Interviews, Podcasts & Articles

Dream Awake with the Mighty Heart (May 2021) [12:32]

Inner Peace Network
First Published: May 2021

In this recording for the Inner Peace Network 2021, Scilla Elworthy shares a heart-warming secret that helps you awaken to a peaceful state of mind.  It has something to do with what’s beating in your chest right now…

Dream Awake with a Mighty Heart
When we tap into the compassionate nature of the heart, we learn how to resolve conflicts within ourselves and our surroundings.

Scilla Elworthy teaches you how to grow a Mighty Heart, through several ways of healing, by connecting our skills with our passions, and by opening up our hearts to each other and the world.

With the power of the Mighty Heart we can wake ourselves up, we can become present, and we can create space to Dream Awake. Click on the link below to watch a 12 min session that Scilla recorded especially for participants to get ready for the Inner Peace Conference 2021.

For more information about the Mighty Heart courses, go to the Mighty Heart website.

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Dr Scilla Elworthy on Why We Need a ‘Mighty Heart’ to Build Peace (January 2021)

eShe Magazine
Interviewed by: Aekta Kapoor
First Published: January 2021

On Dr Scilla Elworthy’s work desk at her home in Oxford, UK, there stands a framed photo of Guan Yin, the goddess of compassion, or the Chinese adaptation of the Sanskrit Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, who embodies the compassion of all the Buddhas.

As a goddess, Guan Yin is the pinnacle of mercy, kindness and love, and as a Bodhisattva, she represents one who has earned moksha (release from the cycles of birth and death) and is destined to become a Buddha, but has forgone the bliss of nirvana and instead takes birth time and again with a vow to lead all the rest of humanity to the Truth.

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Dedicated Groups & Individuals Striving For Peace, Wiki.Ezvid (January 2021)

Title: 5 Dedicated Groups & Individuals Striving For Peace
Published by: wiki.ezvid – The worlds video Wiki
Date of Publication: 12 January 2021

Ending violence and conflict is no easy task and it requires conscious steps from people all over the world. Fortunately, there are ways to help spread awareness and advocate for change. In this short video Wiki, the Wiki Editorial team have presented 5 Dedicated Groups and Individuals Striving for Peace around the world. 

Dr Scilla Elworthy has been included in this video and she shares this prestigious position with other groups such as Peace Action and Peace Learning Centre.

Click on the link below to view the video and read the article.

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BUILDING PEACE from scratch (December 2020) [46.21]

A World from Scratch
Interviewed by: Tamar Guttmann
First Broadcast: December 2020

Scilla Elworthy was a guest in the podcast ‘A World From Scratch‘, in which every episode Tamar Guttmann invites her speaker to imagine the system of their field from scratch.

In Building Peace From Scratch, Tamar and Scilla talk about what upholds the system of war and violence, how global peace is attainable in our lifetimes, and which personal skills are critical to helping build a peaceful world – from active listening, to working with our anger, our inner critic, and our shadow.

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Peace Podcast (September 2020) [22:40]

Peace Podcast
Interviewed by: Barbara Gaughen-Muller
First Published: September 2020

Dr. Scilla Elworthy is a model of the new leadership, inspiring us to imagine a different, kinder world and the ways to bring it into being through informed, dynamic action.

How do we go from competition to cooperation in stressful situations and what are the benefits? She challenges us to pay attention and asks, “ What will it take for us to wake up to the fact that we’re now in a global situation, demanding the most urgent action? Scilla suggests that drawing on the feminine in all of us is vital to a world in which peace, equity, and justice can prevail.

She models the lessons in her book, Pioneering The Possible, Awakened Leadership for a World that Works. This book and podcast are a must for those who want to be part of the solution to our most pressing problems today.

