One World Week offers inspiration and hope to encourage people to take action to build a just, more equal, inclusive and peaceful world that safeguards environmental resources for future generations. OWW seeks to raise people’s awareness and understanding of the injustices which cause poverty and conflict across the planet and in our local communities and threaten a bleak future for our children. One World Week is building a movement for change in two ways:
Events are organised by local volunteers to bring people together to learn about the global issues, inspire them and share ideas about what they can do. They happen mainly in October each year, although events can and do happen at other time to suit the organisers.
Information, inspiring stories and ideas for action are shared on social media. This goes on all the year round.
For more about One World Week’s vision and aims, please visit OUR VISION page.
Why do we do this?
We believe that:
- injustice, inequality and prejudice are not inevitable but man-made, so we can change them;
- when we understand each other's perspectives, our lives can be transformed and enriched;
- we are all part of one interdependent, human family– the African (Zulu) word, ‘ubuntu’, or ‘active togetherness’ sums it up in the thought-provoking and profound idea: “I am because you are”.
How do we work?
OWW's Vision, Mission and Aims emphasise the importance of working inclusively with everyone to address global and local challenges to achieve justice, peace and sustainability for all.
We choose a theme each year to focus on a particular issue that has topical relevance (we consult with our National Working Group and others in the choice and the title). The theme is always broad enough for a wide range of organisations’ supporters to engage with it.
OWW communicates with supporters through this website and e-newsletters. It is overseen by a Board of Trustees and staffed almost entirely by volunteers including some of the trustees working in a volunteer capacity. We have no physical office.
One World Week can only happen through its supporters. The supporters plan, organise and publicise local events. The website stimulates and provides ideas and resources for event organisers and for people to share on social media.
OWW works with National Working Group. Members including development NGOs, faith organisations, campaigning organisations and a school-focussed development education organisation. OWW can be used by anyone or any organisation that supports our aims – it provides a week during which to focus on understanding as an inspiration to action, rather than just fundraising.
Is OWW for you?
- If you want to take part in learning together about what people can do to address global issues, then OWW is for you.
- If you want to celebrate the diversity of cultures in Britain today, or where ever you are, and enjoy each other’s company as you discover shared values and work together on common concerns, then OWW is for you;
- take a look at what we believe - if our aims strike a chord with you, then OWW is for you, whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever your affiliations.
OWW is open to anyone to take part.
If you support OWW’s aims, you or your organisation can put on a OWW event. You can plan and organise with others to share ideas and values and to spread the learning. This website has resources and links to other websites help you.
Visit the “Doing One World Week” pages to see how you can be a part of it.
Recently Added Resources
New Funding Opportunity - The Common Good Fund - Application Deadline 27 Feb. 2017 see more here
Organisers' Evaluation form for 2016 events Download from here
Wordsearches for Including You events - download them from here
Press release template for 'Including You' events download here
Quotations about building an inclusive peaceful society - Download from here a 5 page booklet as a word.doc or pdf
Pledges to build an inclusive society - find them here
"Who is a Migrant?" - anactivity/game to get people talking to each other at your events. Download the instructions here
School Assemblies from Christian Aid- link to and download a PowerPoint and notes
Looking for a speaker for your event? Download here a list (pdf) from the Discussion page (posted 12 Sept 2016)
Faith resources relating to "Including You".Download pdf here links to materials offered by OWW's partners and supporters: worship, discussion, films ...plus Prayers for OWW(updated 7 Sept '16)
Presentation "A OWW approach to Migration" Download this PDF version of a 12 slides (15 -20 minutes) powerpoint
Need funding for your event? Apply to Big Lottery Celebrate Fund! NOW or you'll be too late for OWW more here and other suggestions
Poster/ flyer design kit - download from here
2016 Leaflets "Including You" download PDF versions here
Migrant crisis or poverty crisis? - A briefing paper from Global Justice NOW Download as a PDF here
2016 - "Including You" - Booklet of ideas, links and resources for interpreting the theme. Dowload a PDF here (updated July 2016)
Learning resource/activity for young people about peace - from Fly Kites not Drones; suitable for activites in or out of school. find links here: schools ; activities (added Nov. 2015 but still relevant for this years events)
Organisers' Evaluation Form for event organisers to complete and send to OWW - down load the word.doc from here