The One Humanity Institute will serve as a global peace epicenter, with buildings for formal and non-formal education with global exchanges, the experiential Museum of One Humanity, a media library and research center, a conference center, a peace garden and a hall of reflection and understanding, lodging and a villa retreat, and cooperative organizational offices, where peacebuilders and peacekeepers will gather to share ideas and evaluate opportunities to create a more secure and sustainable world.
“The very word Auschwitz is synonymous with one of the darkest chapters of our human history. Thus, there is no more fitting place for creating a center to educate people about the unimaginable hate that we’re capable of, but a center that will also teach about our capacity for love and compassion. A place where people can be inspired with a vision of a world where we live together with respect for each other and for creation. A world of sustainable peace. This can only happen as a result of unprecedented unified action.”
– Dr. Jane Goodall
From Hate to Hope
The Auschwitz concentration camp complex was the largest of its kind, spanning more than 6,000 acres of land or half the size of Manhattan, where more than 1 million people were murdered. It is the largest cemetery in recorded history.
The concentration and extermination camp known as Auschwitz served as a key factor in inspiring the creation of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, yet genocide, ethnic cleansing, and other crimes against humanity and our planet continue to this day. Similar pressure points exist around the world, yet none bear such an opportunity as the One Humanity Institute offers for Auschwitz to stand anew as a model for peace and sustainability for all.
The United Nations now extends its reach to include the global implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a roadmap to the establishment of a culture of peace. To that end, our purpose is to focus on the concept of a united humanity by establishing the One Humanity Institute, creating a variety of opportunities for learning for the 2 million visitors annually who visit Auschwitz, and as a destination for those interested in resolving conflict and inspiring alternative possibilities for a better future.
We envision a Hall of the United People within the City of Hope, where Nobel Peace Laureates and senior UN leaders, peace builders and peacekeepers will convene to find solutions to our world’s most pressing problems.
South Burlington Woman Creates ‘One Humanity Institute’ Next To Auschwitz
By Jon Kalish, November 28, 2017
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Our Sacred Task
hate to understanding
competition to cooperation
fear to curiosity
despair to creative solutions
disconnectedness from Earth and
one another to a society of
harmony and balance
A journey from the darkness into
We stand at the crossroads of humanity, at one of the world’s most compelling pressure points – with the solemn responsibility to engage our collective imagination with our commitment to transform hate to hope by co-creating a culture of harmony and balance.
The overarching goal of the One Humanity Institute is to build a foundation for the evolution of consciousness needed to give rise to the global solidarity of One Humanity to achieve sustainable peace.
Our vision embodies universal values of peace, tolerance, dignity, freedom, equity and solidarity for all life, transforming competition and domination into partnership and collaboration.
One Humanity Institute, to be located in Auschwitz-Oświęcim, Poland, where visitors experience the stark realities of the past alongside opportunities and models of transformation for a culture of sustainable peace and the uniting of humanity. The two million visitors coming annually will be reminded of the promise, “Never Again,” and while visiting One Humanity Institute will be able to see themselves as part of the solutions needed for fostering a better world for all.
As an individual leaves the grounds of the Auschwitz Museum and steps over the threshold of the One Humanity Institute, there will be an immediate and natural understanding that it is time to transform their experience of honoring the horrors of the past with the empowerment and inspiration to commit to a better future. They will understand that this future can be achieved by building a culture that promotes the values of one human family that are at the foundation of the One Humanity Institute. It is our hope and expectation that visitors will leave Oswiecim impacted and equipped to return home to “be the change they wish to see in the world.”
Our goal is to impact the world, one person at a time. Each person has the potential to connect not only with their own self, their community and local issues, but also to participate in adjusting our world’s moral compass to include shared values as One Humanity.
“Our task is to foster the One Humanity Institute as an incubator for a culture of the evolving ideas and practices for a world that works for all.”
