What Next? Project
What Next? Project —
Want it! Live it! Share it!
Phase 2 of our For Our World Campaign
In 2010, Mattie’s Foundation launched the For Our World Campaign as a free, international peace effort. We invited people to translate Mattie’s 9/11 poem into other languages, and posted these translations as free downloadable PDFs.
Matte wrote his “For Our World” poem on September 11, 2001 as his personal response to universal questions of ‘What now? What next?’following terrorist attacks. He hoped that one day, this poem would serve as an ‘international passage for peace.’
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approached, we reached 50 translations of the poem, and encouraged people around the world to “Read it. Share it. Live it.” We asked people to spread the message of this poem in schools and homes and offices — by reading it during gatherings and meetings and classes, and by posting it onTwitter and Facebook pages, bulletin boards and refrigerators, and more.
We also created a chain of ‘peace flags’ with these translations that were flown during the 2011 Peace Celebration at Mattie’s Park in Rockville, MD.
Now, the events and attention focused on the 10th anniversary of September 11 have subsided, and our world is still in need of peace. To keep momentum going, Mattie’s Foundation initiated our “What Next? Project.”
We continue to invite people to translate, download, and share Mattie’s For Our World poem. In addition, we are offering inspiration, information, activities, and resources that encourage people around the world to continue focusing on peace-related attitudes and habits that will shape the reality of our world. These activities and resources will be rooted in Mattie’s “Three Choices for Peace” concept, which grew directly from his For Our World poem.
The goal of the “What Next? Project” –
“Make Peace The News — Want it! Live it! Share It!”
This goal is rooted in Mattie’s “Three Choices for Peace©.”
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Â Â “Three Choices for Peace©”â€Â
Â Â Â from Mattie J.T. Stepanek
Â Â Â Â Be a peace seeker.
Â Â Â Â Be a peace maker.
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Â Â Â Â Be a peace bringer.
- Send us your stories and lessons and experiences on how YOU shared Mattie’s poetry, and his Three Choices for Peace.
Perhaps you shared with your family, your school, your office, or your place of worship. Perhaps you used his message during a volunteer activity, or within another non-profit organization. We want to Make Peace the News!
- View our list of For Our World translations and download your free pdf here…
- Submit your For Our World translation to MattieOnline.email@example.com
- Order For Our World and Three Choices for Peace© bookmarks and posters here…
(Rooted in Mattie’s Three Choices for Peace)