Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology and the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise Forum

A New and More Powerful Approach to Sustainability—Human Values

Madison, New Jersey - Three leaders in sustainability are sponsoring a Forum to deepen the dialogue and inquiry into human values and sustainability.  This topic is designed to create a new and more powerful process for creating the transformations that will enable a sustainable future. The Forum will create a community of inquiry into how human values relates to sustainability.  For it is through shared action inquiry and community building that transformational organizational changes occur. 

The Forum will be on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at the Florham-Madison Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Renowned speakers will frame the dialogue and engage the participants with questions that face them and the world rather than with answers. Panel members will bring different perspectives and open diverse avenues to the topic of “human values and sustainability.”

Participants, drawn from major corporations, small businesses, community organizations, universities, etc., will share their passions, concerns and possibilities for the future; and, together in a small round-table format, they will explore the role of human values in creating that future.  The morning roundtable workshop format will focus on deepening the inquiry and the afternoon roundtable session will shift to a more action-oriented dialogue.

More About the Forum

The Forum is a one-day event sponsored by the Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology, the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh Dickinson University in partnership with the Aspen Institute.  These three organizations are committed to advancing global sustainability—social, and economic as well as environmental.

Every speaker and panel member will expand and deepen the inquiry by sharing his or her perspective and experience about issues and possibilities that we are facing locally, regionally and worldwide.  Robert Sebbag, Vice President, Access to Medicines, Sanofi-Aventis, develops access to medicine for the Southern Hemisphere.  He teaches public health within the Paris hospital system, focusing on tropical parasitic diseases, is active within the French Red Cross, and has participated in numerous health missions in the Southern Hemisphere.

Forum Speakers and Panelist include:

Arturo L. Condo is Rector of INCAE, a leading Latin American business school.  At CLACDS, INCAE’s Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development, he led a team of professors and researchers that support private and public leaders in Latin America in their efforts to strengthen competitive clusters and to develop national and local competitiveness programs that seek to improve current levels of development.  He also serves as Senior Institute Associate of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. Arturo Condo received his doctoral degree from Harvard Business School.  His undergraduate studies in electronic engineering were conducted at the ESPOL in Ecuador, where he majored in biotechnology and information systems. 

Jeffrey Hollender is Executive Chairman and "Chief Inspired Protagonist" of Seventh Generation, Jeffrey Hollender is a well-respected leader in the socially and environmentally responsible communities. An entrepreneur at heart, his first business ventures were rooted in adult education. Jeffrey Hollender began with not-for-profit organizations, including a learning exchange that offered practical and professional development classes and an adult education and audio-publishing company; both were social and financial successes. After his tenure as president of Warner Audio Publishing, New York City, Jeffrey Hollender acquired a small mail order catalog of energy conservation products, Renew America, which eventually blossomed into Seventh Generation.

George Burrill, founder of ARD, Inc., was Chief Executive Officer from the firm’s inception in 1977 until 2007.  Under his leadership the firm grew into one of the premiere international economic development consulting firms in the U.S., with a staff of over 700 employees and revenues over $120 million a year.  Focused mainly on the developing countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the transitional states of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the firm developed a project portfolio in the areas of agriculture, environment and natural resources, water supply, renewable energy, financial analysis, as well as building democracies and the institutions and civic societies that sustain them.

Kate Curran has bridged the worlds of philanthropy, government and business for more than twenty years. Most recently, she held a series of roles of increasing responsibility over ten years with the General Electric Company. As Vice President, External Affairs for GE Money – Americas, she designed GE’s first large Community Reinvestment Act program, overseeing more than $100,000,000 in community development investments and grants, and earning an “Outstanding” investment rating from federal bank regulators. Kate was recognized as a change agent for responsible business practices and thoughtful advocacy, and received the GE Money Summit Awards in 2001 and 2002 and the Legal Star Award in 2004. Kate began her career in fund-raising. As Director of Annual Giving for the Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Councils, she built bridges to the Retail & Fashion, Menswear, Wall Street and New York Society communities. Her special events were featured in W, Womenswear Daily, DNR-Menswear Daily, the New York Times and Institutional Investor. During the 1990-1991 recession, she increased foundation and corporate revenues by 80%, special event revenues by 70%, annual Board giving by 50% and direct mail revenues by 85%. Currently, Kate operates the "Giving Project."  Giving projects are concrete, high impact projects of short duration, designed to inspire giving with transparency, efficiency and tangible results.  Whether a school in a Mayan village in Guatemala, a water recycling system for a Honduran orphanage, or a footbridge for Chiwa children in Mukasanga, Zambia, Giving projects benefit communities and givers alike, with critical, lasting infrastructure for the community and a life-enhancing experience for the giver. Kate earned her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and her J.D., summa cum laude, from Quinnipiac University. Immediately following law school, she clerked in the U.S. District Court with Hon. Ellen B. Burns and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with Hon. Thomas J. Meskill. Kate is currently studying Production at New York University."

Morton Emanuel Winston is Professor of Philosophy at the College of New Jersey.  Morton is Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International - USA.  From 1985-1991 he served as Director of the South Africa Coordination Group of AIUSA, served as a member of AIUSA's national Board of Directors from 1991-1997, and as Chair of the Board from 1995-1997. He was founding Chair of the Business and Economic Relations Group of Amnesty International USA.

About the ISE and FAST:

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise was founded in the Silberman College of Business in 2005. Its mission is to bring people together to learn how to develop and lead thriving, sustainable enterprises that are “in and for the world.” Focusing on the critical role that businesses and other organizations play in creating and enhancing societal, economic, and environmental sustainability in a global business context, the ISE strives to stimulate dialogue and thought that will lead to ideas of how to create more sustainable business and help leaders to lead sustainably.

FAST was established by alumni of the prestigious Fulbright Exchange Program and other members of the science and technology community. The Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology (FAST) is an independent organization committed to improving the state of the world by energizing communities of Fulbright alumni. FAST enables the exploration of the issues, trends and technologies, and empowers the alumni the tackle critical problems in their sector, their community or their country.

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