Inspirational video : Minerva school beyond the world

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Inspirational video : Throbbing with joy

Have you ever heard ‘Minerva school’? It is a very Inspirational video. The Minerva Schools at KGI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit university program that was founded in partnership between the Minerva Project and Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), a member of the Claremont University Consortium. Minerva’s founder, former Snapfish president Ben Nelson, has referred to it as “the first elite American university to be launched in a century.” It is amazing. They said “Minerva is deeply principled and dedicated to enhancing your potential and enabling your success.” Surprisingly, They don’t have a campus. What the hell? The city is their campus. Wow it’s really shocking. They only have 7 dormitories in 7 nations.


“Minerva is nurturing critical wisdom for the sake of the world.”

Beyond the world : Minerva school

7 nations are London, Berlin, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Hyderabad, Seoul, Taipei. What do they do there? They challenged the city. They have a location-based learning with leading figures and organizations in the nation. Their mission is to make “the next generations of exceptional, lifelong learners to work together in solving the most complex challenges of our time.” I’m surprised to the reason why Ben Nelson choose ‘Seoul’. He said Korea is very interested in education. So many higher education institutions in Korea can catch up quickly. I’m impressed to their sincerity. For next time more detailed story.

Guiding principles

  1. Being Unconventional
  2. Being Human
  3. Being Confident
  4. Being Thoughtful
  5. Being Selective
  6. Being Authentic
  7. Being Driven

“We never settle for “good enough”; if we can’t accomplish excellence, we pursue a different route.” – Minerva school

Peace is up to you :0 Good luck!

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2017 Nobel economics prize “Nudge your way!”

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Nobel economics prize : Richard Thaler

  When I was 14 years old, I found a interesting book at bookstore. You can expect it is ‘Nudge‘. To me bookstore means ‘Wings‘ to fly high. When I stand in there, It is like hometown. Books are so comfy. This is a personal story and now I tell about ‘Nobel economics’. The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2017 was awarded to Richard H. Thaler for his contributions to behavioural economics. Professor Peter Gärdenfors, Member of the Economic Sciences Prize Committee, “He’s made economics more human“. I want to go into 2017 Nobel economics prize more deeply. 🙂


“Richard H. Thaler has incorporated psychologically realistic assumptions into analyses of economic decision-making. By exploring the consequences of limited rationality, social preferences, and lack of self-control, he has shown how these human traits systematically affect individual decisions as well as market outcomes.” – The Nobel committee


Who is Richard  H. Thaler?

  He(72, born 1945) is a professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He systematized ‘Behavioral economics‘ for 30 years. He said “This award was particularly meaningful because behavioral economics was really out in the wilderness 40 years ago. It’s been a long journey. So I’m happy about that.” Also he is a coauthor, with Cass Sunstein, of Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Yale University Press, 2008). Surprisingly, Thaler made a cameo appearance in the 2015 movie The Big Short. He joked “Why doesn’t the Nobel committee talk my appearance in movie?” Though he is 72, he is very active and full of vitality to benefit the world.


“If you want to get people to do something, make it easy. Remove the obstacles.”
—Prof. Richard Thaler on ‘Nudge’


Pushing away from assumption

Different from Mainstream economics

Many economic models assume people are “rational, unemotional, and self-controlled.” In his research, Every day we behave in ways that violate economic principles. It is a new field that bridges the gap between economics and psychology. Simply, we can tell 3 things. Keywords are mental accounting, behavioural finance, fairness, dictator game, planner-doer model and nudging‘. (More info)

  • Limited rationality
  • Social preferences
  • Lack of self-control
How can ‘behavioural economics’ survive

He admitted he can’t persuaded all of his colleagues and fellow economists of the importance of behavioral economics. So instead he said “I’ve used the strategy of corrupting the youth, whose minds aren’t already made up.” It is very funny. HAHAHA “Many great, young economists have embraced behavioral economics…The growth of the field is really due to the work of the people that followed me.”

Useful : ‘Make it easy’

At the heart of Nudge is what Thaler calls his “mantra”: “If you want to get people to do something, make it easy. Remove the obstacles,” he explained. “Nudges” push people toward better choices by making those choices easy.  “If you want to get people to eat healthier foods, then put healthier foods in the cafeteria, and make them easier to find, and make them taste better.” So in every meeting I say, “Make it easy.Go to nudge your way! Wherever you go is to be the way.

