Our Values

We hold as non-negotiable the following values and as such, we prioritize collaboration with others demonstrating like-minded commitments:

Magnanimity

Called "the crowning virtue" by Aristotle, magnanimity is perhaps one of the best kept secrets to practicing real mutual respect. From the Latin "magn-", meaning "great," and "anima" meaning soul, magnanimity has been described as "the virtue of being great of mind and heart." It refers to a dignity of soul and mind which raises the possessor above pettiness and revenge, makes him or her delight in acts of mercy, empowers a willingness to face danger for the sake of noble purposes, and disdains injustice, meanness and either blame-shifting or abdicating responsibility.*

Humility

A genuinely humble attitude is fundamental to perceiving reality. Such a state of mind does not come naturally to most of us. Maintaining a humble attitude means remembering that our understanding is incomplete, allowing new questions to be asked and doing all we can to abstain from premature judgment. 

First-Hand Experience

We believe that personal experience is key to our understanding of a society, its culture and its people. Our experiences affect us deeply, shaping our subconscious assumptions, judgments, feelings and perceptions, often having a great impact on our actions and choices.

Perseverance

The above values must be demonstrated consistently over a long period of time for real progress to be made. We are committed to keeping the long-term goals in sight, knowing that discouragements, failures, second thoughts and risks are all part of the package.

Respect and Honor

Real trust and understanding is built upon a foundation of respect and honor. World history demonstrates that actions of disrespect and feelings of mistrust between societies are a common source of conflict. Creating opportunities to forge authentic respect and honor is critical to the work of reconciliation. 

Informed Realism

Magnanimity is wise, not naive. It acknowledges tendencies toward corruption and ignorance in social and political life that produce injustice, imbalances of power, and misinformation. Wisdom, hence, requires researched attention to such realities that is marked by critical reflexivity.