In my job I meet people from all walks of life. Celebs, kids, business people or some guy on the street that I just like the look of. It’s what I love about my work. It is why I do what I do. And once in a while you meet someone you think has got it completely right. Scilla Elworthy is one of those people. Scilla is that woman who has a house in the countryside, who most people would not recognise as she walks down the street, but still has been so influential in creating and promoting peace, and peace is a big word:
Scilla is the founder of Oxford Research Group, meant to create dialogue between nuclear weapons policy makers and their critics. She set up Peace Direct, a charity supporting local peace-makers in areas of confict. She’s advised some of the world’s most powerful men and women, she’s a member of the World Future Council, co-founder of Rising Women Rising World and an author of multiple books. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Price 3 times and was awarded Niwano Peace prize once.
Scilla has dedicated her life to what is right in this world, and that is why I admire her. I was lucky enough to shoot, her latest book cover. The book is called The Business Plan for Peace, Building a World Without War. It’s a book meant for anyone who finds the appeal of a peaceful world attractive, and who does not find that appealing?? This book is not just for politicians, army generals or global company directors, but on the contrary, just as much or even more, for any individual who wants to know more or who wants to make a real difference. This is not a hippy book, asking us all to buy flowers and hold up two fingers, but rather a book that packs a punch with facts and figures detailing the forces that drive war and in sharp contrast showing what can be done to stop people killing each other. It informs us of real stories of individual acts that have made a real difference as well as shows us the greater figures and numbers that are staggering. At a time of, Syria, ethnic cleansing in Burma, Trump and Kim Jong-un, (to mention a few headlines,) it is time we all show our opposition to war. This book is a good read for anyone wanting to find a place to start.