Reflections on Racism: Where Do We Go From Here…

Reflections on Racism: Where Do We Go From Here…

A Candid Conversation with Cherry Steinwender, CoFounder, Center for the Healing of Racism (with Kimberly King)

About Mrs. Steinwender

Cherry Steinwender is a Co-Founder and Executive Director for the Center for the Healing of Racism. It is an organisation with the mission to facilitate healing of Racism through education and dialogue and to invite the world to “Internalize Oneness.”
Mrs. Steinwender is the author of “Bread is A Simple Food, Teaching Children about Cultures“. She has been recipient for prestigious Gandhi, King, Ikeda and Diversity Champion, 2013 Awards.
Herein, she also tells us more about the genesis of her organisation and how, with her collaborators, they managed to initiate one the first nationwide conversations about racism, back in 1989.
(Read More about Mrs. Steinwender and the Center for the Healing of Racism here)

Co-creating a better future…

With the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter episodes in mind, throughout this conversation, both Pangea Challenge’s Co-founder Kimberly King and Mrs. Steinwender reflect on ways to co-create a society that could be more just and more compassionate for every one, not only in the US, but all over the World as well.

They speak of their different experiences and understanding of racial discrimination. They talk about how much light has been shed on the word racism in 2020 and how important it is to truly listen and reflect, and to open the space for greater clarity and understanding, beginning with ourselves.

Pangea Challenge: To Recognize, Renounce and Heal Racism in the US and World, and begin the journey to “Internalize Oneness.” 

Acknowledging our Collaborators and Partners

We hereby wish to thank:

Center for the Healing of Racism  www.centerhealingracism.org

One Island Institute  www.oneislandinstitute.org

 

 

Pangea Challenge Acknowledges International Yoga Day

Pangea Challenge Acknowledges International Yoga Day

ABOUT YOGA

Yoga is a mix of physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines. It is one of the six Āstika schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. Based on a 2,000-year-old treatise on yogic philosophy, instituted by the Indian sage Patanjali, its objective is to master the mind, control the emotions, and grow spiritually. Male yoga practitioners are known as yogis, and female yoga practitioners are called yoginis.

It is believed to be practiced by more than 3 million humans around the globe. The very popular practice has a 5,000-year history based on ancient Indian philosophy. It is a form of physical exercise that implies different types of poses and postures that promote improved control of the mind and body. It is strongly believed to enhance well-being.

No-one really knows who invented Yoga. There a no written evidence of its commencements, but the “Yoga Sutra,” one of the oldest known texts. It provides the framework for all modern yoga and is the ultimate guidebook that still rules the methods used for Yoga.

Contrarily to general public perception, Yoga postures and poses is not a key part of the practice. Physical fitness is not a primary goal. Practitioners and purists of yogic tradition focus more on controlling and extending spiritual energy using breathing methods and mental focus.

The tradition began to gain popularity in the West at the end of the 19th century, with its popularity peaking in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, Yoga has become one of the most preferred exercise and relaxation method, with claims that such practice enhances the body’s general well-being, alleviate physical injuries and chronic pain.

HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY

The idea of celebrating an International Yoga Day came from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. It originated on September 27th, while delivering his speech at the UN General Assembly. A resolution to establish June 21 as International Yoga Day was then introduced by India’s Ambassador, Asoke Kumar Mukerji. The resolution passed with the support from 177 nations, the highest number of co-sponsors for any UN resolution. June 21 was proclaimed International Yoga Day by the United Nations, from then on.

Why the 21st of June?

The date of June 21 was not a random choice. It is based on the fact that climate impacts the body, mind and soul. The 21st of June being the Summer Solstice, it is the day of the year when one could get the most out the sun hours. On that particular day, people around the world are solemnly invited to take out their yoga mats and start exercising, and work on ways to interconnect the mind, the body and the soul.

For its maiden launch, on June 21, 2015, nearly 36,000 people, including Prime Minister Modi, and many other high-profile political figures from all around the world, performed 21 asanas (yoga postures) for 35 minutes in New Delhi. That was the first International Yoga Day, and the day has been celebrated around the globe ever since.

Long Live the International Yoga Day

HumanTec and Pangea Challenge Join Forces with AMPT to Fight Global Pandemics and Build a Better World

HumanTec and Pangea Challenge Join Forces with AMPT to Fight Global Pandemics and Build a Better World

Washington DC. June 17, 2020

Advanced Materials Pandemic Task Force (AMPT),  a non-profit, public interest global initiative formed to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and future public health and safety emergencies, launches its first regional kick-off meeting with international participants across sectors from 8 different countries. 

