I'm promoting the efforts of smart people toward the end of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. My own effect is very small, but when you get a lot of this going, you got something with traction.
The focus is on people getting real stuff done, not do-gooders who mean well, but aren't effective.
The areas are:
- One Voice a mass movement of moderates, hundreds of thousands of Israelis and Palestinians who are tired of the fighting and want to make a deal. They've gotten real traction.
- Microfinance and other ways to get credit to small and medium sized businesses, so they can hire people. This includes talking to Kiva, maybe some Calvert Foundation stuff, and on a larger scale, the Mideast Investment Initiative.
- Getting bloggers on both sides to talk to each other, and maybe recommend businesses who need loans.
Next week, I should have good news regarding what I call the "Craig Newmark memorial latrine" in Jericho, but to be sure, the folks at American Near East Refugee Aid have done the heavy lifting.
I've been getting encouragement from sources including ordinary people on the ground on both sides, and even people in the US and Israeli governments, all informal.
The Marshall Plan helped turn Germany and Japan, post WWII, from enemies to friends.
This is just a start; more to come.