Birth 2012 Global Movement Aims to Unify 100 Million People to Celebrate the Birth of a New Era DECEMBER 20-22, 2012

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Bestselling Authors, Social Pioneers, Musicians and Cultural Leaders Unite in More than 40 Major Events from Mexico to Australia in an Unprecedented Global Webcast, Culminating with a Los Angeles Gala Event.

Birth 2012 Co-Founder and The Shift Network's CEO Stephen Dinan

Birth 2012 is a celebration that helps us build a critical mass of people committed to positive change

The end of the long-count Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012, has provoked apocalyptic fears, doomsday books and films, and even triggered outbreaks of panic, as recently reported the New York Times and Associated Press.

By contrast, the far more positive and forward-looking Birth 2012 movement, organized by The Shift Network, offers a creative and hopeful alternative. Rather than feed fears, the movement aims to turn this marker point into a planetary “birth day” for a new era that is healthy, sustainable, and peaceful. The conveners recognize the power of this once-in-five-thousand-years turning point to unify people globally around a commitment to create a world that works for all.

The [ Birth 2012 movement and its global live webcast will link more than 40 major locations and hundreds of smaller ones. Many of today’s top cultural leaders, bestselling authors, religious leaders, and musicians will join together in a call for a collective shift to a world that works for all. Livecast to be broadcast at Birth 2012 TV will locations include Mexico, Egypt, India, Japan, Israel, Ghana, Kenya, Scotland, Guatemala, Brazil, and Canada, plus dozens of locations in the United States.

Birth 2012 features thought leaders such as Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Neale Donald Walsch, don Miguel Ruiz, Jack Canfield, John Perkins, Joan Borysenko, and Lisa Nichols; spiritual leaders such as Michael Bernard Beckwith, Ram Dass, Jean Houston, Shiva Rea, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Oscar Miro-Quesada, Mayan elders, and members of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers; actors such as Esai Morales; social change leaders such as Lynne Twist, Dot Maver, James O’Dea and Daniel Pinchbeck ; journalists such as Lynne McTaggart; academics such as Ervin Laszlo of Global Shift University and Ashok Gangadean of Haverford; business leaders such as Rinaldo Brutoco of World Business Academy; and musicians such as Michael Franti, Ozomatli, Donna DeLory and Rickie Byars Beckwith.

Many of these leaders will participate in a live celebration on December 21 and 22 at Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, CA, the headquarters of the Birth 2012 broadcast, while others will join the celebration from other locations around the world. Millions more will connect via 12 waves of unity that will be staged every two hours leading up to the “birth moment” at noon Pacific on December 22.

“Birth 2012 is a celebration that helps us build a critical mass of people committed to positive change. We aim to mark an historic turning point by connecting the social, spiritual, and technological breakthroughs that can lead us forward out of our current global crises,” shares Stephen Dinan, the co-founder and architect of the Birth 2012 campaign as well as CEO of The Shift Network, which serves 225,000 members with transformational online events, courses, and trainings.

An Unprecedented Global Webcast

Major 2012-themed events around the globe will be shared live during an unprecedented 33-hour webcast that begins December 21 at noon Pacific and continues until December 22 (9 pm Pacific).

The first major event will begin in Byron Bay, Australia, featuring Barbara Marx Hubbard in a multi-media piece called Theater of Our Birth. The program continues with a “Three Days of Love” pledge and media campaign inviting participants to commit to actions and words of love from December 20-22. Celebrated graphic designer, Shepard Fairey, contributed his iconic design, Peace Fingers, for the Three Days of Love campaign. On December 20, a partner initiative called “A Big Project” will focus on activating artistic visions for a better world with a webcast from New York.

On December 21, many of the large global events will begin, continuing through December 22, including:

  •     Synchronized meditations, prayers, songs, and practices worldwide, ranging from a Havdalah prayer from Jerusalem to One Billion Oms led from India to a world peace prayer ceremony from Mt. Fuji and a global Yoga Wave.
  •     One Earth. One Voice.’s campaign to create a synchronized global song, with locations around the world singing a Nigerian Yoruba song.
  •     Live feeds from the Mayan ceremonial grounds at Synthesis 2012 featuring don Miguel Ruiz and the Mayan International Council of Elders.

Media companies that are contributing to the global production include FANetwork.tv, PeaceDay TV, EmpowerMe TV, Agape Media, and Peace of Mind TV.

Co-sponsors of the Birth 2012 campaign range from Green America to The Peace Alliance and Humanity’s Team. Unity churches (1 million global members) and the Brahma Kumaris (with 2,500 global centers) are actively participating in the movement, as are non-profit groups such as EarthDance, Evolver and United Nations Women, Los Angeles.

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For information on detailed webcast schedule and locations: http://www.birth2012.com
For information on the Los Angeles Gala: http://www.birth2012la.com
For information on Three Days of Love: http://www.threedaysoflove.com

The Shift Network, Inc. empowers a growing global movement of 225,000 members who are creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that in turn leads to a more enlightened society, one built on principles of sustainability, peace, health, and prosperity.

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