Befriending foes: 3 talks on setting aside traditional hostilities

RIBBON KING:

What an amazing story! And what a clever life-saving idea!

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Eli Beer stands beside one of the "ambucycles" that he and other United Hatzalah EMTs ride. Photo: Courtesy of TEDMED

Eli Beer stands beside one of the “ambucycles” that he and other United Hatzalah EMTs ride. These Israeli volunteers are both Jewish and Muslim and provide medical care no matter what the ethnicity or religion of the patient. Photo: Courtesy of TEDMED

In today’s talk, Eli Beer explains how United Hatzalah, his organization of ambucycle-riding volunteer emergency medical responders, has shaved critical minutes off of the average emergency response time — first in Jerusalem, then throughout Israel, and now in several countries around the world.[ted_talkteaser id=1799]

The core mission of United Hatzalah (which is Hebrew for “rescue”) is saving lives. But the organization performs another kind of rescue as well: from the sharp social divisions that so often pervade life in Israel. In United Hatzalah, Jews and Muslims volunteer their services side-by-side, dedicated to the common cause of improving emergency medical care. The organization’s volunteers provide assistance no…

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