NONFLICT – The Path to Peace
This week, in light of the recent and extreme escalation in violence in Israel and Gaza, and the resultant rage and outrage that’s consuming our news and social feeds I’m publishing this episode with some trepidation but in the hope that it will instill some sense of belief that peace is possible.
I am republishing an interview with Stephen Hecht, Founder and CEO of A Million Peacemakers. Their principle of Nonflict provides inspiring examples of how to foster reconciliation, mutual understanding and peace, even in entrenched conflicts where the path to peace may seem hopelessly complex.
Stephen Hecht co-founder of Million Peacemakers provides inspiration to anyone that doubts their ability to change the world for the better, at scale. Stephen is proof that good intentions, a little creativity, underpinned by clear goals can result in monumental impact, at any age.
Million Peacemakers is a non-profit organization that empowers people to transform conflict into what they call Nonflict. Stephens’s inspiration came from his multi-faith work and his own transformation in focussing on the commonality in people over the differences.
Over 225,000 people around the world trained in the first 5 years with a focus on youth, families, and businesses, Stephen is changing the world one peacemaker training session at a time.
Stephen has led Nonflict way workshops in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, the USA including Puerto Rico, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Bulgaria, England, Germany, Spain, and Canada.
He was also a speaker at the Vatican in March 2019 for an international conference on Religions and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and was invited back 3 weeks later to speak about creating a culture of peace in the world.
I hope you enjoy this episode of empathy, compassion and conflict resolution with Stephen Hecht
03:40 Stephen on his upbringing
04:45His uncle’s defining influence
05:30 Being aware of his curiosity as a child
06:10 The defining experience of visiting Israel
06:50 Witnessing his first intra-group conflict
07:30 Stephen and his education path
08:00 The early experience of conflict in business
09:20 Joining Young President Organization
10:15 Building interfaith unity
13:45 Building the three-step model for Nonflict
15:38 The Nonflict steps to conflict resolution
32:10 Creating a Million Peacemakers testing Nonflict in Palestine
33:20 How Serendipity has enabled him
34:25 Working with the Vatican and The Pope
46:10 His principles
46:10His Hard Choices
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