Raising awareness/Ambassadors for peace

Johan Ernst Nilson

Johan Ernst Nilson | Global



Explorer, Philanthropist and Adventure activist


Sweden | Global Ambassador



Swedish explorer, philanthropist and adventure activist Johan Ernst Nilson becomes Global Non-Violence Ambassador thanks to his strong engagement in The Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF) work globally.

Johan Ernst’s motto in life - “Everything is Possible - the Impossible just takes more time!” has made him one of the world’s leading explorers having accomplished 52 expeditions in 172 countries. Johan Ernst has embarked on a journey from the North Pole to the South Pole, has climbed the Seven Summits, has flown a boat across Europe, cycled from Sweden to the Sahara Desert, and a lot more. He is an advocate against global warming and poverty, and now a strong supporter and activist for nonviolence and peace in the world.

“I know that people always will disagree. We are 7 billion people and there will always be disagreements in our world. But I am certain that we are able to find a balance in the world, and the key is information, education and communication.

Our next generation needs to learn the moral and ethics grounds; we need to start understanding and respect one another better. I am proud to be a global Non-Violence Ambassador and will use all my power to engage people I meet to support the important mission – to inspire, motivate and engage young people to learn how to solve conflicts peacefully.”

As a Non-Violence Ambassador Johan Ernst has designed his own knotted gun sculpture, originally created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. Johan’s sculpture has been named One World, is decorated with all UN member states flags and illustrates Johan’s vision for the peaceful world.

The knotted gun sculpture One World is available on the international market in the size of 30cm, in a limited edition.

Part of the revenues from the One World sales supports the foundations global educational work.

KNOT OK initiative

NVPF and Rightbridge join forces to make e-sport and e-gaming a safer place through KNOT OK.
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The Non-Violence Project

The Non-Violence Project is a non-profit organization created in 1993 with the goal of preventing and reducing violence. The organization is headquartered in Switzerland and is active in many countries around the world. Its symbol, the Knotted Gun, is an international symbol of peace. 
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Our mission

Our mission is to INSPIRE, MOTIVATE and ENGAGE people to solve conflicts without resorting to any form of violence. Through education and awareness, we measure the impact of our programs and we have a specific focus on youth as we believe in the power of young people as changemakers. 
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