In a city that was the incubator for the American Civil Rights Movement and the home of many of its iconic leaders—Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Joseph Lowery, Andrew Young, Julian Bond, Hosea Williams, John Lewis and Coretta Scott King, among others—an ongoing and fertile resistance continues between the American Civil Rights Movement and contemporary global movements for justice, dignity, equality and freedom that comprise the universal struggle for human rights.
With a storied record of leadership on the human rights agenda that the international movement embraces for improving the lives and prospects of billions around the world and, along with it, the wellness and strength of business, society, and the global economy of the future, Atlanta’s contributions in the realm of response and responsibility are noteworthy. Most of all, Atlanta is an epicenter of human progress of the kind women leaders seek to embrace as we enter a new age of leadership responsibility for, and in response to, the call for improved human rights, equality, opportunity, and human dignity that will shape our better future.
IWF convened in Atlanta, bringing global thought leaders, activists, entrepreneurs, and corporate innovators who embrace sustainable and responsible business practices, as well as international health experts and the technologists who are disrupting the status quo of power that suppresses human rights for the 2014 IWF World Leadership Conference.
To this World Cornerstone Conference IWF invited experts from all parts of German society to give answers to questions like: How could Germany rise from its post-war past and successfully reunify East and West? How did Germany change the paradigm for the global economy in a few short decades and morph the manner in which her people live?
We came to Berlin to explore what public policies, personal choices, industrial strategies and lifestyle trends are remaking a modern society where culture, art, innovation and global competition come together. In a land where innovation is born and rewarded, discover how a storied education system, a generally content workforce, well-capitalized companies, low levels of private debt, a resistance to borrowing, a public’s value for frugality and lifestyle choices that embrace sustainability are producing results that are unmatched in almost any other country in the world.
At the epicenter, where East meets West, and in the historic seat of government of the Federal Republic of Germany, discover the power, the passion and the promise of a land where innovation is sparking a revolution in how people live, think, act, resolve and create for a better society, better planet and better tomorrow. The International Women’s Forum launched Innovationskraft: Power, Passion & Promise—Berlin, 21-23 May 2014.
In a city that stands at the forefront of global change, IWF was proud to convene women world leaders in a groundbreaking program designed to uncover, define, and frame the movements and trends that are shaping our lives, businesses, communities and future.
From a town founded by Yukon gold seekers, silk traders and lumber barons with a natural harbor that became important as the western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s intercontinental line and gateway to the Asia Pacific, Vancouver has grown into the internationally acclaimed, prominently regarded, top-rated global city it is today by exceeding every measure used to identify the world’s most livable cities – quality of living, social stability, infrastructure, education and culture, spatial qualities, recreation, safety, health care, hygiene and environment.
Top ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit and Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey, Vancouver has another role in the world that sets it apart. It is the birthplace of some of the most significant modern movements of our time that are shaping our world across politics, business, society, ecology, economy, migration, work, the built environment, housing, transportation, health, food and the future of globalization.
With Vancouver’s standing as the birth place of Greenpeace, Occupy Wall Street, Canada’s first drug law, the first wave feminist movement (including Canada’s leading suffragist who also was the first female member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and the first female cabinet minister and female Speaker in the British Empire), and home of the first female head of state ever elected to lead a North American nation, the leadership and lessons of this unique, gateway city abound for a world in transformation.