Starting a lecture, speakers can either sneak in one toe at a time, or hop right in the deep end and go for a splash.
There’s a saying “success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” If there’s one person who knows about success and enthusiasm, it’s a guy named Hope.
On her last visit to Chautauqua, Annie Griffiths, the first woman photographer for National Geographic, made a life-changing decision. That summer, she recounted in her morning lecture at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Amphitheater, she decided to found Ripple Effect Images, a non-profit organization that sends top photographers and videographers to document the work of aid programs that help impoverished women and girls. Their images and videos help these organizations fundraise and spread awareness.
Martin Luther King Jr. believed that the triple threat crippling the American economy — racism, poverty and militarism — is also jeopardizing our democracy.
John Hope Bryant is successful because he had what few others in his hometown of Compton, California, had: a positive role model.
Poverty used to resemble a decades-old stereotype, thrust into public consciousness alongside President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” Tavis Smiley said. Today, one is more likely to find the face of poverty staring back in a mirror.
Advocating for 100 percent of the American people is a big task. Sister Simone Campbell isn’t looking out for a minority group or a sector of the population — she’s looking out for every single U.S. citizen.
There’s a reason poor people are poor — they haven’t gotten the memo. That is the belief of philanthropist and entrepreneur John Hope Bryant, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, a nonprofit aimed at empowering people with the tools of financial literacy.
Glenn Loury painted a picture of social injustice: An African-American boy grows up in a housing project with no father because he’s been in prison for the last few years. There are gangs selling drugs on every corner, and although the gangs are clearly dangerous, as the boy gets older he’s swayed into joining a group because the alternative is to be victimized by it.
When people meet Sister Simone Campbell, they usually say, “Oh, how wonderful to meet you; where’s your bus?” Campbell, the executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, spent weeks on a “Nuns on the Bus” tour, which advocates for people in poverty and social justice issues.