Thank you for stopping by and visiting the blog. This image on the home page is the Cyrus Cylinder. I first learned about it in 2013 when it was on tour from its "second home" in the British Museum. It dates to the 6th century BC and the reign of Persian King Cyrus in Babylon. Although its cuneiform text has been interpreted in many ways, it has clear value as a cultural and citizen diplomacy bridge across historic and present day Iran, Britain, the Iranian diaspora organization that helped mount the tour, and all global publics. It's "the first attempt we know about running a society, a state with different nationalities and faiths—a new kind of statecraft." For me, this cylindrical bridge is also a powerful symbol of peaceful, prosperous civil society. Hmmm, I'll have to get my right brain going with some modeling clay and make a miniature, tactile civil society strategy.
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