War Stories Peace Stories
The mission of WSPS is to seed the critical work of getting news about peacebuilding and reconciliation more widely reported.
Peace efforts are nearly invisible to the public—they are rarely reported as breaking news. We might occasionally see a hand shake and a peace accord signing, but we rarely hear the meaningful stories of what led to those moments, or what happened afterwards. These powerful, compelling stories need to be told across all media platforms to increase awareness and investment in Peace.
In the spring of 2018 at the NY Times Center, the first War Stories Peace Stories symposium gathered a deeply experienced group of experts who engage daily and globally in this work, as either peacebuilders or journalists. Together they took a deep dive into ways to improve reporting on peace and conflict. That event was a remarkable success, fostering serious ongoing dialogue and immediate tangible results in the form of 10 news articles in global media outlets about international peace efforts.
Journalists in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia are the focus of the next War Stories Peace Stories symposiums. Brussels will host WSPS in 2020—we are at work building the production team to stage the gathering. And conversations are ongoing with the Former President of Colombia and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Juan Manuel Santos, about creating a WSPS symposium in Bogota.
Our team is working hard to get these important stories out, to make peace efforts more visible globally. And we need your help. If you would like to support this ambitious, powerful program, please DONATE. Donations to the project are tax deductible through Filmmakers Collaborative.
Jamil Simon, ProducerSEE MEMBER PROFILE