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PEP Talk – Think Locally, Act Locally! | George Gantz

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George Gantz is a retired business executive with a life-long passion for mathematics, science, philosophy and theology. He holds a BS in Mathematics with Honors Humanities from Stanford University. He is the author of www.spiralinquiry.org and he directs the online Forum on Integrating Science and Spirituality (www.swedenborgcenterconcord.org). George is a board member of Promoting Enduring Peace.

If you need a break from all the bad news we keep hearing about on the global stage, then check out some good local news in the new PEP Talk from Promoting Enduring Peace – Think Locally, Act Locally! Learn what happens when local people get together to solve local problems. Thinking locally, and acting locally, inspires people and strengthens communities. This helps create a better world.

Neighbor Brigade is a local organization started by a cancer survivor, thankful for the help her family received when she was recovering. This marvelous woman sadly died of her disease, but Neighbor Brigade continues to thrive and now brings help and support to thousands of families in communities around New England.

Another example is the Congolese island of Idjwi. In the midst of desperate poverty, a dysfunctional government, ethnic discrimination and geo-strategic vulnerability, this peaceful little community is characterized by strong grass-roots organizations and community ties that engage and empower its citizens.

Neighbor Brigade raising funds and building community in memory of founder Pam Washek.

Neighbor Brigade raising funds and building community in memory of founder Pam Washek.

These examples demonstrate the value of caring community networks. But, surprisingly, recent research also suggests that these local networks, and the myriad of others like them in communities around the world, also help to build a global society in which cooperation and empathy can spread and flourish.

So join in with the efforts of a local community organization to address a local problem, and feel good about yourself knowing that thinking locally, and acting locally, also serves our global society. Then bring some of that good energy, and those local networks, to help work on our global problems, too.

Enjoy Some Peace Today.

The complete PEP Talk can be viewed on YouTube: Think Locally, Act Locally!

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