– Nina Meyerhof
Auschwitz, with all of its history and weight, is nestled in the lovely small town of Oświęcim, creating a stark contrast between the reality of the past and the bright spirit of its citizens.
After many visits since 2014 to the town of Oswiecim and meetings with the town governor, mayor of the city, and also the representatives of local NGOs and educational institutions, our startup team prepared for the establishment of the One Humanity Institute at Oswiecim. We are now ready to transform years of research, development and careful planning into the manifestation of this inspiring vision.
The vision of the One Humanity Institute is to foster a “City of Hope” that embodies the universal values of peace, tolerance, dignity, freedom, equity and solidarity for all life, thus transforming a culture of competition and domination into one of partnership and collaboration. This will take place through a deep structural shift in the basic premises of thoughts, feelings and actions that allows us to move towards sustainable peace with the consciousness of One Humanity.
There are 11 buildings available directly adjacent to Auschwitz that will house a complex of different activity centers. The transformation of those buildings into the One Humanity Institute will serve as a model for transformation that is critical to our survival.
To move mankind into an age of mutual caring, collaboration, cooperation and unprecedented unified action, we will employ 6 steps:
1. Museum of One Humanity
An interactive, innovative museum of the future envisioning a society of heroes and heroines will display practical tools and models, activating solutions for resolving global issues. The Museum of One Humanity aims to create experiences through diverse lenses that reiterate the interrelated systemic nature of all of life. If we are to live into our envisioned future, it will require a fundamental re-imagination of core concepts and paradigms of the past. This requires us to stretch the limitations in the psychological, social, spiritual and systemic social constructs for the transformational evolution of mankind.
Through a variety of experiences, individuals can realize their own personal agency to create a more resilient and harmonious community in their corner of the world. Leveraging their experience at the Auschwitz Museum, each person will leave impacted, inspired and now empowered to create a culture of peace, bringing home with them the inner awareness and understanding of what a “City of Hope” looks like after leaving the town of Oswiecim.
2. One Humanity Education Center and Learning Labs
The One Humanity Education Center and Learning Labs will offer structured learning opportunities for young people and adults through formal and non-formal education. Such opportunities will focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, inter- and intra-faith studies, intercultural understanding and cooperation, conflict resolution and trans-rational problem solving, reconciliation, entrepreneurial social impact projects and leadership skills for the rising potential of the empowered voice of individuals.
We are not envisioning another physical, locally-based educational institution. Rather, we are looking to build partnerships through the use of emerging technology to generate a new model of cooperative global education. This would be a highly flexible and responsive integrative system easily useable by existing institutions as well as individuals and communities around the world. The One Humanity Education Center will invite the participation of a global community of scholars and practitioners from diverse backgrounds and experiences to address the urgent social, political, and ecological problems we are facing. With official ties to many renowned universities around the world, we will host courses, global exchanges and a student training center.
We will incorporate the latest developments in new methodologies and self-directed learning to advance the complex knowledge and skills essential to the global proliferation of dignity and enduring peace.
Our vision is all about connecting across cultures, disciplines and institutions, in service to the important goal of creating “unity in diversity.” Face to face activities combined with technology will allow us to build pathways and cyber bridges across cultures, disciplines and institutions, opening the door to new possibilities and innovative ideas.
In addition, there will be opportunities for workshops, trainings and group assemblies focused on social innovation, entrepreneurship and personal leadership skills for both local communities and global responsibility. Hence, the purpose of the One Humanity Education Center is to harvest the wisdom of diverse cultures and beliefs by bringing leading scholars, institutions and youth together, building awareness, concern and education towards equal dignity.
“Walking through areas of meditative quiet and reflection, one can access experiences that empower and educate for the potential for unity and acceptance of differences, leading to greater personal and world peace.”
– Nina Meyerhof
3. Global Peace Library and Research Center
The Library and Research Center will serve as a world-class resource center to facilitate the spread of peace, creativity and knowledge in an environment supporting discovery, reflection and action related to peace-building.
