The Principles outlined at Our
Mission directly relate to the following statement of purposes included in
our Corporate Bylaws: “(a) to promote tolerance and understanding of
different cultures and backgrounds by providing diverse groups the opportunities
for interaction in various forums such as art exhibits, festivals, music events,
literary promotion, sporting events and film production; (b) to provide
direct community environmental clean-up and contributions to other charitable
organizations focusing on wildlife and the environment; (c) to provide
assistance, including healthcare, housing, food, education and job training to
the disabled, sick, injured, homeless or otherwise disadvantaged either directly
or through other charitable organizations;
Our activities are grouped by the area of our mission
statement to which they relate. The
activities are very broad and the success of any program is obviously dependent
on the level of financial support received from the general public, private
foundations and government grants. Most
activities will take place primarily in Southern California and will be
conducted by volunteers, members and employees of One World Foundation. For some activities, we will be working directly with or in support of
other charitable organizations as indicated.
Educational activities to promote tolerance and understanding
Music Events. We
believe that music is the most popular source of entertainment for all peoples
of the world. We also believe it
is a unifying force for cross-cultural experience such as the recent Salsa
explosion in Los Angeles, Paul Simon’s interaction with African Artists on
“Graceland”, David Byrne’s Brazilian-themed albums, and Mickey Hart’s
nod to Native American drumming. There is a long history of social awareness
and commentary in music such as Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind”, the
Beatles’ “All You Need is Love”, John Lennon’s “Imagine”, U2’s
“Pride, In The Name Of Love”, Bob Marley’s “Songs of Freedom”, and
Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power”. As
any concert, particularly in Los Angeles demonstrates, music provides the
forum for a very divergent group of people to get together and interact.
To this end, performers of different types of music including
traditional, folk, jazz, pop, classical, rock, salsa, hip-hop, reggae, and
world music will be recruited for cross-cultural events and festivals. The events will be interactive rather than “listening” only so
participants can truly experience the music of others. A music event may also be combined with a number of other events which
Sporting Events. Sports activities are also largely non-cultural and can
foster significant interactive experiences. Witness the number of different nationalities making up any major
baseball or soccer team and the number of European and African players in the
NBA. One World Foundation leagues
will be developed which bring together different geographical and economic
backgrounds for friendly competition based on teamwork and sportsmanship.
Individuals will initially be teamed with others from their same
background/neighborhood, but teams will be split up and regrouped so that each
team will consist of players with different backgrounds. We believe this will foster communication, understanding and
friendships that continue long after the games are over. Imperative in this program would be the recruiting of coaches who not
only share our objective, but can also lead and control a diverse team. The leagues will begin with children and teenagers but will also evolve
to adults. The cooperation and
assistance of local schools, recreation clubs such as Boys/Girls clubs is also
essential. Sports initially
contemplated include basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball.
Art Events. The
most potent works of art (including painting, sculpture, crafts and other
works) not only provide a window into the artist’s beliefs and background,
but also makes the audience think about the world and their place in it,.
Museums and galleries of traditional arts, however, have gained an
“elitist” reputation which ironically dissuades those who might benefit
most by exposure to art. We will
strive to bring art to the people by staging events and showcases in their own
neighborhoods by renting space there of traveling with vans, trucks, or other
means. These events will also be interactive, bringing not only
finished pieces but also the artist’s materials so individuals can try
painting and sculpting themselves.
Literary Programs. Other than direct experience, reading is perhaps the single
best road to understanding another’s perspective. Like the works of Gandhi, Richard Wright and the Dalai Lama, stories of
another culture, background or belief system may demonstrate various
differences, but also confirm basic humanity and desires of all humans. Programs will be developed with schools, libraries and other local
groups to share materials across backgrounds and form clubs for discussion of
books of all types including fiction, biography, poetry and photography.
Short stories, illustrations and poems will also be distributed in
brochures, mailings and on the One World Foundation Website.
Film Production. With the advent of digital technology and the internet,
communication via video has become increasingly prevalent in our society.
