This non-profit organization is inspired by the life of Brooks Emeny, a professor of International Relations. Born in 1901, he attended Princeton University, where he met a Japanese student. (Years later Brooks visited that student in Japan.) He was building international bridges ever since that day. After graduating in 1924, Brooks studied in France and wrote a book about the strategic value of raw materials. His thesis for his doctorate was published as a textbook (The Great Powers in World Politics, co-written with Frank Simonds) and he became an expert in international relations and current events. In 1947 he led the Cleveland Council for World Affairs in hosting a conference that was covered in Time magazine. In 1956 he answered a call by President Eisenhower to improve international cross cultural comunication by joining a People to People initiative. Today, People to People International (PTPI) arranges visits between groups of people, each hosting the other for a week. You can learn more by contacting http://www.ptpi.org/. Brooks Emeny's great-granddaughter (Kristen Lawson email, an advisor of BIB) has participated in PTPI, going to Australia in 2004, nearly fifty years after Emeny's first trip as a People to People participant.
BIB aims to continue Dr. Emeny's work by offering training for intercultural communication and the use of Skype and social media to connect people.
A partial list of countries visited by Dr. Emeny as part of his "bridge building":
Europe: He visited Spain in 1928 and 1960, lived in France and traveled throughout the continent in the 1920s. Excerpts from letters
Asia: India, Japan, Sri Lanka (Colombo), Thailand
Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rhodesia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania (when it was called Tanganyika), Uganda; in 1960 he visited Ruanda Urundi (before partition).
"Less well-favored nations made parity in prosperity the price of peace."Brooks Emeny, Ph.D. and Frank Simonds (1935)
The Great Powers in World Politics
From the final chapter (1935)
Italian Fascism, Japanese Imperialism and German National Socialism have rejected postwar prescriptions for peace because these would guarantee a permanent economic disparity fatal to national well-being. Each is now openly training its youth for battle.
In the first days of 1935, at least two great countries and many smaller nations in Europe were witnessing a race between recovery and revolution. Under the stress of the Great Depression, the temper of their masses was progressively more dangerous. The poverty of their countries in the essential raw materials and minerals of industry rendered them dependent on foreign supplies to keep domestic industrial machinery in operation. Penury in procuring the necessary foreign supplies paralyzed their efforts.
In a choice between war and collapse to Communism, Finance, Industry and Business may seek the hazards of the former to escape the horrors of the latter. The problem of peace for the future is clear: The peoples of the great powers want to retain the right to exclusive exploitation of the essentials of industry. The less well-favored nations make parity in prosperity the price of peace.-- Brooks Emeny, Ph.D. and Frank Simonds
Excerpt from The Great Powers in World Politics