Peace is up to you :0 Good luck!

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Change the world quotes ‘Why not change the world?’

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Why not change the world

Are you happy? How was your day? Many people work in order to gain a livelihood. Me too.  Don’t you think everyday is meaningless? Sometimes, I’m very angry about me. I don’t want to vent my anger on innocent people. So I have no choice but to be angry about me. Say to me, “Why are you so lethargic?” Generally I live for my children and our family. But a lot of things does not change. Goes against me… And I’m about to get up. Change the world quotes will get you and me motivated.

Dedicate it For you and me

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.  Mother Teresa

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.  Barack Obama

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.”  Mahatma Gandhi

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

Change the world quotes

I have a lot of angers that I can recognize or not. But I don’t want to spend my days growing bitter over things I can’t change. I remember ‘Assisi St. Francis Prayer‘. I want it will help you. “Lord. I can do what I can do best, What I can not do is give me the courage to resign, Give me wisdom to distinguish between these two.” Everything is up to you 🙂

Why not change the world

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” Malala Yousafzai

Be what you are. Do what you love. Speak what you feel. Don’t hide your humanity. Celebrate it. Embrace it. That is how you change the world.” Vironika Tugaleva

Peace is up to you :0 Good luck!

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2017 Nobel Peace Prize Why can ICAN win?

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2017 Nobel Peace prize : ICAN

  Nobel prize is always famous. At this time of every year, the news of  winning the award are abuzz. This year was no exception. This year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to ICAN. ICAN is the abbreviation for International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Nobel Committee said “They are receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.” But still many people wondered ‘Why ICAN?’. I can understand them. Because me too.

“The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: /- – -/ one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” –  the will of Alfred Nobel

Why can ICAN win?

  ICAN  is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. It has 468 partner organizations in 101 countries(by ICAN homepage) The amazing  thing is that ICAN was launched on April 2007! Now do you understand? There are a lot of peace groups to contribute really hard toward the world. Just last year, there are a lot of a prominent candidates. It is a last year posting of Nobel peace prize. Here : 2016 Nobel peace prize : Colombia peace agreement “It is passed. Now remaining task is ‘implementation’ Finally we could know ‘The Norwegian Nobel Committee want to tell something‘.  The message is about nuclear weapons. The North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un maybe contributed much to Nobel Peace Prize.

What is ground-breaking efforts?

ICAN was formed by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War which won the Nobel peace Prize in 1985. Their mission is to turn atmosphere of disarmament debate. Founders of ICAN were inspired by the success of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Successfully on 7 July 2017, The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is adopted at the United Nations by a vote of 122-1! The ICAN said ‘TPNW‘ is “a landmark international agreement that outlaws, categorically, the worst weapons of mass destruction and establishes a pathway to their elimination.

But since adoption, it was criticized for non-binding.
  When voted of 122-1, one third of 193 U.N. member countries boycotted the vote. ‘Authorized’ nuclear nations, U.S, Russia, China, UK, France boycotted. Also ‘Unauthorized’ nuclear nations, India, Pakistan,  Israel, North Korea boycotted. The number of actual signature is 53 countries. So actually we can’t expect the whole effect. But the only way to eliminate World War III is to eliminate all nuclear weapons. I am reminded of Gandhi’s quotes. “There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.”

Reaction of The United States and Russia

  The U.S. reacted coldly. The U.S. State Department said “Unfortunately, we are seeing a deterioration in the overall security environment and growing nuclear capabilities of certain states. This treaty will not make the world more peaceful, will not result in the elimination of a single nuclear weapon, and will not enhance any state’s security.” The U.S., Britain and France said the prohibition wouldn’t work and would end up disarming their nations.
“This treaty will not make the world peaceful

The head of the Russia Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev said, “This is now the real front of struggle for peace, not the romance of a nuclear-free future we all, probably, too would like to.” Also it is“not only misleading but also very dangerous opinion, which stimulates the proliferation of weapons and undermines the process of international disarmament.”

