The Dalai Lama offers a deep wisdom to help us better understand and address the urgent and interconnected range of economic, social, political and environmental problems facing us today. He is someone respected by people from all walks of life, someone who can help us realise the real possibilities for change that exist in amongst all the tough times” – Richard Moore

5 Years ago today, on April 13th 2011, saw Children in Crossfire host an initiative in partnership with SpunOut.ie and AFRI.   We welcomed the Patron of Children in Crossfire, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, to speak at a major national Social Forum. Over 3000 people gathered in Dublin to take part in a social change initiative called Possibilities: Be the Revolution. It was attended by many schools, youth groups, community groups and people from all walks of life. The Initiative was devised in response to a need to develop spaces for people to come together to discuss and debate the huge challenges facing us globally, and to find ways of taking individual; and collective action for change that is required for a peaceful, non-violent and just society at home and beyond.  The event proved to inspire people to renew their commitment to take action for positive change.

At the Social Forum, the Dalai Lama delivered a talk entitled ‘A Call For Universal Responsibility’.  He also visited Kildare, in partnership with the Solas Bhríde Centre, and spoke on ‘The Spirituality of Compassion’, before concluding his visit with a talk entitled  ‘The Power of Forgiveness’ at the University of Limerick. His visit came about following a personal invitation from the Children in Crossfire founder and Director, Richard Moore, who the Dalai Lama describes as his personal hero.  In 1972, aged 10, Richard was blinded by a rubber bullet, and years later he befriended the soldier who shot him.

5 years ago, following the event, this is what Richard had to say about Possibilities: Be the Revolution

“I couldn’t say enough positive things about Possibilites. An amazing day! I watched it online again – fantastic!! It is so great to watch someone speak such simple positive messages and hopefully gave a lot of people the courage and hope they needed. Obviously many people were there for the speech of the Dalai Lama – but we stayed until the end, and all of us thought the day was exceptional, one to be remembered.  So well organised and inspirational! We all have made promises to each other as well as ourselves on what we can do in our own lives to help others – in some small way. I could keep writing all evening! Congratulations to all involved”

Possibilites: Be the Revolution saw a range of inspiring Change-Makers share their wonderful stories of change with us.  You will find many of their wonderful speeches, including the Dalai Lama and Richard Moore here.