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Tony Blair Launches Search For Thirty Young Ambassadors For The Millenium Development Goals

Tony Blair today launched an international search for thirty outstanding young people to serve as inter-religious ambassadors for the Millennium Development Goals. In Spring 2009 these young activists aged 18 - 25 will be selected to be the first Faiths Act Fellows.

The Faiths Act Fellowship brings together thirty young leaders drawn from the different faiths from the US, UK and Canada to embark on a 10 month journey of interfaith service.

Tony Blair said: "As changemakers for current and future generations, young people have the opportunity to establish a new vision of inter-religious interaction that places protecting the welfare of the world's poorest at its centre."

Enrichment.com Enthusiastically Supports The Tony Blair Faith Foundation

One of the cornerstones of the mission of Enrichment.com is to encourage dialogue between the great religions and cultures of the world. In 1990, when the vision of this site was first put on paper, what came through was that as the world undergoes globalization through technology, and as peoples and ideas would of necessity converge through the instruments of communication heightened by technology, that it would be vital for true mutual understanding and empathy to be fostered between peoples of different faiths and cultures.

Microfinance: Boon or bane?

Editor's note: In July 2007, I arranged an online debate on FT.com (Financial Times) between microfinance expert Eric Thurman, co-author of A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and the Business Solution for Ending Poverty, and Professor Aneel Karnani of the University of Michigan. This was a lively polemic between two humanitarians with opposing views on the efficacy of microcredit (or microfinance as it is also known) - and the best ways to reduce poverty in the developing world. It was important enough to earn another posting here on Enrichment.com.

Paving the path to dialogue

By Judea Pearl | The Jewish Journal

First came an "Open Letter From Muslims to Jews," signed by dozens of leading Muslim scholars and intellectuals in the West, calling for "Peace, Dialogue and Understanding Between Muslims and Jews."

Carving the Path for Muslim-Jewish Dialogue

by Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl | Common Ground News

Washington DC / Los Angeles - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent declaration that Israel should be "wiped off the map"-- far from being an isolated case -- underscores the reality that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be viewed in the context of global tension between Muslims and Jews, tension that is exacerbated by hostilities in the region and that simultaneously helps fuel those hostilities by inflaming fear and mistrust between the two sides.

Seeds of Peace

Founded in 1993 by journalist John Wallach, Seeds of Peace is dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence.

Over the last decade, Seeds of Peace has intensified its impact, dramatically increasing the number of participants, represented nations and programs.

Listening — The Common Ground Amid Conflict

By Janet I. Tu | THE SEATTLE TIMES

Leah Green, founder and director of The Compassionate Listening Project, grew up listening to stories from her grandparents, who fled persecution in Europe.

The Israelis and Palestinians sat in a circle in a rundown room outside Bethlehem.

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