Daniel Lubetzky is living proof that youthful enthusiasm can change the world. Born to Jewish immigrants in 1968, it was impressed upon Lubetzky from the very beginning that cooperation and co-existence were necessary givens in this world. The multi-ethnic polyglot studied abroad while earning his B.A. from Trinity University. While in Israel, he was awarded a Hass Koshland Foundation fellowship to write and research legislative means to foster joint entrepreneurial ventures between Arabs and Israelis. Lubetzky's personal desire for such cooperation led to the foundation of PeaceWorks in 1994, which now spans across eight food industries and four continents. PeaceWorks flagship brands Meditalia and Bali Spice, along with the more recently form KIND Bars, started as cooperative ventures between neighbors across the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
A "serial entrepreneur," and a relentless crusader for a two-state peace solution, Lubetzky created the OneVoice Movement in 2002 as a way to debunk the notion that the majority of Israelis and Palestinians were interested in a one-state solution. The OneVoice Movement has to date over 240,000 members, and a board that includes over 60 dignitaries, religious and business leaders, educators, and celebrities who come from all political, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. OneVoice was created to promote a new peace movement founded by political moderates from across all fields, a vast majority of moderates united in a desire to curb violent extremism in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Committed to promoting the legislative, cultural, social, and corporate means needed to foster co-existence in the Middle East, Lubetzky believes that the private sector can make an enormous positive contribution to civic life, but does not believe that economic development is the whole solution. Though part of the solution, government action is still necessary in ending the conflict.
Lubetzky has been granted many honors over the years. The World Economic Forum named him a Global Leader for Tomorrow in 1997, and honored him again in 2007 as a Young Global Leader. Lubetzky is also a 2008 Social Entrepreneur award winner from the Skoll Foundation.
"Social contributions should have a soul, a sentiment, and a sincerity of purpose. Corporations are driven by human beings, so hopefully they will be driven to make our world better because this too is their world. I have yet to meet a business person (or a human being) that does not care about the world. But the trouble is that sometimes some corporate business models or junctures present people with concentrated profit-maximizing opportunities that cause harm to society overall."
- OneVoice: http://www.onevoicemovement.org/
- Peaceworks: http://peaceworks.com/
- Lubetzky, Daniel. Interviewed by Nathaniel Whittemore. Social Entrepreneurship. change.org, 2009. Web. 10 Sept. 2009.
- Lubetzky, Daniel. "Philantrocapitalism or ‘Creative Capitalism'?" Daniel Lubetzky, Journal of a Business and Social Entrepreneur. Peaceworks. Web. 10 Sept. 2009.