Genuine human contact

"where the ruined house once stood"

27 September 2015


"Could we not allow ourselves the opportunity here and now

to be together, to think together, in a way that goes

beyond the pain and fog that we traditionally carry around

leading people past that natural defenses into

genuine contact with one another?"

            ~ William Isaacs

                in Dialogue: The Art of Thinking Together (2008)

"From the place where we are right

Flowers will never grow

In the spring.

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The place where we are right

Is hard and trampled

Like a yard.

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But doubts and loves

Dig up the world

Like a mole, a plow.

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And a whisper will be heard in the place

Where the ruined house once stood."

            ~ Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000)

"Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there is a field.

I'll meet you there."

            ~ Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)

In fields and rooms around Earth are increasing examples of citizen-driven civil engagement to include, dignify, humanize, and heal one another.
Create genuine contact and community.
"Where the ruined house once stood."

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In Asia
In Myanmar, Hla Myo Naing -- -- from the Kadu Ka Nan tribe has come a courageous, creative teacher (edu-learner) who helps diverse youth and others become closer by learning English while sharing their personal stories.
Naing realizes that "an enemy is one whose story we have not heard."

He has studied global resources and created a course of study, P.E.A.C.E: Practising English And Civil Engagement --
SEE MORE about his 2010 beginnings:


Dialogue arrives in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

Using Instructional DVDs from Jewish-Palestinian Living Room

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In Jerusalem
Kids4Peace Jerusalem -- -- is a community of youth and their families who gather year-long with joy, power, and commitment.
The Muslims, Christians, and Jews are growing from strength to strength, envisioning a movement of thousands, walking a different path while communicating in Twitter at #togetherpeaceispossible

A young camper reflected: "When I first joined Kids4Peace, I made a lot of friends, tried some new things, and had a ton of fun.
"I learned a lot about my own religion and also about others.
"But the more we are together, the more serious our work becomes.
"Now I'm starting to see the bigger picture, that together we stand for something big."

Kids4Peace community circles are facilitated by volunteers from sister relationship-building communities like:

1.  The Jerusalem Youth Chorus -- AND
2.  Tiyul Rihla Trip -- AND
3.  Building Bridges -- AND
4.  HEARTBEAT: Amplifying Youth Voices -- AND


Kids4Peace Jerusalem Photos

Kids4Peace Jerusalem -- The Bigger Picture

3-min video -- Sept 2015

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In Rwanda
September 21, 2015, was the International Peace Day to empower a new generation of peacebuilders.
The Peace One Day Youth Celebration -- -- in Kigali, Rwanda, gathered thousands of young people from the Great Lakes region of Africa alongside others in Rwandan civil society and government. 

This celebration informed young people from Rwanda, greater Africa, and beyond to become the citizen-driven force behind the vision of a united and sustainable world, using Peace Day as a catalyst for individual and collective action.
SEE and HEAR the inspiring Peace Day Anthem -- "One" --

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In North America
Dedicated university students from China and North America gathered at Bryn Athyn College during August 2015 intending to help end extreme global hunger and poverty by 2030.
They often gathered in Learning Circles to help acknowledge and dignify the diverse participants, while gathering their collective life experiencesintelligence and wisdomfor building an enlivened community and succeeding together.

LEARN MORE about these dedicated students, alumni, and supporters of FeelGood -- and
Their dialogue skill workshop is illustrated at:


The Power of Story Sharing to Create Community

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