“I am honored to be part of this esteemed Taskforce and global effort to leverage the exciting field of advanced materials,” says Pangea Challenge CoFounder Kimberly King. “I look forward to supporting Zina and the AMPT team to identify and address unmet needs and opportunities across sectors and across the globe. My goal is to help AMPT bring “networks of networks” together to develop new solutions and build a better world.”

Led by the AMPT Steering Committee, the Task Force will establish a framework to develop strategies, coordinate activities and bring together critical mass and resources from multidisciplinary domains, including Academia, Engineering, Life and Health Sciences, Public Health, Economics and Social Sciences. Through a resource and knowledge-sharing approach, this global network will identify current and future needs to develop and implement innovative solutions based on Advanced Materials in the pandemics and post pandemics era.

Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker, Director General of AMPT and CEO and Managing partner at C6 Advanced Material Firm notes,

“I urge everyone in the Advanced Materials sector as well as Technologists, Academics, Scientists, Researchers and Commercial Organisations to join forces, get around one table, share resources and knowledge and implement and fast track science based solutions and innovations for the betterment of human life.”

“We are addressing current needs as well as looking to the future, bringing together experts that are diverse in background and focus areas” says John Hoffman, Chair of the AMPT Steering Committee and CEO of GSMA, ltd, “this broad-based approach will create a ground swell of activities and bring about solutions that will pay huge dividends for society.”

By creating the AMPT Library of Knowledge by the extensive mapping of user centric needs via an expansive network of scientific labs, advanced materials companies, testing facilities, the Task Force will formulate a roadmap delineating how advanced materials solutions can be deployed at different phases of a pandemic such as COVID-19.

AMPT will provide the expert leadership and coordination required to evaluate and fast track the use of Graphene and other Advanced Materials for the prevention and management of pandemics, while developing a solution for the new wave of technological and societal needs that will arise in the aftermath of the COVID-19 global health emergency.

The AMPT Regional Members and Kick-Off Meeting Attendees included:

  • John Hoffman I Chair AMPT Steering Committee and CEO of GSMA ltd
  • Dr. Carlo Saverio Iorio I Senior Researcher at Université libre de Bruxelles, (Belgium) – Roadmap Working Group| Belgium Chapter
  • Dr. Lucia Gemma Delogu | Professor of Biochemistry at University of Padua (Italy) – Roadmap Working Group| Italy Chapter
  • Dr.Vincent Bouchiat | CEO at Graphheal (France) – France Chapter
  • Dr. Gloria Guidetti | Development Engineer at Tetra Pak (Italy) – Roadmap Working Group
  • Dr. Baig Al-Muhit | Vanderbilt University (US) – Library of Knowledge Working Group
  • Kazi Tasneem | Vanderbilt University (US) – Library of Knowledge Working Group
  • Dr. Daniel Stolyarov | CEO of G6 Materials Corp (US) – Applied Public Health & EHS Working Group
  • Manolo Almagro | Managing Director at Q Division (US) – US Chapter
  • Liam Critchley | Science Writer at AMPT (UK) – UK Chapter
  • Luke Somers | AMPT Knowledge Hub Advisor (US) – US Chapter
  • Dr. Raquel Costa Almeida | Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde at Universidade do Porto (Portugal) – Portugal Chapter
  • Kimberly King | CEO HumanTec and CoFounder Pangea Challenge – US Chapter
  • Dr. Laetitia Gazagnes | Founder of Impuls’ Innov (France) – France Chapter
  • Ray Gibbs | Commercialization Director at Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre at Manchester University (UK) – UK Chapter
  • Dr. Matteo Calvaresi | Associate Professor at University of Bologna (Italy) – Italy Chapter
  • Dr. Acelya Yilmazer | Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Ankara University (Turkey) – Turkey Chapter
  • Ben Gauthie | Technology Partner at Q Division (US) – US Chapter
  • Alan Hill | Partner at C6 Firm (US) – US Chapter

More information about AMPT may be found at www.amptnetwork.com

Participating in the non-profit Steering Committee of the AMPT Task Force are;

  • John Hoffman, CEO GSMA Ltd., United States
  • Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker, Director General of AMPT and Managing Partner at C6 Advanced Material Firm, United States
  • Dr. Frank Koppens, Professor and Group Leader, The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Spain
  • James Baker, CEO of Graphene Engineering & Innovation Center, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Antonio Castro Neto, Director of CA2DM National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Dr. Kari Hjelt, Head of Innovation Chalmers Industriteknik, Sweden
  • Dr. Jiaxing Huang, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Northwestern University, United States

ABOUT AMPT

AMPT (Advanced Materials Pandemic Task Force) is a global task force coming together to leverage and use advances in material science for the prevention and management of global health emergencies and meeting the innovation needs of the post pandemic world. Crossing boundaries and borders, transcending politics, territories, cultures and ideologies, organizations, nations and groups come together to share knowledge and resources for the betterment of human life. Advanced Materials are key to the next generation of tailorable, effective solutions to many societal and technological challenges. The AMPT network of scientific labs, advanced material companies, testing facilities, health organizations, and innovation consumers provides a path for fast tracking current Advanced Material solutions, offering a roadmap for the next generation of solutions and countermeasure methodologies to come.

