Boy using an electric grinder on a post with sparks flying

If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.Proverbs: 21:13

Haskell to Present at the Rising Global Peace Forum in Coventry, UK

David Haskell of Dreams InDeed will present “Community Cohesion in Hard Places” at the Rising Global Peace Forum 2016 on November 15-16. David will feature the impact of Joy of Giving, a visionary volunteer youth movement transcending sectarian conflict in Lebanon.

The role of a shared dream and aligned values on display by Joy of Giving were explored by David Haskell in his Stanford Social Innovation Review article, “Beyond Car Bombs: Keys for Transformative Impact.” < https://ssir.org/articles/entry/beyond_car_bombs_keys_for_transformative_impact >

Inspired and supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Rising Peace Forum 2016 will explore interventions in global migration, international conflict, community cohesion, countering violent extremism, and the impact of conflict on children.

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Reconciliation, by Josefina de Vasconcellos, in St. Michael’s Cathedral, Coventry.

Coventry was chosen to host the Rising Global Peace Forum because, as the UK’s City of Peace and Reconciliation, it uniquely demonstrates both the catastrophic consequences of conflict and the transformative power of peace.

On 14 November 1940, much of the city of Coventry was destroyed in an air blitz. Of the beautiful medieval Coventry Cathedral, only a shell was left standing. But Coventry responded with love and hope. Six weeks later, on Christmas Day, the Cathedral’s Provost Howard took to the wireless to call for reconciliation – a brave and prophetic stance in a dangerous world.

Dreams InDeed also believes that love and hope can bring transformative change in hard places – those characterized by sectarian violence, human rights abuses, compromised rule of law, and chronic poverty.

The work of insider visionaries accompanied by Dreams InDeed in hard places is proof of that. These visionaries are demonstrating that a light in every hard place in our generation is possible in a dangerous world.

Seeking peace and pursuing it,
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Vice President of Program Development
Dreams InDeed

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