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May 19 2015

14 Country Chairs Gather for Annual Global Dignity Meeting in Norway. 70+ Countries Engaged With Global Dignity Day

Global Dignity Country Chairs from around the world gather to expand the organization’s mission of mutual respect and understanding throughout the world

Oslo, Norway – Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – Global Dignity the international movement to spread respect and mutual understanding through dignity, held its Fifth Annual Global Country Chairs meeting in Norway earlier in May, with Operation HOPE Founder and Global Dignity co-founder John Hope Bryant joining talks, to expand the organization’s reach. This year, 14 country chairs, special advisors and organizational partners participated in the strategy session.

The meetings, held at the home of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway, The Skaugum Estate, has become the strategic foundation for the organization’s success. This year, all three Co-founders, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland and John Hope Bryant, who also serves on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Youth, attended the historic gathering.

In 2010, Operation HOPE added a course in dignity to its award-winning youth financial literacy curriculum and began recognizing the importance of dignity in the exchange of currency and business. Today, it has positioned “financial dignity” as an integral part of its mission to empower underserved communities.

Global Dignity, celebrated every third Wednesday in October, strives for positive change through a paradigm shift in thinking about global challenges, and creates a new language based on universal human communication, hoping to inspire discussions that produce solutions to world problems.

Since its start in 2008, Global Dignity has reached more 1,000,000 youth in more than 70 countries. On Global Dignity Day, participants connect students across the globe to discuss the role that dignity and respect plays in their lives. In celebration of Global Dignity Day, students are invited to participate in activities and conversation with their local and international peers to highlight ways students can promote dignity, respect and mutual understanding in their classrooms and community.

The co-founders met and founded the initiative while members of the Young Global Leaders (YGL's) for the World Economic Forum, which is still a partner in Global Dignity's work.

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About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Operation HOPE is rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator and has been moving America from Civil Rights to “Silver Rights” since 1992.  Providing financial and economic empowerment tools and services, has earned it the distinction as the nonprofit private banker for the working poor.  Through its core programs, HOPE has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.5 million individuals worldwide, turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers.