World Thinking Day is a day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides
around the globe to come together to learn from one another
and speak out on issues that are affecting them. This year’s
theme is peacebuilding, and we wanted to explore that a
little further to seek an understanding of what it truly means
to be a peacebuilder.
We spoke with Executive Director, Kevin Kelly, of the Dayton
International Peace Museum about how this unique
organization supports the learning and practice of peace in
their community. They tackle some pretty tough topics, but
to get there, they start with the idea of peace literacy to then
bridge the gap between understanding peace and taking
action. Peace, as with other habits and mindsets, is learned
and comes with practice.
Mr. Kelly encourages us to start our mission to become
peacebuilders in our communities by reflecting on ourselves
and asking, “Am I a person that expresses peace?” In the
path to becoming a peacebuilder with others, you must learn
to understand how you practice peace within yourself.
Focus on learning the concepts of empathy and compassion
within yourself and when interacting with others. These can
seem difficult to teach, but Mr. Kelly suggests starting with
In the path to becoming a peacebuilder with others, you must learn to understand how you practice peace within yourself.
introducing these ideas by connecting with our beloved
animal companions. Even the youngest Girl Scout can
learn to understand the needs of others, see
perspectives outside of their own and wanting to provide
help or support when it comes to their favorite animal
companion. It’s then a matter of transferring those ideas to
interacting with other people and ourselves.
Mr. Kelly reminds us that an opportunity for peace is in
nearly every moment. He challenges us to think of peace.