2009 Vancouver Peace Summit

It’s been one year since the Dalai Lama Center welcomed His Holiness and over twenty leaders of social change to the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit. The event has inspired changes, both big and small, in the lives of people in many corners of the world. With the links below, you'll learn about some of these changes.

Along with never-before-seen photos and video, you’ll hear from some of the Summit participants as well as from some of the people whose lives have changed after attending the Summit.

Charles Holmes, facilitator of Connecting for Change, and Brenda Eaton, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Dalai Lama Center, both had key roles in organizing the Vancouver Peace Summit. Here are some of their reflections on the event and the year that has passed.

Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis attended the Summit not only to perform but also with “the hope of being a catalyst or force for bringing people together.” Here are some of his thoughts on the Summit as well as a never-before-seen recording of his performance.

BRAC USA founder Susan Davis was drawn towards the Dalai Lama Center and the Vancouver Peace Summit by founding director Victor Chan and what she calls his “incredible ability to build relationships”.

One of three representatives of UBC's cutting-edge research on social and emotional well-being, Clyde Hertzman came to the Summit hoping to give the Dalai Lama some good news.

Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams came to the Summit to get people on their feet and to put compassion into action. Here is a clip where she talks about what compassion means to her.

Sarah Murray was one of the many generous photographers who volunteered their time and talent at the Vancouver Peace Summit, capturing precious moments throughout the three-day event. Here is her story.

One of Connecting for Change's leading change agents was Mary Tidlund. Hear her story about how she got involved in a special project delivering medical supplies to Uganda.

Putting faith in the possible. That's what Dr Janice Levine has learned through her Connecting for Change experience. Read about all that she accomplished by acting on a "hunch".

Another one of the Vancouver Peace Summit's change agents, Dr Robert Kalyesubula came to Connecting to Change with some pretty lofty goals. Here is his message of thanks to those who helped him achieve those goals.

As part of the team behind Connecting for Change, Pamela Kilborn-Miller had a special behind-the-scenes view of how change through the collective works. This is her story of an "unexpected success".