The Goodwill Treaty
My Simple Mission for Greater Goodwill and World Peace. 125K+ Physical Signers!
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"WE ARE ALL COMMITTED TO GREATER GOODWILL. WILL YOU SIGN WITH US?"
In 2007 I created the Goodwill Treaty for World Peace. The Goodwill Treaty is a statement of intention which is meant to be simple, fun and to provoke thought and dialogue. Thinking about, talking about and stating an intention for peace are obvious first steps toward peace. The objective is to spread the values of peace, healthy communication skills, anger management, conflict resolution and personal diplomacy — otherwise known as manners.
...a statement of intention which is meant to be simple, fun and to provoke thought and dialogue.
In 2007 I met with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Don Cheadle, Susaye Greene, Ray Romano, Montel Williams and Jason Alexander, and I asked them to sign-on to the official Goodwill Treaty launch, and the rest is history. Since then, I have been traveling the world and meeting regularly with scholars, diplomats, spiritual leaders, politicians and anyone who will listen, to discuss and learn about peace. I have met with hundreds of people and groups, and I continue to learn so much each day as I try be an ambassador of peace in my own life. I hope you will consider becoming an ambassador of peace in your life too. The world needs you.
Dr. Arun Gandhi
"The only hope of transforming the world from the 'tsunami of violence' is for each of us to Become the Change We Wish To See in the World. Bryant McGill shows us the way."
— Dr. Arun M. Gandhi, Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi
A Few Treaty Highlights
Congressional Certificate of Recognition and Commendation
In 2009 McGill and the Goodwill Treaty Project received a Congressional Certificate of Recognition and Commendation from the United States House of Representatives, during the 111th Congress, 1st Session in Washington, DC., where McGill was formally acknowledged by the nation’s top representatives who applauded McGill’s, "highly commendable life’s work", and his humanitarian achievements," as the founder and Goodwill Ambassador at Large to the Goodwill Treaty for World Peace."
Mayoral Humanitarian Award from the Mayor of Pompeii, Italy
In 2009 McGill's Goodwill Treaty project received an official mayoral award from the mayor of Pompeii, Italy, and from his Excellency, the honorable Mikael Al Jamil, Archbishop of Lebanon.
Official Humanitarian Citation from State of Connecticut
In 2008 McGill was honored by the State of Connecticut, and by dozens of representatives and senators 152 at the State Capitol in Hartford, by way of an official citation from the Connecticut General Assembly in recognition of Founding The Goodwill Treaty for World Peace, saying, “the State of Connecticut offers its sincerest congratulations to Bryant McGill, and affirms your effort and acknowledges your accomplishment. We are indeed grateful for your service and exemplary work. The entire membership extends its very best wishes on this memorable occasion and expresses the hope for continued success. Given this 1st day of October 2008 at the State Capitol, Hartford, Connecticut.”
Nobel Peace Prize Nomination
In 2009 Bryant's Goodwill Treaty for World Peace, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. A group of university deans, college chancellors, professors, university department heads, state legislators, and Emmy Award winners have come together to lay the groundwork, culminating in the Nomination. Over 100 people and projects a year are nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. And while we know that receiving a nomination does not confer any official status or title whatsoever, and that it can be very easy to receive a nomination, we are still grateful people cared enough about the treaty project to make that wonderful gesture.
Tribute to Goodwill Treaty by Patriarchal See of Antioch, Lebanon
In early 2008 McGill’s group met in Italy with his Excellency, the honorable Mikael Al Jamil, Archbishop of Lebanon of the Patriarchal See of Antioch, who paid a tribute to the Goodwill Treaty for World Peace, extending an invitation to the Holy See, Vatican.
Television appearances with Lenny Kravitz, actor Lou Gossett
Represented the treaty in a nationwide television public service announcement featuring myself, Lenny Kravitz, actor Lou Gossett Jr. and other personalities.
Global Humanitarian / AJWS
Dr. Arun Gandhi
Speaking / Non-Violence
E! Interview About Treaty
Chief Charles Beck, LAPD
Snatam Signs Treaty
Programs, Events, Education and Activities
The Goodwill Treaty holds various meetings and events throughout the year in order to perpetuate peace consciousness across the globe. These events and speaking engagements bring together like minded individuals who have recognized their creative abilities, and wish to use them to advance peace on a worldwide scale. They also help create awareness of the present day challenges we face as a global community, and assists us in developing solutions, based on love and compassion.
Speaking and Presentations
Our leadership has spoken on peace, and non-violence around the world at top universities, corporations, and with diverse groups, from the Los Angeles Mayor's Office, to the United Nations, and with Dr. Gandhi, Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. Our leadership travels the world and meets regularly with the world's top spiritual, social and political leaders, and local leadership such as such as governors, mayors and community volunteer groups. The project goal is to meet with social leadership around the world, and to inspire all to create a more beautiful world for all people.
Non-Violence Awareness Activities
Although each event never follows the exact same routine or outline, there are usually two areas which are touched upon during each occasion:
- The Goodwill Treaty: A private treaty that focuses our collective intention on creating spiritual and intellectual harmony throughout the world.
- The Peace Prize: An award which recognizes and supports peacemakers for their efforts in creating a world full of goodwill and harmony.
Some of Our Event Activities Include
- treaty signing at peace rallies, activism gatherings and music concerts
- peace discussions at yoga festivals and yoga studios
- non-violence, non-hazing and anti-bulling discussions for campus and fraternities
- treaty signing parties and social gatherings
- celebrity events, parties and publicity enguagements
- non-violence and anti-bulling events
- media guest expert on creating peace
- appearances at community and religious centers
- meeting with mayors, governors, social leaders and legislative bodies
- fund-raisers for the Peace Prize Charitable Trust
Education and Children
As peace conscious adults, one of our main roles is to teach the next generation about their inherent beauty and creator powers. On the one hand we are responsible for making the world a better place to live for our children, but on the other hand if we do not educate them on what it means to live in peace through practical means, there will be no one to maintain and further the peace process, once we are gone.
