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
What We Discuss
Stephen on growing up in Montreal Canada
Being involved in the family retail business from an early age
Being aware of his seriousness as a child
His uncle’s defining influence
Early conflict in his family business
The defining experience of visiting Israel
Witnessing intragroup conflict
Stephen and his education path
The early experience of conflict in business as globalization set in
Meeting Dr. Amir Kafir
Joining Young President Organization
Building Love Thy Neighbor to live in Montreal to create interfaith unity in 2009 – 19min
Hi three Marriages
Peace Action Network
Building the three-step model for Nonflict
The ways of confronting conflict
The steps to conflict resolution
Creating a Million Peacemakers
How Serendipity has enabled them
Working with the Vatican and The Pope
His Hard Choices
Discovering new ideas
Where in History?
Keeping up with technology
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