|On Friday December 9th, 2011 the Spotlight Values team gathered at the United Nations Church Center in New York City to present the Spotlight Values World Report to officials from the United Nations. The official report included statistics from more than 30 countries involved with the project and presented the various ways the initiative met the United Nations millennium goals. It also revealed the heart of the project and the light the project shined on the goodness and leadership potential of youth worldwide.|
|Spotlight Values Event Ideas|
The Om Cafes have been a huge success among young adults. In a cafe style setting, young adults explore, express, and exchange the values in a way that is as meaningful as it is relaxed, light and engaging. Please click here to see how to create an Om Cafe on Acceptance in your area.
The Om Express events are designed for teens. Although there is an element of conversation, the primary way they explore the values is through fun, creative activities that help them bring the values to life. Please click here to see how to host an Om Express event on Acceptance in your area.
|My Spotlight Values Commitment
Here's an opportunity to increase the benefit of exploring the value of the month. Make a commitment to yourself, to those you come in contact with, to your world. We will be presenting a collection of the commitments to the United Nations in August, so make sure to get yours in!
|Step into the Spotlight Values Journey
If you would like to follow this project, just join our mailing list to receive daily emails that will include cool and creative ways to Explore, Express and Exchange the values as well as ideas to host Spotlight Values programs in your area.
|Spotlight Values Supports Rio+20|
"Rio+20" is the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012 – twenty years after the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from the private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet.
"Rio+20 has given us a solid platform to build on. And it has given us the tools to build with. The work starts now"
– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
|Spotlight Values Rio+20
Humanity stands at a defining moment in history. The pressing need to integrate our social and economic development with the responsibility of respecting the environment poses a creative challenge.
We are inspired by the vision of a world where every individual can develop to her or his own potential and live in harmony with the self and the natural world. For this vision to be realised, it is not enough that we depend on the world leaders alone. Considering that no one has a more important stake in the outcome of Rio +20 than the youth who will inherit this planet, it is also of enormous value how young people view the world. Such visions may initially appear naïve or utiopian but a lot of depth can be derived from them. This may be the pivotal factor in bringing about a radical change in the state of the world. Therefore it is imperative to provide young people with an opportunity or platform to express their vision and explore ways to bring it into reality.
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Please click here to read our greetings on the International Day of Volunteers (December 5).