John Hope Bryant closes out discussion at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway

John Hope Bryant closes out discussion at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway

I was honored to join a distinguished group of dignitaries and leaders from throughout Norway and around the world last week, for a special presentation at the Nobel Peace Center, home of the Nobel Peace Prize.   Dignitaries includes the Mayor of Oslo (a very nice person), a dozen Global Dignity Country Chairs from around the world, and of course the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway, who served as our host in Norway last week.  The topic was ‘extremism,’ and I used the opportunity to highlight some of the less prominent words of a former Nobel Peace Winner, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail: “But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love…Was not Amos an extremist for justice…Was not Martin Luther an extremist…So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.  Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?”    King further addressed the accusation that the Civil Rights Movement was “extreme,” first disputing the label but then accepting it. Compared to other movements at the time, King finds himself as a moderate. However, in his devotion to his cause, King refers to himself as an extremist. Jesus and other great reformers were extremists: “So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but...
Live Video Tomorrow: Global Dignity Co-Founders, Live from Oslo, Norway

Live Video Tomorrow: Global Dignity Co-Founders, Live from Oslo, Norway

Tomorrow, Friday, April 29th, 2016, at precisely 3:15pm CET, the co-founders of Global Dignity will Go Live for their first ever Facebook Mentions Live Video session, from Oslo, Norway.  Featured in this live, interactive conversation will be: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland (the youngest Ph.D from Finland). John Hope Bryant, entrepreneur and founder of Operation HOPE from the United States. The Live, interactive feed will take place at 9:15am EST (east coast of the United States), and 6:15am PST (west coast of the United States). There will be live Q&A with the co-founders, and comments and remaining questions will be answered and responded to post session as well (for those who miss the live broadcast). Sign up and sign on here, at the John Hope Bryant Public Figures Page. Like the page and Subscribe to the Facebook Mentions Live Video Series. Let’s go…. Share this:Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...
Thank you! Detroiter Magazine features the Silver Rights Movement on their Cover!

Thank you! Detroiter Magazine features the Silver Rights Movement on their Cover!

A special thank you to Sandy Baruah, CEO, and the entire leadership team at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce for their undying support for the silver rights movement, and our coming work on the ground in Detroit’s underserved neighborhoods, through a Detroit Uplift 2020 — which will be formally announced soon, in the month of April. Get your copy now, here. Let’s go… John Hope Bryant Share this:Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...
Promises Kept: Operation HOPE on the ground outside of Ferguson, MO.

Promises Kept: Operation HOPE on the ground outside of Ferguson, MO.

Working in close partnership with our friends at Regions Bank, Operation HOPE has been able to place its first round of ‘boots on the ground’ resources for silver rights empowerment for all in and near Ferguson, MO.  The HOPE Inside@Jennings/Ferguson serves this entire community, and has already produced meaningful results in the region. But one example of the ‘human’ impact of our work, is the short video below which chronicles the engagement of a young person from the area, now a HOPE Intern within the HOPE Inside location there — thanks to the generous support of Regions Bank, the St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones and others there. The young lady heard me speak there, followed up with a note and asked to become a HOPE Intern — joining the movement for silver rights for young people in St. Louis. Our job was to find a way to make it happen, and we did. http://johnhopebryant.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/03/IMG_0257.mp4 We are also proud to report that Regions Bank is building a new and permanent bank branch serving the Jennings and Ferguson area, and have incorporated a new and permanent HOPE Inside location in their formal plans for the new branch!  A special thank you to Mike Hart of Regions Bank in St. Louis for his leadership in this regard. Operation HOPE is also honored to have yet another HOPE Inside location in St. Louis, MO, in partnership with City Treasurer Jones, the City of St. Louis, and several bank partners in the city. Let’s go… John Hope Bryant Share this:Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in...
The Silver Rights Movement, Operation HOPE and John Hope Bryant featured on cover of the Detroiter Magazine

The Silver Rights Movement, Operation HOPE and John Hope Bryant featured on cover of the Detroiter Magazine

Honored to have our on-the-ground work, and our SlverRights movement featured on the cover of the new magazine edition for the Detroit Regional Chamber, and our soon to be rolled out Detroit Ulplift 2020 plans there.  The work outlined in the bestselling book, “How The Poor Can Save Capitalism,” will be framed out, on the ground, in one of America’s most important and vital cities.   “America needs Detroit, to win again.”    Share this:Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...
Bryant at the Detroit Policy Conference: “Detroit Must Make Smart ‘Sexy’ Again”

Bryant at the Detroit Policy Conference: “Detroit Must Make Smart ‘Sexy’ Again”

Raising entrepreneurial energy and empowering underserved communities with financial literacy is a key next step for Detroit’s revitalization, according to Operation HOPE CEO John Hope Bryant. Delivering an impactful keynote address, Bryant stressed the importance of positive role models in neighborhoods and classrooms who can play a large part in raising credit scores through early financial literacy intervention. “We need to make smart ‘sexy’ again,” Bryant said, adding that Detroit can create a new class of entrepreneur and hundreds of new businesses by connecting youths and adults with the resources they need to succeed. “I see a Steve Jobs on every block,” he said. “Neighborhood by neighborhood we need role models who encourage our kids to start a business because that commitment is an immunity to failure.”   Share this:Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...

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