On April 1st each year, the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign reviews every Act of Peace that has been added to our website over the past twelve months. We look at the impact and scope of each Act, and 12 are chosen as the Billion Acts Hero Award semifinalists representing 6 categories:
Beginning in mid April, all 12 semifinalists are featured on our website and social media channels reaching more than 1 million people worldwide for one month, giving supporters and peacemakers the chance to learn more about each one, and to cast their votes for their favorite Acts, projects and initiatives. Voting for an act raises a semifinalist's “impact rank”, but impact only counts for half of the award -- the other half of the award is juried by the Nobel Peace Laureates serving on our board.
During the month of May, six winners are juried by our Board representatives based on the impact rank and merit of each project. Our Board consists of 14 Nobel Peace Prize Winners.
Six of the projects are awarded and then honored at the Hero Awards ceremony in Monte Carlo in June, receiving their Hero Award from a Nobel Peace Laureate. This year’s honored guest Laureate is former President of Costa Rica, Óscar Arias!
We started with a simple idea...
Everyone can make a difference.
And together, we are unstoppable.
The PeaceJam Foundation, Google, and many others have come together to create the "One Billion Acts of Peace" Campaign - an international global citizens' movement designed to tackle the most important problems facing our planet.