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"The Elders"

A group of world leaders - typically ex-Presidents and other such statesmen - who work together for world peace and human rights. A model of how the experienced can actively contribute to societies, companies, communities, families after retirement.

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The concept originates from a conversation between the entrepreneur Richard Branson and the musician Peter Gabriel. The idea they discussed was simple: many communities look to their elders for guidance, or to help resolve disputes. In an increasingly interdependent world - a ‘global village’ - could a small, dedicated group of individuals use their collective experience and influence to help tackle some of the most pressing problems facing the world today?

Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel took their idea of a group of ‘global elders’ to Nelson Mandela, who agreed to support it. With the help of Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu, Mandela set about bringing the Elders together and formally launched the group in Johannesburg, July 2007.


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I love the idea of replicating The Elders to lead local initiatives by tapping retired community leaders. Think globally, act locally!

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