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Human Rights, Future Generations & Crimes in a Nuclear Age (September 2020)

Human Rights, Future Generations & Crimes in a Nuclear Age
The Business Plan for Peace – How to build a world without war
Author: Dr Scilla Elworthy
First Published: September 2020

As a social scientist I have had a lifelong interest in peace issues and in offering ways to build peace. I have come to the conclusion that today – in a world of barrel bombs, chlorine gas attacks and unidentifiable fighter planes bombing civilians – there is a widespread popular will to end war, not just with the tortured populations in the war-torn countries but also among many concerned citizens in privileged nations.

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The Mighty Heart: How to Transform Conflict (September 2020) [45.48]

Radio Evolve
Interviewed by: Thomas Steininger
First Broadcast: September 2020

Conflict resolution may be one of the most pressing challenges that we face. How do we bridge deep divides? How do we bring together competing interests? Scilla Elworthy points to one, perhaps surprising, element that has the capacity to transform conflict. She calls it the mighty heart. What she means is very practical and down to earth. In her new book and online course, she describes what she has learned in decades of deep engagement with some of the most intense conflicts on our shared planet.

In this week’s Radio evolve, Thomas Steininger speaks with Scilla Elworthy about ‘courageous conversations,’ anger as a fuel for transformation, and the role of inner Presence in the face of raging conflict.

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Happiness Podcast #139 – Dr Scilla Elworthy (August 2020) [29.54]

Interviewed by: Duncan CJ
First Broadcast: August 2020

In this interview Scilla discusses how important it is to talk with your enemies if you want peace; and not only your external enemies, but the enemies inside you too – your inner critic.  By doing inner work you can become far more effective in the world and be more fully present at the time of conflict and unhindered by your own fears.  She also discusses the importance of involving women in peace keeping agreements because they bring the human issues of war to the table and unless these issues are dealt with in the peace agreement the cycle of war will continue.  Listen to the full podcast by clicking the link below.

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Reconsidering leadership: unlearning and yielding for a more equitable emerging future (July 2020) [2:00:28]

Reconsidering leadership: unlearning and yielding for a more equitable emerging future.
Humanity Rising Day 47, Ubiquity University
Facilitated by: Jim Garrison
First published: July 2020

Many of us are questioning basic assumptions of how we relate to one another and the natural world. As we strive to address complex problems in our communities, nations and globally, how can we show up as more open and self-aware leaders that better recognise the lived experiences of others and builds bridges for a more peaceful and regenerative future?

Scilla was involved in a 2 hour conversation on leadership and the future with a panel of speakers including Paul Polman (Imagine), Henri van Eeghen (Synergos), Susan Davis (author, adjunct professor), Mark Gerzon (Mediators Foundation) and  Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin (King’s College London).

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The Power of Listening: From knowing to doing – Muhammad Yunus & Scilla Elworthy (July 2020) [1:03:01]

Bridging Foundations for a Liveable Future
Interviewed by: Sebastián Gaggero
First Published: July 2020

We are happy to share with you this Insightful Conversation between Professor Muhammad Yunus and Scilla Elworthy, hosted by Sebastián Gaggero, co-founder of Liveable Future. Bridging Foundations for a LiveAble Future is a worldwide campaign of inspiring conversations bringing together the greatest thinkers of humanity to inspire a different future.

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Wise Words in a Time of Change That will Improve Your Life (July 2020) [1:01:02]

Conscious Media Movement
Inner Peace World Peace
Interviewed by: Sylvia Binsfeld
First Published: July 2020

This a time of great change. 9 influential speakers of various spiritual backgrounds share incredible insights, showing us how to use this time to make changes of our own that will greatly improve the quality of our personal lives, as well as that of the planet.

Scilla discusses why the path of spiritual awareness so vital right now. To listen to the interview please click on the link below.

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Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat (May 2020) [33:41]

Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
Dr. Scilla Elworthy on the Way to World Peace
Interviewed by: Mo Gawdat
First Published: May 2020

“In this deeply personal episode, I speak with my friend and tireless force for good, Dr. Scilla Elworthy. Scilla is nothing short of inspiring, and to listen to her discuss her work and life story is to hear a clear example of a human being who found and is living their purpose. I say it multiple times in our discussion, but the world needs more Scillas, more people saying “peace is possible.”

