Milk, Pay Phone Bill, Create Peace
Chen (B.A., '90), the principal of Chen Design
Associates, believes that peace starts with the small acts we
commit in our everyday lives. "We don't make the correlation
that asking for forgiveness can lead to peace," he says.
is referring to number 56 in "Peace: 100 Ideas," a book
produced by his award-winning
San Francisco design firm. He and his staff of seven created the
striking images which accompany the list written by David Krieger
of the Nuclear Peace Foundation.
the foreword, Chen asks readers to look beyond stereotypical images
of peace—love-ins, tie-dyed shirts and radical anti-war
protesters. "Peace has become a marketable commodity focused
on past culture that has little to do with achieving actual solutions
for our current world," he writes.
book's suggestions are both specific and broad, from "recycle"
and "call your mom" to "stand up for justice, even
if it means personal inconvenience or suffering." The accompanying
artwork may inspire readers to linger on the pages, but Chen hopes
that readers will put his ideas into practice and, to quote idea
number 100, "act intentionally."
more information: www.peace100ideas.com