Nissim Dahan
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Selling a Vision of Hope

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When it comes to peace, how would you describe yourself?
I am a 'born again' activist
What do you believe are the 'burning issues' today?
So what is it?
Extremism, the Environment, and the Economy...the 3-E's for short
What must we overcome to achieve peace?
With all the good intentions in the world, we still need a game plan. The three greatest threats we face- Extremism, the Environment, and the Economy- could be solved by Selling a Vision of Hope, which would involve 5 pieces, like the five fingers of your hand:

1. Create a new ideological framework, an Ideology of Common Sense, based on common sense principles, by which we speak to one another with common sense and with a sense of personal dignity.

2. Invest in one another to create green technology jobs which will protect the environment, which will grow our economies, and which will help to curb the hold of extremist thinking.

3. Use a new Ideology and some well placed Investment dollars to sell people on a Vision of Hope, a vision of Peace, Prosperity and Freedom. Albert Einstein came up with E=mc2. Thankfully, the formula for world peace is a lot simpler: Ideology plus Investment equals Hope, and with hope, all things are possible, even the impossible dream of peace.

4. Once you sell a Vision of Hope, you sustain the hope with some serious public diplomacy, with programs that are specifically designed to bolster the vision and to carry it forward, such as: a media campaign, a program to empower women, a student exchange, a cultural exchange, an expanded version of the peace corps, and a series on international conferences on religion, the economy, the environment, and on education.

5. If you already have to fight against the forces of extremism, and you do, then fight, and fight hard, but position the fight within a Vision of Hope. Raise the fight on the ground to a higher moral plain by giving the fight a moral clarity of purpose. For example, we are not fighting a "war against terror." We are fighting a war to realize a Vision of Hope. There's a big difference.

If all this seems a bit over the top, it probably is. But considering the alternative, this may well be the time, before time runs out, to dream the impossible, and to make the impossible come true.
Can we change the world?
More about me
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1952. My family goes back more than 200 years there. The parents of my grandmother were one of the first 60 families to found the city of Tel Aviv.
I grew up in the United States since age 7. I recieved a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a law degree from the University of Maryland. For the past 30 years I worked as a builder of custom homes. As part of the family business, I sold, designed, and built some 1200 custom homes in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.
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Nissim Dahan's Blog

Green Industrial Zones: A New Model for the Middle East

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 7:40pm 1 Comment


The following conversation took place between me, myself and I; three people I happen to know quite well:


What is your answer for the Middle East?

I would use Arab and Western capital and knowhow to build a Green Industrial Zone in Rafah, Gaza; where Gaza, Egypt and Israel converge, and where 300,000 Jews, Christians and Muslims would show up to work on a daily basis.

Why Rafah in particular? Isn’t that a…


Gandhi, King and Mandela

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 12:03am 0 Comments

Some of the strongmen of the Middle East are no longer in the picture, but who, and what, will come to replace them?

Yesterday’s parliamentary elections in Egypt is a case in point. Certainly, there was a sense of hope written on the faces of Egyptians who voted, as perhaps a first step in reclaiming their country. But who did they vote for? Undoubtedly, the Muslim Brotherhood will garner a strong position in the new government. But does that necessarily mean an end to democracy even…


You're Also Right

Posted on November 3, 2011 at 5:02pm 0 Comments

My friend, Sagi Melamed, wrote this article. As you read it ask yourself this: How do you promote the cause of peace when both sides to a conflict believe they're right?

You’re Also Right

Sagi Melamed

There is a well-known story about a rabbi who was called upon to settle a dispute between two of his followers. The first man poured out his complaints to the rabbi, and when he finished, the rabbi said, “You’re right.” Then it was the second one’s turn. When he… Continue

Two Hints That Peace May Be Possible

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 12:30am 0 Comments

In this increasingly hostile world of ours, it is only natural to search for even the slightest hint that peace may be possible. As I watched the news last night, two such hints came into sharp focus right before my eyes. The first is Iran’s recent attempt to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. And the second is the imminent, God willing, release by Hamas of Gilad Shalit, a captive Israeli soldier, in exchange for the release of approximately 1000 Palestinian prisoners being held in…


So It's Freedom You Want?

Posted on September 25, 2011 at 11:02pm 0 Comments the world over cry out for “freedom,” but how often do we sit down and think about what it really means to be free?

Over the years, different people the world over embraced different interpretations of “freedom.”

Janice Joplin used to sing of freedom as “…nothing left to lose.” Is that what it means to be free? Or is that the state of mind that is needed to put… Continue

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At 1:42am on June 15, 2010, Eva said…

iPeace is deleted from David Califa the end of June. Here you can find a new home.

You are cordially invited.

Warm regards, Eva
At 8:42pm on April 26, 2009, Driss said…
Hi Nissim
Thanks for your message. YES WE CAN make this dream come through either. It is time for peace now. Please join this community or at least visit my page to have an idea about my vision.
With all my friendship
At 5:33am on January 8, 2009, Hamit GÜRSOY said…
Hello Dear Mr. NISSIM;
From the other side of the world...
Thanks for your friendship;
Greetings from Izmir-TURKEY
At 9:08am on January 6, 2009, myron joshua said…
I saw your reply to Marc Gropin and your website...
A breath of fresh air!
At 5:02am on November 22, 2008, Bassam said…

At 3:15am on October 31, 2008, hussain said…
dear Nissim ..
Peace be upon you and God's mercy and blessings

Welcome friend and brother on the road to love, the path of peace...
Greetings to you..
At 11:34pm on October 2, 2008, Hope said…
Hey good to see you here, please invite your friends to join our network. Help us make this network a voice for PEACE

At 4:53pm on October 2, 2008, Alessandro said…
Hello Nissim,
welcome at iPeace


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