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Through our extensive experience in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, South Asia, and the United States, we have a deep appreciation of cultural and social diversity on the ground, along with the common challenges that people worldwide face in the midst of social turbulence, systemic injustices, growing, hatred, anger, and fear.

We believe that it is through the continual work of sustained self-exploration, disagreement, and dissent while staying connected to one another that we learn. We are dedicated to education that encourages moral imagination, active engagement, commitment to the whole and just communities,  and the enhancement of joy. We view the challenges we face individually and collectively primarily as learning challenges, as educational challenges.

We know that educators, community leaders, and visionary artists who are inspired, inspire others; those who are nurtured, nurture others; those who are loved and cared for, do the same with all whom they touch.  We believe that the vast untapped human potential to learn through education might be greater than the challenges we as a species face.

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Core Team

The Fig Tree Alliance is an association of friends and colleagues from different places with different perspectives who have lived very different lives, yet who share a common purpose and ethos, and who love working together.
Daniel Noah Moses

Core Team

Mohammed Isleem

Core Team

Deborah Bicknell

Core Team

The Fig Tree Circle

The Fig Tree Alliance includes a circle of incredible educators from around the world who learn, laugh, argue, teach and challenge one another. In addition to the team who initiated the Fig Tree Alliance, the Fig Tree Circle consists currently of:
Ajay Noronha
Ami Yares
Barbara OBrien
Doc Miller
Emilia Dahlin
Iddo Felsenthal
James Ford
Jill Diamond
Karen AbuZant
Lisa DeSantiago
Maria Ireland
Matt Suslovic
Meenakshi Chhabra
Mohamed Ebeid
Molly Josephs
Muzhda Ghulam
Naissa Isaro
Nishat Alikhan
Oraib Tamimi Waari
Pious Ali
Tarek Maassarani

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