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TEDxFortWayne Lanah Hake Talk to Strangers Change The World

SPEAKER: Lanah K. Hake has a decade of strategic project and grant management experience in the non-profit and public sector in both the United States and New Zealand. Having graduated from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) with a Bachelor of Public Health Administration in 1999, Lanah recently returned to her academic studies in 2008 to complete a Master of International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. Following her first degree, Lanah immediately went on to work at a number of non-profit and public sector entities over the following decade. All of her work has focused on facilitating social change through strategic education, engagement and collaborative solutions. Her projects have ranged from health policy, rural health, child health insurance, debt strategy, social policy research and evaluation, as well as a broad range of closely affiliated social issues. Throughout her career, Lanah has taken on often complex convoluted projects requiring intense cross sector collaboration and effective group facilitation. Additionally, all of her work has demanded exceptional interpersonal communication, relationship management and conflict resolution in often highly emotional and politically charged environments. Having recently completed her Master of International Relations (MIR) degree at Victoria University of Wellington, Lanah focused on the link between individuals within this much larger force of global relations. After traveling to over 20 countries across the globe, Lanah decided to formalize her personal passion for intercultural understanding and ongoing learning through her studies centered on the following: (publications can be found here) broad range of Eastern and Western approaches and theories of international relations inequalities of identity from a cultural and social anthropological perspective role of global governance, including the institutions and frameworks of the United Nations psychology of political leadership, including a focus women using the path of non-profits as a key step for becoming president Additionally, her thesis combined these coursework studies with an anthropological perspective of the cosmopolitan ideal (i.e. sense of global responsibility beyond ourself) by examining the largest industry in the world, global tourism. Employing more than 1 out of every 11 human beings across the globe, Lanah delved into a previously untapped consideration of whether it is time for international relations, an often abstracted area of study, to seriously engage with the tourism industrial complex - particularly as it affects the poorest of the world, the Global South. Her thesis titled "Cosmo-tourism: Exploring the latent cosmopolitanism of 21st century tourism" took a pioneering and courageous step towards fusing these two areas of study that have thus far gone relatively ignored. It is this rare blend of professional competence, personal commitment and academically rigorous critical thinking and analysis that makes LanahLink Strategic Solutions strategically smarter. TOPIC: Cosmotourism; Talk to Strangers; Change the World Overview: Tourism is the biggest industry in the world employing 1 out of 10 human beings yet overlooked despite its use as a key tool for poverty eradication around the world and a key aspect of our interactions with 'the other'. What's also overlooked is how our individual actions as global citizens and tourists, when put together collectively, make change in a world (of international relations) and decision making that often feels entirely orchestrated by 'key actors' and transnational corporations. With this limited lens, the billions of us interacting daily have yet to acknowledge and embrace the power of our interactions both on the singular level and when put together cumulatively proves to be a powerful force for peace, for change, and for empowerment as global citizens. Through the sharing of personally profoundly life changing travel interactions including the spontaneity and beauty of sharing a meal with fully veiled women in Oman who had never met a Westerner, or the close encounters with potential pirates on the Arabian Sea (near Gulf of Aden Yemen/Somalia/Oman), this idea will be brought to life for all in attendance. What is TEDx? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxFortWayne, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxFortWayne event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.
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