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[1 Nov 2012 | One Comment | ]
TE’A: Theatre, Engagement and Action

Nawal Rajeh interviewed Radha Kramer, founder of The TE’A Project. TE’A stands for “Theatre, Engagement and Action.” Radha is the Director of Insight Initiatives at Intersections International.
What inspired your founding of TE’A?
I had experience using theatre as a tool of social change when I worked with the Star Program in New York, and again when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Vanuatu.  With Star and in the Peace Corps, I used theater to teach HIV prevention and I continued this type of work in other projects after I returned. …

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[30 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
Taking Our Seat at the Leadership Table

Beth Hand
United States

“What enabled me to speak up and to take my seat were the women I turned to for guidance. These weren’t long conversations. No, they were just enough to help me find my courage and recognize my right to speak up—powerfully but with great diplomacy.”
When I was asked to write about what led to my interest and work on organizational and leadership effectiveness, I wondered what story it would be. Would it go back as far as my childhood explorations, like the many times my mother would find …

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[25 Oct 2012 | 26 Comments | ]
What Does It Mean to Be Kashmiri?

Inshah Malik
“We in Kashmir are not Arabs, Iranians, Turks, or Indians. We are Kashmiris, and with the acceptance that we have our own identity and narrative, we can have meaningful exchanges with the world.”
Kashmir: a place that evokes both appreciation for beauty and a horrific fear as South Asia’s most militarized zone, infested with a culture of lawlessness, impunity, and an explicit celebration of militarism. Kashmir is home to a 90% Muslim majority population and is often positioned as ‘concentrated minority,’ as against the ‘dominant majority’ of the Indian mainstream. …

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[22 Oct 2012 | One Comment | ]
Keeping Hope Alive: The Story of Bassam and Rami

Shelley Hermon
London, United Kingdom
“People who managed to outstrip the conditioning of their societies and cultures: something that is close to impossible for us as human beings. That is how I got to Bassam and Rami and how I came to tell this remarkable story.”
It was 12 noon on a hot day in Tel Aviv on the 21st of September and I was on my way to the Cinematheque for the world premier of my film Within The Eye of The Storm. The International Day of Peace was our chosen day …