Tony Balis Boston USA
Founder of The Humanity Initiative, Tony was editor and publisher of our journal, humanity, in the 1990’s. Previous positions include Associate Publisher of WorldPaper (a supplement to leading international newspapers) and Executive Director of the National Advertising Review Board. He was Chairman of the British American Educational Foundation (New York City and London) from 1975 to 1980 and served as a trustee for twenty years. Tony also was a lecturer in international marketing at Babson College and at New Hampshire College. He holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University and an MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is the author of Imbazza, a play about Albert Schweitzer, and of RoadWise: Don’t Die By Accident, a Kindle e-book on improving awareness and attitude on the highways of the world.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Gregory B. Craig Washington D. C. USA
Currently a Partner at Skadden Arps in Washington D.C., Greg has extensive government experience as well, serving as Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s senior adviser on defense, foreign policy and national security issues, as Director of Policy Planning at the State Department under Madeleine Albright, as Assistant to the President and Special Counsel in the Clinton White House, and as President Obama’s White House Counsel. Mr. Craig also has served on the boards of many non-governmental organizations and foundations, including The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (vice chair); the International Human Rights Law Group (chair); the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial; and the American Security Project. Greg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 1967 and from Yale Law School in 1972.
Erica DeLorenzo Tisbury, Massachusetts USA
Erica is an organizational psychology and business development professional who has spent many years in roles that have allowed her to investigate workplace dynamics and conditions that result in optimal performance. Her current focus is on creating new environments, processes and approaches that meet business goals. She lives, practices and plays on a small island in the Atlantic Ocean but is often seen in New York City. Passionate about local and sustainable food production, she is involved in various community businesses and events that connect chefs, farmers and neighbors. Erica was previously the VP of Business Development at WildTangent, Inc., overseeing WildTangent Media’s network of premier game publishers. She also spent four years at the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), leaving as Senior Director of Industry Practices, having facilitated various committees and councils of highly motivated media professionals to develop industry standards and educational tools that helped their business partners make more informed decisions. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and holds a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her love of learning includes a bachelors of arts degree in Biological Anthropology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law.
Kylie Janssens Johannesburg, South Africa
A native of South Africa, Kylie is well known and respected in the field of adult education and training. She is passionate about the development of people and has extensive experience in implementation of projects in both corporate and public contexts. She recently founded her own training and development company, partnering with institutions and companies to ensure effective, sustainable implementation of new initiatives. Previous positions include Director of Education and Training Quality Assurance for Media Works, a multi-media adult education and training company in Johannesburg. Her experience spans client service, key account management, facilitation, skills development, materials development, project management, assessment, quality assurance, management and strategic consultation. She is a registered Skills Development Facilitator, Assessor and Moderator and is currently a member of the Accreditation Committee of Council at Umalusi. Kylie has been involved in the training and development industry since 1996, beginning as an ABET trainer while completing her BA in Education and a BA with Honours in Publishing at the University of Witwatersrand.
Sheila Kinkade Baltimore, Maryland USA
Writer, filmmaker, and communications consultant, Sheila captures the stories of grassroots visionaries whose innovative solutions to local challenges transform communities. Her work has taken her from villages in northern Thailand to schools in Serbia, from the rain forests of Costa Rica to farming communities in Uganda. Sheila’s past clients include the African Development Foundation, International Youth Foundation, Nokia, United Nations Foundation, and The World Bank. She co-authored Our Time is Now: Young People Changing the World, a book profiling young heroes in 20 countries, and has written four nonfiction children’s books. She recently produced a documentary chronicling a pioneering effort to transform school food in Baltimore. A graduate of Duke University and the Columbia School of Journalism, she is on the board of the Corfu Foundation and a member of Women in Film & Video.
Dr Sandra Pralong Bucharest, Romania
Sandra, a native of Romania, is the founder of SYNERGETICA, which offers consutling in strategy, communication, CSR, training and group coaching. She recently ran for the Senate in Romania, was head of the Romanian Public Relations Association and, before that, was Gender and Civil Society Advisor for UNFPA in Romania. she set up and ran the Soros Foundation in Bucharest between 1990 and 1993, served as advisor to Emil Constantinescu when he was President (1998-2000), and also served UNDP in various capacities at the regional and local levels. In addition, Sandra has been involved in giving young Romanians a taste for ethics through the work of the SynergEtica Foundation which she established in 2006. In New York, before returning to Romania in 1990, Sandra was the Promotion Director for Newsweek. She earned her Ph.D in Paris, has an M.Phil from Columbia University and an MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She writes extensively on ethics and the development of civil society.
