Seeds of Peace
Give rise to new generations of leaders uniquely inspired and equipped to build lasting peace.
Seeds of Peace founder John Wallach, an award-winning author and journalist, creates Seeds of Peace. He asks Bobbie Gottschalk, a seasoned clinical social worker and programme developer, to become its executive director and Tim Wilson, a long-time camp director and educator, to run the International Camp in Maine. That summer, a group of 46 Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian, and American teenagers inaugurate the Camp. The Seeds are then President Clinton's invited guests to the historic signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn.
- Seeds of Peace Camp
Each summer, hundreds of teenagers and educators engage with each other across lines of conflict—sharing meals, living spaces, and learning experiences in a traditional summer camp program. For many, this type of interaction is impossible at home, and Camp is the first time they are encountering and engaging peers from the ‘other side.’ Personal change begins here. As participants form relationships and gain insights into the root issues that divide them, they build greater levels of trust, respect, and empathy, which inspire their commitment to work for change at home
- Local Programs
After graduating from the Seeds of Peace Camp, participants build on their experiences through over a hundred local leadership development initiatives. Activities include community dialogues and facilitator trainings, multi-narrative tours of conflict zones, capacity building workshops for educators, interfaith camps, and mediation and negotiation seminars run by Harvard Law School faculty. As our alumni embark on their professional careers, they are well-positioned to begin working for change in their communities.
Main Focus Countries of Activities
USA - State of Palestine - Israel - Iraq - Jordan - Kuwait - Morocco - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - Tunisia - Yemen - Egypt - India - Pakistan - Afghanistan - Bangladesh - USA - UK - Albania - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Croatia - Kosovo - Macedonia - Romania - Serbia - Cyprus - Greece - Turkey