Peace Run Torch 2016 lit at UNESCO Paris


On 1 April 2016, 14 runners from the Peace Run 2016 made a stop at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. UNESCO was a relay of their 24,000 km tour through 49 countries across Europe in their 2016 itinerary, for sharing a message of peace and mutual understanding among peoples. UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, Nada Al-Nashif, received the Peace Run torch at UNESCO, during the European relay which was launched on 11 February 2016 by the President of the Council of Europe, Donald Tusk.

Founded in 1987, the Peace Run association was inspired by the poet, philosopher athlete and humanist Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), who believed in all individuals’ capacity to transform the world by making a step towards peace. Peace Run is a global relay run and a grassroots event engaging individuals around the world to express their aspirations for harmony between peoples, with the torch as its symbol, passed hand in hand across countries, cities and regions to illustrate this unity beyond borders and cultures, and to celebrate the human being in all his rich diversity. UNESCO places this event in the context of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022). The values and ideals embedded in sports are used to “promote respect for human rights and cultural diversity, (…) to fight against new forms of racism, discrimination, intolerance, extremism and radicalization, thus forging ties among peoples and nations.” Since its inception, the Peace Run has visited more than 140 countries around the world, in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America.


Biodegradable Algae Water Bottles instead of Plastic

Know how long a plastic water bottle can take to decompose? Up to 1000 years. Know how many bottles of water America alone drinks in a single year? approximately 50 billion. Scared yet? You should be, because unless we start firing our garbage out of giant cannons and into the sun, it’s safe to say that some day soon we’re all going to be living on one great big floating ball of trash. It’s a pretty bleak prospect, but thanks to people like Icelandic Product Designer Ari Jónsson, such a grimly apocalyptic scenario could be avoided if we all just got a little greener. Take his water bottle for example. It’s made from algal, a product of algae. It’s 100% natural and 100% biodegradable. It keeps its shape until it’s empty and then it begins to decompose. Ari exhibited his project during this year’s Reykjavik design festival DesignMarch. Let’s just hope that major manufacturers take some inspiration from his brilliant invention.

(h/t: Dezeen)


Support book project on 3100 mile Race !

My name is Stutisheel Lebedev, and I am a 9-time finisher of the world’s longest race – the 3100-Mile Self-Transcendence Race, that takes place annually in Queens, New York. For my best performance, it took me 48 days to complete the distance, averaging 64.3 miles per day. My participation in the 3100-Mile Race changed my life dramatically – I saw and became aware of many things that block or delay the movement towards my goals. For me, this extraordinary race is the best school of life (and also – concentrated life – when everything happens with great intensity and speed), where I can test and verify many approaches and discoveries in nutrition, equipment, but first of all – in the natural unfoldment of your hidden unlimited potential.

I would like to summarise my experiences and findings in a beautiful book for you to use in your daily striving for not giving up, going forward, and for your life’s eternal pursuit for happiness. I believe that we are truly happy only when we exercise our maximum capacities in sport, creativity, career, and family – in all aspects of life. These are the chapters I would like to include in my book as of today:

Your own style
Enjoying each moment
Inner cry
Following your heart
Fullness of life
Beyond the boundaries
Best friends
Searching for the solutions
Necessity of relaxation for an efficient performance
Best personal example
One Power
Revealing secrets
Global picture of life
Mystery of the Big Race

With your sincere help of funding the publishing of my book, I will be able to spread the spirit of the 3100-Mile Self-Transcendence Race and inspire people to have faith in themselves and to believe that nothing is impossible. I see it as a BIG positive creative impact in everybody’s daily life. I request you not only to contribute the money-power, but to BE a part of this impact, spreading the message by personal example.

My goal is to have two books of the same content – one in English and the other – in Russian simultaneously. I will self-publish the books through Create Space. But my desire is to make it as professional and beautiful as possible. Therefore I will need to cover the following expenses:

•Editing, proof reading, and cover design work
•Printing layout and e-book formatting
•Printing of the paper book itself
•Sales description, marketing campaigns and promotions


If you would like to help me complete my book “Run. Journey. Become” and share my story with the world, please donate to this campaign:


5th Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City


From October 15-19, 2015 some 10,000 devotees of 50 faith traditions from 80 countries are expected to fill the halls of the convention facility for the largest interfaith event in the world in Salt Lake City, Utah. Previous host cities for the event have included Chicago; Cape Town, South Africa; Barcelona; and Melbourne, Australia. This year, the fifth parliament since its first appearance more than 120 years ago in 1893 will be held in the city that is headquarters to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Parliament is coming here because we’re open to all people, to all religions, all faiths,” said Imam Mujahid, chairman of the parliament’s board of trustees and the first Muslim to be elected to the position. Some 7,500 people have already registered for the event. Among the featured speakers are two Nobel Peace Prize winners, former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias Sanchez and peace activist and native of Northern Ireland Mairead Maguire, co-founder of Peace People. Other planned speakers include world-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall; Chief Arvol Lookinghorse, spiritual leader of all three branches of the Sioux tribe; Utah native Terry Tempest Williams, author, conservationist and activist; and the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners magazine. While some people attend the parliament to hear from global leaders and participate in dialogue with people of other faith traditions, the agenda also includes training sessions for people who lead interfaith groups or coalitions in their own communities or countries, Imam Mujahid said.

Water on Mars?


Dark, narrow streaks on Martian slopes such as these at Hale Crater are inferred to be formed by seasonal flow of water on contemporary Mars. The streaks are roughly the length of a football field. The imaging and topographical information in this processed, false-color view come from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. These dark features on the slopes are called “recurring slope lineae” or RSL. Planetary scientists using observations with the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer on the same orbiter detected hydrated salts on these slopes at Hale Crater, corroborating the hypothesis that the streaks are formed by briny liquid water. The image was produced by first creating a 3-D computer model (a digital terrain map) of the area based on stereo information from two HiRISE observations, and then draping a false-color image over the land-shape model. The vertical dimension is exaggerated by a factor of 1.5 compared to horizontal dimensions. The camera records brightness in three wavelength bands: infrared, red and blue-green. The draped image is one product from HiRISE observation ESP_03070_1440.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Today is “International Day For Gratitude”

World Gratitude1993-01-xxPhilippinesCebu_sri-chinmoy-medi Day is celebrated annually on the 21st of September, encouraging individuals and organizations to celebrate the broad meaning of gratitude. From the perspective of Humanism, gratitude is a ubiquitous human emotion or state of awareness shared by those of all faith and non-faith perspectives; the habit of routine thoughtfulness and mindful living includes creating meaningful, personal traditions to honor others and ourselves.

The celebration began in 1965 in Hawaii at a Thanksgiving dinner for the United Nations Meditation Group hosted by its director, Sri Chinmoy. He proposed a globally unifying holiday to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found around the world. Each attendee pledged to hold a gratitude gathering each September 21 in their own country. The United Nations Meditation Group formally celebrated World Gratitude Day on September 21, 1977 at the New York Headquarters where Sri Chinmoy was honored for his work. Since its beginnings World Gratitude Day has been observed in many countries around the world.

The awareness of the benefits of having time in one’s life for gratitude, appreciation, and positive reflection have become increasingly apparent. The hope of the founders of Gratitude Day is that by taking time, one day a year, to reflect on the many amazing things we have in our lives, it would positively impact our well-being and make us happier, more contended people.


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