Mapping out multiple worlds fractured by race, class and history with stories both complex and demanding of our reflection, the International Women’s Forum looked at the culture and heritage, strength and struggle of a country which inspires. In a global dialogue that provides lessons, both told and untold, to a world locked in a redemptive struggle for the ideas, identity, opportunity and inheritance that will define the future, world leaders gathered in Johannesburg, May 20-22 for the 2015 IWF World Cornerstone Conference – Legacy & Inheritance: Journey to the Future.
Crossing boundaries and disrupting expectations, IWF witnessed the unspoken in society and considered not only the challenges, the hope and opportunities that South Africa’s story provides, but the interlinked nature of its trajectory across a region and a world that searches for answers to some of the most intractable social, economic, political and geo-strategic issues of our time.
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.