People will continue to enact the story of war until you provide them with a story of peace. Even in the face of the violence that troubles our world today, it is possible to turn the tide of terrorism and war by behaving in a way that recognizes the values shared by all of humanity, and makes the world fall in love with us. Sharif Abdullah has accomplished this miracle in his work in Sri Lanka, where suicide bombers have been reassigned to other tasks, and serve tea when he goes knocking on their doors. Hear his inspiring stories of peace, and learn about his formula for hope-there is, after all, a realistic alternative to violence.
Sharif Abdullah is director of the Commonway Institute, an organization created to build inclusivity, understanding and civic engagement among diverse groups of people. He dedicates his work to facilitating spiritual and cultural transformation in the U.S. and abroad. His books include Creating a World That Works for All (Berrett-Koehler 1999) and The Power of One: Authentic Leadership in Turbulent Times (New Society 1995).
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How you can find hope in an attainable vision for a nonviolent world
- What is the difference between protesting against war and implementing a story of peace
- How we can create a peace action plan that allows people to stop investing their energy in war
- What is the interfaith Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, based on Gandhian and Buddhist principles of nonviolence and harmlessness
- What is nonviolent approach to terrorism
- How to create “Soft security,” or a circumstance in which no one in the world wants to attack us
Program Number: 2991 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 5/20/2003