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Love & Forgiveness Project: Call for Submissions
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LFG Project Documenting Exemplars of Love and Forgiveness Worldwide Learning from Exemplars of Love and Forgiveness

LFG Project LogoThis is to introduce two new projects funded by the Fetzer Institute and implemented by Kommon Denominator in collaboration with Seton Hall University: "Love and Forgiveness in Government” and "Forgiving Prisoners." These projects will identify, highlight and feature stories based on the experience of exemplars that practice love and forgiveness in governance.

The Love and Forgiveness in Government project focuses on leaders from the Islamic states. The purpose of the project is to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness by eliciting examples, lessons learned and good practices from the stories of interviewed leaders in a comparative context. By interviewing leaders from different Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) states, the project allows for learning about their practices and insights on love and forgiveness in governance.

The aim of the Forgiving Prisoners project is to examine the connection between imprisonment and prisoners’ perspectives on love and forgiveness. Many prominent leaders in governing professions, from Gandhi to Mandela, from Aung San Suu Kyi to Martin Luther King Jr., have spent portions of their lives in prison as a result of their political activism while struggling for justice and peace for their communities and nations at large. The Forgiving Prisoners project entails research on existing materials about the cases of leaders and peace activists whose prison experiences influenced and transformed their views on love and forgiveness, and later informed their work on peace and reconciliation. The project was conceived on the premise that an individual leader’s capacity to shape government and communities through insights, reflections and inspiration acquired while in prison is extremely important for governance.

In conjunction with these projects, a symposium on love and forgiveness in governance will be organized in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., in 2014.

If you would like to nominate an individual who meets the criteria of a "Forgiving Prisoner," please send an e-mail to:, with your name, contact information, a short profile of your nominee and your reasons for nominating the individual. The nominees can be well known, less-known, still in active service, retired or posthumous. The deadline for submission of nominations is December 30, 2013. For more information about these projects, please contact Dr. Borislava Manojlovic and Ernest Ogbozor via e-mail at

For more information please contact:
Borislava Manojlovic
(973) 275-2515


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