn't that great environmentally and isn't very efficient--for every one unit of energy you get 1.5 units of fuel," he says. "Now, with bioengineering, we can make ethanol from agricultural waste--which is four to eight times as efficient." He believes that, with the right incentives, automakers could be induced to create "flex-fuel" vehicles that run on either ethanol or gas or some blend of the two. (There are already 4.5 million such cars on the road in the United States today.) Both the farm and environmental lobbies would favor the switch, and so would consumers, because ethanol is cheaper than gas. Within five years, Khosla argues, the transformation could be largely complete.

Khosla isn't the only VC in the Valley with his sights set on alternative energy. The area has been trendy for some time now, with fuel-cell startups, in particular, receiving considerable investment interest. But Khosla's ideas, more than most, seem to have caught fire with policymakers in Washington. After he gave a talk about ethanol at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York in September, Khosla was mobbed by politicians including Al Gore and former Democratic Senate leader Tom Daschle. And on a recent trip to the capital, he received a warm reception from quarters ranging from the tree-hugging left to defense-minded neoconservatives.

On the surface, Khosla's interest in ethanol might seem a bizarre tangent. Yet it fits snugly with his long-held tendencies: Here you have an enormous problem, but one where miracles of science may make the intractable tractable. And here you have a putative revolution that could lead to a financial jackpot. As Khosla sheepishly admitted to me, "I started on this from the environmental angle, but hey, it's a great investing area. As soon as you're talking about biotech, you can start a company, no problem."

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CREATIVITY AND INSPIRATION

The TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference is an annual event where leading thinkers and doers gather for inspiration. (More at TED.com)

James Nachtwey
http://tedblog.typepad.com/tedblog/2007/04/2007_ted_prize_.html

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Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, James Nachtwey talks about his decades as a photojournalist. A slideshow of his photos, beginning in 1981 in Northern Ireland, reveals two parallel themes in his work. First, as he says: "The frontlines of contemporary wars are right where people live." Street violence, famine, disease: he has photographed all these modern WMDs. Second, when a photo catches the world's attention, it can truly drive action and change. In his TED wish, he asks for help gaining access to a story that needs to be told, and developing a new, digital way to show these photos to the world. (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 23:41)

E.O. Wilson
http://tedblog.typepad.com/tedblog/2007/04/2007_ted_prize_.html

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As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of his constituents, the insects and small creatures, to learn more about our biosphere. We know so little about nature, he says, that we're still discovering tiny organisms indispensable to life; and yet we're steadily, methodically, vigorously destroying nature. Wilson identifies five grave threats to biodiversity (a term he coined), and makes his TED wish: that we will work together on the Encyclopedia of Life, a web-based compendium of data from scientists and amateurs on every aspect of the biosphere. (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 24:21)

Bill Clinton
http://tedblog.typepad.com/tedblog/2007/04/2007_ted_prize__2.html

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Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, Bill Clinton says he's trying to build a better world to hand to his daughter. Unequal, unstable and unsustainable, our world must correct its course, and private citizens ("like me") can be powerful forces for change. His Clinton Foundation, fresh from its success negotiating down pharmaceutical prices in the developing world, is now running a pilot health care system in Rwanda, based on the work of Dr. Paul Farmer in Haiti. In 18 months, it has shown potential as a model for the entire developing world. Clinton's TED wish: Help him build this system in Rwanda, to bring world-class health care to a people who have overcome deadly hatred to rebuild their nation. (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 25:52)

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GRATITUDE

Gratitude offers us the grace to open, let go and be present ... To take the unexpected turn to find a (k)new friend, to witness beauty and sacred~ness in all things! In Gratitude, we are open to receive, and also this ...
http://www.gogratitude.org/

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http://youtube.com/watch?v=FJ0D-94PXAw

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Global Consciousness

Is The Force Real?
Find out with Psi Wars, an animated movie starring Oh Be One Kenobi, a scientific Jedi who shares intriguing new research on psychic abilities with aspiring Jedis. Is it true that events such as 9-11 or the O. J. Simpson trial result in detectable changes in global consciousness? Can we communicate at a distance? Are our minds entangled? Join Lukie Psiwalker and a young Yoda on a Jedi’s path towards a more enlightened paradigm that can triumph over the Dark Side of fixed ways and beliefs. (www.psiwars.org)

Direct link to the video: http://www.mediacow.tv/node/37
Brought to you by the Institute of Noetic Sciences

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