Leading by example is the essence of leadership - not just "talking the talk", but "walking the walk". In the complex and often disconcerting world we live in today, it is sometimes difficult for individuals and even organizations to see effective ways through which their actions can contribute to solve some of the more daunting problems of our times - such as bringing peace and prosperity to the Middle East. At AST, we are taking the lead in showing that our actions, however small, do matter when combined with similar actions of people and organisations willing to stand up for their dreams and get actively involved in order to make them happen. In Robert F. Kennedy's famous words,

[f]ew will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”