FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lisa Gibson receives prestigious ‘Love and Forgiveness
In Governance Exemplar’ award
Colorado Springs, CO June 16, 2013 – The Peace & Prosperity Board is thrilled to announce Lisa Gibson, has been awarded for her contributions, the prestigious Love and Forgiveness in Governance Exemplar award. The purpose of this award is to recognize, learn from, and contribute to the efforts of government and governance leaders who have demonstrated aspects of love and forgiveness in their work. The Love and Forgiveness in Governance honors recipients for global achievements.
Lisa’s passion to teach forgiveness globally began after showing her own incredible love and forgiveness to the masterminds behind one of the world’s most deadly acts of terrorism – the Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988 — in which she lost her brother Kenneth.
Lisa Gibson, an attorney, global conflict consultant, mediator, award-winning and bestselling author, and Executive Director of the Peace and Prosperity Alliance, has shared her story and also told of her willingness to follow the path of forgiveness, which has since given her a platform to train leaders in conflict resolution and forgiveness in many war torn nations including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, and Israel. Despite her devastating loss, she chose to forgive the masterminds responsible–even meeting with former Libyan Leader Muammar Qaddafi to say so. Lisa’s life mission has been to forgive, love her enemies and overcome evil with good. Since that time, Lisa has also been by CNN, Fox News, ABC, The Hour of Power, NBC, CBS, BBC, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times and countless other major media sources.
The Love and Forgiveness in Governance Project documents exemplary efforts to “move beyond hate and unrightable wrongs of the past” in ways that build a positive future and is a joint project the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Beyond Intractability and the Fetzer Institute. There are hundreds of thousands of officials and leaders participating in active governance today in the world. Many are public figures who are well known to their localities, but not well known to the greater peace building community. The purpose of the Love and Forgiveness in Governance Project is to highlight not only the work of well-known exemplars, but also the work of many other individuals at all levels of governance
The phrase love and forgiveness in governance refers to how leaders utilize love and forgiveness principles in making decisions on how to resolve conflicts. “Love and forgiveness are universal values practiced throughout the world. These two elements seem to transcend race, culture, and nationality, making them a central part of what makes us human.
After Lisa lost her brother in the Lockerbie attack, she pursued a degree in law with the desire to use her training to build peace and reconciliation in Libya. Before the death of Qaddafi, Lisa established Peace and Prosperity Alliance and sought to meet dignitaries, ambassadors, and other Libyan public figures. After the fighting ceased, Lisa took a team to Libya to help people in need and has recently returned to teach leaders and students about peace and restoration rather than revenge and war.
A message posted about Lisa Gibson’s award http://www.beyondintractability.org/lfg/exemplars/lgibson said, “Lisa’s work and courage has brought about improved conditions for Libyan citizens and even influenced the popular movement that ultimately brought about a democratic government in Libya. During the first months of the Libyan revolution, the international community and the Civil Society Non-governmental Organizations (NGO) supported the masses. Peace and Prosperity Alliance was among the pioneering NGOs that provided humanitarian support to the masses. During that time it was apparent that what the Libyan people need most was capacity-building programs to unlearn what the tyrant had tried to implant and to relearn the principles of democracy and leadership. Lisa Gibson offered crucially needed financial and capacity building support during this period. In addition, she made efforts to recruit professional trainers to share their experiences, skills, and knowledge with the Libyan people, aimed at supporting the evolution of a new vision that can enlighten transformation from the past to a positive future in Libya. The workplace conflict management presented by Lisa was among the seminal courses that inspired attendance and has been highly valued. The personal experience of reconciliation that Lisa has been through after the tragic loss of her brother in the Lockerbie tragedy is inspirational.” It concluded by saying, “Lisa is a true humanitarian.”
Some of her achievements includes but are not limited to the following: Christian Book Choice Award 1st Place for her book ‘Life in Death.’ Lisa Gibson’s second book, ‘Releasing the Chains-Timeless Wisdom on How to Forgive Anyone for Anything,’ was just released. Some of her other achievements include World’s Women For Life Secretary 2009, Denver and Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, Libya Partnership Leadership Team, Director of Mission’s Council, Nebraska Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, Past International Coordinator For United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, and Past Executive Vice President Omaha Junior Chamber of Commerce. Lisa currently serves as Vice Chair of the Colorado Springs Human Relations Commission.”
Past recipients of the award have included Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Desmond Tutu.
By Stephanie Downes
Peace & Prosperity Alliance board member
For more information on Lisa’s work, please go to: http://www.peaceandprosperityalliance.org and http://www.conflictcoach.biz or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (719) 323-9306