Nothing comes from nothing

Lice Movono
Posted December 3, 2018 from Fiji
Transcend Oceania
Transcending Oceania ... the leaders of the Transcend Oceania which has set up the Pacific's first peace-building institute; Oceania Peace-building Institute. Picture: LICE MOVONO

CHANGE does not come on their own, for nothing comes from nothing.

Twenty five people, working to build peace in communities of Melanesia gathered in Suva for two weeks from December 3 are learning that social good comes from agents of change.

The peace practitioners are the first participants of the Oceania Peacebuilding Institute (OPI), itself a first of its kind initiative in the Pacific region, a project of Fiji based NGO; Transcend Oceania.

Speaking at the launch of the OPI on December 3, Fijian academic and board member of the Transcend Oceania, Dr. Tuinawi Rakuita told the Pacific peacebuilders to dig deep into their shared history to get the tools to build JustPeace.

“We must never forget that as people from Oceania we are descendants of ancient navigators who dared to cross these vast tracts of ocean and were guided by nothing other than the wind on their faces, the stars in their eyes and fire in their hearts,” Dr. Rakuita said.

Dr. Rakuita, the coordinator of the Post Graduate Studies at the Centre for Pacific Studies told the peacebuilders who represent Transcend Oceania partners from Fiji, Bougainville and Papua New Guinea that ‘nothing comes from nothing.”

“Ideas such as truth, justice and peace are considered to be social goods in philosophical discourses on the good life. The ancient Greeks believed that these kinds of social goods are actually contrived,” Dr. Rakuita said.

Urging them to become those agents of change, the sociologist reminded the peacebuilders that ‘social goods’ do not appear all of a sudden from thin air.

“...Or as that quaint English phrase that informed so many medieval philosophers say ‘nothing can come from nothing’.” 

Vosita Lenisaurua, the new director of the OPI said the challenge to peacebuilding was not in the ability to create spaces but in bringing key relevant actors to engage in critical dialogue on critical issues.

“OPI is exciting as well as important step forward in the quest for peacebuilding in the Pacific. It is a great opportunity for us to come together  to explore deeper our rich cultural expressions for peace, as well as re-defining  those that insinuate violence,” Ms Lenisaurua said.

“OPI courses offer a vibrant, experiential and collaborative learning environment that will critically and constructively engage with contemporary challenges in peacebuilding, sustainable development and revitalization.”

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By LICE MOVONO | Freelance Journalist operating out of Suva, Fiji.

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Theresa Takafuma
Dec 04, 2018
Dec 04, 2018

Awesome initiative.

Jill Langhus
Dec 04, 2018
Dec 04, 2018

Hi Lice,

Thanks for sharing your post about this great, new peace initiative. I'm looking forward to hearing more about it. You may want to consider submitting this post for the current "What Give You Hope?" story awards. If so, this is the link:
https://www.worldpulse.com/en/voices-rising/story-awards/89062

Have a great day!

Lisbeth
Dec 04, 2018
Dec 04, 2018

Dear Lice,
This is actually a great initiatives, please keep it up.

I look forward to reading more of such initiatives.
Regards
Lizzy

Ngwa Damaris
Dec 04, 2018
Dec 04, 2018

Great job!!! Peace is all we need now:)

Tarke Edith
Dec 05, 2018
Dec 05, 2018

Hi Lice
thanks for sharing this important project with us

Tarke Edith
Dec 05, 2018
Dec 05, 2018

Hi Lice
thanks for sharing this important project with us

Ngala Nadege
Dec 07, 2018
Dec 07, 2018

Hello ,
Thanks for sharing. The initiative is great

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 09, 2018
Dec 09, 2018

Hi Lice,
Thanks for reporting on this important meeting. What an opportunity for people already committed to peace, to come together to share ideas. I link forward to following what comes from this.

Beth Lacey
Dec 10, 2018
Dec 10, 2018

This is very exciting.
Beth

Jacqueline Namutaawe
Dec 11, 2018
Dec 11, 2018

Hey Lice great initiative keep it going.

Olubee
Dec 19, 2018
Dec 19, 2018

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Dear Sis
Thanks for sharing .The change we want in our community start with us.Nothing changes on its own. Lovely pieces.

Olubee
Dec 20, 2018
Dec 20, 2018

Dear Sis
Thanks for sharing .The change we want in our community start with us.Nothing changes on its own. Lovely pieces.

Adanna
Jan 02
Jan 02

Dear Lice,

I love the way you started your write-up, "Change does not come on its own and nothing comes from nothing." Very well said indeed.

Nice one and thank you for sharing.

Love,
Adanna

Beltivate
Jan 13
Jan 13

Really my dear,Change does not come on it's own and nothing comes for nothing,Courage in your endeavors

CATHIE
Apr 09
Apr 09

Dear Lice,
Peace is all the world needs to soar! Thanks for the great work already. More blessings with the initiative.

echo demitrez
Apr 22
Apr 22

gyzza wernchyus awekio teebas,

Mountis reeybbyuis wrekio serla myzza awntoweeya tess gyures awgronia, tyn derwas loppaertee.

egryyio chern byurreas!
Echo.

Hadebe16
May 12
May 12

Great pioneering work how are you getting on please keep sharing world we learn a lot from such positive peaceful initiatives