 “Nuclear weapons are illegal. Threatening to use nuclear weapons is illegal. Having nuclear weapons, possessing nuclear weapons, developing nuclear weapons, is illegal, and they need to stop.”
ICAN’Message to Trump and Kim Jong Un

HWPL’s DPCW vs TPNW

First, TPNW vs NPT
 TPNW contributed to the continued role of the NPT, emphasizing its “vital role in promoting international peace and security”.
  • There is the distinction between states entitled to possess such weapons and non-nuclear weapon states in NPT. But in TPNW it is not.
  • The TPNW also forbids states party to the treaty from allowing “any stationing, installation or deployment” of nuclear weapons on their territory, a prohibition that is not explicitly included in the NPT
  • States party to the TPNW are prohibited from conducting nuclear tests, while the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) has not yet entered into force
Beyond Nuclear Disarmament

Do you know HWPL‘s DPCW(the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War)? The purpose of DPCW is to end the war. If so, the nuclear disarmament is a natural consequence. Actually DPCW has an article of elimination of nuclear weapons. I know many people think it is a naive desire. But the success of ICAN already show you ‘the world is changing‘. Simply we just walked the path to peace.

  • DPCW Article 1 Prohibition of the threat or use of force
  • 3. States should prohibit any act or threat of violence, whatever its motives or purposes, that occurs for the advancement of an individual or collective criminal agenda.
  • DPCW Article 2 – War potential 
  • 2. States should not produce, assist in, encourage, or induce; the production of weapons of mass destruction, inter alia, chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, or weapons capable of causing indiscriminate or widespread and unnecessary suffering, or weapons incompatible with international humanitarian law.
  • 3. States should take measures to ensure that existing weapons of mass destruction, weapons capable of causing widespread and unnecessary suffering and weapons incompatible with international humanitarian law are gradually dismantled or destroyed. States should cooperate in disarmament and the reduction of arms stockpiles, ideally under international supervision. Decommissioned weapons manufacturing facilities should be repurposed, so that they may serve purposes that are beneficial to humanity in general.

“To live according to a Heavenly culture is to live according to the principles and values of heaven, a place that gives light, rain and air without boundaries.” – the chairman of HWPL

Peace is up to you :0 Good luck!

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Letters to Me #8 : Mindfulness

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Spirituality : Are you Okay?

  In Wikipedia, Mindfulnes is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present momentwhich can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training. Always people say MBSR, MBSR. What is MBSR? MBSR is the abbreviation for Mindfulnes-based stress reduction. It was made by Jon kabat-Zinn. He established the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. I’m a medical student, too. So I’m more interested in Mindfulness.

Definition of Jon kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness‘ is awareness that arises paying attention on purpose in the present moment non judgmentally.

“The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

Mindfulness : MBSR “Who ARE YOU?”

MBSR is a 8 week program. In general, the weakness of psychotherapy is hard to prove the results scientifically. But MBSR has many evidence that support its benefits. It has 9 session course. Nine session is here. Mindfulness meditation training and practice, yoga and body awareness training, exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling and action, brief lectures and group discussions, individual feedback and support. I want to try it! Maybe it can be my opportunity!

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

7 attitudes that support MBSR

  1. Non-judgment
  2. Patience
  3. Beginner’s mind
  4. Trust
  5. Non-striving
  6. Acceptance
  7. Letting-go

Peace is up to you :0 Good luck!

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Spain Catalan crisis : The power of culture

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What’s up, Catalonia?

  Catalonia is a part of the Spanish state for centuries. But amazing thing is that they have own distinct language and culture. It is not easy. I will talk about it again, but it is really amazing. Here I will more talk about the international situation. It can say ‘Spain Catalan crisis‘ Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is under intense pressure to drop plans to break from Spain. How EU react? The European Union has made it clear that if Catalonia split from Spain, Catalonia would cease to be part of the EU. What it means? They can’t travel freely between member states and kick  out of the Eurozone.

A sink-or-swim vote was held on 1 October

“Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?”

90% of voters are backing independence. Turnout was put at 43%.

Spain Catalan crisis : What’s problem?

