Posted by Michael Henstra on Sep 15, 2017
Note: This Program was originally posted by Past President Susan Weaver in December 2015.  We are presenting it again this week in celebration of U.N. International Day of Peace on 21 September 2017.  Click here for more information at the Rotarian Action Group for Peace.


World Peace has seemed pretty elusive lately.  We pray for peace, we tweet for peace, we visualize peace, and yet it fails to materialize.  


John Hunter, a teacher in Albemarle, Virginia, has put his hope for world peace in the hands of his fourth-grade classes.  In 1978, Hunter began his teaching career and over the course of it has developed the World Peace Game. Each year since the game’s inception, his students have worked together to solve the problems that lead to conflict.



The World Peace Game is played on a multi-level game board and allows students to participate in a political simulation.  They are not told what to do or what to think, but given the space and critical thinking tools that allow them to work together as “nation teams” in reaching the game’s objective to achieve global prosperity with the least amount of armed conflict.


In his 2011 TED talk, Mr. Hunter describes the game and its evolution.  It speaks to the best thing that we can to do advance peace, which is to give our children the tools to bring it about. 



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As Mr. Hunter mentions in his talk, a film has been made about the World Peace Game.  In this extended trailer for the film, you will learn more about it from the kids’ points of view. 


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For more information, visit the World Peace Game Foundation and the Rotarian Action Group for Peace.




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