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- WRITTEN by Richard Bell In 1968, I served in Viet Nam as the communications officer for the Third Combat Engineer Battalion Third Marine Division. We were located in a base just outside of Quang Tri city in Quang Tri Province in what was called the I Corps area. Our engineers supported the operations of the...

At iBuildBridges we have begun our first rehearsals! During this first encounter we starting developing musicianship by jamming, and introductions to the song: “Building Bridges, Not Walls”. Watch the video to see the group in action! ...

So many things can divide us as people. Our sex, our race, our dress, our religion, our political party—to name a few. Not to mention our busyness and focus on getting things done. Here are five strategies I’ve started using to make sure my day includes reaching out to another person who is different from...

We believe that each of us have opportunities every day to create a more harmonious world.  But in a big, diverse and often divided country it is both challenging and humbling to figure out how to begin creating that harmony. When trying to constructively address differences between people, basic communication training encourages us to start with...

Most days, I take a LYFT ride home from my meetings in Seattle. I take the opportunity to learn about the immigrant story of each of my drivers who represent cultures from all over the world. I take the opportunity to honor them and their journey-to affirm their hopes and dreams-to remind them and myself...

Sunday, July 29, marked a powerful launch event for the iBuildBridges community. Our Musical Director, Eduardo Mendonça, and I auditioned four artists interested in joining our concert performance troupe. After I described the founding passion behind iBuildBridges, we had the honor of hearing the personal stories of our potential performers. We learned of their excitement for...

On the way to the airport in Copenhagen to return home to the US,  I chatted with our young driver.   Tudor, I learned, studies architecture at a Danish university.  He is an international student from Moldovia and drives transports to supplement his education allowance.  Tudor said he has struggled with English, the language of his...