ABOUT HUMANTEC AND HUMANTECLABS.COM

HumanTec and HumanTec Labs is a business, organizational and human development firm that delivers expertise, insights and a tailored approach to helping leaders and decisions- makers meet the future with confidence and results. WISER@ Humans WISER World.

ONE ISLAND INSTITUTE.org is a solutions-driven collaboratory that facilitates multi-sector business and community engagement, public-private partnerships, and supports innovations ecosystems locally and globally, and supports projects aligned with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

PANGEA CHALLENGE.org is a global platform that serves as a Community Impact Hub and Accelerator for communication, collaboration and innovation, supporting change-makers, individuals and organizations worldwide to “co-create the future we want.”

Pangea Challenge Commemorates UN’s WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2020

Pangea Challenge Commemorates UN’s WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2020

WORLD REFUGEE DAY

June 20, 2020

What is World Refugee Day?

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. 

Why is World Refugee Day important?

World Refugee Day shines a light on the rights, needs and dreams of refugees, helping to mobilize political will and resources so refugees can not only survive but also thrive. 

What happens on World Refugee Day?

Each year, World Refugee Day is marked by a variety of events in many countries around the globe in support of refugees. These activities are led by or involve refugees themselves, government officials, host communities, companies, celebrities, school children and the general public, among others. 

Some Facts & Figures

forcibly displaced people worldwide

Internally Displaced People

Refugees

Asylum Seekers

%

Refugees live in countries neighbouring their countries of origin

These countries are the top refugee-hosting countries in the World.

  • Turkey 3,700,000
  • Pakistan 1,400,000
  • Uganda 1,200,000
  • Sudan 1,100,000
  • Germany 1,100,000

%

of UNHCR refugees come from three countries

is the greatest number of new asylum-seekers in 2018

people are reported to be stateless, but they are thought to be millions more.

GET IN TOUCH

Should you need more information about this challenge, Don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

Pia Redin (SWE) and Pangea Challenge Come Together for Sustainable Future

Pia Redin (SWE) and Pangea Challenge Come Together for Sustainable Future


Washington DC, USA, June 5, 2020, World Environment Day

Sustainable Words & Vision Challenge launched on World Environment Day 2020. 

Site_iconThe Pangea Challenge Team and Pia Redin, Coordinator of Literature at Region Blekinge, were pleased today when they announced that they are joining forces towards a Sustainable Future to be designed by the next generation, based on a Swedish initiative called Sustainable Words & Vision Challenge.

This writing challenge aims at engaging the youth to define their notion of a Sustainable World and translate into words of their own, their vision of a better, more sustainable future. Both Pia Redin and Kimberly King, Pangea Challenge’s founder and co-creator, strongly believe that every generation deserves to have a future to look forward to, not to fear.

We are delighted to support such positive and important projects and purpose,” said Kimberly King, “and we are especially proud to amplify the message of Blekinge’s Nobel laureate Harry Martinson, who was a true pioneer in sustainability, led by his heart and care of our earth itself.”

“We encourage teachers and parents to follow this example from Blekinge and join ASAP, The Sustainable Words & Vision Challenge so as to inspire the young ones to start visualising the future they want and start taking action!“, added Kimberly King.

On the other side, Sustainable Words & Vision Challenge founder Pia Redin declared:

I feel so proud and honored that Pangea Challenge have joined in this challenge with such engagement and generosity. Together we will have so much fun while creating a positive impact.” 

Visualise, Translate, Write Down and Do…

The ultimate aim is to reach out to students and more, all over the world, by primarily inspiring teachers and parents to encourage their young ones at visualising the future they want before posting their vision, as poems, essays or in any other form of written arts.

With the help and guidance of an expert within the field of sustainability the youngsters will start gathering the clues on where and how to start a better future.

The action stage is then, about documenting the work by taking photos/ recording multimedia documents/ or writing before sharing it onto pangeachallenge.org platforms and inspire others!

