By Stephen Bradberry, Alliance Institute
This past week I had the unparalleled honor of attending the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. There were some 20 Laureates on hand, high school students from across the Chicago Public School System, a gang of celebrities and a who’s who of entrepreneurs and other players on the world stage.
After two days of panels, meetings and mingling, I was left with two important take-aways – real change comes from the efforts of an organized group of individuals and the overwhelming need for the masses to rethink their own economics. Trust me, not all were focused on these things, but that’s what I got out of the event.
Lech Walesa of Poland, stood out for me, as organizing took him from being an electrician to the Presidency of his country, toppling communism along the way. The motto for the event, “Speak Up, Speak Out” seemed to reflect Walesa’s life story, and was echoed again and again throughout the event. Jody Williams, who won the award in 1997 for her work to ban landmines pointed out that although she and other individuals have been honored the work was that of many working together.