While I lost my father on New Year's Eve last year, the reality is that he was months from 90 years old. He had lived a long and very rich life. I cannot possibly understand or even relate to the loss by a parent, of their child.
While many people are going about the business and intimacies, even blessings of their day -- and this wonderful weekend -- the Biden family is dealing with the heart wrenching loss of their son Beau Biden, to brain cancer.
And while words are never adequate in times like these, me and the entire Operation HOPE family extend our most sincere regrets, and deepest desire for healing for the Biden family. Healing particularly for Vice President Joseph Biden, and to the mother, Mrs. Jill Biden.
Blessings and with HOPE,
John Hope Bryant
Detroit is no newcomer to success. Nearly 60 years ago, Detroit was the wealthiest city in the world. Wealthier than London, wealthier than Paris and wealthier than New York.
Then Detroit hit a significant rough patch, lost its storyline, and today city leaders like Mayor Mike Duggan are working through all of that. But unlike many other places in distress, the fundamentals of Detroit are strong.
People have inner cities all wrong. They are not wastelands, they are gold mines. 50-60 years ago, inner cities were traditional bedroom communities. But for a range of reasons, middle class and upper middle class residents began to move out towards the suburbs. Back then, that was called quality of life. Today, people are tired of driving one to two hours each way, every day, just to get from home to work and back again. The quality of their lives is now increasingly being spent on highways and byways. And young college graduates seem to naturally love the gritty authenticity that a downtown inner city has to offer; in Detroit, and in major cities clear across America.
The reality is that inner-city neighborhoods are nothing more or less than centrally located real estate. They are close to downtown, close to the major transportation hubs and arteries. Close to the waterfront and their trade routes. Close to work, and play.
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John Hope Bryant gives a keynote address at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference.
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.
The Vision of HOPE is:
To spark a global silver rights movement.
To make the free enterprise system, work for all.
The Mission Statement of HOPE is:
Our job is to get people to believe in themselves, to light and re-light the fire within, to role model success, and to teach them how to fish.
The Strategy of HOPE is:
Found in the growing HOPE Retail Network, and the HOPE Parent Company.
John Hope Bryant, Founder, Operation HOPE
Today I had the pleasure of being the commencement speaker before the 2015 graduating class of Herzing University, and seeing these students achieve this level of accomplishment and to go off into the future of their lives was inspirational as ever.
I had a chance to spend some quality time both with Theo Anderson, Campus President, and Renee Herzing, President of Herzing University globally. Both, good people, committed to fulfilling their human potential of others.
I rallied the students to re-imagine their futures, and to understand that they are living in a moment in history -- right now. I told them that civil rights was waged and won in the streets, and silver rights would be waged and won in the suites. And that these graduates -- were new silver rights empowerment 'suite-makers.' I challenged them to figure out 'what kind of bird they wanted to be.' I gave them choices ---- asked them 'what kind of bird did they want to be?' I gave them three choices -- Eagles, Buzzards and Turkeys. They smartly, and boldly, chose Eagles!
After the graduation ceremonies, I gladly signed copies of my recent bestselling book, "How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class," for each and every graduate.
It's time for a new movement. And these and other graduates, moving out into the world today, are those new movement leaders.
I create new streams of thought and understanding through words, actions and deeds, but also through dreams and visuals. Pinterest is a wonderful platform for just this. And while I have close to 100,000 social media followers on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms, Pinterest is fairly new and not overwhelmed with subscribers. But -- it is overwhelmed with content!
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