The Leading by Example Program is the official youth program of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. It was launched by the Permanent Secretariat in 2012 in the city of Warsaw with the intention of providing educational opportunities for young people to engage in dialogues about peace and human rights.
Since its founding, the program has attracted young professionals and bright students from top universities throughout the world. Our network includes over 2,000 youth delegates from nearly 100 universities, renowned non-profit organizations, and global corporations.
The Leading by Example program occurs parallel to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and typically lasts four days in length. While there, participants have the opportunity to learn from and interact with Nobel Peace Laureates, their peers from around the globe, academicians, and non-profit leaders of diverse scholarly and professional backgrounds.
The educational platform of the Leading by Example program consists of more than 60 educational workshop opportunities, covering topics related to human rights, such as protecting the environment, abolishing nuclear weapons, ending child labor, resolving civil wars, the status of refugees, equality for all, peace through nonviolence, political leadership, and tools in peacebuilding, among other topics.
Workshops are often led by the Nobel Peace Laureates themselves, providing opportunities for youth delegates to interact with and ask questions of the laureates and members of their teams. Workshops are also led by academicians, non-profit leaders, and in some cases, other youth delegates who have already accomplished much to serve their communities.
The program aims to empower youth to affect positive change within their local and global communities. We do that through the following program objectives.
The Leading by Example program aims to:
- Encourage youth to creatively think about practical ways to affect positive change within their communities through social projects;
- Promote peace and non-violence as a form of effective diplomacy among emerging global leaders, such as those youth delegates who attend our program;
- Provide networking opportunities connecting youth delegates with Nobel Peace Laureates, non-profit leaders, academicians, and peers from universities all throughout the world;
- Encourage youth delegates to think about social issues that the global community faces today, and to apply critical thinking skills on solutions to these challenges;
- Provide access to unique educational opportunities in which youth delegates can learn directly from the Nobel Peace Laureates about tools in peacebuilding.
The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was founded by former President Mikhail Gorbachev in the city of Rome in 1999, with the aim of providing a unified platform for Nobel Peace Laureates to promote their many inspiring messages of peace to the world.
Recognizing the important role that youth play in promoting these messages, the Permanent Secretariat established the Leading by Example program in 2012. While youth have typically attended the World Summit along with members of civil society in the past, the Permanent Secretariat was committed to deepening educational opportunities through partnerships with colleges and universities, as well as non-profit organizations, around the world.
The Leading by Example program aims to attract students and young professionals of a diverse array of academic and professional backgrounds, as it is a firm belief of the Permanent Secretariat that peace is only achievable when everyone in society plays an active role. Over the course of the program’s history, we have attracted bright students pursuing studies in the fields of politics, social business, ecology, arts and sciences, education, medicine, and law, among other academic areas.
Representatives from the following colleges and universities have attended the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates:
Amherst College, USA
Brigham Young University – Hawaii, USA
Brigham Young University – Indiana, USA
Brown University, USA
Bryn Mawr College, USA
Colegio San Jorge de Inglaterra, Colombia
Columbia University, USA
Connecticut College, USA
Cornell University, USA
Danielsen High School, Norway
Dartmouth College, USA
Durham University, UK
EARTH University, Costa Rica
East Stroudsburg University, USA
Francois Rabelais University, France
Harvard University, USA
Haverford College, USA
Heidelberg University, Germany
International School of Nice, France
Jindal Global University, India
John Cabot University, Italy
Kingston High School, USA
London School of Economics, UK
LUISS Guido Carli Rome, Italy
Occidental College, USA
Pantheon Assas University, France
Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Italy
Princeton University, USA
Quinnipiac University, USA
Rhinebeck High School, USA
Simmons College, USA
SIOI University Rome, Italy
Soka University of Tokyo, Japan
St. George’s British International School, UK
Teachers College, Columbia University, USA
The Ohio State University, USA
United Nations University, Costa Rica
Universidad Autonoma del Caribe, Colombia
Universidad Caldas, Colombia
Universidad De Los Andes, Colombia
Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Nicaragua
University of Cape Town, South Africa
University of Houston, USA
University of Konstanz, Germany
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, USA
University of Oregon, USA
University of Pennsylvania, USA
University of Southern California, USA
University of Winchester, UK
University of Wisconsin, USA
US International University of Kenya, Kenya
Yale University, USA
2020 A Year Without War, USA
American Friends Service Committee
Captain Planet Foundation
CEDAT, Colombia and Mexico
Green Hope, UAE
International Peace Bureau, International
Oxford Consortium, UK
Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (Medical Students), International
Scouts, Mexico and Brazil
ShelterBox, Rotary International
The Albert Schweitzer Institute, USA
The Chaeli Campaign, South Africa
The Edmund Rice Justice Desk, South Africa
The Hunger Project, USA
The Ivy Council, USA
Tuesday’s Children, USA
Youth Action Project (YAP), EU
Educational Opportunities Working in collaboration with Nobel Peace Laureates and Organizations, the Permanent Secretariat offers a comprehensive four-day educational program to college-aged students and young professionals. Over the course of four days, youth delegates attend plenary sessions featuring the Nobel Peace Laureates and other important actors related to the host country’s historical context, and participate in orientation activities, workshops, round tables, and networking/cultural activities specially designed for youth delegates.
