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How do we help them transform our society, and ultimately the world’s, from a culture of violence and selfishness to a culture of collaboration, justice, mutual respect and compassion? We begin by teaching young adults, the future leaders of our country, how to be at peace within themselves and how to use that way of being as an instrument for understanding and addressing important social problems; hence, fostering peace between people in their communities and ultimately, peace among nations.

In 2015, the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation launched a campaign called Peace3, which aims to inspire young adults, aged 17-22, to learn about and engage in peacemaking as life’s work irrespective of their occupation or profession.

Peace3 engages young people through our Conversations on Peace – live events designed to galvanize young adults and foster commitments on their parts to learn how to cultivate inner peace on their own behalf as well as to work to create peace between groups and among nations. Our Peace3 Conversations are streamed live through social media or through the sites of our partner organizations. The topics of these conversations are focused on issues that are important to the young people we are working with and DTPF is committed to developing its programs and hosting events that attract young men and women who are diverse culturally, ethnically, linguistically, philosophically and spiritually, and in terms of gender identity, sexual orientation, income and nationality.

Through Peace3, DTPF, contributes to a more secure, peaceful and prosperous world and, at the same time, fosters a more vibrant American democracy through compassionate civic participation. If you would like more information on bringing Peace to your area, email us at info@tutufoundationusa.org.


Also described as “inner peace”, peace within is concerned with peace on a personal level, dealing with both the spiritual as well as the emotional/psychological dimensions.

If one looks at some of the world’s greatest peace leaders – Archbishop Tutu, the Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter, Malala Yousafzai – a commonality between them is there capacity for achieving peace within. There are many paths to inner peace, but that ultimate goal of achieving it is essential for creating peace in the world.


Peace between focuses on an individual and their relationships with their family, friends and the community around them. Through Peace3, we focus on creating a dialogue between individuals and/or groups of individuals, helping young people to learn forgiveness and reconciliation methods with which to prevent and overcome conflict. Peace between helps young people to recognize and celebrate our differences, and allows us to look at people who do not look like us, believe as we do, or come from where we come from with the anticipation of something positive instead of the apprehension of something negative.


Thanks to social media, there is an increased awareness and concern among young people about what is happening in the world, and about conflicts and violence in particular. Young people need to learn not only about the conflicts themselves, but about how they are being addressed and what role they can play in helping resolve these conflicts peacefully.

Peace3 teaches young people about these issues and shows them that, despite their age, they can make a difference in the world. Through facilitating discussions and incorporating voices of people from across the planet, we are able to better recognize our common humanity and work together to make this world a better place. Through working with our technology partners, we are also able to share all of our programs with people across the globe, and allow for voices everywhere to participate in the discussion.