To

Reconcile, heal,

Reimagine a better tomorrow,

Recreate, act, build,

 

&​

Inspire Forward,

Together,

Now.

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"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

 

Rudyard Kipling's poem If

is one of the most iconic poems of the

20th century.

Over the years,

the Vicotrian values in Kipling's poetry

have inspired many.

 

Today,

his words for so long well received,

are met,

at times,

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

Our own

If poems

For the new century

To

Reconcile, heal

Reimagine a better tomorrow

Recreate, Act, Build

&

Inspire Forward

Together

Now.

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A collective transmedia project to

reconcile, heal

reimagine a better tomorrow

recreate, act, build

&

Inspire Forward

together

now.

Imagined in Montreal, Canada

20 years after the genocide in Rwanda.

Ignited in 2020 in Amman, Jordan

during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

by DOMINIQUE BEL

and SHINING EYES ORGANIZATION.  

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Inspired by:

Portraits Of Reconciliation

20 years after the genocide in Rwanda,
reconciliation still happens one encounter at a time.

Photographs By PIETER HUGO 

Text by SUSAN DOMINUS

Portraits Of Recnciliation

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.”

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Inspired by:

If

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!

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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.

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