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 recent projects. It's an easy-to-read guide to everything you need to know about putting on a OWW event. This is well worth a careful read.
If you want a one page guide to take to planning meeting, download Ten Top Tips here
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!
These pages offer help with various aspects of organising local OWW events:
Forming a new local OWW group
This page has all sorts of hints about finding people to work with and suggestions of resources to help you tell them about OWW.
Working with others
This page points you to partner/ supporter organisations which OWW works with nationally - many of them have local supporters and activists you could work with in your area.
A section suggests organisations it might be especially appropriate to work on this year's theme.
Inter Faith Guidelines
Working together with people of a variety of faiths and cultures requires sensitivity and respect. This page introduces advice, much of it from the Inter Faith Network, to help you organise activities that will be acceptable to most faiths. It will enable you to plan inclusive events that will be accessible to all. It can help you find local inter faith organisations. We need to remember that the purpose of bringing people from various faiths together in OWW is not to hold an inter faith event of itself, valuable as those are - it is to share perspectives on the global issues addressed in the annual theme.
This page shares the experiences of OWW organisers of a wide range of events including events that set out to involve people from many faiths and cultures to school prograrmmes for OWW organised by teachers. Visit this page to see how it's done and be inspired.
You can of course have a very valuable event without it costing anything but sometimes you want to hire a hall, pay speakers fees and expenses, pay for the ingredients a refugee group has agreed to cook for your event, have professionally produced publicity material etc. This page has suggestions about grant funding for events and activities, some of them very easy to apply for and at least one OWW groups has made a successful application.
To see what events took place in previous years visit our OWW Events Pages
Here are some tried and tested event ideas
Food or 'Meals with a message'
You can cover alot of issues and relate them to OWW's concerns anf find ways to relate them to the theme: sovereignty v. coroprate power over what we eat); reducing waste; and using money ethically (invest in pesticide cos. or small holders, organic sustainable farming, helping farmers to adapt to climate change schemes?) Choose your speaker carefully. (Traidcraft and WDM can help)
Hold a shared meal: 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 equitqble and enduring future for people and the natural environment.
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 equitable community for your children.
Invite an after dinner speaker to raise issues about hunger in the midst of plenty. 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. Discuss whether our Government's overseas aid programme is using our taxes in the best possible way to help poor farmers feed their communities.
Use our Grace Accross Faiths resource to add an inter faith dimension.
Walks or cycle tours
Gather people together to WALK through the town, giving out One World Week leaflets. Show solidarity with thousands of others who are concerned about the challenges of the OWW theme.
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.
If you like CYCLING visit the website of our partner', 'MADE in Europe' to see how young Muslims in London have developed this idea. You could do it for awareness raising amongst participants, sponsors and spectators as well as fundraising.
Invite key speakers from a range of faith groups to speak on how their faith responds to the ideas in the annual theme
Hold a "Question time" type event and invite people to speak on aspects of the themes e.g.
Ensure you have a range of views and you'll have a great discussion - get people to make pledges at the end about what they will do differently. They could write their own or choose one from OWW'srange of pledges see Resources (pledges)
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 or choose a OWW pledge about what they will do in relation to the theme and join in with an existing campaign, or alternatively, to create one that is relevant to your community. (We will have a list of pledges available specifically focussed on this year's theme but you can easily select some from previous years' lists, check out our pledges resources) 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 charityrelevant to the annual theme.
Encourage your faith community to look at ways to interpret the annual theme, at home, in the community and in the world. Use the OWW worship resources
Worship with 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 (on Skype projected on to big screen would be great!), as OWW supporters did in Ulverston Methodist Church. They used a mobile phone and amplifier and asked people in churches in Australia, estonia and the USA 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
We can't change the world overnight - or even in one week - but we can make a start.
Recently Added Resources
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