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Inside Influence Podcast: Non-violent Communication (May 2020) [1:01:14]

Inside Influence Podcast
Interviewed by: Julie Masters
First Published: May 2020

NEW EPISODE: How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug? Is there a centered, calm and fiercely powerful way to meet aggression – without resorting to force? These are questions I have carried with me, and tried to explore, for years. And although it has become easier with age, I still wish there were a roadmap. One I could have accessed far earlier in my life and career.

Today’s #insideinfluencepodcast conversation answers that wish. Dr Scilla Elworthy.  We talk about self intervention. Why nonviolent communication starts with self-enquiry. How to take a stand clearly, calmly and powerfully – without losing your nerve. And why cultivating certainty as a leader – rather than confidence – is more important now than ever before. Tune in at the usual podcast places #itunes #spotify


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The Best Defense? How About More Women In The Military? (April 2020)

The Best Defense? How About More Women In The Military?
Author: Avivah Wittenberg-Cox
First Published: 30 April 2020

Today, there are 21 female defence ministers across 159 countries with militaries. That’s 13% – who knew? Okay, that includes the beautiful but tiny Maldives, but it also includes seven of 30 NATO countries. Women control many of the biggest defence budgets in Europe. Will the nature and effectiveness of militaries to defend their countries improve if they gender balance? That has been the underlying theory causing internal and external pressure on militaries around the world to change over the past 40 years. Perhaps the quickest and most obvious symbol of the will to balance is for a government to appoint a female Defence Minister. This revolutionary step is like a symbolic laying down of the gauntlet to one of the most male dominated sectors on the planet.


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Conversations on Compassion with Dr. Scilla Elworthy, Standford University (March 2020) [1:01:34]

CCARE at Standford University
Interviewed by: Dr. James Doty
First broadcast: March 2020

CCARE founder and director, Dr. James Doty, welcomed Dr. Scilla Elworthy, a distinguished activist for peace who has worked on peace-related issues for over 30 years, for a Conversation on Compassion.


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Shape Your Day – The World Beyond COVID-19 (March 2020) [21.40]

Shape Your Day – The World Beyond COVID-19
Interviewed by Fritz Lensch
First Published: March 2020

Fritz Lensch, a Facilitator, Leadership Advisor and Peacebuilder, spoke with Dr. Scilla Elworthy about her vision for the world after Coronavirus and what we can all do today to realise it.

In the podcast they chat about:

  • What Scilla is currently doing with her time and how you can use yours effectively;
  • How to calm your mind and heart and cope with the news;
  • Practical advice for what to practise today to shape tomorrow.

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Dr Julie Show – Business Plan for Peace with Scilla Elworthy (March 2020) [49:45]

Dr Julie Show
Interviewed by Dr Julie Krull
First Broadcast: March 2020

Many people feel powerless in the face of what they see on TV or read in the news – a world in crisis, with wars and violence taking place across the globe. Do you want to step out of the helplessness and apply your personal skills to do something meaningful about the challenges now facing us? Humanity now has the experience, knowledge and tools to prevent and resolve conflict. Scilla Elworthy offers the Business Plan for Peace, an ambitious, long-term solution that challenge the status quo.

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The Last Word: Conversations with Writers, Thinkers and Story Tellers (February 2020) [22:58]

The Last Word with Scilla Elworthy and Sheva Carr
Interviewed by: Carly Newfeld
First aired: February 2020

Sheva Carr, founder of the HeartMath’s HeartMastery Program and Dr Scilla Elworthy were interviewed by Carly Newfeld live on Santa Fe Public Radio in February.  They answered questions such as: How do you build a world without war? How do you incorporate love into your peacebuilding?and How do you blend peace and love?

Listen to the broadcast by clicking the link below.

