The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation was established in 1962 after Dag’s death in an
attempt to “…further promote peace and development in the world.” In the
simplest of terms, the DHF is a small, idea-based foundation that holds seminars
and lectures, and produces publications. This increasingly takes place within
the context of global governance, human security, development, democracy, and
While all the preceding facts about the DHF are true, they simply do not do
justice to how special the organization is. The people who work there are warm,
laughter-loving, and highly-intellectual. They conduct constructive dialogue
with fierce conviction, true open-mindedness, and deep purpose. The DHF stands
steadfast in active commitment to continue the legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld,
ensuring that all of its actions are rooted in the most precious value: love and
respect for human life.
The work I completed with the Foundation and the conversations I participated
in,afforded me a truly extraordinary experience that enriched my life deeply -
both professionally and personally. I can briefly summarize two particularly
important “take-aways.” The first is an understanding of how imperative ‘true’
dialogue is, which the DHF has demonstrated is the capacity to share one’s ideas
and convictions while exercising a genuine willingness to listen to another’s.
The second is more of a confirmation of something I had already come to believe:
that the values of love and ‘otherness’ must always remain the motives in a life
of public service. Anything less is a compromise.
The DHF left an indelible impact on me, helping me to become a better
‘thinker,’ garner more courage to share and voice my opinions, and remember that
reflecting on my personal motives is very important. In sum, the experience has
been a blessing in shaping my trajectory as a future public servant.
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