Tag Archives: Thought Leader

Micro-Finance Meets Multi-Nationals at Clinton Global Initiative

New York, N.Y.  Nobel-prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of the microfinance pioneer Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, addressed our breakfast at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) kick-off. Introduced by Hikmet Ersek, the C.E.O. of Western Union – the corporation that hosted this event – Muhammad was as inspiring as ever. Western Union, “Moving Money for [...]

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The Two Krishnas: A Novel You Can’t Ignore

New York, N.Y.  When I was a freshman in college I moved into the international dorm and was faced with people from around the world who spoke English better than I. Many of them frequently used vocabulary twice the size of my own. As I began the novel The Two Krishnas, I was reminded of [...]

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Film on Haitian Art: In the Eye of the Spiral

New York, N.Y.  The Haitian Cultural Foundation (HCF) has just released its nine-minute trailer for its upcoming film Dans l’oeil de la Spirale — In the Eye of the Spiral. If the film is only half as brilliant as the trailer, Haitian art will finally find its seat at the international table of culture where it belongs. Knowing both many [...]

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Soledad O’Brien Opens Violence Symposium

By Soledad O’Brien. New York, N.Y. It all started with a deep desire… to alleviate stress and promote peace in the lives of people everywhere… by giving them the gift of meditation…  For years, David Lynch had heard of students going to school carrying guns; heard of the tens of millions of children taking drugs for [...]

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Jim Luce on Global Citizenship

When Jim Luce founded Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) in 1999, he did so with the mission of Raising Global Citizens.  ”This is perhaps the most important task and the highest achievement of humanity,” he said. Yale Honors Indian Actor Shah Rukh Khan Bill Clinton: Elder Statesman to the World Meet the Amazing Aroon Shivdasani of NYC’s Indo-American Arts Council Asia Society’s President [...]

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Balinese Natural Birthing Center Threatened by Global Downturn

Denpasar, Indonesia. Mid-wife and clinic founder Robin Lim is a legend in the world of women’s maternity health. I have heard of her from Port-au-Prince in Haiti to New-York to Denpasar. Recently I received a note that her natural birthing clinic in Bali known as Bumi Sehat (“healthy mother earth”) is in desperate need of operating funds. [...]

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Meet a Muslim Voice of Reason: Ibrahim Ramey

Washington D.C. I first met Ibrahim Abdil-Mu’id Ramey after he delivered the plenary speech about Dr. Martin Luther King and the linkage between Dr. King’s movement and the present work for nuclear abolition at Riverside Church in April. Ibrahim reminded us that Dr. King had focused on the three evils of racism, economic injustice, and war. [...]

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Meet the Amazing Aroon Shivdasani of NYC’s Indo-American Arts Council

New York, N.Y.  Indo-American Arts Council founder and executive director Aroon Shivdasani has lived all over the world but has called New York home for about half her life. Her vision is to make Indian culture accessible to Americans across a broad spectrum, encompassing film, music, dance, theater, fine arts, sculpture – any medium in which the Indian [...]

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