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June 08 2006

John Hope Bryant joins Young Global Leaders in Vancouver for Dignity Day

Operation HOPE founder John Hope Bryant joins Young Global Leaders in Vancouver for Dignity Day  

Nine Local schools to benefit from Global Dignity Teaching Tools curriculum introduced today

( Vancouver, Canada) –  June 8, 2006 - The Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL), part of the World Economic Forum, with Young Global Leader John Hope Bryant, Operation HOPE’s Founder and CEO, introduced Global Dignity to nine area schools then shared the experience at The Young Global Leaders Annual Summit in Vancouver. Through HOPE Global Initiatives, Bryant and Pekka Himanen, Global Dignity co-founder and fellow YGL Professor, introduced Dignity Teaching Tools, a new curriculum focused on the dignity principles, self-sufficiency, and lessons for living concepts designed to promote the importance of young people living a dignified life.

The mission of Global Dignity, also a partnership of the Forum of Young Global Leaders and HOPE Global Initiative, is to implement globally the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. This is a paradigm shift in thinking about our global challenges, a new language, and a mindset to approach issues of poverty, peace, and progress.

“The best leaders recognize that they are in service to others, and likewise, in service to something higher and more important than self.  This is the realization we reached following the YGL Summit in Zermatt, last year. Later, more than 125 other Young Global Leaders joined in the signing of the Dignity Principles in Davos, and the subsequent creation of Global Dignity (www.globaldignity.org). By promoting Global Dignity we hope to bring self-sufficiency and empowerment to underserved areas all over the world,” said John Hope Bryant.

The Dignity Teaching Tools teach students dignity concepts and among other practical life tools, by utilizing HOPE’s award-winning Banking on Our Future program as a model to illustrate self-reliance, financial empowerment, and dignity principles in action. HOPE Senior Vice President of Chief of Financial Literacy Initiatives, Mary Hagerty, worked to help develop the materials. Through the use of these teaching tools, students will learn how they can easily integrate these concepts into their everyday life. The model includes: 

  • The Five Dignity Principles 
  • The five Senses of Dignity
  • The ABC’s of Dignity
  • Definition’s of Dignity
  • “Life 101"

Global Dignity was co-founded earlier this year by HRH Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway, Professor Pekka Himanen, University of Art & Design Helsinki and Visiting Professor at Oxford University, and John Hope Bryant from Operation HOPE, Inc. Global Dignity is an autonomous, non-profit and non-partisan project linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum where young global leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society have joined together to work for the improvement of the state of the world and people.

The role of HOPE Global Initiatives is to promote and advocate the benefits of financial literacy, self reliance, economic empowerment and “silver rights” as a tool for vastly improving the quality of life in developing countries. The role was expanded to serve underserved communities throughout the world. 

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About the Forum of Young Global Leaders 
The Forum of Young Global Leaders is comprised of leaders, aged 40 years and younger, committed to shaping the future. The Young Global Leaders include leaders from each of the seven geographic regions and from the worlds of politics, business, society, learning, arts and culture. Each year, around 200 Young Global Leaders are nominated to serve for a period of five years, ultimately forming a community of 1,111 by 2009. The Forum of Young Global Leaders was created by Professor Klaus Schwab in 2004 and acts in close cooperation with the World Economic Forum in their joint commitment to improving the state of the world.