If there is to be a new leadership model for building a better global society
it must have spirituality as its base.
– Nina Meyerhof
Meyerhof’s work regularly focuses on kids helping other kids as they grow into their roles as global peace leaders. Through Children of the Earth (COE), founded in 1990, Meyerhof has been able to plant seeds of peace across the continents for decades. With chapters in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, COE and its partners have amassed an extensive list of diverse and impressive accomplishments. They include specific events – like free hugs in Switzerland, a conference presentation in Iceland, and the distribution of over 100 pounds of clothing in India – as well as ongoing initiatives. These efforts, a few of them described below, enable COE to deepen the
As anyone in the peace-making business can tell you, the work is never finished. COE makes a substantial contribution to the cause by bringing peace to the world one spiritually-motivated youth at a time. In 2013, Meyerhof accompanied about 50 teenaged resettlement refugees to the United Nations for the International Day of Peace. There, they participated in training programs and served as ceremonial flag-bearers. COE continues to pave the way for young people to present at peace conferences around the world, and they are currently working closely with the One Peaceful Africa initiative. Meyerhof also promotes her “lateral leadership” model of spiritual activism, which envisions groups that function as a team where all members are given a voice in decision-making, where everyone is viewed as a collaborator, and where the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
We want to encourage our young people to burn off the external layers, so they can find who they are and tap into the essence of what makes us all human. We are one species, one humanity. We need to transcend categories that have been created.” Making every young person on the planet a potential piece of the peace puzzle was Meyerhof’s goal decades ago when she founded Children of the Earth, and it’s a vision that continues to inspire and motivate her today.Meyerhof and several youth from COE will offer a workshop for emerging youth leaders at the 2015 Salt Lake City Parliament of the World’s Religions. Their workshop is entitled “Pioneering Spiritual Activism.