The Hope Offensive a traveling exhibition of paintings, sculpture, and video installation inspired by and in honor of some of our worlds' outstanding leaders.
Leaders in the Hope Offensive
These men and women are each changing our world today. They are leaders taking action to solve some of the world’s gravest problems. These are true leaders inspiring each of us to greatness. They see problems as obstacles. They build partnerships and attack problems ethically and morally. They rally change and inspire the people around them. They are people of action. They are living legacies. They are a great gift to humanity. They are the Hope Offensive.
An avid mountain climber, Greg Mortenson gave up his ascent to the peak of K2 because he chose to help rescue two injured climbers. On his way back to base camp he became lost until rescued by a family in a rural village in Pakistan. In gratitude he promised the village elder that he would return to help build a school for girls. He returned to build the girls school and 130 more across the landscape of politically volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. His work has resulted in the education of 44,000 girls, changing the face of this region. Mortenson is co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute, founder of Pennies For Peace, co-author Three Cups of Tea, and Stones into Schools. In honor of his great contribution to this world and to the enormous hope he instills in girls, boys men and women in all corners of the world 25% of all proceeds from Hope Offensive paintings will go to the Central Asia Institute to help spread hope.
Author, activist, intellectual, working for justice, peace, democracy and sustainable livelihoods for rural poor. He has been a life-long supporter of the rights of people, democracy and sustainable communities in the face of dominant militant governments. Founder of Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation.
His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda
Indian swami Messenger of peace, who gave the message that no matter your circumstance, you can reach true happiness. Founder of integral yoga institutes, his legacy lives on. (deceased)
Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne
In the spirit of Martin Luther King, “Ari” has led peace marches and meditations with millions of poor people. He has dedicated his life to finding Peaceful solutions to problems. He empowers people to build their own sustainable and peaceful communities. Ari is founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana movement of Sri Lanka.
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Zalman fled Nazi Poland to America where he became father of the Jewish Renewal and Spiritual Eldering movements. He brings love, laughter and vision to his teachings, is an active teacher of Jewish Mysticism, and a participant in ecumenical dialogues throughout the world.
Writer, peace loving intellectual and human rights activist in China, Xiaobo is currently a prisoner in Bejing for having In 2004 Reporters Without Borders awarded Xiaobo with the prestigious honor of defending freedom of speech. On Christmas Day 2009 he was sentenced to eleven years' imprisonment and two years' deprivation of political rights by Beijing courts for circulating a petition asking the government for freedom of speech.
Yo Yo Ma
Passionate musician and social advocate Yo Yo Ma is the founder and artistic director of the Silk Road Project which bridges communication gaps between diverse cultures through music.
Dr David Krieger, J.D., Ph.D.
Krieger is a leader in the global effort to abolish nuclear weapons. He is an attorney, political scientist and the author of many studies on achieving peace in the nuclear age. Founder and director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
H.H. Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, a Tibetan Holy man in lifelong exile from his homeland. He teaches loving kindness, happiness and peace in this world. The promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the welfare of the Tibetan people, focusing on the survival of their identity, culture and religion.
Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
A leader in the Shambhala Mountain Center, Jamgon Mipham teaches basic human goodness to combat self esteem related epidemics in the world.
Dr. Harold Varmus Ph.D.
Founder of Pub Med which brings the work of researchers and scientists across the world to one online venue. President of Sloan Kettering, the worlds leading cancer care and research center, as ex Head of NIH, Pioneer in Human Genome Project,
Benjamin B. Ferencz,
An infantryman during World War II Ferencz liberated two concentration camps and later went on to earn his law degree and was the chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal. He then went on to build the International Court of Criminal Law to ensure the atrocities of the holocaust would not be repeated.
At once a Jain Monk, he left to a study the work of Gandhi and went on to create a movement of peace on four continents. He is publisher Resurgence Magazine, dedicated to Nuclear Disarmament and alternatives to war.
Dr. Edward O. Wilson Ph.D.
Biologist, Harvard professor, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, EO Wilson is known as "The father of BioDiversity." He is one of the brightest thinkers of our time. He has woven together a multiplicity of disiplines to increase our understanding of networks, and systems based on the biological systems in life.
Best-selling author, filmmaker, and motivational speaker. Cancer Survivor. Creator of Inspirational center for health which explores the mind body connection and draws from leaders in a multiplicity of fields to create a well-rounded cancer care treatment program and inspiration for those suffering from Cancer.
One-half of all proceeds go towards building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan through the Central Asia Institute