Reimagine a better tomorrow,
Recreate, act, build,
"Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!"
– Rudyard Kipling - 1865-1936
is one of the most iconic poems of the
Over the years,
the Vicotrian values in Kipling's poetry
have inspired many.
his words for so long well received,
with a bit of a frown.
So we ask:
Is Earth really ours?
or are we Hers?
And what of
the present and future
of our daughters and sisters?
What if the time had come
For us to recreate
For the new century
Reimagine a better tomorrow
Recreate, Act, Build
A collective transmedia project to
reimagine a better tomorrow
recreate, act, build
Imagined in Montreal, Canada
20 years after the genocide in Rwanda.
Ignited in 2020 in Amman, Jordan
during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
20 years after the genocide in Rwanda,
reconciliation still happens one encounter at a time.
Photographs By PIETER HUGO
Text by SUSAN DOMINUS
Jean Pierre KARENZI, perpetrator (above, left):
“My conscience was not quiet, and when I would see her I was very ashamed.
After being trained about unity and reconciliation, I went to her house and asked for forgiveness.
Then I shook her hand.
So far, we are on good terms.”
Viviane NYIRAMANA, survivor (above, right):
“He killed my father and three brothers. He did these killings with other people, but he came alone to me and asked for pardon. He and a group of other offenders who had been in prison helped me build a house with a covered roof. I was afraid of him — now I have granted him pardon, things have become normal, and in my mind I feel clear.”
Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Great Hearts Beat Alike:
Asher Jay, Derek Walcott, Dominique Bel (initiator + curator), Franck Vogel, Geoff Lawton, Jean Kabuta, Khamu Ram Bishnoi, Macadi Nahhas, Magnolia, Martin Silversmith, Mohammed Zakaria, Muna Nimer, Nadia Lawton, Theodore Fairhurst.