Introduction and Global Cooperation Day Statement :
Prof. Liz Greenwell.
Founder and Initiator of Global Cooperation Day (Est. 2013)
Hello to everyone around the world.
I am delighted to have this opportunity to introduce myself and my work to the world. My thanks to all those people whose support have made it possible. There could be no better day to introduce a work of this nature, purpose and scope, than on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the 4th of October.
St. Francis has been a feature at times throughout the course of my life and work, and I will cover that in my script for Watering the Fields of Humanity.
But I will say that one of these occasions was when I was making my film No Chance to Paint the Canvas in 1999, to coincide with the new Millennium, I had a profound reason for wanting the sound of bells.
No other bells would do, except the sound of the bells of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, in Umbria, Italy.
Upon hearing my request, a friar went down to the tomb of St. Francis, spent an extended time in prayer, then recorded the bells during a Special Advent Mass.
My work for humanity and the world was sparked by, and has its origins in, my experience of early childhood poverty. The harsh reality of being a very small child, a little girl, experiencing homelessness, hunger and the biting cold of an icy winter in Kilkenny, Ireland.
Amidst the extreme cold, icy concrete and howling gales, I had a recurring dream of a sparkling blue/green ball.
Each night, when the magnificent sparkling blue/green ball appeared, I would open the door to a child's-eye view of a perfect world.
As a child, I did not realize it, but as an adult, I knew that that sparkling blue/green ball was the world; and I was seeing it in a unique way.
- PROF. LIZ GREENWELL
For Global Cooperation Day 2014.
Statement from Prof. Liz Greenwell, Initiator of Global Cooperation Day
Amongst a number of other works, I am the writer, designer, producer and director of No Chance to Paint the Canvas, the world’s first film about civil society on a global scale. The writer, producer, and overseer of my forthcoming film, Watering the Fields of Humanity – designed to be the greatest example of global cooperation ever committed to celluloid.
Bringing about a better world and society for all people, spreading global understanding and peace throughout the world; and championing the cause for civil society on a global scale; has been my life, my dream, my global vision, and my aim.
Today, I am reaching out to everyone, everywhere, wherever you are in the world, from the most remote parts of the world to the most populous nations; to help me achieve that, and to inspire you to make that global vision your aim too.
“Can we, all of us together, water the fields of humanity, and bring about a harvest so great that it will take the world to pick the fruit; a harvest that is civil society? I think we can.”
( Liz Greenwell, April 1994).
In January 2013, my quote above was cited by a delegate at the Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference, at the United Nations University in Japan.
Social, Ethical, and Responsible,Investing:
Global cooperation features strongly in my writings and works over the years. Another example of that work, is two programmes I devised and entitled: World Resource Analysis Point (WRAP);
and World Major Disaster Rescue and Relief Center. ( WMDRRC);
These are programmes that lend themselves to a very credible form of governance, and lead the way to significant change in how we view life, living, man and society, and how we treat each other and our environment.
I have written much on this subject, but the fact is we have two major assets, humanity and the world, our environment. It is our job and our responsibility to get the best for, and from, both.
Investing in those two major assets is the wisest investment decision the world of investment, governments, leaders and others in positions of trust, as well as investors in general, will ever make.
Humanity deserves it; it is a priority.
If we do not look after each other, we all suffer, but if we do look after each other we all benefit.
In the process of my ongoing work, the nature, purpose, philosophy and scope of it, I have introduced the world of investment to the merits of, and benefits to, humanity and the environment; of investing in those two entities, our greatest assets.
In doing so, I have led the way towards widespread social, ethical and responsible investing worldwide.
Through the integrity and merits of my work, investors and project managers around the world have been matched up, on a number of projects, pertaining to water supply, wastewater treatment, and various other infrastructural development, in developing countries in particular: Including earthquake recovery, as well as countries devastated by wars; in keeping with my writings and programmes WRAP and WMDRRC.
My son, Adam Greenwell, in his capacity as Executive Producer for my film, Watering the Fields of Humanity, is responsible for fund raising, promotions, and networking. And he is in touch with the various managers of the projects mentioned above, and the investors.
Social, ethical and responsible investing is one of the main aspects that make up my overall vision of Watering the Fields of Humanity worldwide. Through the financing of those projects relating to social and environmental advancement, we are now beginning to see that aspect taking place. And with it has come the implementation and extension of what I have worked so very hard for over so many years.
It also reflects that my overall vision of Watering the Fields of Humanity, and spreading global understanding and peace throughout the world, is fast becoming a movement to back, support and aim for.
Footage of the development of those projects, relating to social and environmental advancement, will be forwarded to me for selection and editing for inclusion alongside other elements that make up the film.
I have many plans for my film, Watering the Fields of Humanity.
Being a pioneer of new initiatives, and driven by a desire for originality and uniqueness, I apply that to all of my work.
In this case, Watering the Fields of Humanity, which I have termed in the broadest sense, is designed to be the greatest example of global cooperation ever committed to celluloid;
and to spread global understanding and peace throughout the world in the telling of my story.
In the process, I want to entertain, educate, provoke thought and inspire. And through creative elements of special effects and artistic design, seek to delight and surprise you too.
As well as the reasons I have pointed out in my brief background;
Global Cooperation Day is also to draw your attention to, and bring you into the film, as a stunning and historical example of all of us together; watering the fields of humanity, and creating that harvest so great, that it will take the world to pick the fruit.
Thank you very much.
Prof. Liz Greenwell (September 30th 2013). For Global Cooperation Day, 4 October 2014.