In the opening plenary leading decision-makers will articulate new ideas and identify novel approaches to guide our global problem-solving efforts.
In today's globalized and interconnected world, too much emphasis is placed on success measured in terms of material wealth. What gets overlooked is that GDP and other economic activities are means to ultimate ends, not the ends in themselves. We need to redefine success in terms of the well-being generated by our activities and how this well-being is distributed across populations and generations. Such a redefinition can lead to new approaches to achieving fair and sustainable prosperity. It can also uncover new opportunities for human cooperation.
Speaker Martti Athisaari, Nobel Laureate, former President of Finland, Founder and Chariman of the Board, Crisis Management Initiative, Finland John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE, USA Jürgen Fitschen, Co-CEO, Deutsche Bank, Germany Robert Johnson, President, The Institute for New Economic Thinking, USA Roza Otunbayeva, Head, "The Initiative of Roza Otunbayeva" International Foundation, Kyrgyz Republic
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) primary mission is to develop, conduct and promote educational, research and training programs designed to enhance the effectiveness of its members, as they consider legislation and issues of public policy which impact, either directly or indirectly upon "the general welfare" of African American constituents within their respective jurisdictions.
From the President of NBCSL
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators is the nation’s largest membership association of black state legislators. Over the last 36 years, the organization has grown from 14 members to a body of over 600, who are committed to educating and creating opportunities for their constituents. Providing a voice for under-represented and impoverished communities, NBCSL unites black legislators from across the country and presents their issues on a national scale. Each year, NBCSL meets to discuss policy issues and best practices, and to pass policy resolutions that embody the inherent core values of the organization. Highlighted policy issues include health disparities, renewable energy, housing, education, and emergency preparedness. Our priority is to implement policies that will protect and benefit all Americans.
With a mission focused on policy innovation, social equity, and collaboration, our organization does not do this work alone. Through partnerships with members of Congress, labor unions, non-profit organizations, and private corporations, NBCSL keeps its members abreast of upcoming trends that affect residents in their states.
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators exists to provide a voice to constituents. It is of vital importance that our organization maintains the honor of its focus and the strength of its unity. This unity and focus comes from partners like you.
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators is dedicated to serving.
Representative Joe Armstrong (TN) President, National Black Caucus of State Legislators
Commitment allows global leader in financial dignity to upgrade offices and offer first-class technology nationwide
LOS ANGELES – December 2, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today a more than $1 million contribution made up of over 2,000 units of software from Microsoft Corporation to support internal operations and HOPE Inside and HOPE Inside Plus locations throughout the nation.
“We are a pleased that Microsoft recognizes the important work that we do and look forward to using this gift to strengthen programming services for clients at our HOPE Inside locations, as well as enhance corporate operations, client management and volunteer involvement,” said HOPE Division President, HOPE Financial Dignity Centers and chief executive officer of Los Angeles Lance Triggs. “Our partnership continues to help Operation HOPE bridge the digital divide in underserved communities.”
Microsoft joins a growing list of HOPE Inside contributors, including SunTrust Banks that will have HOPE Inside locations in select branches in Atlanta, Memphis and Washington D.C, in addition to Popular Community Bank, which will feature HOPE Inside at branches in Harlem and the Bronx.
“The nationwide HOPE Inside initiative is a terrific program, which will bring dignity to thousands of Americans through the marriage of financial literacy and technology,” added Ed Ingle, Managing Director of Government Affairs for Microsoft. “We’re once again happy to partner with Operation HOPE on its critical mission.”
HOPE Coalition America the financial disaster preparedness and recovery division of Operation HOPE has provided guidance after 100 disasters in last 12 years
Washington, DC – November 26, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE) and its financial preparedness and disaster recovery division, HOPE Coalition America (HCA) shared details around the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the American Red Cross announced during the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta on November 14th.
The agreement provides for an expanded partnership between the two organizations. Included in this agreement is a shared commitment to ensure effective and inclusive service delivery to help Americans prepare for and recover from disaster through pre-disaster planning and client access to financial support services following a disaster.
“When disaster strikes, HOPE Coalition America will join the American Red Cross to provide financial recovery services to individuals and families, said President HOPE Coalition America Fred D. Smith. We are honored and pleased with this new agreement to jointly provide guidance on pre-disaster preparation and recovery to those affected in a disaster.”
HCA will provide trained volunteers from the financial services industry and HOPE employees. These individuals will, among other things, conduct training to community-based groups including employees of large corporate and government organizations. The objective is to encourage and energize individuals to take actions before a disaster or emergency that will allow them to recover with limited assistance from “first responders.” In addition, Operation HOPE and the Red Cross will engage in community preparedness events. Both organizations agree to support each other’s efforts in identifying appropriate mechanisms for volunteer training and engagements.
If you are feeling down during the holidays, periods like this holiday Thanksgiving week, it is completely understandable. You are probably feeling some disconnection from those you love, those you have loved, or those you would like to love. The easiest of these lost connections to mention, are of course family and friends.
If you love someone, tell them -- right now. Don't wait, because tomorrow never comes. All you have is this moment.
If you are upset with someone, and it has gone on for months and years, just stop that right now -- and make an effort to reconnect with them. Even if this means apologizing for something you did not do. Being the bigger person and taking the high road, often means disconnecting yourself from the need to 'be right,' in the eyes of others. As I said recently to someone I love who was having real conflict with her mother, "you don't want them to leave this world -- to die -- and you had a chip on your shoulder, an unresolved grudge between you. It won't hurt them, it will hurt you. Forgive them because you deserve, not because they do."