During the week of February 5-11, 2007, hundreds of people who share a common goal of changing their communities - of working for dignity, tolerance and peace for both themselves and their neighbors - will hold voluntary meetings in more than 66 countries. Each gathering has been inspired by www.idealist.org, whose founder is Ami Dar, the founder and executive director of Action Without Borders, which maintains the website.

Of those more than 150 meetings, one will be hosted by Ami Dar himself, and it will be on Thursday, February 8 at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Free and open to the public, the town hall gathering will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m . at Wagner, which is located in the historic Puck Building, 2nd Floor, 295 Lafayette Street in lower Manhattan.

Dar will explain this worldwide initiative aimed at connecting people, ideas and resources, as well as how individuals can make a world of difference by working together.

Since the invitation to host local start-up meetings was announced on www.idealist.org in January, town halls have been scheduled around the world: at a youth hostel in San Francisco; a park in Medellin, Colombia; a primary school in Arusha, Tanzania; a coffee shop in Hangzhou, China; a chief’s camp in Narok, Kenya; a fast-food restaurant in Karachi, Pakistan.

NYU Wagner welcomes individuals who are interested in making an impact in neighborhoods, on issues, globally and locally. To RSVP for this event, go to www.idealist.org

Established in 1938, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service offers advanced programs leading to the professional degrees of Master of Public Administration, Master of Urban Planning, Master of Science in Management, and Doctor of Philosophy. Through these rigorous programs, NYU Wagner educates the future leaders of public, nonprofit, and health institutions as well as private organizations serving the public sector. http://wagner.nyu.edu.

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