The 2007 Common Ground Awards were held at Chelsea Piers in New York City.
The Common Ground Awards are presented annually to honor outstanding accomplishments in conflict resolution, negotiation, community building, and peacebuilding. Recipients have made significant contributions toward bridging divides between people and finding solutions to seemingly intractable problems. We honor groups or individuals who have dealt with conflicts in new ways, who have met crises with creativity, wisdom and courage, and who can inspire and bring hope to others.
Award recipients work internationally or in their local communities. How they deal with the challenges of conflict varies. Yet they all show us our best selves and what can be achieved when we work with, and for, each other.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
New York, NY
General (Ret.) Roméo Dallaire – His experience in trying to stop genocide in Rwanda has led him to become a worldwide advocate for human rights and ending the use of child soldiers.
Charlie Rose – A veteran newsman and host of his own show on US public television, he interviews guests in ways that transcend politics and ideology.
Ishmael Beah – Author of the best-selling book, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, he provides witness to a personal story of redemption and healing.
Combatants for Peace – This is an organization of former Israeli combat soldiers and Palestinian fighters who have joined forces to work for peace in the Middle East through non-violent action.
Little Mosque on the Prairie – This popular Canadian TV sitcom defuses misunderstanding and hate through the use of drama and humor.
Health Care Coverage for the Uninsured – A coalition of strange bedfellows from across the US political spectrum, this group grew out of a two-year-long, consensus process that we sponsored and that resulted in an historic agreement to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance.