11 November 2021: Webinar with William Ury

On 11 November 2021, Stichting Abraham Path Initiative hosted a webinar with Abraham Path co-founder and Getting to Yes author William Ury. The webinar was accessible to everyone who is interested in the Abraham Path project, negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution and alike.

Apart from inspiring hopefully a large audience on negotiation, the webinar’s purpose was  to raise resources for the Abraham Path project and the work that is being done in northern Iraq specifically (see below). This is why we solicited a voluntary donation from participants upon registration. At the same time, we wanted the webinar to be accessible to everyone and those who cannot make a donation were welcome to attend as well.

The end result of the webinar was that we raised US$ 8,750 for work in northern Iraq!

Background to the Abraham Path project

Since its founding in 2006 the Abraham Path project has catalysed projects in the Middle East dusting off the footsteps of Abraham, or Ibrahim. These projects have focussed on investments in walking, storytelling and hospitality with local partners. One of the most sustainable investments has been in support to local champions of trailblazing, hospitality and community tourism. The two videos below showcase some of that work in the West Bank, Palestine as well as presenting the story of Abraham Path as a three-act play – with William Ury narrating.

The Project in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

New Trail Development in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

With your help we are infusing funds into a region suffering a drought of tourism. And we are helping to develop a new trail in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

You can help make that happen.

The new trail must be measured, mapped, and way marked. Guides need training; homestay host families must be prepared. Walking is a natural and simple way to connect with friends, strangers, and yourself. But there’s a greater purpose. Walkers support sustainable development through tourism, bringing revenue to marginalized communities, and generating cultural heritage awareness and preservation. Everywhere we go we nurture personal relationships and mutual appreciation.

What will you help?

  • Map and measure the physical trail
  • Identify points of interest (natural & cultural heritage)
  • Catalyze local tourism services (transportation, accommodation, tour operators)
  • Bolster professional development (guides, homestay hosts, craftspeople)