nelson mandela and the elders

I learnt a lot more about Nelson Mandela after he died on 5 December 2013.   One of the most inspiring things I learnt about him was his role in bringing together The Elders – an independent group of world leaders who work together for peace and human rights.

Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel came up with the idea after a chat about how many traditional communities look to their elders for guidance, or to help resolve disputes.  They were thinking in terms of the ‘global village’ and took their idea to Mandela.  With the help of his wife, Graca Machel, and his friend, Desmond Tutu, Mandela bought a worldwide group of Elders together and formally launched ‘the band’ in Johannesburg, July 2007.  Mandela was 89.

Elders no longer hold public office.  They’re independent of any national government or other vested interest.  They’ve earned trust, demonstrated integrity and built a reputation for inclusive and progressive leadership.  They’re peace makers and pioneering changemakers.  To find out more click on this link

I’m glad the global village has elders.  Bring on the day when it’s also local again.  I guess you/we could have a chat about that…