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gt sabbatical: Magic, Mystery and the Wisdom of Not Knowing

Wednesday, 27th March 2013
Simon Cohen
Simon Cohen

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As global tolerance starts it’s one year sabbatical, I am filled with a sense of excitement, anticipation and wonder.

Out of your comfort zone is where the magic happens

What does the year ahead hold? I simply don’t know. But there is wisdom in not knowing. Sometimes the most powerful and honest thing we can say is ‘I don’t know.’

I’m not sure my role is to know everything, but instead to revel in the wisdom of not knowing. This is where the magic happens.

The sabbatical year will be a year of magic and wonder. For me, I will be a father for the first time. The miracle that is happening inside my wife’s womb right now, the daily inspiration of being dad, the constant communication from a human without words - all of these things I cannot truly fathom. A year without global tolerance, a year without my team, a year without daily Skype meetings and dancing emoticons - all of these things are unknown to me.

I just don’t know.

But I do know that when I consciously create the space for the important things in life - magic happens. The 60 seconds Sound of Silence we share as a team every day is the most profound and powerful part of my daily routine. After all, music's beauty flows not just from the notes, but from the pregnant pauses between each one.

As we move into this space of not knowing, before returning for our 10 year anniversary, I would like to share this wish: for all of you, for the global tolerance team, and for myself:

May you consciously create the space for magic to happen in your life. May you liberate yourself from what you think you know, and revel in the wisdom of not knowing. May you stop, even for a moment, and listen to the Sound of Silence.

What does the year ahead hold? I don’t know. And that’s pretty cool.

What would you do with a year off?

Thursday, 14th February 2013
Cathrin Lemoine
Cathrin Lemoine

Account Director at global tolerance

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What's the best gift you've ever been given? What's that one place you think of that would always make you laugh? What do you want to be when you grow up?

These and other questions give us at global tolerance pause for thought every day. For 60 seconds, in silence. There’d be reflection. There’d be ideas sparked. Surfaces surfed. Memories evoked. Steps out of the comfort zone dared.

Cathrin Lemoine

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What's the fuss with being mixed race?

Friday, 21st December 2012
Alex Lyons
Alex Lyons

Account Executive at global tolerance

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Last week’s UK Census results made for some dubious headlines. While some opined that ‘Fewer than half of people living in London are white’, a friend of mine was encouraging me to share my experiences of being one of the 1.2 million people self-identifying as mixed-race in the UK.

I had to ponder - what is that experience? What does growing up the child of a mixed race couple in North London say about my identity?

Barack Obama: America’s first Mixed Race president... Image copyright: http://www.manifesthope.com

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War on Twitter

Thursday, 29th November 2012
Cathrin Lemoine
Cathrin Lemoine

Account Director at global tolerance

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The role of social media in the Arab Spring raised questions on law & (dis)order in the digital public sphere. Many applauded the empowerment of citizens in communicating the revolutions; few warned of the risks attached to it. Now that the Middle East conflict takes center (online) stage, the opposite holds true. The revolution will be tweeted - but will war?

In 2007, during the Face 2 Face project, JR and Marco organize the largest illegal photography exhibition ever. For this project, portraits of Israelis and Palestinians are pasted face to face, in monumental formats on both sides of the wall and in severa

While in the UK, Lord McAlpine’s lawyers target twittizens for sharing wrongful allegations of child abuse, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas run real-time twitter commentary on military engagement in the Middle East and engage with sympathisers on Facebook through liking, sharing, even donating statuses to a ‘casualty’ tally. Both news stories, to me, raise an important point: With more voices heard through digital technology, who do we listen to, who is right or wrong and who says... More +

Lassos of Truth

Thursday, 22nd November 2012
Alex Lyons
Alex Lyons

Account Executive at global tolerance

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My favourite super-hero was always Wonder Woman.

Not Superman or Spider-Man, but Wonder Woman - an Amazon with a mission to teach peace through compassion. One of the tools in her mission is her Lasso of Truth – a rope she uses to compel the bad guys to tell the truth.

Better than a polygraph? The Lasso of Truth is more than just a lie-detector...

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Malcolm X rated media

Thursday, 15th November 2012
Simon Cohen
Simon Cohen

Founder and Managing Director of global tolerance

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Malcolm X once said

‘The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.’

Malcolm X

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