January 01 2010
HOPE Global Initiatives Lead Students in Global Dignity Sessions in Hong Kong
Hong Kong – September 9, 2010 – HOPE Global Initiatives was proud to lead a Global Dignity event at a local international school and give the keynote address at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.
Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant, accompanied by business leaders and members of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders program, taught a course in dignity to students at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS). The student body, comprised of youth from over 30 countries is a true mix of cultures, religions and nationalities.
“Global Dignity is an international movement focused on ensuring that all people recognize the sanctity of life regardless of color, ethnic background or financial status,” said Bryant, who also authored business bestseller, LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World. “Planting these ideals within youth will guide our world towards to a more progressive society, making dignity and respect for all people a global standard.”
Also attending and participating in the Global Dignity Day events were Global Dignity Board Member Irene Woo Chu, Young Global Leader Christopher Logan, the chief strategy and marketing officer at Agility, a $ 7 billion U.S. global logistics company; Lynne Anne Davis President and Senior Partner, Asia Pacific Fleishman-Hillard International Communications; Joanne Ooi, chief executive from Clean Air Network, Hong Kong's leading clean air NGO; Su‐Mei Thompson, executive director of The Women's Foundation; and John Lee, CEO of Tom Lee Music Co., a family business based in Hong Kong.
Later in the day, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center welcomed Bryant as their feature keynote speaker. The meeting, attracting some of Hong Kong’s most influential business and community leaders dealt with the topic The Global Economic Reset: A Crisis of Virtues and Values.
Bryant’s address focused on principles from his book LOVE LEADERSHIP, stating that the global community needs to focus on long-term wealth -- wealth achieved by doing good and asking “what can I give” instead of “what can I get?” LOVE LEADERSHIP demonstrates how leading with love and respect creates success in business and in life. The book makes the case that the best way to get ahead is to figure out what you have to give. Aimed at a new generation of leaders and extremely relevant for today's economic climate, LOVE LEADERSHIP draws on Bryant’s remarkable success story and on interviews with thirty love-based leaders such as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Bill George, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Ambassador Andrew Young, and some of the last book interviews with Secretary Jack Kemp and the late civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy I. Height.
As a part of his visit to Asia, Bryant addressed the prestigious Penn Club in Beijing and will participate in the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, taking place in Tianjin, China from September 13th – 15th.
Global Dignity Day is celebrated annually throughout the world on October 20th with leaders from all walks of life going into classrooms to discuss with youth the importance of dignity and to find out what dignity means to them and how they will live dignified lives. The curriculum was developed through the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders program in 2006 by co-founders H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Philosopher and Professor Pekka Himanen and John Hope Bryant.
About John Hope Bryant
Born February 6, 1966, John Hope Bryant is an American financial literacy and poverty eradication activist, and "silver rights" entrepreneur. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, America’s first nonprofit social investment banking and economic empowerment organization, a leading self-help provider of financial literacy tools and services for the underserved. His work to empower low-wealth communities had him serve as the vice chair of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and as the chairman of the Council’s Under-Served Committee. Bryant is author of the new bestselling book LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World. To learn more about him visit www.operationhope.org or follow him on Twitter.
About Operation HOPE, Inc.
Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been America’s leading financial literacy and empowerment nonprofit. With a presence in 70 U.S. cities and South Africa, HOPE has raised more than $500 million and helped to restructure more than $360 million in sub-prime mortgages from the private sector, for a total of approximately $900 million in economic activity for the disenfranchised in its pursuit of educating, assisting and inspiring the next generation of global stakeholders. With the support of more than 400 private sector companies, 3,500 nonprofit organizations and schools and 100 government partners, Operation HOPE has provided over 1.2 million low-wealth individuals with economic education and financial literacy support and empowerment. Taking the lead at making sure our free enterprise system is relevant to all underserved individuals and communities, Operation HOPE has taken on the responsibility of piloting the Silver Rights Movement and ensuring that free enterprise and capitalism work to provide a better future for all. To learn more about HOPE, visit our website at www.operationhope.org or follow us at Twitter and Facebook.
About Global Dignity
Global Dignity is an autonomous nonprofit, non-criticism and non-partisan project as well as a call to action. Many individuals, organizations, authorities and businesses do great work to create a better world and to improve the life of individuals. However, we seldomly ask ourselves Why do we do this? Why are these important efforts? In our opinion, the answer is Dignity. If we keep dignity as the foundation for all our actions and priorities, we will know that we are on the right track. Then, we are in the position to strengthen the dignity of others – and thus we strengthen our own dignity. Global Dignity is linked to the World Economic Forum where young global leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society have joined to get her to work for the improvement of the state of the world and people (the group ranges from Presidents of African countries to socially conscientious business leaders such as the founders of Google, from leaders of the most influential civil society movements like Make Poverty History to leading academics and cultural figures of our time); for more information, visit www.globaldignity.org.