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It’s Time to Awaken Our Fierce Feminine Intelligence, Spiritual Wildfire Summit (February 2020) [42.03]

Spiritual Wildfire Summit
It’s Time to Awaken Our Fierce Feminine Intelligence
Interviewed by: Joan D’Argo
First Published: February 2020

The Spiritual Wildfire Summit, held from 2-7 February 2020,  offers inspirational healing and practical tools to help each one of us create the world our heart longs for.  Dr Scilla Elworthy was one of 24 amazing wisdom keepers, paradigm shifters, and visionaries who gave inspirational talks online at the Summit.  Listen to her interview “Its Time to Awaken Our Fierce Feminine Intelligence” by clicking the link below.

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The Global Search for Education: Creating a world without violence (January 2020)

The Global Search for Education: Creating a World Without Violence
Interviewed by: Cathy Rubin
First published: January 2020

How can we give people the skills they need to prevent conflicts from escalating and teach them that collaboration works best? We cannot hope for sustainable development without peace. How can learning institutions create effective education models aimed at significantly reducing all forms of violence?

In this interview Scilla answers questions about where she thinks the youth-driven movements will take the world in the next few years and if she believes world peace is a realistic goal or does she think war will always be a part of our world in one form or another.

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Dr Scilla Elworthy’s Tips for One Young World Ambassadors (November 2019)

One Young World
Interviewed by Marisa Drew
First Published: November 2019

Scilla Elworthy gave an inspiring talk to the One Young World Ambassadors gathered in Westminster, London on 25 October.  Here she shares her tips for effective and connected leadership in the wake of the One Young World 2019 Summit.

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The Bold New Plan to Stop Wars: A Peace Advocate Makes Her Case (July 2019)
The Bold New Plan to Stop Wars: A Peace Advocate Makes Her Case
Author: Dr Scilla Elworthy
First Published: July 2019

A little over 100 years ago, the major Western powers and 23 other nations signed the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending the “war to end all wars” — an idealistic phrase that within a few years would assume a certain grim irony. While there has been no truly global conflagration since 1945, the 21st century has already produced its fair share of armed conflicts.

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Leading in a Climate Changed World – with Dr Scilla Elworthy (July 2019) [42:09]

Leading in a Climate Changed World
Interviewed by: Robin Alfred
First Broadcast: July 2019

This incredible episode, sees Robin talk to Dr Scilla Elworthy, peace builder and founder of the Oxford Research group.

Robin and Scilla discuss leadership around the subject of climate change and emerging examples of leadership from companies such as the CDP and individuals like Al Gore. They talk about the need for increased action and how important the school strikes have been to bring exposure to the topic.

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Beyond Gender: Feminine Intelligence (June 2019)

Beyond Gender: Feminine Intelligence – The New Smart for Today’s Needs
Author: Dr Scilla Elworthy & Hetty Einzig
First Published: June 2019

Nowadays everyone has heard of Emotional Intelligence and how it has supplanted IQ as the marker of real success in work.  Now a new intelligence is making itself known. At this time of ‘Strong-Man’ sabre-rattling it is no coincidence that this new intelligence, called Feminine Intelligence, is drawing interest.  Hetty Einzig and Scilla Elworthy ask if FemmeQ is the antidote we need to the posturing and dangerous threats, and a way forward to tackle the challenges we face?

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How War could be Prevented Globally for Just $2 Billion – and with the Help of More Women (June 2019)

Byline Times
Interviewed by Stephen Colegrave
First Published: June 2019

Scilla was interviewed by Stephen Colegrave ahead of the July 2019 BY-LINE Festival.  The article captures the essence of decades of work on peace-building and outlines the key strategies put forward in The Business Plan for Peace.  It also highlights the importance of utilising the power of women in conflict prevention and the creation of peace.

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Power and sex: An interview with Scilla Elworthy – Moon Magazine (May 2019)

The Moon Magazine
Interviewed by Leslee Goodman
First Published: May 2019

Scilla was the featured interview of the month, for the May 2019 edition of Moon Magazine.  She was interviewed by Leslee Goodman who asked pertinent questions around how gender influences the type of power we see prevalent in the world today, as well as discussing what Scilla describes as “inner power” – a power that has integrity and is immune from corruption.

