The PeaceJam Foundation is an international organization whose mission statement is “to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody.” To date, 13 Nobel Peace Laureates, including the 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, President Oscar Arias,Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Betty Williams, José Ramos-Horta, Aung San Suu Kyi, Sir Joseph Rotblat (Emeritus), Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, and Leymah Gbowee, serve as members of the PeaceJam Foundation.
On September 15, 2006, 10 of the Nobel Laureates launched the PeaceJam Foundation’s Global Call to Action with the youth of the world as a part of PeaceJam’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. In May 2014, the PeaceJam Foundation launched the ‘One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign’, a global citizen’s campaign designed to tackle the toughest issues facing humanity.
In January 2015, the campaign and organizers Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff were honored with seven Nobel Peace Prize nominations. The PeaceJam Foundation has been nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Meng was Google employee number 107 and his job title was Jolly Good Fellow. At Google, although he worked for eight years in Engineering on projects such as mobile search and leading search quality, he earned his eccentric Google title after starting “mindfulness training” courses at the company – also known by its scientific name, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Motivated by his belief that happiness is a state-of-mind, these mindfulness training courses were meant to help Googlers find inner peace and clear their minds to manage stress and negativity. The classes proved extremely successful at Google which led Meng to write a best-selling book called “Search Inside Yourself.” These successes (outside of his engineering role) led him to work for two years as the Head of Personal Growth and to pursue full-time a non-profit called “Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute” (SIYLY, pronounced “silly”), to brings the same popular Google class to others.
You can learn more and get involved at the following links:
- PeaceJam Foundation: website, Facebook, Twitter
- One Billion Acts of Peace: website, Facebook
- Chade-Meng Tan: website, Facebook, Twitter, Joy on Demand, Search Within Yourself