Maria Lewytzkyj
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My personal story:
I am a foreign policy journalist now. My column can be found at

I came to this forum to learn more about peace efforts through community-building efforts. I am a student of international negotiations and also believe strongly in a language of empathy and forgiveness to resolve conflicts, but understand that many conflicts are about changing borders, increasing power and diminish the needs of the people in those areas for the sake of the hunger of hard-line leaders. I am the grandchild of immigrants who survived war in order to start a new life in America. I understand the importance of personal attributes and perspectives, but cringe when I feel that cooperation on important issues does not triumph and trump them. The most critical needs are often ignored by policymakers, too afraid at the scale of reform that needs to happen to provide successful outcomes. I live in California and have studied conflicts and the nature of negotiating across cultures and continue to want to reach out to those locked in war zones to understand and share their stories in my writing and in our correspondences.
Why I want peace:
In a climate of peace, where mutual understanding and mutual benefit are more important than might and corruption and power, there is room for so much brilliance, so much innovation and so much spiritual and societal benefit. A chance to build a language of compassion, forgiveness and empathy allows for more friendships and cooperation on any number of struggles that life itself already presents. Peace between people therefore develops an environment in which people can thrive, prosper and enjoy a quality of life that is free of fear, hate, anger and war.
Interests and activities:
I read. I write. I play tennis or go to the gym during the rainy season. I have a garden. I contribute to community projects. I will be building a robot soon. I enjoy good conversations about politics, books, religion, society, civil rights, innovation, and great art or music.
Something you didn't know about me:
I love maps.
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How I found
online google search
What I want to achieve here:
I want to connect to people who see how important fostering dialogue and friendships and inspiration really are to provide hope.
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At 2:45pm on February 12, 2010, Neri Bar-On said…
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At 10:25am on February 11, 2010, Oliver Haack said…
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