The dramatic drop in costs have also made it very cheap to produce
theatrical-grade films such as “The Blair Witch Project”, which was
promoted heavily on the internet. The
opportunity for socially conscious messages to have a global reach have never
been better. For example, a short
film about wildlife extinction, art produced in a remote country or victims of
land mines could be shot on digital video and distributed on the website or
shown portably at any of the literary, music or art events above. As these will all be for non-profit purposes, there is no need for
expensive talent, technicians, or effects and much of the crew can consist of
disadvantaged individuals our organization is targeting for assistance.
Recreational Activities. One of our goals is to provide
activities to those who would not normally be given these opportunities in an
effort to broaden their worldview For
example, there are not a lot of horses in South-Central Los Angeles. A “fieldtrip” to one of the many ranches in Los Angeles County
would not only provide a new experience of a child from a poor neighborhood,
but also allow him/her to develop an appreciation of things outside their
small, perhaps insular world. Other
potential activities include hiking, boating, fishing, scuba diving, and
perhaps even bungee jumping and skydiving. Some of these activities would also provide an opportunities to develop
trusting relationships with people from other backgrounds. For example, one of the basic safety rules of scuba diving is that you
always dive in pairs with a “dive buddy”. This relationship involves a
level of communication and trust which could literally save the partner’s
life if necessary.
Environment and Wildlife Conservation
Direct Cleanup Events. Members of the community, as well as the disadvantaged, will be
recruited to visit rundown, trashy, or neglected areas in order to pick up
trash, clean graffiti, paint curbs and fences, plant trees and flowers, and
otherwise beautify the area. This
will of course be coordinated with the local governing authority to assure the
program is consistent with local regulations. The events will be patterned on the annual “beach cleaning” day
sponsored in Los Angeles and will provide an opportunity to promote the
organization as well.
Promotion of other Environmental Charities.
In addition to our own activities, we plan to work in tandem with
other organizations to publicize and promote their activities on our website,
literature and event marketing. Representative
organizations would include for example, the World Wildlife Fund, the Nature
Conservancy, the Surfrider Foundation, and Heal the Bay. Depending on other programs, some funds may also be contributed to
Charitable Assistance to Promote Economic Freedom
Literacy Programs. As indicated above, reading is not just a
convenience in daily life, but also a liberating window to freedom of thought
and experience. In conjunction with local schools, libraries and other
experts, our volunteers and staff will assist programs to improve both adult
reading ability and children reading below their age group.
Job Training Programs. Many adults – particularly the
homeless, recovering addicts and ex-convicts – lack basic job skills to
become contributing members of society. In conjunction with local
authorities and agencies, local employers will be recruited to take part in a
job training programs to learn basic work and social skills necessary to
Scholarship Programs. Unfortunately, the high cost
of continuing education is still not available to a wide range of otherwise
qualified students. In conjunction with local schools, we will develop a
scholarship program to provide college tuition, books and housing support to
qualified candidates. Candidates will be screened on the basis of
grades, community involvement, financial hardship, and an essay contest.
Transportation Programs. One barrier to maintaining a job for
the disadvantaged is a lack of a reliable source of transportation. We
will provide subsidized vanpool or carpool transportation for work, healthcare
or childcare purposes based on certain needs-determination criteria.
Food and Shelter Members of the
community, as well as the disadvantage, will be recruited to help collect and
distribute blankets, bedding, clothes and food to those living in the
orphanages, group homes and streets
of Los Angeles.
Promotion of other Charities. In addition to our own activities,
we plan to work in tandem with other organizations to publicize and promote
their activities on our website, literature and event marketing. Focus
will be on charities that help the most defenseless of elements of our society
- our children. Representative organizations would include for example,
Covenant House, A Place Called Home, LA Mission, Los
Angeles Regional Food bank, Project Angel Food, Meals on Wheels, Save the
Children, Make a Wish Foundation, Oxfam, and Unicef. Depending on other
programs, some funds may also be contributed directly to these organizations.