Pasta The Elders
What makes an Elder?
Elders no longer hold public office;
They are independent of any national government or other vested interest.
The Elders share a common commitment to peace and universal human rights, but they also bring with them a wealth of diverse expertise and experience.
How was the group formed?
The concept originates from a conversation between the entrepreneur Richard Branson (founder of the Virgin Group ) and the musician Peter Gabriel (lead vocalist and flautist of band Genesis ).
The idea they discussed was simple: many communities look to their elders for guidance, or to help resolve disputes (help to solve their needs).
In an increasingly interdependent world – a ‘global village’ – could a small, dedicated group of individuals use their collective experience and influence to help tackle some of the most pressing problems facing the world today?
What do The Elders stand for?
The Elders represent an independent voice, not bound by self the interests of any party, nation, government or institution.
They are committed to promoting the shared interests of humanity, and the universal human rights we all share.
They believe that in any conflict, it is important to listen to everyone – no matter how unpalatable or unpopular this may be.
They aim to act boldly, speaking difficult truths and tackling taboos.
They don’t claim to have all the answers, and stress that every individual can make a difference and create positive change in their society.
How do they work?
Opening doors to gain access to decision-makers at the highest levels;
Listening to everyone, no matter how unpalatable or unpopular, to promote dialogue;
Providing an independent voice that can speak out, challenge injustice and break taboos;
Bringing people together to catalyse action and forge alliances;
Amplifying and supporting the work of people affected by conflict or working for peace;
Creating space for campaigners and policy makers to broach difficult issues;
Connecting people with decision-makers, ensuring the needs of ordinary citizens are always;
Highlighting neglected issues to generate media coverage and political attention;
The Elders are cautious not to claim all the credit for making a difference. Much of The.