Leading by Example Workshops
A cornerstone to our educational efforts, the Leading by Example program offers upwards of 60 educational workshops for students to choose from over a course of four days. These workshops are led by Nobel Peace Laureates, academicians, non-profit leaders, and in some cases, other youth delegates. Central to the mission of the workshop initiative is providing opportunities for youth to engage in dialogue. Taking place in smaller rooms, we estimate about ten workshops taking place at one time in parallel to one another. Some workshops are highly focused on specific academic content such as “Becoming a Social Entrepreneur,” or the history of conflicts in certain regions, while others are more theoretical and may focus on the process of reconciliation and forgiveness. While at the World Summit, students will have the opportunity to select which workshops they would like to attend.
Leading by Example – Youth Declaration
Throughout the course of the four-day program, each delegation of students will have the opportunity to elect one member of their team to represent their voice in a congress of youth delegates working together to author the Leading by Example Youth Declaration. The Youth Declaration represents the final thoughts and commitments of students following their experience at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Once approved by the selected representatives of the youth delegates, it will be read on the main stage alongside the Nobel Peace Laureates in the concluding ceremony of the World Summit. See Youth Declarations from previous years here.
Turner Social Change Prize – $10,000 Prize
With generous support from the Turner Foundation and the Captain Planet Foundation, the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is pleased to invite youth delegates attending the World Summit to apply for the prestigious Turner Social Change Prize, accompanied by a $10,000 award to assist the recipient in her/his efforts to make a positive change at the local and/or global level. Through this prize, we seek to empower effective change makers to help us carry out our mission of sustainable peace and development for all. Finalists of the Turner Social Change Prize will go on to present their ideas to the Nobel Peace Laureates in a private session, where they will make their decision on the winning proposal(s). In the event that more than one winner is selected, the prize will be divided accordingly.
The first Turner Social Change Prize was awarded at the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogotá, Colombia. It was awarded to four young women who are changing the world through promoting inclusive societies, protecting the environment, and promoting tools in peacebuilding. Truly global in its scope, the prize was awarded to two Colombian youths, one South African youth, and youth from the United Arab Emirates.
Leading by Example – Educational Webinars
So that the Permanent Secretariat may continue to provide exceptional educational programming to students and young professionals year round, the Leading by Example team has taken on the goal of offering up to five educational webinars to take place in one calendar year. The webinars will follow a model similar to the Leading by Example workshops, in which they will feature experts and academicians focusing on topics related to the goals of the Nobel Peace Laureates, as well as the stories of youth delegates who are making positive changes in their communities. The schedule of webinars for the Leading by Example program will be released once available.
Educational Curriculum for Adoption in University Courses
Building on the success we have found in connecting youth to the teachings and courageous examples of Nobel Peace Laureates, the Permanent Secretariat is introducing an Educational Curriculum for adoption in University Courses. The curriculum is based on a fifteen-week education model, and has been developed and reviewed by doctoral-level professors from the United States and Russia, with feedback from professors attending the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The curriculum brings to the classroom real world scenarios in which students are engaged as leaders, responding to a range of global challenges that the world faces today. Specially designed for university courses, the curriculum provides flexibility so that it may be adopted appropriately and freely within any given classroom setting. The Leading by Example educational curriculum will be available for us as early as January 2018. To learn more, please contact Victoria Devdariani, Chief Youth Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being Nobel, An Educational Book Resource
The Permanent Secretariat is pleased to present the educational book, Being Nobel. First released in 2012, and authored by Livia Malcangio, Chief External Relations Officer, the book Being Nobel tells the gripping stories of Nobel Peace Laureates through engaging biographies and high-level interviews. With the generous support of print houses throughout the world, Being Nobel has been distributed to youth delegates attending the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at no charge, with the intention of helping them prepare for high-level interactions with the Nobel Peace Laureates. The book serves as a “Nobelpedia” and may be used as an academic resource for students pursuing studies in international affairs and human rights. In this book, youth delegates have access to the courageous stories of the Nobel Peace Laureates which helped to transform our world. The book, which includes iconic photos of the Laureates, is available in limited quantities in print, while also available electronically online.
To learn more about Being Nobel, read here.
Supporting the Leading by Example Program
The Permanent Secretariat is committed to its mission of providing access to high quality educational opportunities for students all throughout the world. As such, we have made it a priority to offer the Leading by Example program at no cost to the students. While youth delegates must cover travel and lodging expenses, along with some meals, they are not asked to pay a registration fee to participate. Our work largely relies on funding from private philanthropists, foundations, and hosting municipalities. If you would like to support the Leading by Example program, and the work of the Permanent Secretariat, we welcome you to reach out so that we may seek opportunities to move forward in a mutually beneficial way.