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Thierry Dufay
Thierry Dufay is the founder of the Arts, Culture and Education Forum / 2011 - present (@ACEForum on Twitter), a forum that aims to unite and connect (global) leaders and organizations in pursuit of wellbeing for all. The goal of the forum is to achieve better outcomes as a holistic team. Core themes of the forum are Arts, Culture and Education.

Lawyer at Dufay Advocatuur / 2010- 2012
Lawyer at Bos & Partners Advocaten / 2008 - 2010

Entries by Thierry Dufay

Cultivation of Religious Racism

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 10:41 AM

"What is constructive are things that foster our global cooperation; what's destructive is what does not," says psychologist Paul Ekman in his book with the Dalai Lama called 'Emotional Awareness'. Creating something is a doing, consciously and unconsciously. What we're doing on a day-to-day basis is shaping our futures. We...

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The Year of the SDG's, Number 17

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 1:22 AM

Action 2015 is a movement made up of thousands of organizations, coalitions and partnerships that reflect the diversity of activists fighting injustice, inequalities, poverty and climate change all over the world.

They have joined forces because important decisions with regard to our global future are going to...

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Democracy 2.0, The Power of Integrated Human Networks

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 10:56 AM

I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act. - Bill Gates

Worldwide there is a gap of trust between politicians and the people they represent. I don't blame politicians. I surely don't blame the people.


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The Struggle Towards Peace

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:07 PM

"In reality there is nothing glamorous, naive or idealistic about peace. Peace is not a dream. It is hard work. It is a path that we must all choose and then persevere in." - Oscar Arias Sánchez, Nobel Laureate in Peace

The art of getting your point across...

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The Future is Now

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 4:28 PM

We're all the next generation. Every human being living right now. Be the children you wish for. One glorious world family with glorious individual members.

In all families there are struggles which have to be worked out to create harmony. It takes effort and commitment. The willingness to reflect...

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Followers Make the Leading Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:12 PM


The leaders you follow and their ideas gain in strength. These leaders literally represent something bigger than themselves, they also represent you. Often at political speeches you will see a lot of people who are standing behind the politician who's speaking. To emphasize...

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A Few Short Rules on Being Creative

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 5:40 PM

I don't know
You need a Socrates kind of attitude in the sense that you allow yourself not to know. There's another word for an attitude of not knowing, it is called wisdom. You cannot learn the things you already know, only the things you do not know....

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The Power to Create Initiative, Join the Party!

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 8:27 AM

We have the potential to do so much better and even create enjoyable lives for everybody. This is a believe I share with many others. But, we should not be blind to things that are happening around us, which at times can be discouraging. All the misery we see can...

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The Law of Love and Compassion

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 7:01 PM

"The truth that for our life one law is valid -- the law of love, which brings the highest happiness to every individual as well as to all mankind." This is what Leo Tolstoy wrote and the contents of this letter eventually ended up in the hands of...

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Challenge the News, Do Not Condemn Them

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 12:14 PM

Kofi Annan in a recent dialogue of The Elders in Oxford pointed out that watching the news sometimes feels like watching a soccer game. You choose your side and push the opposition. Furthermore, Annan says that (political) leaders get caught up in it. He does however emphasize that he's

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Changing the Human Narrative

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 4:25 PM

"We have to stop this narrative. It is an unhealthy and damaging narrative." This is the main takeaway point from a wonderful presentation of Mark Greenberg at the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. Greenberg is talking about the anti-bullying campaign. He rightly asks the question: who's...

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Realizing the Imagined Better by Connecting the Global City

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 10:44 AM

As I am writing my debut book on the constructive society, I am looking for great real-life examples of building up a sustainable livelihood for all. The EU and Africa could have an important role to play in connecting the global village. Directing one's energy to make others stronger. A...

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The Humanizing Element

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 11:22 AM

Sir Ken Robinson said the following on feeling and knowing:

Feeling and knowing are part of the same complex of a whole being. Our feelings are a form of perception. And they are affected by what we think. By our frameworks of ideas. They are affected by how...
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Return of The Artists

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 4:39 PM

TAlk to me

You've gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try

Just think of all those hungry mouths we have to feed

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A Compassionate and Holistic Economy, Where Local Is Global

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 5:47 PM

What if we swap minimum wage with minimum existence? The essence should be a good and beautiful life. For people and for planet.

The Dalai Lama was invited by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to discuss human happiness, economics and the moral core of free enterprise. In the media, the...

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A Great Grand Partnership for Arts and Culture

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 12:38 PM

The last three years I have been following the arts and culture struggle in my own country, the Netherlands, and also in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and a little bit in Australia and Canada. They all, more or less, have the same challenges with regard to...

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It's the Economy Stupid

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:45 AM

If politics in your country has similarities to politics in my country, The Netherlands, the central goal of it all nowadays is to make the economy grow. And if the economy grows all our troubles will be solved. Everyone will benefit. That's the general message.

Is this true?


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Politics on Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 6:39 AM

I think the biggest political change is not going to come out of the political system, but out of the environment in which it operates. We the people.

If enough people mobilize around an idea I believe politicians will follow. Or run the risk of alienating a lot of voters....

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