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October 08 2015

Operation HOPE Founder and Global Dignity Co-founder Celebrates 8 Years of Promoting Respect and Understanding

John Hope Bryant travels to Alaska to share Global Dignity

LOS ANGELES – October 8, 2015 – Operation HOPE CEO and Global Dignity co-founder John Hope Bryant will celebrate Global Dignity (GD) on October 20, 2015 in Anchorage, AK where he will share the Five Dignity Principles with students at Bartlett High School. Bryant will also keynote at the 49th Annual State Principals’ Conference on October 19th.

“We created Global Dignity to recognize what we have in common is more important than what sets us apart. Each individual has a fundamental right to dignity, respect, and financial freedom,” says Bryant.

Held annually on the third Wednesday in October, Global Dignity Day is celebrated worldwide with volunteers leading dignity days in classrooms. Since 2006, more than 1,000,000 students, from over 70 countries, have shared the key principles of Global Dignity

Global Dignity Day, a creation of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Alumni, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant, and Professor Pekka Himanen of the University of Art and Design Helsinki hopes to inspire the next generation how respect and understanding can build a better world.

The principles were introduced during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2006. This international event began as a simultaneous global event in October 2008, starting in over twenty countries, including South Africa, India, United States, Nigeria, Turkey, Norway, Finland, Jordan, Austria, Japan, Poland, Mozambique, Mexico, England, Canada, Venezuela, China, Belgium, and Singapore.

These sessions, known as "Dignity Days" are led by volunteer role models who aim to serve as facilitators in the dignity discussion, encouraging participants to key into the fundamentals of what dignity means to them and how to strengthen their dignity in order to be change makers in their own lives as well as in the lives of others. The core curriculum, developed to aid the organization in achieving its mission, draws "dignity stories" from each of the program participants, which are then shared in a peer-to-peer setting. 

John Hope Bryant is a ‘silver rights’ entrepreneur, author, thought leader and the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Bryant Group Ventures and Co-founder of Global Dignity. Bryant has been recognized by the last five sitting presidents and advised the last three. He currently serves President Obama on the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. Mr. Bryant is the only bestselling author on economics in the world today who happens to also be African-American. How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding The Path to the Middle Class (Barrett-Koehler) was selected as the Best Business Book for Economics & Finance for 2014 by 800-CEOREAD. The book was released in paperback edition on October 5, 2015.

About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Operation HOPE is rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator. A global nonprofit focused on financial dignity, HOPE has empowered more than 2.5 million individuals and directed more than $1.8 billion in private capital to America’s low-wealth communities. Currently, HOPE is focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities.