The Human Rights Pocketbook Project

Project Description

The Human Rights Pocketbook Project provides an effective tool for Rotarians who care that links their historic legacy to their vision of action and peace, a caring economy, and ethical business.

Project Title
The Human Rights Pocketbook Project
Project Description
WHY IS THE PROJECT NEEDED?

Eleanor Roosevelt, writing in 1948, shortly after the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations, alluded to the need for the idea of human rights to become common sense for peace to prevail. She wrote:

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home . . . Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. . . Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) says there are not enough caring citizens in all of the member states of the United Nations who respect, protect, and promote one another’s human rights, which contributes to shrinking our freedom and peace. Respect, protection, and promotion of one another’s human rights is the most important of the 8 pillars of peace that contribute to positive peace within communities. The act of respect, protection, and promotion of one another’s human rights requires (1) empathy, the soul of democracy, and (2) the strength of character to act on those core values.

Empathy alone is not enough to wage peace; Rotarians must, to paraphrase UNESCO’s motto, build peace in their own mind by linking RI’s six causes to the human rights that define RI’s six causes. The 2013 RI Manual of Procedure was the last Rotary International governing document that actually contained the words “human rights” in the document. The words, “human rights,” won’t go back into Rotary’s Manual of Procedure, until Rotarians are demanding it.

The founder of Empathy Surplus Project (ESP), that manages the Human Rights Pocketbook Project, has attended Rotary Day at the UN several times, as well as, traveled extensively in Southern Ohio to dozens of Rotary Clubs. At club meetings he always offers “happy bucks” with this question:

“How many of you were aware that Rotarians started the United Nations and helped write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?” Their response reveals opportunities for human rights education among Rotarians, their stakeholders, and their spheres of influence. For example, most Rotarians in those two dozen clubs in District 6670 and 6690:

● Were NOT aware of their legacy with the United Nations,
● Were unable to make the connection between RI’s six causes and human rights and why it
matters,
● Did NOT link human rights to RI’s vision or mission statements,
● Were unable to entertain the necessity to consider aligning district, multi-district, or zone
leadership around human rights, and
● Did not yet fully appreciate that both the UN and Rotary International are calling for strategic
partnerships between effective government, ethical businesses, and caring society organizations
to respect, protect, and promote human rights in their spheres of influence.

WHAT IS THE PROJECT?

ESP, through The Human Rights Pocketbook Project, wants to distribute a Human Rights Pocketbook to every incoming high school or college freshman every year.

The Human Rights Pocketbook Project is modeled after The Dictionary Project (TDP), which US Rotary Clubs have participated in since 1996. Rotarians already teach 3rd and 4th graders through distribution of dictionaries and thesauruses respectively. TDP addresses ONE of RI’s six human rights causes . It’s time for an education project that addresses ALL six of RI’s six human rights causes. It’s time to educate incoming high school and college freshmen about how to respect, protect, and promote human rights through the Human Rights Pocketbook Project. The Human Rights Pocketbook Project has two educational components, similar to TDP: Engagement and Partnership.

ENGAGEMENT

ESP is a member of the Global Compact, a United Nations initiative aimed at both business and non-business to encourage business to align their operations around the Ten Principles categorized around human rights, living work and leisure, family climate survival, and anti-corruption of government.

PARTNERSHIP

ESP’s engagement has resulted in several organizations partnering with ESP to sponsor promotion of the Human Rights Pocketbook Project: Christ Episcopal Church, Dayton, Ohio, the first faith community to join the UN Global Compact; Edward Jones, St. Louis, MO; two Edward Jones branches in Wilmington, OH; Wilmington College Peace Corps Prep Club, Wilmington, OH; and I AM Clean Energy, Sugarcreek Township, Ohio.

USA ROTARIANS AND THEIR STAKEHOLDERS ARE THE TARGET AUDIENCE

Human beings can suffer from hypo-cognition, not knowing what we don’t know. In the case of Rotarians in the United States, many are not aware of Rotary’s peacemaking legacy. Here’s a brief and significant timeline:

● 1919 – Rotarian and US President Woodrow Wilson leads the world to establish a League of Nations – The Rotarian Dec 1919 – http://bit.ly/2VvEeWF

● 1940 – Rotary International passes resolution on human rights at its convention in Havana, Cuba, which later became the basis for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – The Rotarian July 1940 – http://bit.ly/2VqkW4O

● 1942 – Rotary hosts CAME – Conference of Allied Ministers of Education – in London, England, and created UNESCO – The Rotarian Dec 1946 – http://bit.ly/2U02Yo2

● 1945 – Fifty Rotarians, 11 from the United States, charter UNESCO and United Nations in San Francisco – The Rotarian July 1945- http://bit.ly/2WM8Sv1 

● 1948 – Universal Declaration of Human Rights is passed by UN – The Rotarian Aug 1948 – http://bit.ly/2UEp2JC

WHO ARE YOUR PARTNERS ON THE GROUND? WHY THEM?

The primary partners of the Human Rights Pocketbook Project are currently the ESP emerging federation of Caring Citizens’ Congresses with members and partners in 18 cities in 5 states. In addition, the project has financial sponsors in the ethical business and caring society organization sectors, who are worth mentioning.
● Christ Episcopal Church, Dayton, Ohio – 1st faith community to join UN Global Compact
● Edward Jones headquarters, St. Louis, Missouri
● Two Wilmington, Ohio, branches of Edward Jones
● Wilmington College Peace Corps Prep Club, Wilmington, Ohio
● I AM Clean Energy, Sugarcreek Township, Ohio

WHAT IMPACT DO YOU EXPECT THIS PROJECT TO ACCOMPLISH ON THE AUDIENCE, THE WIDER COMMUNITY, AND THE PROMOTION OF ROTARY?

The Human Rights Pocketbook Project is modeled after The Dictionary Project (TDP), established in 1996, and which is the most popular annual Rotary Club project in the state of Ohio. Just in Ohio, The Dictionary Project, with the help of Rotarians, distributed more than 70,000 dictionaries last year.

The latest brain research tells us that the repetition of an idea strengthens that idea. We expect the public to become fluent in the language of human rights, when encouraged by human rights champions like Rotarians to respect, protect, and promote human rights.

In 2013, George Kell, executive director, UN Global Compact, addressed Rotarians at the Rotary Day at the United Nations. Kell was inspired to seek a diplomatic career because of his experience with Rotary Youth Exchange as a child. Kell challenged Rotarians to go home and find ways to join the UN Global Compact. The Empathy Surplus Project founder was in the audience. He accepted Kell’s challenge and joined the UNGC, especially to partner with Rotarians. Five years later the Human Rights Pocketbook Project was born. That human rights conversation continues because freedom and peace are the strategic reasons the world needs more empathy like the empathy of Rotarians.

Project Description Excerpt
The Human Rights Pocketbook Project provides an effective tool for Rotarians who care that links their historic legacy to their vision of action and peace, a caring economy, and ethical business.
Project Contact Name
Chuck Watts
Project Contact Email
chuck.watts@empathysurplus.com
Preferred Language
English
Project URL (website)
http://bit.ly/joinESP
Project Categories
Human Rights
Project Location
Address
1665 W. Main Street
Wilmington, OH 45177
United States
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Project Information
Project Time Frame
Ongoing
Rotary District
5100
Club Name
Rotary Club of Portland
Project Resources
Funding
Rotary or Rotaract Clubs fund the project when they order a box of 22 Human Rights Pocketbooks for $99.88. Shipping is included in the United States. Or in Canada the same box of 22, which includes shipping, is $121.89.
Volunteers

We encourage Rotarian Action Group for Peace members interested in volunteering with the Empathy Surplus Project to consider themselves a part of a caring citizen leadership education community of practice, which can take two tracks.

Track #1 – Monthly Human Rights Pocketbook Promoter. 

You can reach out to your own club, or neighboring clubs, and encourage them to consider how they will use the human rights pocketbook to promote human rights. Then order a box of 22 to get started immediately. Then consider the following monthly personal distribution donations:

  • $99.88 / mo gets you a box of 22 every month, or
  • $51 / mo gets you a box of 22 every 2 months, or
  • $25 / mo gets you a box of 22 every 4 months, or
  • $20 / mo gets you a box of 22 every 6 months, or
  • $16 / mo gets you a box of 22 every 8 months, or
  • $14 / mo gets you a box of 22 every 10 months, or
  • $12 / mo gets you a box of 22 every 12 months.
Track #2 – Caring Citizens’ Congress Member 
  • Join a caring community of practice to promote 
    1. Effective government of, by, and for people, 
    2. Markets for All, and 
    3. Federalism – through 4 Empathic Activities:
  • Inwardly digest and use the latest insights of the brain to frame caring conversations in your sphere of influence.
  • Invest in weekly forums to identify and implement caring policy directions.
  • Implement caring policy directions through partnerships with ethical business, effective government, and other caring society organizations like a Rotarian Action Groups.
  • Invite others to caring citizen leadership education. – which includes:
    1. Workplace forum access to other Empathy Surplus Project investor groups and forums.
    2. @empthysurplus.com email address
Is there a Global Grant for this project?
Not yet
Cosponsors
  • UN Global Compact Logo Approval
  • UN Global Compact USA SDG Logo Approval
  • Rotary Action Group for Peace Education Committee
  • Edward Jones Headquarters $5,000 – Ad for 20,000 copies
  • Edward Jones, Wilmington, OH, Financial Advisor, Jason Hillard – Ad for 20,000 copies
  • Edward Jones, Wilmington, OH, Financial Advisor, Jerry Bailey – Ad for 10,000 copies
  • Christ Episcopal Church, Dayton, OH, UNGC 2015 – $625 – Ad for 2,500 copies (2nd edition)
  • Wilmington College, Peace Corps Prep Club, Wilmington, OH – $625 – Ad for 2,500 copies (2nd edition)
  • I AM Clean Energy, Sugarcreek Township, Ohio – $625 – Ad for 2,500 copies (2nd edition)
  • Next edition sponsorship – appropriate for Rotary Districts, Zones, Action Groups
    1. $625 or $50 for 12 months – (ad in 2,500 copies)
    2. $1250 or $102 for 12 months – (ad in 5,000 copies)
    3. $1875 or $154 for 12 months – (ad in 7,500 copies)
    4. $2500 or $206 for 12 months – (ad in 10,000 copies)
    5. $5000 or $414 for 12 months – (ad in 20,000 copies) – Receive 1 complimentary box of 22
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