Francie Randolph Truro, Massachusetts USA
Francie Randolph is an award-winning artist. Her series, primarily focused on patterns in nature and biological life cycles, have been exhibited internationally, her work featured and reviewed in books, international art publications and a variety of periodicals including Print Magazine, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and The New York Times. Her biography has been published in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in the World, but they all fail to mention that she ran The Humanity Initiative’s summer volunteer program in 1994. After receiving a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, Francie traveled through Papua New Guinea on a Radcliffe grant to explore the interrelationship between culture and village arts. She began her career in Sydney, Australia and soon was invited to return to Harvard’s V.E.S. Department, where she taught for 7 years, winning several Certificates of Distinction in Teaching Awards and also received an EdM in Visual Arts and Technology from their Graduate School of Education. Francie lives with her husband, artist Tom Watson, and their two children in an eighteenth-century farmhouse. Two sheep, a dozen ducks and several Buff Orpington hens roam the property surrounding the timber-frame barn which serves as their studios. After co-founding the Truro Agricultural Fair with two farming friends in 2009, Francie took a short nap and then founded the non-profit Sustainable CAPE to further the educational mission and combine her passions for art, food, health, the environment and education.
Michelle M. Sullivan Sheridan, Wyoming, USA
Michelle is principal of Sullivan & Associates, a private firm that assists philanthropists, private foundations and nonprofits to maximize their effectiveness. She recently has served as president of the Ucross Foundation, as director of Wyoming operations for the Daniels Fund, and as a senior associate at the Aspen Institute’s Community Strategies Group and Global Interdependence Initiative. Currently Michelle serves on the Wyoming State Board of Education and as a trustee of the Homer & Mildred Scott Foundation. In 1997 she was awarded a three-year Kellogg National Fellowship, during which she examined the leadership issues that emerge out of cross-cultural conflict. She was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University in 1995 & 1996 and also was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Colorado College for her work to develop the Snake River Institute in Jackson Hole in 1988. Michelle is married and has three children.
Dr Shashi Tharoor New Delhi, India
Shashi is a member of the Indian Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and also serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs. He is former UN Under Secretary General and former Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs. Formerly Chairman of Dubai-based Afras Ventures, Shashi was the official candidate of India for the succession to Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2006, and came a close second in the race. His career began in 1978, when he joined the staff of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, and included key responsibilities in peace-keeping after the Cold War and as a senior adviser to the Secretary General, as well as the Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information. Shashi is the award-winning author of 14 books, including, most recently, Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century, as well as hundreds of articles, op-eds and book reviews in a wide range of publications. He has served for two years as a Contributing Editor and occasional columnist for Newsweek International, has authored a fortnightly column in The Hindu (2001-08), in The Times of India (2007-09) and since July 2010 in the Asian Age/Deccan Chronicle. His monthly column for Project Syndicate is distributed to over 80 newspapers around the world. Here is a recent TED talk: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiTrl0W1QrM&feature=youtu.be.
Jacqueline Wigglesworth Hove, East Sussex, UK
Half English, half Venezuelan, Jackie has worked for environmental and humanitarian projects on 6 continents. This year she established a company called Luminous Trails (www.luminoustrails.com), based on a spiritually, environmentally and culturally aware approach to travel. She lived recently in the Yasawa islands of Fiji, teaching English, drama and sports, as well as installing fresh rainwater tanks and working on a dolphin research projects for Global Vision International. Previous overseas experience includes managing The Book Bus for children in Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador, working in an orphanage in Nepal, teaching English and sustainable development in Mexico, and on a marine project with Philippe Cousteau. Jacqueline has also led 4 expeditions in South America for VentureCo, where she learned the local languages, worked on community projects and trekked to Machu Picchu and through Patagonia. She is a yoga teacher and personal trainer as well. She has a BA Hons from Exeter University in English and Drama, and a diploma with distinction from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Her love of travel, adventure and giving back, and her belief that essentially we are all one influence her life choices, and she’s delighted to be a member of Team Humanity.