All year round, The Sustainable Words & Vision Challenge will be sharing new sustainability stories like, about how plants have been shared between friends, how the youth is asking for more sustainable food at school canteen and how a new dynamic has been created within inclusive working groups.
That is all! Start with a vision, end with documentation of action – to inspire to more action!

How it works ?

The challenge rotates around 3 main questions, answers to which will determine actions envisaged by the youth.

  1. What are your fears?
  2. What do we do, collectively to avoid those fears?
  3. What is a good life, in the future?

As an example of the Sustainable Words and Vision Challenge, participants (teachers and parents) in Region Belkinge have been asked to discuss with children/students; about the fears they would expect in the future, on how they envision avoiding them. The youngsters will be asked to define their notion of a good life, in the future.
They will then be made to write down their visions.
When possible, they will be invited to meet a sustainability expert and discuss on how to start the future they want. If no such experts are available, participants are then invited to workshop to elaborate the best relevant answers based on existing data !

Anybody can start  a Words and Vision Challenge in his/her community or in his/her country. One only needs to follow the above described process then document the work, either in video, audio or in written formats and send it across to Pangea Challenge’s platforms.

If you encounter problems or doubt, don’t hesitate to contact Pia Redin!

The Pangea Challenge Team proudly supports Sustainable Words & Vision as part of this mind changing challenge, inspiring youth to co-create their future. The platform will be publishing and share updates from Pia Redin on how the work in Blekinge proceeds. We will at the same time give away tips and incitements on how to co-create a sustainable future simply by Words & Vision.

Our common goal is to double the fun in creating a more sustainable world by revealing that everyone has the power to go from vision to action at home/in school/in your community, and offering a platform to share and inspire others with your Sustainable Words&Visions displayed on pangeachallenge.org.

For those in Blekinge interested to participate in this Challenge, please contact Pia at swv@regionblekinge.se.

For more info on our Pangea “A Million Dreams for a Whole New World” and how you can participate in your country and community, please contact us at info@pangeachallenge.org.

Tina Thörner and Pangea Challenge join forces

Tina Thörner and Pangea Challenge join forces

Virginia, USA, June 5, 2020, World Environment Day  

PangeaChallenge_LogoThe Pangea Challenge Team and Tina Thörner announce today that they are joining forces via the FIA Smart Driving Challenge on behalf of a better environment and road safety for the world. The purpose of this collaborative effort is to raise awareness and encourage drivers around the globe to handle their cars in a safe, efficient and considered way by following smart tips from the AI digital coach.

“We are excited to take part in this global FIA Smart Driving Challenge” said Pangea Challenge founder and co-creator, Kimberly King, “and especially proud to join forces with our friend and real-life hero, Tina Thörner. We invite changemakers and advocates everywhere to join the Pangea Tina Thörner – Smart Driving Challenge Team today!”

Tina Thörner

Tina Thörner SDC Race Director

“I feel so proud and honored that Pangea Challenge have joined this initiative and together we will have fun while creating a positive impact” said Race Director Tina Thörner.

This ground-breaking initiative was launched by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in late November 2018 and is open to all motorists and all types of cars (electric, hybrid or fuel).  The FIA Smart Driving Challenge (SDC) is a worldwide competition with the aim to reward the safest and most efficient drivers. 

To accept the challenge, participants are asked to choose a team led by one of 20 racing stars across the world. The Pangea Challenge Team proudly joins TEAM TINA as part of this Global Race to a better Environment. During the season, Team Leader and Race Director Tina Thörner will give updates, tips and incitements to improve their smart driving skills and performance. Each participant will be invited to download the FIA SDC app on their smartphone and connect an ODB plug-in or App2Car. They then compete for the prize during their everyday driving! The goal is to make it fun to contribute to a safer and cleaner world by signing up for the Challenge 2020 and beyond.

FIA Smart Driving Challenge

The FIA Smart Driving Challenge (SDC) is supported by FIA Member Clubs across the world. Currently 12 FIA Clubs have either joined the challenge or are conducting tests. These include:

(Automobile Club Association – France, Automobile Association Philippines – Philippines, Automobile Association of Singapore – Singapore, Ceylon Motor Sports Club – Sri Lanka, Emirates Motorsports Organization – United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong Automobile Association – Hong Kong, Kungliga Automobile Klubben – Sweden, Norges Automobil-Förbund – Norway, Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation – Qatar, Royal Automobile Club of Norway – Norway, Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania – Australia, Svenska Bilsportförbundet – Sweden), with more looking to join in the future.

To learn more and join contact. https://fiasmartdrivingchallenge.com/tina/#join

Stay tune for update ……