This May, I had the joy of taking part in the first International Conference on Faith and Reconciliation in Peja, Kosovo. Little did I realize that in this corner of the Balkans, social media would have such an impact.
Posting on Facebook about an upcoming dinner at the conference, I quickly received a reply from a friend in Washington, D.C. telling me that her father would be present. About an hour after that, her father came and sat down with me at a table full of diplomats from around the globe. It was a wonderful evening of dialogue. The prevalence of social media made personal connections possible that I never could have dreamt of making a decade ago.
An open question remains what this new sense of global connection means for coexistence.
The Coexist Foundation just launched a new initiative that capitalizes on technology and globalization to help people around the world coexist. Though sophisticated, it’s also quite simple. It’s all about people working together. It’s called the Coexist Campaign.
Think of it this way. You can buy Coexist Coffee from your iPad in Chicago, knowing that the coffee beans were grown sustainably in Uganda in a coop that brings together Jews, Muslims, and Christians. All of the profits from the coffee go right back to help that same community build schools so that Jewish, Muslim, and Christian children can learn together. You drink coffee and a diverse community builds a better future.