The vote was deemed illegal by Madrid and Spain’s Constitutional Court. So there is ‘Armed intervention‘ of National police. Spain think it is a rebellion against the rule of law. And the rule of law is the foundation of coexistence, not only in Spain but in Europe.”

A mind cannot be independent of culture. – Lev Vygotsky

My view : The power of culture

  There are thousands of perspectives. Political, economic and etc. But I want to say cultural view point. I talk about it excluding political, economic perspectives. I only say ‘Culture‘. Why do Catalonia want to become independent? Why do some want it and some don’t want?(I’m not saying that independent culture is better) They have own distinct language and culture. It has its own language, a recorded history of more than 1,000 years as a distinct region, and a population nearly as big as Switzerland’s (7.5 million). I want to say ‘Culture make people one-mind’. Don’t miss your culture. 🙂 It is nice to live in culture.

A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. – Mahatma Gandhi

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Malaysia education has a bright future

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Retired school head gets South Korean peace award

  A retired secondary school principal, Woo Sow Pheng, 62, has received an award from a South Korean NGO(HWPL) for her efforts in promoting peace, harmony and unity in Malaysia. The shortest distance  between Korea and Malaysia is 4,493 km. Someone who long for peace is our friend. HWPL is the abbreviation of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL). chairman Man Hee Lee. Woo said “There is a lot that we can do to promote peace, harmony and unity. It will make Malaysia an even better country”. Malaysia education has a bright future.

“Let us all achieve peace together. And Leave world peace as a legacy for the future generations. This is true role of women. – chairwoman of IWPG

Malaysia education in 2017 IWPG Network Forum

  Woo Sow Pheng is also the co-ordinator of the Johor Peace Committee (JPC) of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG). Why do they gather? Their goal is to discuss ‘The Role of 3.6 Billion Women in Realizing Peace and Cessation of War through International Law’. 300 women leaders as Woo Sow Pheng discussed the ways to support peace work by sharing case studies. Isn’t it amazing? Our peace power comes from people. If we become one mind, the world will change soon. It is up to us. We are messengers of Peace.

“The aim is to enable youths of all races to share the pride and joy of living in peace, harmony and unity in our multiracial country” – Woo Sow Pheng

Peace is up to you :0 Good luck!

 

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IPYG : Passionate Young Peace Movements

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IPYG : International Peace Youth Group

  IPYG, a group of young leaders, devoted their youth to achieving world peace. IPYG youth, with the vision of world peace, like shining stars, becomes the model of the world peace movement. The members of IPYG are accepted by good examples of world peace movements. They are really passionate. One of the key activities is IPYG world Peace Walk held 25 May every year around the world. DPCW Parade!

Ordinary people’s ordinary peace

The IPYG, an organization of international youth leaders, is carrying out peace activities to protect the future of the earth by becoming messengers of peace.

“If there is we cannot do, and we don’t do it. That’s not the way it should be. Let us become one heart. And, the objective will surely be achieved. –  representative of IPYG

IPYG : We Youths, Become One Heart

Our vision

“IPYG youth around the world are united in one purpose-to share in the love and life granted from heaven through peace projects and campaigns”

“For World Peace to become a reality, this is the duty of all youth, everywhere.” – IPYG
Text of a speech in 3rd WARP 2017

“We have grown and developed in many ways. More than anything, we have been working advocacy campaigns so that the declaration of world peace and cessation of wars will become legally binding and it will truly bring all wars to an end.

We have been able to produce good results and you will be able to confirm this through the various sessions that had begun today. Our objective is world peace where there are no more wars. Until this objective is achieved, we must all follow the leadership of chairman Lee of HWPL and go forth one direction.

 

If there is we cannot do, and we don’t do it. That’s not the way it should be. Let us become one heart. And, the objective will surely be achieved.” – representative of IPYG

 

Immediately and very quickly, we have to work on for every nation and leader to sign up international law to implement and the declaration of 10 articles and 38 clauses.  So distinguished guests, you already have an answer. Now, we need to take an action to it – chairman of HWPL

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IWPG : Representing 3.6 billion women

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IWPG : Representing 3.6 billion women

  Yellow is a signature color of IWPG. It represents Women embrace the world to achieve peace. Treating a cheerful world with love, not hatred and with tolerance, not fight! this is a message of IWPG. Representing 3.6 billion women around the world, the IWPG urges for the implementation of the DPCW to protect the lives of the children as well as the world. The IWPG‘s running campaigns to create peaceful world for all children are are going well. Please support! DPCW Parade!

