Minds of Peace: Can "Average" People Do What Politicians Cannot?

My only disappointment from MACUL is that I didn't get to meet someone I admire very much, Dr. Jeff Stanzler, from the University of Michigan.  I just received an email from him about a very special event that relates to the wonderful Arab-Israeli Conflict Simulation that my student and I just love!

“I wanted to let you know of an event that the ICS group is co-sponsoring on campus that may be of interest to you. The attached flyer describes the “Minds of Peace” project, a collaborative venture of an Israeli (Sapir Handelman) and a Palestinian (Mazen Badra). The idea animating their project is that it may be too dangerous for Israelis and Palestinians to wait for political leaders to solve the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and that the effort may need to start from the ground up. To that end, over the last several months, they've convened several negotiations (in Israel, the West Bank, and the US) wherein five ordinary Israelis (or Israeli-Americans) sit across the negotiating table from five ordinary Palestinians/

Palestinian-Americans and, over the course of an intense two day negotiation, try to work towards peace by way of (hopefully) understanding a bit more about one another. 

I mention all of this because the next negotiation will take place in Ann Arbor this Thursday and Friday. With an eye towards the AIC participants, we will also be streaming the negotiations live, and I want to cordially invite you and your students to tune in and even to participate. 
On the attached flyer you'll see the times for the five negotiating sessions that will take place on Thursday and Friday. I hope on Monday to be able to send you the URL for the webcast AND the e-mail address to which your students can send questions for the participants and/or the hosts. After each of the five sessions, the audience (whether onsite or online) gets a chance to ask questions, and you and your students are welcome to participate. 
More soon…Jeff
Minds of Peace website: http://www.mindsofpeace.org/
 This is the flyer.
 Applause to my dear friend and to those who are even considering “flattening” the peace situation in the Middle East.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Meita Cute March 23, 2010 - 4:14 pm

Maybe not, but i dont know… its difficult to create peace..

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