We need to shift our priorities to raise the importance of initiatives focused on enhancing human relations. 

For the last few months I’ve been helping social entrepreneur Orly Wahba get her Dance for Kindness 2018 event launched from Israel for the first time. Our goal from day one was to use this event to promote a good example of unity from the heart of Israel.

To date Dance for Kindness has taken place in over 65 countries, 247 cities, spanning across 6 continents with over 400 Group Leaders trained.

Last year’s event took place in over 120 cities, 50 countries with over 20,000 participants. This year marks the 7th Annual WorldWide Dance for Kindness that will take place on Sunday, November 11th 2018.

This event is two days before World Kindness Day 2018, taking place on November 13th 2018.

The purpose of Dance for Kindness is to look beyond ourselves, beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion; and realize we are citizens of the world.

This year’s sponsors include: Sponsors: WeWork, Schusterman Family Foundation, and Keren Danielle Foundation.

High-Tech Funding Flowing Like Water in Israel

As a high-tech consultant in Israel, I can tell you that there are millions of dollars floating around our little country that is smack in the center of all the cybersecurity, autonomous and IOT innovation. There is always a lot of talk here about VC funding and exits, which is considered to be the height of success.

Many of Israel’s wealthiest companies and leading Jewish business leaders abroad were approached to support Orly’s Dance for Kindness event, but only a few came forward.

All I can do is hope and pray that we come to our senses sooner rather than later, and understand, that we must place much higher value on initiatives focused on enhancing human connections.

Kindness is important. It’s crucial for people to come together and understand that we can solve so many of our problems simply by treating one another with respect.

Donations for the Jerusalem Dance for Kindness event can be made here: https://give.classy.org/DFK2018Jerusalem

Donations for Dance for Kindness around the world can be made through Orly’s registered 501(c)3 non-profit, Life Vest Inside.

Originally published at medium.com