Guest Op-Ed: Let’s Give Dignity A Chance: Two observations and five takeaways | Operation HOPE Blog
Atlanta, GA – December 7, 2012
Global Financial what Summit??
This was the most oft-repeated reaction to the event held on the 15th of November 2012 in Atlanta Georgia – the Global Financial Dignity Summit.
Hosted by two larger-than-life personalities straddling two generations, John Hope Bryant and Ambassador Andrew Young, this conference was headlined by US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and proved to be an innovative and impactful gathering of business, social and political stakeholders focused on economic development.
My wife Deborah and I had travelled the furthest to be there, at the invitation of John who is a fellow member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader community.
John Hope Bryant exudes a blend of energy and eloquence that gives him the stage-presence of an Obama with the sensitivity of a Bill Clinton. Together with the understated Professor from Finland Pekka Himanen and the telegenic Crown Prince HRH Haakon of Norway, John founded the Global Dignity movement in 2006. Internationally active and with the hands-on involvement of all three, this movement is based on the premise that every human being has the right to lead a dignified life and as a corollary, the right to access resources to fulfill one’s potential.
Specially designed “dignity sessions” are held in underprivileged schools to affirm self-worth and confidence not only in the way that individuals carry themselves but also in the way that they relate to each other, often in the presence of conflict.
The Global Financial Dignity Summit sought to apply this overarching framework to our current economic challenge – hence the unusual title.
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