Coming to Brazil and spending time with the amazing young people here, as well as many of the young leaders who represent a new school of thought for leaders and leadership here. Most notably, I was impressed and inspired by YGL (Young Global Leader) Christina Lopes and her sister Monica Lopes, both of whom really spearheaded efforts to insure the success of Global Dignity Day, Brazil.
The youth here reconfirmed for me that which I have known about youth in countries and communities all around the world -- they are all essentially the same. They love the same, hope the same, dispair the same, cry and shame the same, feel the same, and most of all, are inspired, smile and want dignity the same. We are all similar, while our cultural circumstances cause us to see the world through a different lens. A different lens, with the same view.
What started off as an initiative in 11 countries with about 2,000 students, has now grown to include 52 countries and 250,000 students this year!
One person can make a difference, and you are that one person.
Onward and with HOPE
John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum. Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation, an NYSE Euronext publicly traded company, and a division of $54 billion Ares Capital.