Submitted by Glenn Aufderhar, Lopez Island.
Twenty-seven years after the worst rampage of neighbors butchering neighbors which nearly wiped the nation off the map, Rwanda is a thriving example of recovery, security, peace and accountability.
Can its example help cities like Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. find a way forward to equity and tranquility? That is a question of intense research by an educational nonprofit organization called, “World Outside My Shoes,” founded by Carl Wilkens.
Wilkens will share his “Hope-Based Process for Addressing Division” on Lopez and in Friday Harbor on Friday, Oct. 8. The workshop is free to the public but registration is requested. Registration will enable logging onto the internet version.
Wilkens is uniquely positioned to lead such a study. He is the only U. S. Aide worker to remain in Rwanda during the entire genocide and has continued to research the influences transforming it into one of Africa’s most progressive and rapidly growing countries.
Wilkens worked through the worst of days to get water, food and medicine to the orphans left when parents had been brutally hacked down by neighbors. Risking encounters with roving bands and roadblocks he went into conditions UN forces would not go just to save one more life.
His workshop focuses on how to address division in a way that heals the divide.
Because of the bonds formed during the turmoil, Wilkens enjoys an insider’s view of this unfolding success story. With access to the entire spectrum of Rwandan life ranging from top government officials to the grateful survivors who are alive and productive today because he risked his life, he is able to take study groups to Rwanda to document the transformation.
From that research Wilkens has developed a working model that can be used by an individual, a family, a community, or a corporation to rebuild trust, increase understanding and empathy, and minimize the risk of future tragedies.
COVID protocols will be in place. Reserve a seat at www.AttendSeminar.Live/Trust.