Global campaign sparks conversations that can change everything

  • Global SPEAK! campaign counters growing social and political divisions with a call to “speak with” those we don’t normally
  • Campaign will comprise almost 150 events in 50 countries, with most being held during 24 hours of global action from 5pm Friday 20th - 5pm Saturday 21st September
  • Campaign timed to coincide with United Nations Summits in New York and global climate mobilisation

This weekend, people across the world will come together at nearly 150 events in 50 countries, as part of a global campaign to help bridge divisions through the power of dialogue.

Led by international civil society alliance, CIVICUS, SPEAK! 2019 will culminate in 24 hours of action from 5pm Friday 20th to 5pm Saturday 21st September. 

From youth summits to casual dinners, peace dialogues to film festivals, the SPEAK! campaign seeks to help people pop the ‘bubbles’ that disconnect us from one another, in order to speak with those we wouldn't normally and really listen to what they say.

The campaign will kick off a week of monumental global action, as heads of state gather at the United Nations to review progress of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris climate agreement.

“The challenges of our time will ultimately impact us all; but as many of us look around our communities and countries, we seem increasingly divided,” says Nic Mackay from the SPEAK! team. “If we are to stand with one another in creating a more just, peaceful and sustainable world, we first need to speak with one another -- especially those with whom we disagree.”

In 26 countries, SPEAK! Champions will spearhead events at both the local and national level. Global partners including RNW Media, TechSoup, World Cleanup Day, Listen First and the National Conversation Project have also mobilised their networks to hold events.

Those who can’t attend an event can still take part in the campaign this Friday or Saturday by having a conversation with someone you wouldn’t normally -- whether in person or online -- and sharing the experience on social media using #TogetherWeSpeak. 

Says Mackay: “Our hope is that SPEAK! helps us all find common ground that goes far deeper than any of our differences, and affirms our common humanity at a time when the future of humanity is at stake.”

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS

See a full list of SPEAK! events planned globally here

See a list of SPEAK! Champion organisations, with contact information here.

 

For campaign video see here.

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT:

For more information or to arrange interviews with event organisers, please contact:

 

Nic Mackay

 

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