What is it about?
This study provides an overview of the most established Olympism-based Sport for Peace & Sustainable Development applied theories derived from 30 years of results-based field interventions and evidence provided across fragile communities and countries with a long history of conflict. Through this manuscript, peace and social psychology researchers and practitioners will enrich their understanding and perspective of Olympism for Humanity Literacy and Actualization (Lyras, 2020, 2021), the integration of Olympian Heritage and Olympic Education with peace education, social innovation, and sustainable development as an unconventional tool and an effective peace and democracy actualization platform (Moghaddam, 2016, 2019, 2021).
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Why is it important?
Tokyo won the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid with the argument that the Olympic Movement needed a real-life example of how the Olympic idea and Sport can serve as a vehicle for recovery from man-made and natural disasters. "Restore, in other words, the connection of the Games with its roots: Olympism, Humanism and Humanity in Action" (Lyras,2020, p. 400). To achieve that, however, Lyras suggests that we need to acknowledge, the alarmingly increasing Olympic divide, between the vague ideal and today’s sports reality, which requires robust scientific guidelines on how Olympism and Olympic Education can embrace restoration, peace, and recovery outcomes (Lyras, 2020). Peace researchers and practitioners can play a significant role in reversing this trend and addressing one of the biggest challenges of the existing body of knowledge, the fact that “the complexity of the Olympian Heritage and Civilization is not fully comprehended or operationalized in practice” (Lyras, 2020, p. 400). Lyras' Olympism for Humanity (O4H) and Sport for Development Theories (SFDT) provide the Olympic Education context and robust recommendations on how researchers and practitioners can operationalize, "test, trace and transform" the abstraction of the Olympic ideal into tangible programs, events, policies, and interventions. Through this manuscript, peace researchers and practitioners are strongly encouraged to further utilize this body of knowledge as a peacebuilding platform for pursuing de-radicalization, omniculturism, sustainable development, personal and democracy actualization outcomes (Moghaddam, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021). Moving closer, in other words, to Olympism for Humanity (O4H) Actualization (Lyras, 2021).
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This page is a summary of: Olympism for humanity theory and praxis: A call for peace and democracy champions of change., Peace and Conflict Journal of Peace Psychology, November 2021, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/pac0000498.
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Olympism for Humanity (O4H) is a Champions of Change global network and Academy with expertise in applying Olympism for Social Innovation, Peace and Democracy actualization ventures across fragile regions and communities in need Housed and supported by the Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CEID) - Georgetown University, we comprise notable experts from Georgetown University, University of Thrace, CARDET, Yale Center of Analytical Sciences, Santa Clara University, University of Montpellier and other prominent institutions across the globe.
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