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Dick Simon
Dick Simon is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Peace Action Network (PAN) of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a network of over 21,000 CEOs in 135 countries. PAN provides a platform for global business leaders committed to making a difference in areas of conflict and need. By convening top business leaders, senior policy makers, religious figures and experts, PAN gets people past media and other filters in order to understand “the other side’s” perspective and make sustainable impact. Simon speaks to groups around the world about philanthropy, conflict resolution and how business leaders can make a difference. His photographs can be seen at and He can be contacted at

Entries by Dick Simon

The Biggest Myths About Doing Business with Iran

(17) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 5:19 PM

I've led three delegations of top international CEOs to Iran over the past three years. The first, in 2013, was during Ahmadinejad's presidency and later, in 2014 and 2015, under Rouhani.

We met with Iranian business leaders, young entrepreneurs, religious leaders, students, artists and people we would...

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Scotland on the Eve of Referendum

(3) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:16 PM

During 10 days of walking the 96-mile West Highland Way in Scotland, we were inundated by a cacophony of signs from both sides of Scotland's September 18 independence/devolution referendum. Over the last few weeks, polls show the outcome swinging like a pendulum.

The Yes side seems to be winning...

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The Most Dangerous Four-Letter Word

(5) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 5:07 PM


On seeing this image at a photo exhibition of my work from Syria, several attendees chastised me for 'spending time with terrorists'.

The man in the picture, Abdulsalam, is a Bedouin entrepreneur who welcomed my family into his home. His name actually...

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Stories from the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

(3) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 5:19 PM

Fifty years ago this week a man stood among the masses in our nation's capital to share his dream with the world, a dream of freedom and equality for all. His timeless message was calling upon each of us to reexamine our daily treatment of each other. In 1963 Martin...

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Walking the Abraham Path to Christian, Jewish and Muslim Understanding

(145) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 9:16 AM

On a bright afternoon in March, I climbed a dusty path in the northern highlands of Jordan, passing olive groves, pine forests and grazing goats along the way. I arrived at a tent where Imam Sheikh Zuhare welcomed me warmly and invited me to take a seat with him on...

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