“Read this and learn how to have the world we want.”
—LYNNE TWIST, AUTHOR, THE SOUL OF MONEY
“Libby Hoffman has poured out her huge and beautiful heart into the stunning and riveting pages of this book.”
—LYNNE TWIST, AUTHOR, THE SOUL OF MONEY
ABOUT THE BOOK
A New Architecture For Peace
Our world desperately needs new ways to support community transformation. In The Answers Are There, Libby Hoffman shows us what is possible when outside aid animates, rather than obstructs, local leadership and recognizes and honors community wisdom, priorities, and resources.
This book shares stories of individual and communal transformation in Sierra Leone, where the culture of community was nearly destroyed by civil war. But the unique approach of Fambul Tok (“family talk”)—anchoring reconciliation in indigenous traditions of communal truth-telling, apology, and forgiveness—restored that culture and unleashed a powerful resource for national healing. Fambul Tok’s core conviction—that ordinary people have the creativity, capacity, and determination to transform their communities according to their own needs and desires—changed a country, and with it, international peace and development.
Hoffman shares her learning journey as a peacebuilder and as Fambul Tok’s co-founder, funder, and program partner. Her diligent, compassionate reflection on tending to community, to systemic failures, and to her own heart invites us into “building peace from the inside out.” The Answers Are There masterfully blends lived experience, thought leadership, and actionable techniques, inspiring and equipping us to grow whole, healthy systems in the world.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
The Answers Are There is a much-needed book in today’s world, where we seek a greater dignity of purpose and practice, the deepening of more respectful relationships, and creativity in the pursuit of peace and development. This book offers a rare gift: Libby Hoffman’s journey of both personal growth and systemic transformation, as experienced in the world of philanthropy and social change. She opens a window into the integrity required to face and follow the questions that unfold from our deepest commitments — and the stories of her life work offer better pathways of integrity for us all.
The Answers Are There: Building Peace from the Inside Out shares a lived example of what’s possible when you honor the resources of people working together in community. In powerful, vivid stories, Libby Hoffman shows us the transformation that can be unleashed when ordinary people are supported to fulfill their vision for themselves and their communities.
Libby Hoffman has poured out her huge and beautiful heart into the stunning and riveting pages of this book. The work she has done and the way she describes it in this truly remarkable account will break open your heart — and also your capacity to see the profound dignity of people who go through unimaginable suffering. The teaching stories in this book are astonishing and vital to us all. Read this and learn how to have the world we want.
In this luminous and powerful, gorgeously written book, Libby Hoffman challenges us to create a peacebuilding system based on wholeness and dignity, rather than fragmentation and loss. Hoffman shows us how communities made peace in Sierra Leone, woven from their own traditions, driven by women, and accepting that even the most violent perpetrators could become “good somebodies.” The Answers Are There brings us nothing short of a new architecture for peace, steeped in the wisdom of an actual process that healed a nation unraveled by war.
Libby Hofffman’s rejection of traditional “black and white” thinking is a clarion call for the peace and security sector. As her book demonstrates in clear, concrete, and human ways, the only way to achieve lasting peace is by embracing complex thinking and by trusting and supporting local people. The people in our field need to read this book and take up its invitation to transform ourselves.
The indigenous restorative justice and reconciliation process that Libby Hoffman and John Caulker pioneered not only helped a nation confront its painful past; it also reconstructed communal relationships that successfully stemmed the tide of the Ebola virus and paved the way for the national government’s innovative, participatory model of development. Libby Hoffman’s book offers a powerful story of a people’s self-determination to recover, repair, and reconcile after war — in ways nothing short of transformative.
This book, and the story of Fambul Tok it explores, challenges the global tendency to see peacebuilding as a technocratic, outsider-driven activity. Libby offers an antidote to the world of metrics, consultants, and top-down funders, inviting the reader instead to connect with themselves and the humanness of others and transform violence through listening, nurturing, co-creating, and sharing. Truly inspiring.
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