“So, David, what are you looking for?” the convener asked. All eyes swiveled to David.

The Cambridge Symposium for Enterprise, Ethics, and Development was winding up. David responded, “We turn insider dreams into deeds, in conflict zones. So if you want to put yourself in harm’s way, we can arrange that. Or if you’d prefer to assist by remote, we can arrange that, too.”

That’s all it took. Across the room, Brian resonated like a vibrating tuning fork. He made a beeline for David.

Over an hour later, David and Brian parted by scheduling a follow-up discussion. Lunch started late morning and continued a solid eight hours through dinner.

Later, Brian recounted, “As newlyweds, my wife and I lived in a Ugandan mud hut helping conflicted communities reconcile. But it had been too long since engaging in hard places; I needed a mentor to set a new pace.”

“When David mentioned hard places, I knew, ‘this is it.’ And my wife knew instantly that ‘something’ had happened as soon as I walked in the door back home.”

That “something” launched Brian’s calling into the fast lane with Dreams InDeed.

Dreams InDeed believes that lights can shine in hard places. That requires local visionaries to practice their values and pursue their God-given dreams. But they cannot do it alone. They need tailored, strong support.

That’s why Dreams InDeed collaborators like Brian jump into the fray.

In Beirut, Brian’s MBA skills crafted a business plan robust enough to thrive in wartime. That social enterprise is employing the mentally challenged, with profits feeding challenged orphans.
In Cairo, his process engineering talent got traction.  He streamlined a local visionary’s program to rescue vulnerable women and runaway girls off the street.

Back in Britain, Brian raised capital for that social enterprise he advised, and recruited a UK umbrella charity to help. He also identified a Northern Ireland peace mediator as a board candidate to guide Dreams InDeed in conflict zones.

Brian facilitating a strategy session.

In Denver and Chicago, Brian assisted the combined Swiss and US boards as they developed strategic plans to passionately pursue our vision together, “a light in every hard place in our generation.”

The US and Swiss boards agreed to expand staff and streamline systems to strengthen more dreamer cases inside the hard places. Just this month, two more mid-career collaborators like Brian agreed to join our team!

Yet despite our best efforts, we know the vision of “a light in every hard place in our generation” still dwarfs Dreams InDeed.

So we also committed to catalyze other networks in their hard place contexts. Four other networks are already in dialogue with us to explore synergies for impact.
As we make these moves, your role as a Dreams InDeed stakeholder is vital. You have enriched the Dreams InDeed constellation of lights.

Contributing. Interceding. Advocating. Volunteering. Advising. Networking.

We invite you now to participate in moving Dreams InDeed to a new level of impact.

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We’ve got some great news to share from the Haskells!  

 However, before we jump into that, allow us to introduce ourselves as the chairs of the US and Swiss boards of directors for Dreams InDeed. 

I am
Rick Williamson, US board chair.  As a clinical psychologist, I specialize in trauma recovery and strengthening individuals and communities against stress impact. I prepare humanitarians and responders worldwide to serve effectively in harm’s way.  Over my fifteen years in this field, I’ve recognized the essential role of those special persons in every community who embrace and build up their most affected neighbors. 

I serve with Dreams InDeed not only because we engage in the world’s hard places, but we also aim to strengthen the “insider” for the truly transformative impact that the world so desperately needs. I am honored to serve along with each of you in support of the Dreams InDeed mission.

And, I am
Joe Campbell, Swiss board chair.  As a mediator in civil and political disputes, I contributed to peaceful resolution of the troubles in my home country of Northern Ireland, leading to the Good Friday Agreement.  I also mediated in Nepal alongside politicians, community activists, and church leaders in the search for a just and lasting peace. In both, I supported Dreamers and have often been a Dreamer myself. 

 

I know what it means to be affirmed and encouraged by outsiders who make it their business to be informed enablers.  That sensitive participation fosters hope amidst despair.  It is my honour to join in the crucial work of Dreams InDeed.  Together with you, I will do all I can to nurture sparks of hope into lights of joy.

Now, here is the news we just received from David and Janice in the Middle East:

 

Dear Rick and Joe, 

 

Thank you for your faithful and effective servant leadership as our US and Swiss board chairs.  We were challenged by the wisdom and faith of both boards setting such ambitious goals this year.  As our fiscal year gets underway now in July, we’re excited that strategic doors of opportunity are swinging open on every aim we agreed together!  

 

Goal: equip exemplary dreamer cases in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and East Africa.  Progress: despite escalating violence, dreamers are persevering with six initiatives among the hardest countries of the worldwide Fragile States Index.  This year, we’ll sustain both Dreams InDeed’s unprecedented regional registration and our continuing Jordan residency to strengthen these dreamers, guided by Janice.

 

Goal: research parable communications to engage closed minds via both word and deed.  Progress: The University of Oxford has approved David for doctoral field research on The Pedagogy of Parable.  To develop this Dreams InDeed training curriculum, David will shuttle between research in Oxford and case work on the ground in the Middle East.

 

Goal: research publishable Middle East cases on the transformation of pluralist conflict.  Progress: an exemplary Lebanese visionary has volunteered his civil society, public service, and business networks for rigorous field research.  Plus two Oxford professors, experts in values education and intercultural dialogue, will supervise the fieldwork.  

 

Goal: engage next-generation prospects to serve dreamers in hard places worldwide.  Progress: Kellogg College, with Oxford’s greatest number and diversity of international graduate students, has granted David membership.  Adjacent to Kellogg, Dreams InDeed has secured an operating base in Oxford for us to host and befriend global candidates.

 

Goal: expand our thought leader networks for aligned advisors and European board members.  Progress: upon review of David’s Pedagogy of Parable research proposal, six professors immediately volunteered their expertise in international development, political science, public policy, economics, leadership science, and character cultivation.

 

 

On behalf of the boards of directors of Dreams InDeed, we thank you again for journeying with us on our mission to strengthen dreamers in hard places so the poor thrive as God intended. We look forward to your continuing participation as we accelerate toward our shared vision: “a light in every hard place in our generation.”