How to do a OWW Event
Welcome to our 'Doing OWW' pages!
Our hand book "Piecing Together One World" draws together 30 years' experience of putting on OWW events together with the insights from the Ubuntu project (completed in 2011) and is an easy to read guide to everything you need to know about putting on a OWW event
The key to a successful OWW lies in having clear objectives, careful planning, good teamwork and events which involve and inspire your community in celebration, learning and action.
Whether you have been running a OWW for a number of years as part of an established group, or are an individual wanting to get started, the following pages are designed to help you make the most of what you choose to do.
Whatever you do, be green! Because we need a sustainable planet to underpin all the improvements we seek. So, please strive to make your event environmentally friendly, by raising the awareness of everyone involved to: minimise waste, pollution and water consumption; encourage use of modes of transport which minimise environmental impact (e.g. tell people how to get to your event by public transport); choose environmentally friendly options for serving food and drinks and re-use and re-cycle all waste and unwanted products.
Good luck with your planning for your OWW event!
All the best from the OWW office.
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To see what events took place in previous years visit our OWW Events Pages
What you could do to mark One World Week 2013?
The theme for OWW 2013 is "More than Enough?"
There are so many ways to do a OWW event. Here are some suggestions to inspire you.
Tell everyone you know that 20 – 27 October is One World Week. From mother and toddler groups, to work places, schools, colleges and even the gym, everyone can do something big or small. Every event counts.
Work with other organisations
You don't have to do it all by yourself! Many of OWW's partners and many other organisations, many with local groups, are campaigning in 2013 to end hunger through the
You may like to work with them on this campaign and then organise a OWW event to involve them all in exploring what needs to be done next.
Find out which local groups are concerned specifically with elements of OWW's theme: consumption, greed, waste, environmental destruction, violation of human rights, climate change, food shortages, tax dodging, unfair trade, confict over land, water and other resources all figure in things we've had more than enough of! See if there are local groups in your area related to the IF campaign (a list of organisations involved is on the IF campain website)
- the Fairtrade Foundation is campaigning for better support for small holder farmers. It has explicitly indicated One World Week in October on the 'Event Planner' it has sent out to local Fairtrade Churches; "Fairtrade Town" groups and "Fairtrade Schools" as an opportunity to get involved. There is plenty of scope to link how Fairtrade and Traidcraft are helping producers to respond to the challenges of erratic weather patterns and to plan for their future.
- OXFAM, Christian Aid, CAFOD, Traidcraft and Practical Action all have local Groups, Committees or speakers that you could explore working with and, on their websites, they have downloadable resources related to climate change which you could use.
- the Red Cross and Refugee Action are national organisations with local branches.
- you may find local multicultural organisations keen to get involved.
- climate action groups and environment organisations such as Friends of the Earth and RSPB -all fellow members of the SCCC
The following ideas would be appropriate to this year's theme.
Hold a shared evening supper, lunch, coffee morning or even a breakfast before work. Invite friends, neighbours and colleagues new and old. Highlight fair-trade, local and organic food and drinks and their role in shaping a more equitable and enduring future for people and the natural environment. Raise issues about hunger in the midst of plenty; ask how successful the IF campaign has been to persuade World leaders to take action to end hunger. Discuss what we can do about consumer culture and reducing waste to lessen our demand for global resources so that others can have their fair share. Use our Grace Across Faiths resource to add an inter faith dimension.
Have a multicultural meal with recipes from the different cultural groups in your locality and reflect on what you can do together today in sharing and caring for your communities that will contribute to a peaceful and eqitable community for your children
Gather people together to walk through the town, giving out One World Week leaflets and showing solidarity with thousands of others who are concerned for the future and working to combat climate change and finding ways to building an enduring world with peace and justice for all its people. Plan prominent places for the procession group to stop & reflect and take action, making a statement surrounding the theme. Invite local media to cover the event.
Invite key speakers from different faith groups to speak on how their faith responds to the idea that we should "Aspire not to have more but to be more" in trying to eradicate poverty and protect the natural world and its resources for future generations. What common ground is shared across different faiths? How have other OWW supporters around the world gathered people together to work for a common cause? How could you use our themed presentations as a focus for discussion groups and further inspiration for action?
Inter cultural celebrations
Cultural music, dance and poetry are great ways to involve members of your community in gathering together and celebrating diversity. Invite local schools, scout groups and faith groups to participate in an evening of entertainment. Invite everyone to write a OWW pledge about what they will do to "be more", and join in with an existing campaign, or alternatively, to create one that is relevant to your community.
Inter faith events
Invite members of faith communities different from your own to come and talk about how their community views the concepts of consumption and 'being more' in a way that enables us to address issues of climate change, poverty, hunger and injustice in the world in order that our children may live in a more equitable and enduring future. Use OWW's Islamic and Christian Perspective Presentations as starting points to introduce these two faith perspectives.
Friendly matches or fierce competitions between parents and children, or employees and employers, can be a fun way to bring people together. Ask a prominent member of the community to open the event. Using the theme, ask everyone to reflect on what they can do to create a fairer more enduring way of living. Raise money for OWW or for another charity that is helping people adapt to climate change and alleviating poverty and injustice in the world.
Encourage your faith community to look at ways to "Aspire not to have more but to be more", at home, in the community and in the world.
A great way to widen out the walls of your building is to link up with others by having a live phone interview, as OWW supporters did in Ulverston Methodist Church. They used a mobile phone and amplifier and asked people in churches in Australia, Estonia and America to lead intercessory prayers with the congregation and then talk on topics related to the theme. "It was a most moving experience to be led by someone thousands of miles away...it really did make us feel part of one world" (Rev.T.Wells).
One World Week is your chance to join thousands of others...
• to explore the links that bind us to our fellow men and women, so that we can work with them for justice and peace and a greener future for all
• to celebrate the richness and diversity of belonging to one world
• to recognise our responsibility to care for the earth, share its resources fairly and use them sustainably to ensure they are available for future generations to use in their turn.
• to challenge whatever keeps barriers between us intact or strengthens them
• to reach out to all members of the community
• to bring issues of justice and peace to the centre of family, school and community life
We can't change the world overnight - or even in one week - but we can make a start.