It is wonderful when you meet a group of people who are so generous, thoughtful and warm that it reignites your sense of the power of community.
The last four days, the GPP team has been on the West Coast presenting 1.4 Billion Reasons at college campuses, developing our partnership with Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ).
It has been an absolutely incredible time and we have made new friends, met wonderful people and been inspired by the energy and passion of people to make an impact in the journey to end extreme poverty.
On Thursday Night we presented 1.4 Billion Reasons at Pepperdine University in Malibu. This was the first time Bobby Bailey, GPP’s USA Co-Founder, got up on stage and shared the vision to build the movement across the West Coast. The audience was great, and so many of them signed up to become involved.
On Friday Night we presented at the University of Southern California (USC) together with actress Olivia Wilde (TRON, House). The response was wonderful, and so many people in the audience stayed behind afterwards to continue the conversation.
On Saturday Night we attended a fundraising party to support the launch of Young Artists for Peace and Justice (YAPJ) with Barbara Burchfield and Olivia Wilde. We met some wonderful people who are passionately working to provide educational opportunities in Haiti.
But beyond the busy schedule of meetings, presentations and strategy work, the thing that has stuck with me most profoundly during the last week has been the strong community of the wonderful people we met.
Gabriella Redding and Melissa Palmer hosted us during our stay. They work for a cool company called Hoopnotica. Together with their close friend and YAPJ colleague Barbara Burchfield, they are working passionately to make an impact in the world. We also spent time with a wonderful guy named Ron who works with the Summit Series. They made our time on the west coast very memorable.
It was a really encouraging time and I am sure that this is just the beginning of great things to come.
If you’d like to take action with GPP in North America and be part of the movement as it grows, you can book a presentation today here.
Let’s do it.