Please Rise for 'The World Anthem'

July 7, 2008 - 8:04 PM

(CNSNews.com) - "The World Anthem" - described as a musical composite of the world's 193 national anthems - offers "hope for a more peaceful world," according to the Colorado-based think tank that helped create the song and now is trying to make it a hit.

The MindShare Foundation of Fort Collins says the two-minute-long anthem -- created by a Denver music producer with help from an artificial intelligence computer -- "reflects the combined voice of all nations." It is "based on the common notes and musical tendencies" of all nations' national anthems, according to the group's website.

The anthem has been performed at various events around the world, and MindShare says it will be performed again in connection with a Sept. 11 observance in Hong Kong.

Ed Goodman, MindShare's executive director, called the anthem "a song that can be shared, celebrated and performed by people throughout the world in celebration of the heritage of all nations and peoples and a hope for a brighter future."

The "Mindshare Foundation describes itself as a think tank that supports and promotes socially conscious ideas. It says its goal is to see the widespread use of "The World Anthem."

Working toward that goal, on Sept. 11, MindShare plans to launch a Student Ambassadors program, which is intended to help Colorado public school students gain a better understanding of different cultures.

"We envision students from the world over translating 'The World Anthem' into their own languages, performing it at public events and taking part in an in-depth, web-enabled cultural exchange designed to increase cultural and international understanding," Goodman said.

Goodman said the program will honor the diversity of the world's people while recognizing "the common bonds international cultures share."

In its press release, MindShare quotes one Colorado public school superintendent who says he's glad his school system is taking part in the Student Ambassadors program.

"We are excited to be involved with a worldwide outreach program that promotes and celebrates diverse cultures and nations joining for peace," said Don Unger, superintendent of the Poudre School District in Fort Collins.

MindShare's website touts "the universal language of music," and it expresses MindShare's desire to "give the world a gift" -- "The World Anthem."

"Donate $16 and receive a CD," the website says. "Your tax deductible contribution will help us distribute "The World Anthem" and develop our youth ambassadors of peace global outreach programs."

The website also sells "Wage Peace" T-shirts.