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The World’s Largest Peace-Building Organization, Search for Common Ground, Initiates A New Campaign Promising Healing And Hope For America

Shamil Idriss, CEO of Search for Common Ground, shares lessons from around the world that can help us find unity – despite profound differences – to move forward together. 

2020 has been a very tough year with a worldwide pandemic and divisive U.S. presidential election leaving many of us wondering, “can’t we all just get along?”  With the election behind us, America needs healing and nations like ours around the world long to find hope again. A new campaign aims to provide both at a time when we need it most.

My Peace, Our Future, from the world’s largest peace-building organization, Search for Common Ground (SFCG), promises inspiration, hope, action and healing — to help make 2021 the year where more people learn to live with their differences — without violent conflict — and move forward together.

Beginning this November 2020 and ending in February 2021, My Peace, Our Future brings together young people from across the world to share their personal visions of peace and what they dream of doing in a more just and equitable world, free from violent conflict. The campaign will highlight some of Search for Common Ground’s more than five decades of work in parts of the world. It will also share the pioneering work the organization is doing in the United States to educate the next generation of leaders to find common ground and unity — even if they profoundly disagree.

From must-attend virtual events, online actions, awards, and interactive events there’s something for everyone in the campaign. And there’s an important message that people can send leaders across the world — work harder to transform and reduce the risk of violent conflict. The peace and stability you build will help give everyone a better chance to thrive.

On November 17th: Shamil Idriss, CEO of Search for Common Ground, discusses the campaign’s conflict-transforming and peace-building work that’s helping people transform violent conflict into peace and stability, so everyone can thrive.

AboutShamil Idriss is CEO of Search for Common Ground, an international non-profit organization operating in 36 countries whose mission is “to transform the way the world deals with conflict away from adversarial approaches toward cooperative solutions.” Shamil Idriss became President and CEO in September 2014. Prior to taking on his role with SFCG, Shamil was the CEO for Soliya, and served as Executive Director of the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund, which merged with Soliya in 2009. In 2005, he was appointed by then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Deputy Director of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. He served on the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and of the ASMA Society’s Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow.

THIS INTERVIEW IS PROVIDED BY: Non-Profit Search for Common Ground