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September 13 2014

Author John Hope Bryant's 100-City Book Tour Hits Asia

Operation HOPE Founder delivers “The Memo” and promotes global dignity at the Global Economic Symposium and World Economic Forum

ATLANTA – September 15, 2014 – John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of leading financial empowerment nonprofit, Operation HOPE, continues his 100-City Book Tour,  delivering “The Memo” from his bestselling book How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class to audiences in Malaysia and China.

During his time in Malaysia from September 6-8, Mr. Bryant participated in the Global Economic Symposium in Kuala Lumpur. As a panelist on The Future of Social Impact Investing session he addressed innovative ways to invest in social impact companies and entrepreneurs. Mr. Bryant offered solutions from his bestselling book How the Poor Can Save Capitalism and stated “Entrepreneurs are the frontline of every country’s economy. We need to keep investing in entrepreneurs and small businesses as I believe they will lead the way in reducing poverty by shrinking the gap of economic inequality.”

How the Poor Can Save Capitalism seeks to radically redefine the definitions of poverty and wealth.  Poverty, in Mr. Bryant’s estimation, is not just economic; it’s values, too. Bryant exposes why attempts to aid the poor so far have fallen short and offers a way forward: the HOPE Plan, a series of straightforward, actionable steps to build financial literacy and expand opportunity so that the poor can advance to middle class. The book will hit the international bookshelves soon with available translations in Greek, Korean, Portuguese and Arabic.

The 100-City Book Tour continued on September 9-11 in Tianjin, China for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions (Summer Davos.)  Mr. Bryant participated in the Sustainable Generational Transitions session, which addressed empowering the next generation of family business owners to remain successful, while getting the best human and financial capital.

Mr. Bryant, himself an alumni member of World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders, also met with other Young Global Leader members about the upcoming Global Dignity Day that will be celebrated on October 15, 2014 in over 68 countries. Since inception, the principles of Global Dignity have been celebrated by more than 1 million students around the world. Established in 2005, by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant and respected Finnish professor Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization focused on empowering young people with dignity.

About Operation HOPE: Operation HOPE is a global nonprofit, based in Los Angeles. Through Operation HOPE, Bryant has helped raise more than $1.5 billion of private capital supporting low-wealth home ownership, small businesses, entrepreneurship and community development investments for under-served communities across the U.S., as well as investments in financial literacy programs and financial dignity education from South Africa to Morocco, to Saudi Arabia.

About Global Dignity Day: Global Dignity is a US-Headquartered nonprofit organization, seeking to empower youth through dignity-based initiatives and the promotion of dignity-centered leadership. 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. These programs, 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.