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Profiles in Peace Series

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Welcome to Peace Train's Profiles in Peace series - a set of occasional, thought-provoking interviews with peace-makers all over the world.  This series is brought to you by the Peace Train Charitable Trust, whose mission is to create a culture of peace by raising funds and awareness for small non-profit organizations doing work on issues of poverty, human rights and peacebuilding.  For the latest information on our events, visit us at peacetraintrust.org.





This series is brought to you by the Peace Train Charitable Trust, building peace through global connections.  Support provided by our network of volunteers, and by your tax-deductible contributions.  For more information, see us at peacetraintrust.org.  Hop on board.


Concept:  A series of interview / discussions with people directly involved in creating peace - whether that is through reconciling differences, helping with human rights issues, providing education and food, or other methods.  The idea is to center on ordinary people doing ordinary things, and in particular to seek out people in various regions in the world.  The goal is to personalize peace-building, demystify it, make it practical, and do so in an engaging way.


Framing:  A part of what Peace Train provides, with possibilities for co-sponsorship (e.g. from Virtually Speaking).  Live event, and recorded.


Media:  audio, visuals, in 2D and 3D when possible.




Reflections on previous efforts:
Over the past couple of years, attendance at the interviews has been really pretty low.  Thinking back to last year's PeaceFest, no one showed up for the early morning interview with Rwanda.  I didn't really expect anyone too, but still.  Not enough folks showed up for the talk with Shelterbox, I don't think, even though that was at Gwampa's, as I recall.  It's not so much the work that goes into it - it's just the fact that so few people get to experience it and participate.  
I'm trying to be practical now.  It takes me something like six hours to get an interview together - you know scheduling, calls, testing skype, pre-interview interview, drafting questions, getting feedback, building the visual displays, writing blog updates, scheduling in SL calendar, making facebook events, and on.  Maybe it's more
like 8 hours.  And then that other person way over there in Cambodia or wherever is taking their time as well.
Is it worth it?  If not in its current model, what is a model that would work?
I want to do more of these; but I want it to work.  To be really practical; success would be
- we have a way of recording these
- there are minimum 35 people attending in SL
- there is an option for 'listen only' online.  (virtually speaking's approach?)
- there is interaction between the audience and the interviewer / speakers
- there are visuals to go along with the talk, and links to learn more or contribute

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