Justin Sirois has started a new initiative called The Understanding Campaign, an organization that “wants everyone in the world to read just one word of Arabic. Through true understanding we can break down stereotypes and taboos – our mission is to begin with a single word. By joining the campaign you are saying you support empathy and understanding over conflict.”
And here is some whimsical genius about the initiative from Luca DiPierro:
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