The Library and Research Center will support One Humanity Institute’s specially-designed courses and seminars on peace-building. Its collections will contain works on diverse cultures and religions, conflict resolution, peace building, environmental protection, nuclear disarmament, human rights, civil rights, social business, and peace-related subjects. It will be focused on the cutting edge of current research while always staying open to the new. These collections will support the teaching and studies of peace-builders, scholars, students and visitors from around the world interested in peace.
4. One Humanity Conference Center
As the first and only conference center in Oświęcim, the One Humanity Conference Center will serve the needs of the town as well as groups from around the world for global assemblies, productions, conferences, and other functions in the safe and hope inspiring environment of One Humanity Institute.
5. Peace Garden and Hall of Reflection and Understanding
Imagine a garden where visitors, after leaving the Auschwitz Museum, come for reflection, introspection and inspiration. Our day or long term visitors can step inside a quiet meditation room in the Hall of Reflection that will offer them an opportunity to refresh body and spirit and regroup emotionally after their experience at Auschwitz Museum. They will leave inspired to authentically create change in the world with the tools and models they have experienced while visiting the “City of Hope”.
6. World Servers Plaza Square
One Humanity Institute strives to be a model of the future we want to see in the word. We recognize that collaboration, cooperation, and operating in a complementary manner is critical in today’s world. By providing shared office and working space, the World Servers Plaza will provide an environment for unprecedented unified collective impact focusing on our world’s most pressing problems. Simply by opening space for organizations with common values to cross-pollinate skills and expertise, we are furthering the vision of One Humanity.
7. One Humanity Villa Retreat
Our expected impact on an individual who passes through our community of Hope is to become a representative of the “Never Again, Then What” philosophy and find within this experience a deep resonating impulse to help build a better future.
An individual who leaves the grounds of the Auschwitz Museum and comes to our “City of Hope” will understand that it is time to release without ignoring the past. The foremost question will be how to take humanity forward into an era when the one family of humankind will be recognized, and imagining and committing to a better world that considers others as well as the self. Walking through areas of meditative quiet and reflection, one can access experiences that would empower and educate for the potential for unity and acceptance of differences and greater personal and world peace.
Individuals will be exposed to educational experiences that will foster inspirational change through courses, activities, workshops and other activities found within the “City of Hope” that offer the opportunity to learn about the sacred responsibility to create projects for their home communities using the SDGs as a basis for addressing the needs as revealed from the different areas of the One Humanity Institute.
“If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.”
For the local town of Oświęcim, this initiative will bring many new possibilities for altering an image of being not only the home of historical horrors but also the home of iconic models of peace-building. The world will recognize Oswiecim as a home for hope. To further this aim, One Humanity Institute will bring to the town local jobs and new layers of future development. Furthermore our goal is to support the town through a co-creative partnership in this endeavor. Our concept is that every money exchange will also benefit the town. Our goal is to ensure that the town prospers from this project and considers it a gallant effort to revitalize the town and help visitors extend their stay, which is rarely the case today.
Poland and World Implication
The ultimate purpose of the “City of Hope” is to visibly impact the world. Imagine 20% of 2 million visitors visiting OHI and recognizing that we do belong to one humanity and all 17 Sustainable Development Goals are achievable if we commit as a family of humankind to understanding this and are willing to forge ahead together in new ways. Our future generations will need us to develop guidelines for a global society that takes into consideration the needs of the totality: one world for one humanity, releasing preconceived ideas of our separateness and moving from I to We to One. The One Humanity Institute will be a model for others to visit, partner with on projects, replicate globally and involve governmental institutions in the growing concern for how the peoples of the world can focus on learning to live together successfully and sustainably.
The One Humanity Fund will achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through programming, coursework, partnerships and development, with measurable outcomes.
