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I am a practically oriented, focused person who works on making change in my own sphere of influence. My experience with the dialogue broadened my view considerably and, while I was initially skeptical about ‘peace and love, harmony and compassion’ as the central theme, the dialogue opened my mind. I was impressed and inspired by the sincerity of both business and social sector leaders in their desire to work for deep and meaningful social and environmental change.”
— Mike Houck, Executive Director, Urban Greenspaces Institute, Portland, Oregon

If you believe that our future lies in the hands of today’s young people then you have to check out this web site: Anita Roper of Alcoa, who was partnered with David Farthing of YouCan did more than check out the site. She and Dave have continued the dialogue they began at Connecting for Change. Through their conversations they have come to realize that there are skills that both organizations have that can assist the other with their challenges. Stay tuned to learn more about how these two seemingly unconnected organizations will connect to bring about change!

The key concepts that define the goals of the Dalai Lama Center are: one, the promotion of human values; and two, the promotion of a sense of oneness within humanity. These two ideas serve to promote peace among different communities within one nation, within one world. And they will be particularly useful in shaping the long-term goals of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education in Vancouver, Canada."

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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In between the breaks and around the dinner tables at Connecting for Change, an idea was seeded that has grown into a full-scale national initiative. Shauna Sylvester, with the support of The Simons Foundation and the advice of over a dozen Connecting for Change participants, has designed a three-year non-partisan citizen's dialogue on Canada's foreign policy. The aim of the initiative is to engage Canadians in creating a new narrative for Canadian foreign policy - one that will secure Canada's position as a global leader in fostering the conditions for long-term peace.