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Session: The ripple effect of collective action

Type: Keynote

“If we can help a few, the ripple effect can spread endlessly.” -- Chaun Pridgeon, Play for Peace trainer

Never before has the plea for peace been so real and so necessary. All too often, children and youth suffer the most. This is where Play for Peace comes in. We teach and support young leaders to be peacebuilders who can heal their communities through positive experiences.

To have laughter, compassion and peace. I wish I could tell you ALL of our stories from the field that have happened over the last year but tonight I’d like to tell you about just one story of our growth starting from a single training.


Sarah Gough (she/her)

Play for Peace

Sarah Gough celebrates over 20 years of facilitation and speaking experience, spreading experiential education across the globe as Executive Director of Play for Peace, an organization that brings together youth, adults and organizations from communities in conflict through cooperative play to create laughter, compassion and peace. Grounded by an MSW from the University of Michigan, her passion for mentoring change-makers is evidenced by her founding of a Trainers Certification course for experiential educators and leading ongoing workshops with young people in Latin and North America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She has published the direct impact of her work with research articles in JEE, other publications as well as with the book co-authored PeaceCircles. Sarah is also an advisor to Kikori, a mobile app & community driven platform of experiential education activities for educators, facilitators and trainers. She is the recipient of the 2021 Michael Stratton Practitioners Award from the Association of Experiential Education.

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