Nelson Mandela said, “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” In this session three individuals who are leading the charge in their communities will share their stories and their dreams for change. Our speakers are dedicating themselves to causes that are making a difference locally and are examples for us all globally. As you will learn sometimes the way to go big and be bold is through a calm, confident and persistent voice.
Building a Home for Future Generations
The remote, mountainous village of Kalavan, Armenia is home to Azerbaijani refugees who fled there in the late 1980s. Robert Ghukaysan’s vision is to build its economy through tourism so that Kalavan remains home for future generations. Through the creation of the “Time Land” Scientific Foundation, Robert has creatively launched a series of tourism initiatives: archaeological tourism inspired by ancient sites surrounding the area; culinary tourism inspired by “forest cuisine,” the establishment of Kalavan National Park to protect local nature and wildlife for future eco-tourism and the launch of a mountain bike tourism program.
Building A Global Movement for Integrity
How do you solve a problem like corruption? Billions of people everywhere remain mired in poverty and conflict because government officials lack any kind of accountability. Blair Glencorse, a former World Banker and advisor to the President of Afghanistan, thinks we’re getting it all wrong. The problem with anti-corruption is it focuses on the problem, not the solution; and it highlights wrong-doers, not “do-gooders.” Blair and his organization, the Accountability Lab, are working to engage young people around the world to build integrity. Rather than “naming and shaming” the crooks, Blair is “naming and faming” citizens with real, positive solutions to these challenges. Working in difficult countries like Liberia and Pakistan, Blair is finding innovative ways to support young people with ideas to build integrity, working with everyone from film-makers to rappers, and in doing so, is learning lessons that have relevance for all of us.
Princess Daazhraii Johnson
Acknowledging Our Coexistence and the Rights of Nature
Many sense the imbalance that plagues humanity and effects our daily lives. The mindset of Man being able to control or subdue Nature has led us down a path of destruction and into our current Antropocene epoch. Terms such as “responsible development” attempt to console us while only perpetuating the use of additional fossil fuels and exacerbating the problems of climate change. Princess Johnson’s work through Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL) attempts to bring awareness not only to the rights of Indigenous Peoples tied to places in Alaska like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but also to the Rights of Mother Earth, to Nature and the multitude of species we share this planet with. Through examining traditional Alaska Native stories she journeys with us to seek the wisdom of her Ancestors in finding the way back to balance within ourselves and with the land and animals we depend upon for our survival.
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