My Latest Letter...
Letter From Laos and Larrakia Country
I recently travelled to Laos visit local women artisans and some of the other work supported by The Asia Foundation,
Accompanied by my colleagues, we arrived in the villages near Savannakhet, the women brought out reams of exquisitely textured fabrics that had been created by women in their villages. We were supporting some of these women to participate in the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market this year. We heard from these artisans that this opportunity would allow them to keep their daughters in school this year, and that increased economic security would likely provide greater protection from trafficking.
If sales and buyer connections went well, the flow on benefits would provide more work opportunities for young women from their villages, so that they are not forced to go to Thailand to do low-wage work. This opportunity would then contribute to the renaissance of artisan power in Laos and their outreach to the world.
Two of the women in the villages we visited in Laos shared their stories …
Recent Webinars and Speeches..,
Last November I was invited to speak at the 2015 Future Health Leaders Conference . It was a wonderful event and I particularly want to thank Shannon Nott for the invitation to speak.
My keynote speech was THE POWER OF MOVEMENTS – A GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF FUTURE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS about the potential, individually and collectively to lead a strong health worker movement to change the world.
My Book Launch...
Book launch in San Francisco Public Library
Photo courtesy of the wonderful Ariel and Sam of Bowerbird Photography