Heidi Kuhn – Founder of Roots of Peace
Heidi Kuhn is passionate about humanitarian work and has dedicated her life to making a difference in the world. As the founder of Roots of Peace, a humanitarian-nonprofit organization that is working to replace the scourge of landmines with sustainable agricultural farmland, Heidi, via Roots of Peace, has impacted over 1 million farmers and families to date, and Heidi’s work is empowering families living in war-torn regions with hope leading to the economics of peace through export and trade.
Heidi is a true entrepreneur and humanitarian, and her work is an inspiration to us all. Thank you, Heidi, for your dedication to peace and for your work in making the world a better place!
Here is Why Committing to Humanity is so Important
As an entrepreneur, you are in a position to influence many positive outcomes in your community, and in the world, because of who you know, the resources you have, and the examples you can set for your partners, team, and employees. Most people in the world do not have the opportunities you have to help others. The ways you can benefit humanity are countless, and you can personally find peace by helping others achieve their goals, receive employment through jobs you have created, and support communication.
You can also make a difference in the world by being an inspiration for others. As a leader, you have the ability to change the world and can inspire others to do the same. As an entrepreneur, it is important to remember that we are all connected. When we commit to helping others, we are not only making a difference in their lives but we are also making a difference in the world. By committing to humanity, we can help to make the world a better place for everyone.
Once again, thank you to Heidi, for being an inspiration to all of us! We are grateful for your work in making the world a better place, we are all better because of it.
How to Commit to Humanity in Your Everyday Life
It’s not always easy being human. We’re faced with choices and challenges every day that can test our patience, compassion, and resilience. But despite the difficulties, there are many reasons to commit to Humanity. For one, it just feels good. When we act with gratefulness, kindness, and happiness, we naturally inspire those same emotions in others. Additionally, the more we give of ourselves, the more we receive in return.
We may not be able to solve all the world’s problems, but we can make a real difference in the lives of those around us. So let’s commit to Humanity today and see what a difference we can make in the world.
The benefits of committing to humanity
There’s something special about committing to humanity. Maybe it’s the gratefulness we feel when we’re on the receiving end of an act of kindness. Maybe it’s the happiness we get from making someone else’s day a little brighter. Or maybe it’s the sense of inspiration that comes from knowing we’re part of something bigger. Whatever the reason, committing to humanity is good for the soul. It helps us to connect with our community and to feel like we’re giving back.
And in a world that can sometimes feel chaotic and unpredictable, that can make all the difference. So, let’s commit to being kinder, more compassionate human beings. It might just be the best decision we ever make. Here are some advantages when committing to humanity
1. It just feels good.
2. Acts of kindness inspire others to act kindly as well.
3. We can make a real difference in the lives of those around us.
4. The more we give, the more we receive in return.
5. It helps us connect with our community and feel like we’re giving back.
6. In a chaotic world, committing to humanity can be grounding and reassuring
About Heidi Kuhn:
Heidi Kuhn is the Founder and CEO of Roots of Peace, a humanitarian-nonprofit organization founded in September 1997 with a vision to transform MINES TO VINES–replacing the scourge of landmines with sustainable agricultural farmland. Her pioneering work empowers families living in war-torn regions with hope leading to the economics of peace through export and trade.
The California spirit is deeply rooted in Heidi, who was raised with the values of respecting the earth and its people, ideals established by her family who were early pioneers in the 1800s. A fifth-generation California, she attended the University of California Berkeley majoring in Political Economics, where those core beliefs were strengthened during the peace movement of the 1970s, setting forth a lifelong commitment to pioneering the footsteps of peace.
During the early 1990s, Heidi owned her own television news organization, NewsLink International, reporting for CNN and other news organizations in Alaska on the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the melting of the “ice curtain” between the United States and the Soviet Union. Raising her children in Juneau, Alaska, she earned a reputation for bridging borders for peace—reporting for ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Nippon Television, and other major media organizations.
After overcoming a cancer diagnosis, Heidi further embraced the core values she was raised with when she saw an opportunity to eradicate another form of cancer – that of landmines, which she viewed as cancer to the Earth.
From the basement of her home, she garnered the support of famed Napa Valley vintners including Robert Mondavi, Mike Grgich, and Diane Disney Miller to support her vision of turning “Mines to Vines” – replacing the remnants of war with bountiful vineyards and orchards of peace around the world. Over the past 23 years, Heidi has grown Roots of Peace across the world with the support of the United States Government, the United Nations, the World Bank, international governments, Rotary Clubs, and the private sector.
She has been recognized by numerous world leaders including UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, His Holiness Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, the Grand Mufti of the Dome of Jerusalem, and many heads of state and government. Her supporters include the United States Government, the United Nations, World Bank, and other international governments and organizations.
She has been recognized by numerous world leaders including U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, and many heads of state and government. To date, Roots of Peace has impacted over 1 million farmers and families, spanning eight countries – Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, and Vietnam.
Heidi’s work has led the successful USAID program to increase agricultural exports in Afghanistan from $250 million in 2014 to over $1.4 billion in 2020.
Roots of Peace has facilitated the removal of over 100,000 landmines and unexploded bombs, restoring the land for agricultural bounty. Heidi and Roots of Peace have been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2006 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award/National Jefferson Award for Public Service, and the Rotary International “Service Above Self” Award.
In 2018, she received the inaugural Earth Ethics Award from Marcus Nobel, nephew of Alfred Nobel presented to her at the United Nations in New York. And, in 2019, Heidi received the Gandhi Global Family Award in New Delhi, the first American to receive this prestigious award on the occasion of the 150th Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Her book Breaking Ground was published in April 2020. It is both a memoir and a call to action, a gripping account of Heidi’s quest to eradicate landmines from the face of the earth and firmly plant the roots of peace.
Bio Source: rootsofpeace.org