Jody Williams - The Power of One





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Published on Jun 3, 2011

Jody Williams speaks at Oslo Freedom Forum 2011
The Power of One


Jody Williams, peace advocate and Nobel Prize Laureate, outlines the steps for successfully making a change in the world. An individual or group must start with a concrete goal; in Williams' case, the goal was an international
treaty banning landmines. Then, a call must be made to find others with the
same ambitions. Williams allied herself with other people and organizations that identified with her vision, from Afghan deminers to Cambodian monks. The efforts should not stop, however, once the goal is achieved. After the
treaty was signed, Williams and her team pushed to make sure that governments complied with the new rules. Williams ends her motivational speech with a message about peace--"Security," she says, "will come to us when we live in a world with sustainable peace, which is peace with justice and equality." Williams closes her address by reminding the audience that peace is more than the absence of conflict and more than rainbows, doves, and singing Kumbaya. For Williams, sustainable peace can only exist in conjunction with justice and equality, and in order to achieve this kind of peace, individuals, "can and must become agents of change."


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