“Let us all achieve peace together. And Leave world peace as a legacy for the future generations. This is true role of women. – chairwoman of IWPG

IWPG : Leave a world of peace as legacy

  IWPG, and organization of international women leaders, is carrying out peace activities to leave a world of peace as a legacy for the future generations.

 

Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim, the founder of the IWPG, is awakening the women around the world that they have the key to make peace a reality.

Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim text of a speech

Imagining the world without war, it’s like utopia that causes excitement within our hearts. We have gathered here to make what we do most, the reality with our own hands. This is because we have clear solution to peace. You play the main role for cessation of war and world peace. This will become greatest achievement left for the future generation.

For long time, world has been struggling from war. As long as there are wars, we can’t expect peace for mankind.

HWPL Peaceful Day

We have clear way of hope. 10 articles and 38 clauses of declaration of world peace and cessation of war is the answer that has been integrated to all the peace activities. I’m sure that even in the future, there will not be more certain answer for peace. the existing international law is build that minimizes the damages due to wars and had been limited in terms of not being able to prevent wars. However, DPCW is truly an answer for peace that is able to solve full causes of war.

Since the declaration was made, IWPG along with members around the world was holding peace campaign and advocacy campaigns. Continuously along with UN women’s groups. We have been working for implementation of international law.

Just as there is the role of father and the role of mother in a household, there is a point of task given to people for each sector in order to make world peace in reality. In particular, for those who wants peace, being heart of a mother becomes a lifeline that can achieve world peace. The moment the women become into tremendous power possessing is the moment they become mother.

Ordinary people’s ordinary peace

Half of the world population is women. Chairman Lee believes the strength of women. And, we all able to achieve our objective.

If women unite and bring wars to an end, we are able to bring legacy of peace to the future generation. This is true role of women who must take on as mother of this earth. I hope more women participate in an international society and let us gather support for the implementation of international law. All the women are here.

Please, join the advocacy campaigns for the implementation of international law. So we don’t have to be embarrassed to hold the tile of a mother. We have the strength to lead all mankind to world peace. Let us all achieve peace together. And leave world peace as a legacy for the future generations.

Peace is up to you :0 Good luck!

 

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Doing good better : Apply to Peace Movement

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Doing good better : William MacAskill

  It is a book of altruism. Have you ever think about good will? Sometimes I want the world to change better, don’t you? If so, I take an example. One man want to do something for children of the Third World countries. He get great ideas! ‘A wheel pump‘ He imagine children romping with water. This project received worldwide attention. It raises large sums of money. They can supply lot of wheel pumps to the Third World countries.  So, what happened? Doing good better?

It is really uncomfortable

Many international organizations point out the flaw and families of the Third World complained. It is very ineffective than hand pump. The project suddenly went to smash. Although efforts are great, It’s a big waste of time and money.

Effective Altruism can change the world

  A practical, data-driven approach to doing good makes a tremendous difference. Not only charity, It can apply to peace movements. This book throw a question. “How can I make the biggest difference I can?” Like this question, if you cry out peace, all peace movements are not effective and practical. We should measure this impact accurately. There is an peace movement that is highly acclaimed at home and abroad. HWPL‘s peace movements are very practical and substantive. DPCW(Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War) is already declared. Now, presidents only have to sign up. Or come up with something better.

“The challenge for us is this: How can we ensure that, when we try to help others, we do so as effectively as possible?”  – Doing good better

WARP Summit 2017 : Peace movement

  • In May 25, 2013 The Declaration of World Peace was proclaimed.
  • In Sep 16-19, 2014 World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit
  • In Sep 18-19, 2015 Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts
  • Nov 12-13, 2015 Committee meeting convenes to draft the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War
  • In March 14, 2016 New international law was proclaimed by HWPL International Law Peace Committee(more info). It was DPCW(Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War). (DPCW is here)
  • Now ‘Legislate peace campaign’
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