World Unity and the Future of Humanity with Ben Bowler
There is a place, a beautiful, interactive world where we are actively growing a new story for humanity and a more sustainable, peaceful, just, and united earth. It’s called ONE World, co-created for World UNITY Week. In the midst of our changing and challenging times, we have an unprecedented opportunity to unite as a global community in purposeful and creative action. World UNITY Week is a celebration of this transformative potential, and you are invited.
As a unity-activist and spiritual entrepreneur, Ben Bowler is the Executive Director of UNITY EARTH, a global network building a worldwide movement for unity and peace. In 2006 Ben and his wife Jildou moved from Australia to Thailand in response to an opportunity to volunteer along the Thai-Burma border. Together in 2008, they founded Blood Foundation, a micro NGO focusing on Burma issues, interfaith projects and education programs for migrant workers. In 2009 he founded Monk for a Month, a cultural and spiritual immersion program in Thailand. This then grew into World Weavers, a social enterprise specializing in authentic spiritual adventures into some of the world’s great faith traditions, including in Tibetan India, Nepal, Cambodia and Ethiopia.
In 2010, Ben launched Muslim for a Month in Turkey, offering guests a first-hand experience of Turkish Islam and Sufism, under the spiritually inclusive banner of Mevlana Rumi. Ben convened the first U DAY Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand as part of the Birth 2012 global events. This event combined spiritual leaders from a variety of traditions with popular music artists, followed by U DAY in Ethiopia in 2018, India in 2019 and Jerusalem in 2020.
Dubbed “The Faith Dealer” by Readers Digest in 2013, Ben is a “Social Entrepreneur in Residence” at the prestigious INSEAD Business School and is a blogger for the Huffington Post.
Ben and his team launched 1GOD.com in October 2015 at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The purpose and mission of this growing online platform is to “Unite the Tribes” and cultivate global spiritual unity, while maintaining and celebrating rich diversity. Together with Dr. Kurt Johnson and Doug King, Ben founded The Convergence Radio Series on Voice America. The series features a host of Evolutionary Leaders and other prominent voices looking ahead to the many exciting developments. In 2016 Ben partnered with United Religions Initiative and Cultural Infusion to found Sacred Australia, a network committed to a deepening of the Australian spiritual identity and connected with the historic repatriation of Mungo Man.