SPECIAL FROM THE FORUM BLOG: From Davos to Dalian: We Are All Global Citizens

September, 2011




John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies. 

The first day I met Professor Klaus Shwab, the founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, I was in a school in inner-city Detroit, Michigan, teaching a financial dignity course, and he was in his Forum office in Geneva, Switzerland, bringing world leaders together to advance his vision of creating a better world.  On this international call we shared his then new vision for something world changing; something that would later go on to become known as the Forum of Young Global leaders. 


Today, YGL is a vision made real with over 900 YGL’s from around the world, and from right here in China too, making a difference in our world.

Professor Schwab and I may have come from very different cultures and backgrounds, and now we were communicating across two very different continents, but the language we used on that call was in fact universal.  The values needed to lift any society, and to create a sustainable world, are in fact universal.  I did not realize it then, but on this day we were global citizens.   He knew it, and I was about to learn the power of it. This is but one of the powerful things at the World Economic Forum does quietly, yet powerfully for all who attend.

READ THE COMPLETE STORY HERE. The World Economic Forum Blog


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), and a Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for President Barack Obama.  Mr. Bryant is 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.


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