The conversation addresses The Answers Are There and highlights the importance of making time for learning and reflection. It explores the story of a community-led process, begun after the civil war in Sierra Leone, to reconcile and work together to lead change at the local level. We see that when the health of a community is restored, all kinds of resources can be activated.
In their blog, Change This, Porchlight Books highlights the potential for positive change The Answers Are There sparks, amplifying the idea of “Peace from the Inside Out.” In their beautifully designed excerpt, Libby outlines the path to this inside-out peace that begins with identifying what makes a whole and healthy system and choosing to live into that reality now.
For Young Upstarts, an online resource for startup entrepreneurs and change-seekers, Libby writes about applying a soul-centered approach to leadership and the transformational power of being intentional not just about what she does, but also, how she goes about it.
Leadership often requires that we focus on enhancing others’ work and results. But, this can hamper a leader’s ability to support others over the long haul, and may create burnout. In a guest post for Leadership Freak with Dan Rockwell, Libby describes how she uses a Wisdom Circle, a community of support, to refresh and renew her vision, discernment, and energy for her work.
Libby guest posts for When Women Inspire, reflecting on her experience as a founder of Catalyst for Peace. The work began 15 years ago when Libby discovered that achieving lasting, significant change required being intentional with what she was doing and how she was doing it.
The best leaders are those who make more leaders. In this piece for Smart Brief on Leadership, Libby highlights four specific ways to cultivate invitational leadership for individuals and organizations.
In an interview with Authority Magazine for their “Social Impact Author Series”, Libby discusses her inspirations and evolutions of her peacebuilding work, and her newly released book, The Answers Are There.
Catalyst for Peace and Fambul Tok have paved the way for The Wan Fambul National Framework, exemplifying a new paradigm in international peace and development. See AYV News in Sierra Leone cover the framework and the recent conference on next steps for its national implementation.
Libby joins the Making Peace Visible podcast with Jamil Simon. While filming ritual reconciliation processes in Sierra Leone, peacebuilder and philanthropist Libby Hoffman learned that justice for Sierra Leonians isn’t about punishing or ousting a perpetrator. Rather, justice comes through making the community whole again.
ON Point Guest host David Peck and Libby Hoffman discuss the life changing experience that motivated her to write The Answers Are There, and what the rest of the world could learn from her experience to help preserve and save cultures.
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The founder and president of Catalyst for Peace and author of the award-winning book, The Answers Are There: Building Peace from the Inside Out, Libby Hoffman creates space for those most impacted by violence and war to lead in building the peace and restoring social wholeness. For more than 15 years, she has focused her work in Sierra Leone, as co-founder, funder and ongoing program partner of Fambul Tok (Family Talk), a post-war reconciliation program rooted in local culture and tradition. After the 2014 Ebola epidemic, she helped adapt the Fambul Tok approach into a national policy framework for people- and community-led planning and development, modeling transformative partnerships between international donors, national governments, and civil society.Read More
Libby produced the award-winning documentary film Fambul Tok and co-authored a companion book of the same name. A former political science professor at Principia College, she has degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Williams College. The mother of three grown children, she divides her time between southern Maine and Washington, DC.
People are yearning to trust, to lean into, and to learn from their own embodied knowledge and experience, their own wisdom.
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