What is a OWW Event?
The aim of OWW is to bring people and organisations together to raise awareness about global issues of justice, poverty and inequality.
Events take place locally all over Britain and in many countries around the world - most happen during the week in October that includes United Nations Day, giving everyone a feeling of joint endeavour and building a movement.
Throughout the UK, many community groups, schools, Churches, interfaith groups and universities use OWW to draw attention to global issues.
As long as global awareness is placed at the heart of the event, with reference to OWW's vision and aims, you can feel free to be as creative as you like.
Past events have ranged from a small group gathering for a fair trade coffee morning, to Churches Together services, to an environmental film festival, to a large scale coming together of a community to share in multicultural food, dance and drama.
Visit our OWW Events Pages
What is the 2014 OWW theme?
Every year OWW sets a theme around a global justice issue, along with a set of resources, to give our event organisers focus and material to enrich their OWW events.
Our themes are broad to encourage our volunteers to come up with their own interpretations and angle.
This year's theme is
Breaking chains – making change!
“Living Differently” is the theme for One World Week 2014. It leads on from last year's theme about consumption.
It recognises that we need to make changes now to secure a fairer, more satisfying, life for us all and one that protects the planet's resources for future generations.
Our subtitle “Breaking chains - making change” is inspired by Nelson Mandela’s words:
“... to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live
through:in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”.
This year, OWW invites YOU to organise or support activities and events in local communities that promote and involve active citizenship through:
- Using money differently
- Sourcing food differently
- Reducing wastefulness
These simple steps can help us to break the chains of the current money markets, food supply systems and consumer habits that damage the environment and communities worldwide. In One World Week, explore examples of how communities here and around the world are choosing to live differently. Together we can make the change.
Last year's theme was
"More than Enough?"
It offered an opportunity to consider the role of our consumer society in undermining fairness and equity for people accross the world and in destroying the life support systems of the planet. It asked us to consider whether we:
- have had more than enough of consumer culture getting in the way of relationships with others in our communities across the globe?
- have had more than enough of being defined by what we possess?
- have had more than enough of seeing our planet irrevocably consumed?
- take more than enough ourselves?
Is it now time, in the famous words of Archbishop Romero (assassinated in 1982 for speaking up for the voiceless poor), to:
"Asprire not to have more but to be more"?
Imore on the theme heres it time How do I hold a OWW event?
and our "More than enough?" Events page for more about how "More than Enough?" relates to the 2013 joint campaign
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? (www.fortheloveof.org.uk)
For the love of video
Recently Added Resources
2014 Theme summary: A4 with 2xA5 single sided leaflets to down load and print for use at meetings - N.B. Full annual leaflet on 'Living Differently' will be published in May.(added 23 April 2014)
2013 Event Organisers' Evaluation Form (word.doc)(added 17 Oct. 2013)
Press Release Template for publicising your event (word.doc) (issued 10 Oct.2013)
Event organisers' form for collecting feedback from participants at OWW events (word.doc)(added October 2013)