The Power of Impossible Ideas: Ordinary Citizens' Extraordinary Efforts to Avert International Crises

Sharon Tennison

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Synopsis: This fascinating piece of American history is packed with daring ideas that seemed utterly impossible in 1983 - yet they succeeded beyond anyone's imaginations over the ensuing next three decades. The United States and the Soviet Union were on a suicidal impasse in the early 80s with 50,000 nuclear weapons pointed at one another. Governments were threatening and counterthreatening. The first impossible scheme began with 24 Americans going behind the Iron Curtain to try to open up communications between the enemy peoples. It grew into a travel program that took thousands of Americans into the Soviet Union as grassroots "Citizen Diplomats." In 1988/89, they brought groups of non-communist Soviet Citizens to 264 cities across America. U.S. Foundation executives traveled with them to find ideas to link the two enemy countries. Soon AA delegations were on Moscow and Leningrad sidewalks sharing life-saving alternatives with alcoholics. Other programs mushroomed into action throughout the 1980s - all implemented by ordinary American and Soviet citizens without any government assistance. When the U.S.S.R imploded, the group became the Center for Citizen Initiatives (CCI) and began enlisting American civic clubs in their bi-country mission. These pro bono volunteers trained some 7,000 Russians in business management in 45 American states - thus stimulating Russia's young entrepreneurs to jumpstart new businesses and develop private sectors in cities throughout Russia. Putin took power in 2000. Follow this tumultuous decade's year-by-year challenges, and glean new points of view on the emerging Russia of today. Ponder with the author how America and Russia could create a viable future through cooperation - not confrontation. A personal note to all readers : take seriously the power of your own intuitions and brainstorms. This book proves once again that when people act boldly on their impossible ideas, miracles begin to happen.

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