Please join us for a lecture with Chemi Peres discussing No Room For Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel. The book was written by his father, Shimon Peres, Z"l, the late former President of Israel.
Chemi Peres is the Managing General Partner and co-founder of Pitango Venture Capital, the largest venture capital fund in Israel. Mr. Peres is also Chairman of the Al-Bawader Investment Fund, Israel's first investment fund focused on the Israeli minorities' sectors. He founded and managed Mofet Israel Technology Fund, one of Israel's first venture capital funds. He is also the founder and chairman of Amelia Investments, a Middle East focused PE fund. Currently, Chemi is Chairman of the Peres Center for Peace.
No Room For Small Dreams spans decades and world-altering events, including the legendary "Raid on Entebbe", the Oslo Accords, the establishment of the Israeli Defense Force and the launch of Israel's nuclear program.
Examining these most critical moments in Israel's rise, Peres not only addresses what happened, but why it happened. He explores what makes for a great leader, how high-stakes decisions are made in a climate of uncertainty and distress, the challenges inherent in balancing principles and policy, and the importance of imagination and innovation in solving the world's most pressing problems. In doing so, he provides deep and hard-won insight for the world leaders of tomorrow.
The book will be available for sale at the lecture.
Saturday, December 9
10:30 AM–12:00 PM
Freidenrich Conference Center, Room F-401
In advance: $15 General Public | $12 Members and J-Pass holders
At the door: $18
Contact: [email protected]
Praise for No Room for Small Dreams:
"Shimon Peres was a giant of Israel's founding generation, a tireless advocate for peace and an eternal optimist who lived his life with a sense of hope and possibility. He also became a treasured friend to me and source of wisdom for me. All of us have much to learn from his story, which now belongs to the ages." ~ Barack Obama
"Shimon Peres started life as Israel's brightest student, became one of its best teachers and ended up its biggest dreamer. In his final book, completed just weeks before his death, Peres reflects upon his seventy years in politics and the defining moments in Israel's history that laid the foundation for a future of peace and possibility. This book captures my friend's lifelong belief in our potential to rise above our wounds, our resentments and our fears to make the most of today and claim the promise of tomorrow." ~ Bill Clinton
"Shimon Peres, one of the great leaders of Israel for more than half a century, was an unusual statesman: a combination of a dreamer and a pragmatist, a thinker and a doer, a fearless campaigner for peace and compromise and a tireless builder of Israel's armed forces. He was also a unique storyteller. This book is a special treat for any reader who is excited by history, by politics, by Israel in the Middle East, by changing realities and by amazing dreams and visions." ~ Amos Oz
"By his unyielding determination and principle, Shimon Peres time and again helped guide his beloved country through the crucible of mortal challenge. But it was by his innate humanity, his decency, that Shimon inspired the world over and helped pave a path to peace broad enough that future generations will walk it one day, side-by-side." ~ George H. W. Bush
"The true secret to success, no matter how difficult things seem, is to face challenges with gratitude and forgiveness. That's how President Shimon Peres became a transformational global leader. Reflecting on his life, he provides not only a gripping story but a hands-on guide to creative thinking and courageous decision making." ~ Arianna Huffington
"Israel has made a tremendous contribution to global technological innovation, and its moniker of 'start-up nation' is well-earned. But the leadership lessons in this book show why Shimon Peres was, in so many endeavors, able to glimpse opportunity when others predicted failure. If you don't try, you don't know—that's the secret of innovation. Shimon Peres understood that." ~ Eric Schmidt
"Shimon Peres was a visionary optimist to his dying day, and his last words of hope were addressed to the young. For all our sakes, let them be heard!" ~ Daniel Kahnenman