What Can Friendship Be Like?
Constant mutual support and sincerity of the Peace 50 members is one of the key features of the community. Influential women from different countries not only united to carry out joint peacemaking projects but also managed to become real friends. Joynicole Martinez is an active member of the Peace 50 and expert from the USA. She is a bright example of that very sincerity, selfless giving, and non-indifference to global problems. Ms. Martinez is always willingly and reverently responses to the community’s initiatives.
CEO of The Alchemist Agency, Director of Research & Development at World Women Foundation
co-founder of the Peace 50 community, Head of the Global Talents web-portal of supplementary education
The Peace 50 community members are united not by official treaties and rules but by common human values, the desire to preserve peace and develop the world. That enables them to establish horizontal communication, relationships that are unique in their format. Such open and friendly dialogues help people exchange experience and ideas comfortably, which means that participants can fulfil their potential fully.
When women from different countries find new effective ways to interact, that becomes a powerful pillar of peace.
Joynicole Martinez believes that it is in horizontal communication that gives birth to peace. Since the establishment of the community, the expert has become a close friend to many Peace 50 members. For example, she met Marina Volynkina, co-founder of the Peace 50 community, at the First Summer Peace Summit in Belgium just a year ago. Since then, the expert has participated in many projects by Ms. Volynkina including the Global Talents all-Russian web-portal of supplementary education.
In spring, Joynicole Martinez wrote a review for the book of memory titled ‘Letter to the Front’. The book included extracts from the best essays of schoolchildren from all over Russia. More recently, Ms. Martinez communicated with young Global Talents users within the Bridges of Friendship project. They discussed the difficult topic of racism.
Friendly creation-focused dialogues are especially strong and important for the modern world.
Deep relationships formed within the Peace 50 community are constantly expanding, thus broadening horizons for women from different countries. It is crucial that all members of the community take part in the development of such a dialogue.
Joynicole Martinez was extremely inspired by the communication with Russian schoolchildren, Global Talents users. She prepared an article on friendship and the main human qualities.
– We often consider power a threatening word, but power is the source of peace and unity. Power is a natural force and legitimate authority of humans to control themselves while leading and influencing others.
When we teach young people to be powerful, we teach them compassion for others, acceptance of difference, acceptance of themselves. Thanks to these characteristics, young people become resilient leaders who will lead our nations without old paradigms of sexism, racism, and classism. They will build a better future for the benefit of all.
Global Talents is beautifully encouraging this powerful transformation in children across Russia and the world. Its goal is to bring up the best human qualities in the rising generations and help schoolchildren from all over Russia fulfil their creative potential. It is important for me to be part of this project because every time I witness unique events. Lines from the ‘Letter to the Front’ touch me to the roots of my soul and their smiling faces during the Bridges of Friendship dialogues are so heartwarming. Children understand a lot and see this world purely, that’s their true power.
Seeing my interest in people and social projects, my own children are carefully and joyfully studying Russian culture in an effort to continue building friendships internationally.
All that is power, which is not forced and which is embraced peacefully and enjoined globally. The power to build friendship, cultural diplomacy, unity. This power creates, not destroys. That’s why it is much stronger.
As we teach young people to move address racism, we must teach them that friendship is purposeful and useful, but individuals should be valued beyond their utility. In my opinion, there are three basic types of friendship.
Friendship of utility is based on what one side can gain from the other. One party finds the other useful and once their utility or usefulness is no longer available or desired, the friendship ends. Such relationships are hardly strong.
Friendship of pleasure is a stronger type of relationships. That friendship usually only works as long as there is a connection based on happiness and pleasurable activity. Unfortunately, when a challenge comes, it is unable to withstand the pressure and the friendship ends.
Perfect friendship. Almost everyone yearns for this kind of friendship. In the midst of adversities and tough times, people do not turn away from one another but seek to protect and support their friends.
Perfect friendship can preserve peace among people, nationalities, and whole countries. It is possible only when a person wishes the good for others. That makes it the highest degree of all friendships.
As we teach young people to be friends - to demonstrate friendship - we teach them selflessness, we give them the gift of viewing one another without false ideas superiority and behaving without oppression. That is how they learn to fulfil their potential, respect other people’s interests, love themselves, accept the uniqueness of everyone, and be free without harassing other people.
I am happy that today we have projects like Global Talents that bring up self-awareness and responsibility before the world in the rising generation. I am so grateful for the work of Marina Volynkina and the web-portal’s team. Children are our future. If every adult instills the best knowledge and values in them, we will change the whole world for the better.
Prepared for publication by Viktoria Yezhova, Global Women Media news agency
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov