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Dr. Scilla Elworthy  

Founder of the Oxford Research Group, Three-Time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee & Author

Dr. Scilla Elworthy is a three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee for her work with Oxford Research Group to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics.

She now leads The Business Plan for Peace to help prevent violent conflict and build sustainable peace throughout the world, because it is possible; this work is based on her latest books "The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War" (2017) and "The Mighty Heart: How to Transform Conflict" (2020).

Scilla founded Peace Direct in 2002 to fund, promote and learn from local peacebuilders in conflict areas: Peace Direct was voted ‘Best New Charity’ in 2005. She was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003, the Luxembourg Peace Prize in 2020, and was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’.

Scilla co-founded Rising Women Rising World in 2013, and FemmeQ in 2016 to establish the qualities of feminine intelligence for women and men as essential to use in building a safer world.

Her TED talk on nonviolence has been viewed by over 1,500,000 people.

Scilla is an Ambassador for Peace Direct, and patron of Oxford Research Group; adviser to the Syria Campaign and the Institute for Economics and Peace. She also advises the leadership of selected international corporations as well as students and young social entrepreneurs.

Scilla is a mother, stepmother, and grandmother and loves messing about in her garden near Oxford in the UK.

Speech Topics


How Business can prevent armed conflict

Corporations are potentially a powerful force for good in a deeply troubled world. We advise the private sector on how to invest in conflict prevention and take a stand on global issues, building collaboration between companies, communities and not-for-profits in conflict zones to build Infrastructures for Peace, using the model developed by Nelson Mandela.

The Mighty Heart in Action

I’m passionate about this 10-module course because it has become a life-saver for people dealing with grief, overwhelm, stress and burnout as a result of the pandemic, the increasing horrors of war, and massive increases in the cost of living. Each module is backed by exercises and small group discussions, and participants are provided with a workbook that illustrates the material with stories and space for personal reflection.

Right Brain Intelligence (RBI)

Decision-making in today’s world is dominated by left-brain linear thinking, obsessed with measurement, results, and ‘winning’. Balance is badly needed. The right brain supplies this by seeing the whole picture, using compassion to find solutions that benefit all rather than just those at the top. I love to talk about what RBI is, and what it can do for you and the world, with current examples.

Starting with Students

Universities are waking up to how strongly students now want to learn how to be of service to this troubled world, replacing the mantra of last century – “what can I get?” – with the new passion for “what can I give?”. Our courses show how to take a stand on issues you’re passionate about, get action, and make change happen.

Pioneering the Possible

In 2014 I wrote a book called Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works. Amazingly all of it still applies, about how we can change the values that underlie our decisions, speak truth to power, develop a practice of reflection so you can observe your own mind and it’s antics, use conflict as opportunity, and find out what you really want to do with your one precious life.

New leadership skills

A lot is written and spoken today about these skills, but most of it ignores the key ones. These include inner work, deep listening, using intuition, authenticity, transforming the Inner Critic, compassionate communication, being big enough to be vulnerable, not reacting to power dynamics, and identifying how your skill-set meets needs in the world – being in service.

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