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Scilla Elworthy: Fighting with non-violence

Second Year. Culture and Leisure

Why you should listen to Scilla Elworthy?

When Scilla Elworthy was 13, she sat in front of her television set watching as Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest. Immediately she started packing her bags. "What are you doing?" her mother said. "I'm going to Budapest," she said. "They're doing something awful and I have to go." Years later, Elworthy is a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and a recipient of the Niwano Peace Prize. In 2002 Elworthy founded Peace Direct, which supports local action against conflict, and in 1982 founded Oxford Research Group, a think-tank devoted to developing effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers and their critics. Beginning in 2005 she helped set up The Elders initiative as an adviser to Sir Richard Branson, Peter Gabriel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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How to deal with violence



1. How would you deal with an aggressive customer without using violence in return?

2. Ms. Elworthy mentions 3 ways in which cruel people may use violence: mental, political and physical. Do you know of or have you been witness to violence that fits into any of these categories?

3. Ms. Elworthy claims that self- inspection or self-knowledge can help us to deal with violence. How could this help you in your particular case?

4. Ms. Elworthy says the world is changing because power is shifting from top-dow to bottom-up. Can you provide examples in recent history that support this theory?

5. Ms. Elsoworthy refers to Afghanistan and probably Pakistan when talking about “collateral damage”. Do you understand what she means? Do you know anything about “drone attacks” and the “war on terrorism”?

6. What could you do to overcome your fears and use your anger as a fuel to change the world around you?

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