Today our children are surrounded by challenging environments at school and sometimes home. We hear about it all the time, the violence and bulling in schools, and self-destructive attitudes our youth has towards the state of our world. The only way out of this vicious cycle is to provide our children with the tools and leadership to reinforce compassionate behavior.
We provide various projects and mentoring programs to help children cultivate compassion and direct their energy towards the universal goal of community and world peace. Through theGoodwill Treaty, children are given the opportunity to immediately take action, participate and awaken to their internal creative powers and personal choices.
Ultimately, they learn about the true meanings of peace:
- To never hurt anyone on the inside or outside
- Compassion and friendship towards all
The Goodwill Treaty is one such project, which allows our youth to be apart of a community whose aims are the betterment of all. This gives them a sense of belonging and nourishes a positive attitude towards themselves and others. Just by knowing they are signing along with all the other people who have signed before them (world leaders, sports stars, Hollywood stars, etc.) lets them know that they matter. This in turn helps them realize that everyone matters. They then begin to understand that we are all just part of one big family, and what affects one of us, affects us all.
It is important to note that all children from various backgrounds, socio-economic conditions and with special needs are allowed to participate in all of our projects and programs. One of our aims is to facilitate the maturation process, in order for today’s youth to grow into responsible adults, while at the same time allowing them to retain that child-like curiosity and wonder, which is so important to the creative process of bringing about global harmony. Our programs are designed in such a way as to to assist the development of peace consciousness in children, no matter where they come from or what challenges they presently face.
High Schools, Colleges and Universities
As part of our mission to educate young adults on the necessity of global peace, we often visit Colleges and Universities, in order to discuss how to end senseless behavior and bring about an environment of amity.
Some of the main points we touch upon are:
As with all of our other programs and projects, each student is given the chance to come forth and state their intention for world peace (starting with peace in their school), by signing The Goodwill Treaty. This little act alone stimulates on-campus solidarity and helps everyone realize how meaningless and injurious bullying and hazing really are. It is a stepping stone, that opens up important topics on violence and peace, and cuts down the barriers between students and administrators (faculty). These on-campus discussions help promote and eventually provide a truly holistic environment, in which our future leaders can learn and develop as human beings.
We realize that the Internet has created a universal environment where people from various walks of life can exchange ideas and information on a massive scale. We also recognize its potential for bringing about radical change in worldwide consciousness, especially where global amity is concerned. That is why our activities extend to cyber-space, as well. As part of our campaign to educate children on the hazards of hostile thoughts and actions, we continue to create opportunities where children may gather and learn about how to behave when interacting on the World Wide Web.
For years, Bryant McGill has recognized the influence the Internet has had on today’s youth. That is why he wants to put an end to any misuse of this potential peace enhancing vehicle. He is an outspoken candidate on the dangers of bullying and more specifically cyber-bullying, and has appeared on a front-page cover story of the Wall Street Journal, relating his expertise with social-media, non-violence and protecting people from identity theft and cyber-bullying.
Prisons and Gangs
We believe that it is never to late to make peace apart of one's life. No matter what a person has done in the past, there is always a chance to change. That is why this mission extends its support towards prison inmates and gang members alike.
We feel that the best way to eliminate violence and social injustices is through changing the perception of those engaged in such activities. By providing education, open discussions and allowing inmates and gang members to take part in constructive projects, an atmosphere of reconciliation and peace is created. This allows for transformation and healing to occur at the deepest level of their being.
We never judge anyone by their race, color, gender, social status or what they have or have not done in the past. Our only criteria is that everyone who takes part in the our holistic activities be willing to become a good human being, and help others do the same.
We promote peace in prisons and amongst gang members by:
- Encouraging inmates and rival gang leaders to sign The Goodwill Treaty
- Formulating workshops, speaking engagements and open forums that focus on compassion and non-violence
In this way, they will begin to understand, through practical means, that there are people out there who care about them, that we are all part of one large family (global community) and that they too have the creative power to change themselves and the world.
A Few Other Notable Signers
The Goodwill Treaty for World Peace has been signed by over 125,000 individuals from all over the world. Many notable figures have signed onto the project, such as Dr. Gandhi, Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Matt Damon, Her Divine Grace Dadi Janki, Ben Affleck, Don Cheadle, Gurmukh Khalsa, Jason Alexander, Snatam Kaur, Montel Williams, Charles Barkley, Dave Mason, Raymond 'Ray' Romano, Tim Russ, Richard Hatch, John de Lancie, Brent Spiner, Virginia Hey, Chase Masterson, Herbert Jefferson, Jr., and Dean Haglund, Rod Roddenberry, George Noory, Chet “Juice” Lemon, Larry Johnson, The Temptations, Earth Wind and Fire, Susaye Greene of the Supremes, Celtic Woman, Mutabaruka, David and Mira Newman, Victoria Stilwell, Hope Dworazyk, Jeff Rector, Bob Picardo, Jim Smith, Ed Gale, Garret Wang, Carel Struycken and thousands of others.
In Every Culture: A New Friend, a Hug, a Smile and Shared Values
Reality TV Crew
Gandhi, Jenni, Sue
Herbert Jefferson, Jr.
Family & Friends
Mira and Sati
New Friends in Japan
David & Mira Newman
Running Turtle "Larry"
Groups of Friends
At Work Places
More hugs... :)
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