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Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World by Beverly Schwartz

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Chapter 13

Overcoming the Barriers Between Us and Them—Germany

Andreas Heinecke, founder and CEO of Dialogue Social Enterprise, has worked for more than twenty years to overcome barriers between “us” and “them” and to redefine disability as ability, and otherness as likeness.

WAR, PLASTIC SOLDIERS, AND TANKS WERE HIS CHILDHOOD PASSIONS, and when Andreas was thirteen years old he spent many hours engaging his replicas in battles around the floor. He was quite proud of being German and tried to learn everything he could about World War II. One day while watching a TV documentary about the bombing of Warsaw, he saw a sequence showing Jewish people being transported on the trains to concentration camps. He was so convinced that the Jews were the ...

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