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Welcome to Gidigrinstein.net, the website of Gidi (Gideon) Grinstein – my website. This website was designed with the goal of sharing the story of my professional journey and bringing together its fruits, which stretch over nearly thirty years since 1995. My work covers multiple organizations, efforts, and collaborations, in addition to two books: Flexibility: The Secret of Jewish Adaptability (2014) and (In)Sights: Peacemaking in the Oslo Process Thirty Years and Counting (2023).
Societal Entrepreneurship is the best way to describe what I do. I am Israeli and Jewish, living in the U.S. since 2015. My identity and journey combine and balance my Israelism, Judaism and humanism. Inspired by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z”l, I hold my particular identity to inspire and be essential for my universal work and vice versa.
My mission has been to lead on issues that are critically important for my society, and to make a significant and distinct contribution to humanity. Hence, my work has evolved in three concentric focus areas: my country, Israel; my people, the Jewish People; and the world. In this journey, I launched multiple innovative organizations and initiatives, as well as authored and co-authored books and hundreds of documents, articles, and policy papers.
I believe in building lasting institutions that offer a unique value proposition. In 2004, I founded the Reut Institute, (now the Reut Group) and Reut USA, as a platform for policy research, strategy, and leadership on the key challenges facing Israel and the Jewish People.
Out of Reut, in 2014, we launched TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers as a platform for making a significant and distinct contribution to our society and to humanity within the effort of 21st Century Tikkn Olam. In addition, I have been involved in multiple additional initiatives, such as Yesodot (foundations) for government reform and the Leapfrog Center to advance Israel’s social and economic development.