On September 19, 2012, the International Olympic Truce Centre organised a debate on the way we can achieve peace.
The debate aimed at pointing out the best path towards peace. Can inspiration alone help us achieve peace or we should impose peace? Lord Michael Bates (Member of the House of Lords) and Peter Economides (brand strategist) argued for the position (peace inspired), while Prof. Athanasios Platias (Strategy Professor and Chairman of the Department of International Studies at the University of Piraeus) and Maria – Daniela Marouda (Lecturer, Panteion University) were against (peace imposed).
Following the initial speeches, a discussion with the audience followed the presentation of arguments, with a lot of questions from students, Academics and Olympians. Questions submitted to the speakers came from both the audience attending the debate in the auditorium and the audience that watched the debate online.
It should be noted that apart from the controversy, it was one of the few times that common ground was found between the two positions. Creating and consolidating a culture of peace to peoples is a matter of education and inspiration over the years. But to ensure in the short term, the assistance of the international community is needed. The UN General Assembly of the United Nations in October 2011, when the 193 member states voted unanimously in favor of keeping the truce during the Olympic Games in London, is a striking example.
This act reaffirms our belief that if we can have peace for 16 days, then you may have and forever …
Read the press release here.