OUR STORY

Our project is called:  

"In the Folds of Peace"

 

How did this start? With a desire to find a place for our voices in this dramatic world we live in.

 

Who are we? Three friends that humbly started a journey, not knowing where it would lead us.

We were inspired by the book "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” – a story based on the life

of a Japanese girl whose family survived the Hiroshima bomb. The book described Sadako's courage and

the Japanese tradition of folding a thousand paper cranes to grant wishes for health, happiness and peace.

 

The more we read about Sadako's family and the people of Hiroshima, the more we were inspired. The people of Hiroshima, in spite of their history, choose to have conversations for peace and education.

Everything starts with a conversation. What if we started having conversations about what we want for our families, our communities and our world?

 

In starting these conversations, we might just find out we all have much more in common than we thought. That was a place where our voices fit.

 

So we started having conversations. We wanted to express ourselves and honor the Japanese tradition of folding paper cranes and support their commitment to peace. So we began: folding 1000 paper cranes to take to the Memorial Peace Park in Hiroshima, Japan. We realized that this was too easy and our project, and the conversations we wanted to have, would end too soon.

 

We wanted something miraculous... "What about a thousand-thousand paper cranes?  That's 1 million cranes!"

That got our hearts beating fast — we knew we could not do this by ourselves. We would have to have those conversations we wanted to generate... maybe even talk to strangers! We chose to step out into the unknown.

 

And so the adventure began. It has been exciting, scary, inspiring, and humbling. Yes, it turned out to be more of a leap than a step... and the flight of the cranes is just beginning to soar. 

Sage, Shannon and Rick
In the Folds of Peace

ANOTHER LEAP – TEDxABQ

During our first year, Rick was selected to talk at TEDxABQ about

"In the Folds of Peace" and how he stepped through all the fears that

came up as the project gained momentum... It turns out conversations

can shift our worlds, even when you're "Pleasantly freaking out!"