Bali Institute for Global Renewal (BIGR) is numbered among the first learning centers offering multicultural leadership and facilitation training, deep dialogue, indigenous wisdom, global consciousness, intergenerational activism and other action-oriented skills that empowers individuals, groups and organizations in making a difference in the world. BIGR was formed by a consortium of international organizations, corporations, non-governmental organizations, universities, thought leaders and consultants committed to advancing new forms of leadership training, intergenerational collaboration, nonviolent conflict resolution and social activism as part of a worldview that promotes a sustainable, humane and culturally-diverse life for all.
Awaking Global Action
In 2007, BIGR will be hosting its third gathering in Ubud, Bali on July 31, August 7, 2007 entitled "Awakening Global Action: Leadership, Indigenous Wisdom and Dialogue for a Transforming World."
Up to 500 people of all ages will come together from around the world for an unforgettable experience of leadership training, Balinese wisdom learning, and hands-on practicum experience all designed to enhance actions to be taken back in their own communities. More than 1,000 people from 40 countries have attended past events in Ubud.
Among some of the eminent persons expected at the Ubud event, include:
• Derrick Ashong is a co-founder and singer in the band Soulfege, a group known for building sonic bridges that fuse the influences of the African Diaspora into a unique musical vision. Born in Ghana and raised in numerous cultures around the world, he is currently a poet, Ph.D. student at Harvard University, and an international motivational speaker for youth and intergenerational conferences.
• Dr. Illana Berger has trained with healers and medicine people from around the world. She has a MA/Ph.D from California Institute for Integral Studies. She is a Spiritual Counselor, leads Women's Healing Circles, rites of passage rituals for youth, and uses indigenous healing concepts and practices in her work. She was the Conference Coordinator for Quest for Global Healing 2006.
• Hanley Brite founded Authentic Connections, Inc. to bring a fresh approach to creating organizational vitality through transformational change. He has more than 30 years experience with non-profits and corporations, serving as a manager and executive, advisor and educator, business leader and consultant.
• Jan Cornall is a writer, performer, teacher and facilitator, who runs popular meditative writing seminars, workshops and retreats in Australia and the Asia Pacific. Since 2004 she has performed her spoken and sung word at literary festivals throughout the region.
• Prince Cedza Dlamini, grandson of Nelson Mandela, is a humanitarian, youth activist, spokesman for the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals, and the founder of the Ubuntu Institute for Young Social Entrepreneurs. His vision is to create a unified global order by establishing global networks of young leaders who can work collectively to address current world problems.
• Linda Dunkel is president and CEO of Interaction Associates, Inc. She brings 25 years experience designing and developing change and learning strategies for organizations and improving the effectiveness of the human assets of corporations. She has served in senior level positions in two start-up companies and was vice president of a Fortune 100 company.
• Ryan Feinstein is the Bali Institute Global Projects Director and the founder/director of the Global Youth in Action programs. He has facilitated intergenerational workshops on the empowerment of youth at numerous international conferences, and created/facilitated the first Global Youth in Action Program at the QGHII in 2006. Ryan is currently finishing his degree in International Studies at University of California, San Diego.
• Fatima Gailani of Afghanistan is head of the Red Crescent Society. She is a Sunni Sufi Muslim, spokesperson for the National Islamic Front of Afghanistan, and one of three women advisors in developing Afghanistan's interim government.
• Lyla Johnston is a Dineh poet who comes from the soul of the Southwest of America - Taos, New Mexico. Her poetry sends out a positive message and has inspired many audiences to join a more conscious humanity. She plans to study environmental sciences and solutions. Lyla has also won numerous awards at US regional and national poetry slams.
• Patricia McCabe is a Dineh writer, painter, mother and activist whose poetry and short fiction are currently melding with paintings of inner workings. It is never certain which [media] will rise to be heard, to tell the story. She hopes for Peace and Safety, Joy and Light for her children, the elders and for All My Relations. She is the proud mother of Lyla Johnston.
• Fr. Leonel Narvaez is a sociologist from Cambridge University with a Th.D. From Harvard University. A native of Colombia, he spent ten years as a missionary Catholic priest with the nomads of the Shalbi Desert in Africa and another ten years in the Amazon rainforest. During the last few years, he has been successfully implementing the ESPER Escuelas de Perdon y Reconciliacion, or "Schools of Forgiveness and Reconciliation" in cities throughout Colombia and Brazil. He was recently awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit by the City Council of Bogota for his work on reconciliation and peace initiatives.
• Aftab Omer is the president/founder of the Institute of Imaginal Studies, a graduate school and research center located in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work focuses on assisting organizations and learning communities in tapping the creative potentials of diversity, conflict, and complexity.
• Agung Rai is the founder, visionary and owner of the ARMA Museum and Resort. ARMA (Agung Rai Museum of Art) serves as a living cultural art museum that showcases historical and contemporary artists from Bali, Indonesia and other countries, as well as cultural arts including Balinese dance, music, painting, sculpture and more.
• Tjokorda Gde Putra Sukawati is the eldest of the three Princes of the Ubud Palace family. He is active in preserving Balinese art and is the chairman of Museum Puri Lukisan, chairman of the Advisor of Bali Tourism Board, chairman of Ubud Community Board and president director of Pita Maha Institution.
• Tjokorda Gde Oka Sukawati is the second of the three Princes of the Ubud Palace family. He is involved in many activities focused on preserving Balinese culture, and is also a lecturer in architecture at Udayana University. He is vice president of Pita Maha Institution.
• Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawati, the youngest Prince of the Ubud Palace family, is directly involved with many community activities in Ubud and is concerned about preserving Balinese culture. Very talented in traditional Balinese architecture and community leadership, he is a lecturer in marketing at Udayana University and is Managing Director of Pita Maha Institution.
• Dr. Ketut Suryani M.D., Ph.D., is a renowned Balinese healer and a leader in bridging indigenous Balinese knowledge and values with the western world. An expert on Balinese culture and spiritual practices, and author of The Balinese People and Living in the Spirit, she also has her own weekly TV show on women's issue, offers weekly me
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