If you had a chance to spread a message, what would it be?
AN AMBASSADOR OF PEACE
My bicycle trips around the world in the 1980s produced the most defining and revealing moments of my life. My most enduring memory is the generosity of the people I met – strangers – many between poor and very poor, who were as interested in knowing about me and America as I was interested in learning about them and their society. My interactions were with persons, not countries or governments, and I swore that if the day came when I had means, I would like to sponsor local programs that promote understanding. I could see that art, literature, and music created a bridge of peace, as did direct action and communication.
THE CURIOSITY FOUNDATION
I became aware of the destructive force of global warming in the 1990s, and I wanted to do something about that as well. In 2015 I incorporated the Curiosity Foundation with a little seed money, pledging all revenue from the sale of my books and from other projects to the Curiosity Foundation.
The Curiosity Foundation began in 2016 to produce videos aired on local TV stations around New England that promote local authors and initiatives to combat global warming. We want to give voice to people doing this work.
WHO IS AN AMBASSADOR OF PEACE?
Working with Dr. Lissie (Elizabeth) Wahl, we have established the Ambassador of Peace Prize to award small grants to groups who are making local initiatives to combat climate change. In our vision, the earth’s progression to self-destruction through environmental and human degradation finds recourse in peoples whose local initiatives advances a voice that needs to be strengthened. We think that we can learn from indigenous peoples. We also believe that authors, musicians, and artists are key in addressing human turmoil. We consider combating global warming and supporting art and beauty are as much a part of humanity’s quest to avoid physical and spiritual self-destruction.
HOW DO I BECOME AN AMBASSADOR OF PEACE?
Our guidelines are loose. We do not have a form, but we would like to hear from non-profits who are working locally to lower carbon emissions. Please send us a proposal letter, and we will follow up. Also, feel free to contact us directly with comments and suggestions. You may apply in the fields below or email your candidacy here. Please include a short essay, video or other presentation along with contact information and Facebook/Twitter information.