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Bill Strickland Wins 2011 Goi Peace Award

November 23, 2011 by

The Goi Peace Foundation recently bestowed the 2011 Goi Peace Award on Bill Strickland of Manchester Bidwell Corporation. Manchester-Bidwell is a jobs training center and community arts program which gives disadvantaged students the opportunities they need for a better future. Recently back from Japan, Strickland says, “I visited one of the hardest hit communities from the tsunami, and 8 months later they are hanging on by a thread with mountains of debris and very little hope…  Except when I visited a small fishing village in that town and sat with some of the emerging leaders.

They had several copies of my book, Make the Impossible Possible, which has been translated into Japanese and is being used in many important social enterprise and business schools circles around Japan. Several of the Goi leaders felt that the road back could be assisted by building a Manchester-Bidwell Center as the rallying point.”

The annual Goi Peace Award honors those that have made outstanding contributions toward a peaceful and harmonious world for humanity. Created in 2000, previous Goi Peace Award recipients include Oscar Arias, Bill Drayton, Bill Gates and Deepak Chopra.

Strickland received the award at a ceremony during the Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2011 at Ginza Blossom Hall in Tokyo on November 19, 2011. Read more about why Strickland won the award at




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