Our experienced team has the character, courage and commitment to solving the world’s greatest challenges. We operate on the ground to facilitate essential research. Conducting large-scale interviews and clarifying risks and opportunities, we engage with community leaders to establish sustainable solutions.
Nina Meyerhof, EdD, Co-CEO of One Humanity Institute, has made a life of advocating for children and youth. As her vocation, she served as the Special Education Coordinator for a ten–school district in southern Vermont. Dr. Meyerhof has extensive background in the needs of all children, with Master of Arts degrees in both Special Education and in Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Psychology. She also holds a doctorate in Educational Policy, Research, and Administration from the University of Massachusetts, where she developed a self-esteem model to be used in schools. A co-author of Conscious Education: The Bridge to Freedom, she is recognized as an innovative educator committed to global responsibility through authentic learning. Having received many awards for her work from The Mother Theresa Award to the Citizen’s Department of Peace Award to the International Educators Award for Peace, Nina continues daily to focus on altering world views for creating a better future.
Domen Kočevar, Co-CEO of One Humanity Institute, studied sociology and theology. Momentarily working on PHD thesis ONE HUMANITY. He is founder and director of the Theosophical Library of Alma M. Karlin, with more than 11,000 monographies on all religions, spiritual paths, philosophy, sociology and new science, new economy and community living approaches. Domen has extensive experience organizing symposiums to find solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Having worked with high schools for more than a decade, Domen inspire students to become active agents of change using the 17 SDGs as orientation. He is founder and director of the Medical Center Paracelzus. Domen has spent many years as a researcher in the pursuit of perennial wisdom and he is active on different paths towards recognition of inner fact of being One Humanity.
Sally Ranney has forty years’ experience in the environmental, energy and climate change fields. She is President/Co-Founder of the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI), Co-Founder of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) and CEO of Stillwater Preservation, LLC, a wetlands mitigation banking company. Sally serves as a Patron of Nature for the IUCN and the board of the Climate Accountability Institute. She was a Resource Policy Analyst for The Wilderness Society, after which she co-founded American Wildlands and served as its President. Ranney has worked with three U.S. Presidents, including President Reagan who appointed her to his Commission on American Outdoors. She now serves on the Global Advisory Committee of Women and the Green Economy (WAGE), is a Managing Partner of S & C Capital, LLC, and the Advisory Board of RoundRock Partners, LLC. Recognitions include the Horace Albright Award, the International Conservation Award, Earth Guardians’ Earth Stewardship Award, and the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) Lifetime Achievement Award. Her current focus is on conscious leadership, climate change, the new economy and re-defining how we do business – “The New ‘C Suite’: Carbon, Climate and Consciousness”.
Patrick McCollum was inspired by the Great Mother to promote a sacred universal vision that respects religious and cultural diversity and advances pluralism. As a dedicated peacemaker, Patrick brings forth a well-timed meta-narrative of universal magnitude that is alerting the world of the sacredness of all beings. As humans, we all share the same essential needs: to be seen, heard and appreciated. The wisdom of this new universal vision asks you to look past your cultural upbringing and to accept a willingness to understand each other’s cultural beliefs. Rather than seeing differences, we are asked to focus on what we have in common and to appreciate the underlying similarities in cultural and spiritual practices. We are asked to acknowledge the divine spark that exists in each of us. In doing so, we connect as members of one large universal family, each receiving our essential needs. As we look at life through this new lens, we are lead to improved understanding, which brings us closer to universal peace. We ask you to join us on our quest as sacred peacemakers by both promoting and living the meta-narrative. Everything is possible!
Sande Hart is a mother of two, community activist, organizational and project strategist, workshop producer and facilitator, and catalyst for a culture of collaboration, generosity, healing and harmony. Her passion for disrupting patterns of unhealthy communal behaviors and uncovering new solutions for old problems keeps her up at night. Sande is the Founding Director of the Charter For Compassion International Women and Girls and past president of the United Religions Initiative for North America.