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The winds of change are blowing fiercely across the sands of the Middle East. Most would agree that it is in every body’s best interest to take the energy on the Arab street, and to point it in a more hopeful and positive direction.

A group of us are working to put a team together, Visionaries for Peace, who will put in place a new model for the Middle East, by inspiring people with a Vision of Hope for the region, and delivering on the promise with jobs: jobs which grow our economies, jobs which protect the environment, and jobs which help to weaken the hold of extremist thinking, wherever such thinking is to be found.

Our goal is to build a Green Industrial Zone in a place like Gaza, where we envision thousands of Jews, Christians and Muslims showing up to work on a daily basis, and using state-of-the-art research and technology to address issues endemic to the region, such as: clean water, food production, healthcare and green energy.

Our Green Industrial Zone will include: 100 companies producing goods which can change the world, a vocational school to teach needed skills, a program to finance female entrepreneurs, a green tech incubator to launch new businesses, affordable housing for our employees, and a community of artists to help inculcate a culture of tolerance.

In short, we want our industrial zone to resonate on as many levels as possible, so as to serve as a beacon of hope for all to see, and for all to follow, all around the world.

If successful, this project will answer the three greatest questions of our time: How do we grow our economies? How do we protect the environment? And how do we weaken the hold of extremist thinking? As such, the project will likely attract worldwide attention and additional investment dollars so as to allow for replication, in a bid to revitalize the entire Middle East with jobs, to bring stability, and to reclaim a sense of Arab dignity and Arab pride. At a time when the whole world is looking for answers, what begins as a single solitary project could well blossom into a movement for change.

We can’t do this alone! We welcome your advice, comments and contacts. If you know of someone we should speak with, someone who can help to make this dream come true, please let us know.

Some may say that this is just naïve or wishful thinking. But considering the alternatives, this may well be the time, before time runs out, to dream the impossible, and to make the impossible come true. Your help could make all the difference in the world.

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