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Voices of Melting Pot: Scilla Elworthy (March 2019) [4:26]

Voices of Melting Pot: Scilla Elworthy
Melting Pot Forum
First published: March 2019

While Scilla attended the Melting Pot Forum at the Ostrava Festival in Czech Republic, she was asked a series of questions about her passion and work for preventing violent conflict and promoting peacebuilding.

See the short video interview by clicking on the link below.

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Vibrant Nonviolence, Ox Magazine (March 2019)

OX Magazine 
Author: Sam Bennet
First Published: March 2019

Sam Bennett, Features Editor of OX Magazine, wrote a long article about Scilla in March 2019, starting as follows:

Born into a military family in 1943, Scilla Elworthy could shoot a gun aged 11. But her life has been one dedicated to peace and nonviolence. Straying far from the career as a wife and mother she imagines her family would have envisaged for her, in 1982 she founded Oxford Research Group ‘to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics’. Twenty years later she founded Peace Direct – the charity committed to stopping wars – and her 2012 TED talk on nonviolence has been viewed over 1,200,000 times. Here the three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee talks presence, empathy and her 2017 book, The Business Plan for Peace, with Sam Bennett.

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Scilla Elworthy: The Business Plan for Peace, Daily Good (February 2019)

Daily Good: News That Inspires
Interviewed by Aryae Coopersmith, Awakin Call Editors
First Published: February 2019

Dr. Scilla Elworthy was interviewed by Aryae Coppersmith from Awakin Call to discuss her latest book, “The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World without War.” In it, she points out that while 1,686 billion dollars is spent on militarization every year, it would only cost two billion dollars to put into action methodologies that are known to work to prevent war and armed conflict worldwide. Go to the Daily Good website to see the edited transcript or listen to the full recording here.

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Indivisible: Peace is Not Boring (November 2018)

Indivisible: Peace is Not Boring
Author: Dr Scilla Elworthy
First Published: November 2018

For many people peace can seem boring; too well behaved, too quiet. These are usually the people who have never been in a war, never witnessed the terror of children watching their parents tortured, never seen a human skull exploding, never heard the screams of a grandfather trapped under concrete beams, never looked into the eyes of a woman who has been multiply raped.

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What Nuclear Weapons Negotiations Taught Dr. Scilla Elworthy about Bullying in Schools (October 2018) [1:00:39]

Kindsight 101: What Nuclear Weapons Negotiations Taught Dr. Scilla Elworthy about Bullying in Schools
Interview with Morgane Michael
First Published: October 2018




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Peace is Possible – The Sisters (October 2018)

Peace is Possible
The Sisters
Author: Dr Scilla Elworthy
First Published: October 2018

Dr Scilla Elworthy has been one of the foremost proponents of international peace-building since the 1980s, and her work has won awards and acclaim across the globe. Here, she shares with The Sisters her thoughts on how we can move to a peaceful world and harness the power of feminine wisdom.

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The Business Case For Peace | Dr Scilla Elworthy (September 2018) [19:01]

Weatherbys Private Bank Creating The Future conference
Keynote Talk
First published: September 2018

How can we stop people killing each other, locally, nationally and internationally? Do we want to stop the destruction of millions of lives and the profits made from the arms industry? We can build a peaceful future for our children and grandchildren.

Dr Scilla Elworthy speaking at the Weatherbys Private Bank Creating The Future conference.

Listen to the keynote talk by clicking on the link.

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Peace Day Special with Felix Buxton (September 2018) [1:02:03]

Worldwide FM
First Broadcast: 21 September 2018

Felix Buxton is a composer, music producer and a member of Grammy and Brit Award winning dance act Basement Jaxx.

Felix celebrates International Peace Day with guests including actress Juliet Rylance, Peace Builder Dr Scilla Elworthy and a live phone-in from Ahmad Fawzi, former Communication Adviser and Chief Spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Refugees.

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