Professor Wu Ningkun Reston, Virginia USA
We affectionately refer to Ningkun as “Emperor of Humanity”. Professor Emeritus of English at the International Institute of Beijing, he spent 22 years in internal incarceration in his native China. During the 1980’s he held visiting fellowships at Cambridge University, Northwestern University and the University of California. In 1990 he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from Manchester College. Ningkun published his memoir, A Single Tear, in 1993 and now lives and writes in Virginia with his wife of sixty-one years, Li Yikai. Ningkun is a young 95 this year!
DIRECTOR OF TEA COUNCILS STRATEGY
Miranda Cole Ansan, South Korea
A native of Minnesota, Miranda currently teaches English in South Korea. She previously was a teacher and lecturer in Qingdao, China, on teaching methods and on the use of music and drama in the classroom, for the Bureau of Education. Miranda was awarded a Weissberg Student Research Grant in 2013 to explore the influence of American and local hip-hop music on the youth of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She graduated from Beloit College in 2013 with a dual major in Anthropology and in Education: Youth and Society. Since the fall of 2014, she has taken charge of strategic planning for Humanitea, our effort to end war by 2020. Among her additional responsibilities as THI’s “Chief of Peace”, she mentors our volunteers, researches funding leads, and is developing our Museum of Inspiration.
DIRECTOR OF THI’S EDUCATION AND TRAVEL FOR POSITIVE CHANGE INITIATIVES
Michael Benowitz New York City, USA
Mike currently is in graduate school at NYU. Formerly the Assistant Director at the Historical Society of the Courts of New York, he worked to preserve not just the history of the law, but of the judges, lawyers and citizens involved in crafting it. He joined THI in the summer of 2010 and, among other responsibilities, has developed our new initiatives on education and on travel-for-positive-change. Mike is a native of Marblehead, Massachusetts and graduated from Colgate University in 2010 with honors in History and a minor in Peace & Conflict Studies.
EXTERNSHIPS / VOLUNTEERING FOR THI
As a small and horizontally integrated enterprise, THI is always interested in recruiting new and enthusiastic externs to work on a wide range of projects and initiatives. We are looking for individuals who combine a positive worldview with a strong sense of how to get things done.
Externs work from wherever they call home, with a minimum commitment of ten hours a month. We offer our volunteers a unique opportunity to work with leaders in many fields, creating content and programs for our ever-widening global audience.
We place a high priority on maturity of purpose, self-reliability, articulateness, curiosity, sense of humor, honesty, and ability to get along with people. Those of you interested in international relations, cross-cultural education, web publishing, anthropology, environmental affairs, political science, journalism, non-profit management, fund-raising or positive change in general are encouraged to apply.
As with THI internships during our first sixteen years, we take great care to customize each externship. We want it to meet your goals as well as ours. Assignments include strategic planning; alliance development; public relations; marketing; expanding current initiatives and establishing new ones; fund-raising; and translation.
We welcome applications throughout the year. To apply for one of the positions listed above, please email a resume and cover letter to our externship coordinator, Miranda Cole at: email@example.com. Your cover letter should discuss how your experience, talents and interests would contribute to our initiatives. We are keenly interested in your ability to write well, in particular with simplicity and style.
At present, we are especially interested in volunteers for our efforts to end war by 2020, including the development of our Museum of Inspiration, as well as for these areas:
Travel for Positive Change
Created as a tool for volunteer travelers to use in building a better understanding of this growing sector of the travel industry, THI is seeking volunteers to help expand content. A special focus of this project is delving into the practices of the industry and identifying ways that volunteer travelers can have the greatest impact during their time overseas. We are looking for writers and researchers for this project, preferably with experience in volunteer travel or international development.
Our web sites, www.humanity.org and www.humanitea.org, are of course central to our mission. Our dedicated team works hard on this site, but we can always use additional hands to help design, develop, and implement new ideas, in addition to the regular updating of ongoing projects. Experience with Drupal is a plus, but not necessary. The main requirement that we ask of all volunteers is that they are willing to tailor their work to the tone and goals of THI.
THI is currently in the process of launching several new initiatives and needs a dedicated volunteer, or volunteers, to help with the design of logos and other graphics for these projects. This is a unique opportunity for a graphic designer to be able to work on several different projects and contribute to the overall design of our web sites.
As a global organization, we are always in search of volunteers who can translate our offerings into new languages, enabling us to reach new audiences. If you speak two or more languages and are interested in volunteering as a translator, or would like to translate a specific portion of our site, we would be happy to hear from you.
This remains on ever-evolving arena and we seek creative individuals who can find their way through both traditional funding sources and also the newer possibilities, such as crowd funding.
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