TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Today marked the 2nd annual Texas Peace Summit, an afternoon symposium of inspiration and conversation.
"I was not expecting it to be so intellectually stimulating," Tyler resident Nancy Nichols said. "As well as interesting with hard facts and such a variety of subjects that are so critical for us today."
The 2018 Peace Summit topics included "Listening as peacemaking," "Education with purpose through a personal journey," "Data, facts and the future of journalism," "The latest on climate science: challenges and opportunities," and "How we instill bias in children and what we can do about it."
"This year our theme was informing the future," Peace Summit co-organizer Anna McCrady said. "With a play on words, informing so that we can form the future and so we looked for speakers that could address topics about that theme."
Considering the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida, the theme also sparked ideas on how to end this type of violence. Former Senator Bill Bradley inspired Nichols to create her on play on the words of former first lady Michelle Obama.
"When they go low, we go local," Nichols said. "Let's start it at the grassroots level and work together side by side, person to person, making the world a better place."
McCrady says the difference in stopping shooting and violence in this world starts one decision at a time.
"We can, one on one in our daily interactions make a difference," McCrady said. "Just by the choices we make on how we interact with people."
And if you are looking for a time to start making a difference.
"Right now is all we have," Nichols said.
There will be a similar event to the Texas Peace Summit in September called the Art of Peace. Right now, an exact date has not been set.