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A 5 year strategy for One World Week 2011-2015

People working together to build a just, peaceful and sustainable world


This strategy was developed and approved by trustees drawing on over 30 years’ experience of One World Week (OWW).  Our vision for OWW in 2015 is of People working together to build a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

Over the next 5 years One World Week aims to promote global justice, in the context of a world of growing interdependence facing pressures from climate change, financial crises, cultural and religious intolerance, and increasing poverty by:

• working efficiently with others to make a significant contribution to building an informed and concerned public in the UK;

• establishing OWW as a nationally recognised annual event during which organisations hold local events which involve adults, families and children on global issues;

To achieve this OWW will build on its existing work which involves faith, black minority ethnic and diaspora communities and engage the next generation of activists.

What we plan to do:

• Promote, strengthen, and encourage local OWW events to reach out to new audiences and increase the effectiveness of OWW as a week for information sharing, learning and action at a grass roots level;

• Take a new direction in developing OWW as an open link or One World Web connecting national organisations and their local supporters with local OWW organisers.  OWW is well positioned to do this because of its independence and long experience;

• Introduce means of assessing the effectiveness of the work that we do.

How we plan to do it:

(a)    We will support local organisers in developing One World Week events around an annual theme: with resources delivered mainly through an improved website; through the development of new social media approaches; and by encouraging organisers to share information with each other.

(b)   We will develop the One World Web by first involving a few key partners in the development of a suitable model.  This will then be demonstrated, tested and discussed at an event involving 20 selected organisations with a cross-section of interests.  A launch event will sell the idea and encourage participation of 100 organisations and determine, with participants, what face to face events might supplement on-line exchange.

(c)    OWW’s work has impact at different levels and more reliable ways need to be found for measuring this, e.g. through the number of visits to OWW website; reports from OWW event organisers; and report back from individuals inspired by OWW to take action through an interactive web-based monitoring system.

Staffing and funding implications

OWW intends to remain a small focused organisation of 2 – 3 staff to support OWW organisers; maintain and service the website; develop the new One World Web and social media; and support the governance and administration of the organisation.


Click here to download the full strategy.


Call For Climate Action

For the love of each other, this spring, we are standing with over 100 organisations to call for climate action for the sake of all the things that matter most.

For the love of the food on our plates. For the love of our global neighbours. For the Love of Somerset, the Arctic and the Great Barrier Reef. For the love of country walks and Britain's beautiful seasons.

For the love of all the things we care about, we're taking climate change seriously. And we're not alone.

It’s time to stand up, for the love of each other, and demand action.

Will you share what you love? (

For the love of video

Press Releases


Recently Added Resources

Quotes about "Living Differently" (and each of the 3 elements of the theme) - use them to start discussions, in press releases, as talking points in any event. (added 14 Oct 2014)

Resource leaflets "Finding out more about ethical investment: website links" (Word .docx) (contributed byPhilip Hayllar, Portsmouth OWW Oct 2014)

Living Differently -  Featuring food/a meal in your event? These resources from CAFOD could enhance the menu!  (amended Oct. 2014)

 'Living Differently -a selection of videos to inform and entertain' (updated Oct. 2014)

wordsearch:'The world we want'. Download and print the search and answers (two - suitable for use with the 'Living Differently' theme

 2014 Worship resources for the "Using money ethically" element of the "Living  Differently"  theme (added 13 October 2014)

 2014 - A worship resource from CAFOD - Call of Creation - A PowerPoint for  reflection (added 25 September 2014)

2014 Worship Anthology for  "Living Differently" plus  supplementary material (added 21 Sept. 2014)

Faith and School resources for 2014: School Assemblies on Living Differently(added 18 Sept. 2014)

 Press Release Template for publicising your event 2014 (word.doc) (issued 30 Sep.2014)


Publicity materials for 2014 'Living Differently' (pdf)

Evaluation form for organisers to report back to OWW - 2014  (added September 2014)

Working with Others -in 2014 - Ideas for events and links to OWW Partners and their resources  (updatedvariously from July -September 2014)

Event participants feedback form (for organisers to collect feedback from  participants at OWW events (word.doc)

2014 - a video to trigger ideas to help you start planning your OWW events

"Living Differently" downloadable leaflet for OWW 2014 (pdf) - added 29 May 2014 

Introductory PowerPoint about organising local interfaith/inclusive OWW events in 2014 (updated 28 May 2014)

2014 Theme summary: A4 with 2xA5 single sided leaflets to down load and print for use at planning meetings as an alternative to the full annual leaflet.  (added 23 April 2014)

Pledges to help you "Aspire be more" word.doc (added 1 Oct 2013)

OWW Guide and links to other websites for resources relevant to environmental issues (updated Sept 2013)- (word doc)

Funding Opportunities -  Aug. 2013