Putting Peace First: 7 Commitments to Change the World

Putting Peace First: 7 Commitments to Change the World

by Eric Dawson


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Young people are hungry to change the world, but often aren't given the chance. This book empowers them to make change happen.

When he was just eighteen, Eric David Dawson co-founded the non-profit Peace First based on the idea that young people can change the world for the better--not someday, but right now. Twenty-five years later, Peace First has reached millions worldwide, teaching young people how to become peacemakers and create real change. Now, Dawson has written PUTTING PEACE FIRST, the handbook every aspiring peacemaker needs.

Using the inspiring stories of real life peacemakers, each chapter highlights a different aspect of peacemaking, from Opening Your Heart to Taking a Stand. With clear, step-by-step explanations of how each peacemaker achieved their goals, this book is a guide for anyone who wants to make a difference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101997338
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 471,553
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Eric David Dawson is the CEO and co-founder of Peace First. He got his professional start directing a summer camp in Boston's public housing complexes and doing organizing around disability awareness. He is an Ashoka, Echoing Green, and Pop!Tech Fellow. He lives with his wife and three children in Boston.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Confessions of an Angry Kid 1

Introduction: You've Been Lied To 4

Peacemaker Manifesto 8

Commitment 1 Put Peace First, Every Day 12

Commitment 2 Raise My Hand 22

Commitment 3 Open My Heart 34

Commitment 4 Take a Stand 46

Commitment 5 Bring Others Along 60

Commitment 6 Work with My Enemies? 72

Commitment 7 Keep Trying 84

Putting It Together 99

Epilogue: Pending Disasters 137

Acknowledgments 141

Index 144

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