“A million paper cranes? Are you crazy?!?”
That’s pretty much how our project titled, “In the Folds of Peace”, began a
year ago. Let’s generate 1 million paper cranes and create conversations for
connection in the world (more on that later).
We invite you to play with us. You can fold a paper crane, or two… or, you can
fold a thousand paper cranes, or two. :-) However you would like to join in
would be great. (Suggested parameters for the paper cranes are below* )
You can send cranes to:
In the Folds of Peace
P.O. Box 1492
Santa Fe, NM 87504
(The deadline for this year’s trip to Peace Day in Hiroshima, Japan is June 15,
2018. Thanks in advance for your participation!)
The project was inspired by the book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”. We
were further inspired by the people of Hiroshima, Japan who (in the midst of
their history) are choosing to have conversations for peace and education. When
we started last year, we were looking for a place for our voice in this
dramatic world we live in. What if we (in the midst of our history) chose to
have conversations for what we want to create in the world – for our families,
for our communities, and yes even for our world? That question was a place
where our voice fit.
So we started, humbly… and maybe even a little naively. Since then we’ve been
inspired by and interested in joining the origami community.
You can hear more about how the project evolved last year in the surprise
opportunity I had to give a talk at TEDxABQ (the link is below).
The talk came after we escorted 10,228 paper cranes to Hiroshima, Japan on
Peace Day, August 6th, 2017 and donated $600 to the Peace Memorial Museum.
We were humbled by the reaction of the people in Hiroshima. Many were moved
that someone from the United States would bring all these cranes to the Peace
Memorial Park. They were also surprised when we said we were continuing to
return until we reached our million crane goal. If you haven’t been to the
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, open hearts are waiting there to greet you.
* Parameters for the paper cranes. (NONE of these are “absolute"! They are not
“limiting requirements,” just guidelines that make logistics like
transportation a little easier.)
1) Small cranes (from 3" x 3" paper or smaller) would work better for
transportation, but any size would be wonderful.
2) Wings up position and if you wish, strung together would also be nice.
3) Write a wish or desire in/on the crane(s), if you’d like.
4) We want everyone to be free to participate and express themselves however
they want. So, all cranes whatever the parameters will be joyfully embraced and
taken to Japan!
5) Keep in mind that the inspiration for this project was to generate new
conversations for connection in the world. So, talk to each other about what
you’d like to create for your families, communities and world… maybe even talk
to someone new. Most of all, have fun with it! :-)
Thank you for your time. We hope you'll join the flock!
Also on Facebook and Instagram: inthefoldsofpeace
P.S. “Are you prepared to receive that many paper cranes? And take them to
Japan? You’re crazy!” … This is where we are today – 15,000 paper cranes and
counting for this year’s trip to Peace Day in Hiroshima on August 6, 2018. We
are looking forward to figuring out how to handle the enormous flock of cranes
when it arrives. (Some of that naiveté may still be lingering about. :-)