Thursday, 7 March 2013

Scilla Elworthy's Interview with Iain McNay 

When Scilla Elworthy was 13, she sat in front of her television set watching as Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest. Immediately she started packing her bags. “What are you doing?” her mother said. “I’m going to Budapest," she said. “They’re doing something awful and I have to go.” 

Years later, Elworthy is a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and a recipient of the Niwano Peace Prize. In 2002 Elworthy founded Peace Direct, which supports local action against conflict and in 1982 founded Oxford Research Group, a think-tank devoted to developing effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers and their critics. Beginning in 2003 she helped set up The Elders initiative as an advisor to Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel. 

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