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George Mason team highlights love, forgiveness as good governance practice

  • Leadership with Love and Forgiveness Seeking nominations of leaders who incorporate love and forgiveness into governing Image Credit: Flickr/Kevin H

  • Leadership with Love and Forgiveness Seeking nominations of leaders who incorporate love and forgiveness into governing Image Credit: Flickr/ekai

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George Mason team highlights love, forgiveness as good governance practice

Extending the interpersonal power of love and forgiveness to a societal level takes visionary work by governmental leaders, so a George Mason University team is seeking to highlight examples of leaders incorporating those approaches.

The Love and Forgiveness Team at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University is working with Beyond Intractability and the Fetzer Institute to highlight and distill lessons from the work of governmental leaders who build aspects of love and forgiveness into their work.

To identify more leaders deserving of such recognition, the groups are seeking nominations from the public. And to cast the broadest net possible, nominees can include not only governmental officials, but “any entity that has the ability to affect a wide population stemming from either the local, national or international level,” says the program website.

With the program, the GMU team seeks to recognize individuals who are exemplars in promoting love and forgiveness, provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and opportunities and to offer inspiring stories from governing professionals towards the practical application and integration of love and forgiveness into governance programming.

Recent exemplars that have been profiled include: Izzeldin Abuelaish, Immaculée Ilibagiza, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela, and Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye (The Imam and the Pastor).

This is a project of the Fetzer Advisory Council on Governing Professions.

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