As we begin this Thanksgiving week, I am struck by how much I have to be thankful for this year. Yes, we live in difficult, uncertain and tension filled times. But, I am thankful for being able to listen to so many others around the world and learn from them. Despite global uncertainty and turmoil, I do feel that we are making progress on the (bumpy and sometimes unpaved) road toward a world where more people have say in their daily lives and the lives of their communities and countries. This year, I am particularly thankful for the activists women and men throughout the Middle East and North Africa who have had the courage to stand up for themselves and for democracy. And more than anything, I so appreciate my family and friends, who inspire me all the time.