I am really excited to join my ‘brothers from another mother,” Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland, and myself from the USA, this week at the Global Dignity Country Chair meeting in Oslo, Norway this week. Friends since 2004, when we met as Young Global Leaders (YGL’s) through the World Economic Forum, we formed Global Dignity with strong YGL member support from around the world. Today we also benefit from Global Shapers around the globe, and have 36 Country Chairs presently.

Global Dignity has reached and empowered one million youth around the world, through Global Dignity curriculum and our annual Global Dignity Day (October 17th, 2013) program, since inception.

Brothers, partners and friends, working to make a difference in our world.

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 is a thought leader represented by the Bright Sight Group for public speaking. Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE), a specialty finance company that is managed by an affiliate of Ares Management LLC, a global alternative asset manager with approximately $59 billion in committed capital under management as of December 31, 2012.

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