The majority of the prisoners remaining at Guantanamo Bay are from Yemen, a country with a rich history in alternative forms of justice-making. Restorative justice, a process similar to the reconciliation mechanisms used in Northern Ireland and South Africa, is appealing to many of Guantanamo's detainees. Could it be the key to closing the notorious prison?
From a small community and big family in Belgium, Marie somehow always dreamed of changing the world. Stopping and preventing wars, eradicating diseases like the Leukemia her little sister was fighting, ending abuse…her list was long. Through being an athlete and working as a communicator and partnership builder for social and environmental impact organizations, she has been lucky to travel and study the world, a process that spiced her empathy skills. Years of interacting with people across the globe and social status reinforced Marie’s appreciation for authenticity, humility, and respect. Through her journey, Marie became a woman in transition. While she appreciates being put at times and puts a prime on loyalty, she practices periodic movement and “remise en question.” She finds strength in the strong women figures in her life, as well as in the work of artists and athletes. She finds necessary weakness in being a perfectionist. Her favorite thing to do is making beings happy. Her favorite saying: Life is extraordinary, even when it rains…give.
Along her way, Marie writes occasional pieces for The Mantle. She is convinced, and particularly interested in the power of authenticity and truth, and creativity and performance, in helping change the world for the better.
In this stylized piece, Marie Mainil shares a series of sketches of her recent experiences in Brazil. Drawing on the philosophy of Jean-Paul Lederach, Marie places his moral teachings in the context of a place where imagination meets the real world. We see how in museums, schools, and favelas, Brazilians are finding creative ways to overcome harsh realities.
In November of last year, NATO held its strategic summit in Lisbon, Portugal. Marie Mainil joined young leaders from around the world at a parallel venture. At The Young Atlanticists Summit, the next generation of leadership tackled the same issues as their NATO counterparts, and was able to query world leaders like Ban Ki-moon and General David Petraeus. Here is Marie's sketch of the events.
At a youth summit that paralleled the recent NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal, Marie Mainil interviewed fellow attendee Victor Ochen. Drawing on life experiences (he spent 20 of his 28 years living in war-torn Uganda), Ochen brought ideas for peace, security, reconciliation, and progress to NATO leaders. The interview is an inspiration for the next generation of global leadership. Video.
Americans can be very generous under the right conditions. After the Haitian earthquake this year, total donations to help rebuild the devastated island amounted to more than $2 billion. Indeed, Americans are fine if a significant portion of their federal budget goes to foreign aid. Actual lending amounts, however, don't measure up to the public's expectations. Marie Mainil and Jeremy Worthington investigate American giving abroad.
On November 23, Marie Mainil sat with veteran diplomat Søren Jessen-Petersen in Washington, DC, to gain his insights as to what the next generation of diplomats can learn from diplomacy today, and what they can bring to the table tomorrow. In this exclusive interview, Jessen-Petersen speaks of the need for honesty, integrity and respect in the diplomatic craft, the definition of "success," and the need to ensure that diplomacy serves human security. Video.