“Each side's reality is the perception of their narrative.”
Seeds of Peace (SOP) is a non-profit, non-political entity that inspires and cultivates new generations of leaders in communities divided by conflict. SOP equips them with the skills and relationships they need to accelerate social, economic and political changes essential for peace.
SOP’s leadership development model begins with a camp session in Maine, US, for youth and educators from divided communities. There, free from the pressure and prejudice of their own communities, participants meet each other face-to-face. During dialogue sessions guided by facilitators, participants confront each others competing narratives, share personal experiences of conflict and tackle topics that fuel oppression, hatred and violence in and between their separate communities. As participants form relationships and gain insights into the root issues that divide them, they build trust, respect and empathy, aimed to inspire them to work for change at home. After graduating from the SOP Camp, its alumni is supported to become youth leaders creating change in their own communities.
Maayan Poleg first joined SOP as a participant in 2000, at the age of 14. Since then, she has remained an active member, participating in SOP events in Israel and around the world. In her role as a facilitator at the Camp, Maayan learned how much she loves working with youth in a non-traditional educational approach. She holds a BA in Psycho-Biology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MA in Organisational Development from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. Prior to joining SOP, Maayan worked as an organisational consultant, however as SOP has become an inseparable part of Maayan’s life, she decided to rejoin the as Programs Director, working alongside Mohammed.
Mohammed NasserEddin first participated in SOP in the summer of 2002. Having participated in many regional programs, Mohammed joined SOP as Programs Director. After earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Jordan, he worked for the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan. He returned home to Palestine to work with the Norwegian Refugee Council Jerusalem, an organisation that provides legal assistance for Palestinians. Mohammed is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzilya (IDC) in Diplomacy and Conflict studies. Mohammed is a partner with the Oxfam International Youth Program, and has worked with other Action Partners around the world on expanding online workshops for Palestinians in areas of technology and freedom of movement.
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