1. Ferdinando Buscema, magic experience designer and Fetzer advisor, provides a lively and entertaining review of arts projects and organizations that exemplify love and forgiveness. Inspiring and transformative, projects featured include a teen poetry festival and a palliative care program that offers prescriptive music for the dying.

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  2. Jacques Verduin, founder of Insight Out, shares a film depicting this powerful in-prison rehabilitation program in San Quentin and challenges us to rethink our view of crime as "inarticulate pleas for help" and start dealing with the wounds at the root of violence and suffering.

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  3. Calling upon the healthcare sector and caregivers worldwide, the Fetzer Advisory Council on Health Professions offers this vision of what a healthcare system infused with love, compassion, and forgiveness could be. Using 2 skits and a video, this plenary session models and amplifies their Call to the World for better, more loving, more holistic healthcare sector.

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  4. In this plenary, Thais Corral, Social Entrepreneur from Brazil, invites us to raise up those who are creating a new paradigm of leadership that embraces love and forgiveness. One of those leaders, Angela Atyam, Co-founder of the Concerned Parents Association in Uganda, tells the story of her daughter's abduction by the Lord's Resistance Army and how, along with other parents whose children had been abducted, she responded with forgiveness and reconciliation.

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  5. How do social scientists deal with the concepts of love and forgiveness in each of their disciplines? Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Professor at American University School of International Service in International Peace and Conflict Resolution; Simona Beretta, Professor of International Economics at at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan; Mario Maggioni, Professor of Political Science at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart; Zoila Mendoza, Professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis; and Fatemeh Moghadam, Professor of Economics at Hofstra University all shared how they've struggled to bring love and forgiveness into focus within their fields and find ways to complement anecdotal stories with tools and techniques to better understand and document its impact in societies.

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Global Gathering 2012 - Plenary Sessions

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"Fetzer's work helps bring the transformative power of love and forgiveness into the center of individual and collective lives," said Institute President and CEO Lawrence E. Sullivan. "Our global gathering was the foremost conference yet in bringing…


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"Fetzer's work helps bring the transformative power of love and forgiveness into the center of individual and collective lives," said Institute President and CEO Lawrence E. Sullivan. "Our global gathering was the foremost conference yet in bringing together top scientists and professionals with unique examples of love and forgiveness in order to learn how underlying principles can be taught to others."

Examples included community leaders using forgiveness to heal wounds in war-torn Uganda and grassroots activists “paying it forward” with compassion and service to bridge racial divisions in inner-city Chicago. Experts shared their insights on love and forgiveness at work in a wide range of disciplines, spanning law, business, health care, the world of sports, and more.

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