Human Connection as an Engine of Peace in the Networked Society

Forest Whitaker

Event: Stockholm Peace Talks 2015
Location: Sveriges Riksdag, Stockholm
Date: 29/01/2015

Forest defines what peace means to him as the exchange of knowledge and respect. In other words, it is the idea of people working together towards a communal goal. He then illustrates the importance of human connections in peacebuilding, with examples from the Youth Peacemaker Network, a project supported by his foundation, the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative.

Tags: Exchange,  Human Connection,  Knowledge,  Networked Society,  Peace,  Peacebuilding,  Respect,  South Sudan

Forest Whitaker

Artist, Founder and CEO of The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation

Forest is an artist and humanist. He is the founder and CEO of The Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation and was recently appointed as UNESCO Special Envoy, in the development of peace and reconciliation in areas of conflict. He is a talented, versatile performer and one of Hollywood’s most accomplished figures. He has received prestigious artistic distinctions including the 2007 Academy Award® for Best Actor for his performance in The Last King of Scotland. He has also received the BAFTA Award, SAG Award, and Golden Globe® for Best Actor. In addition, Whitaker received the Best Actor Palme d’Or for Bird at the Cannes Film Festival.