"…My argument here today for the leaders of OECD, and leaders around the world, is that the real youth crisis is not about education per se, or even skills per se, but the aspiration, jobs and free enterprise opportunity — the 'freedom' possibility — for our youth around the world today.  We need to powerfully reconnect education with aspiration. That's the challenge all leaders need to face around the world, now."

John Hope Bryant, from an address written and soon to be published by OECD, Paris for their annual meeting of global leaders.


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. 

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