July 2, 2012 Dan Gregory Human Rights Activist “Bridges Life Connections” Les Cayes Haiti “The Inspirational Leadership for a New Haiti”

Listen to program. July 2, 2012 Dan Gregory Human Rights Activist “Bridges Life Connections” Les Cayes Haiti “The Inspirational Leadership for a New Haiti.”

By vocation Dan Gregory is a registered pharmacist, a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, but he has yet to let that limit his objectives. A painter in oils and watercolor, a photographer, a writer, world traveler, and family man, he considers himself well-blessed.

“I’ve seen large blocks of the world: a lot of the goodness and a lot of the darker side. The aspects of the darker side are seemingly all wrought by man in bids for power. Haiti is a corner of the world which exhibits this fairly well. The people are happy innocents who are simply glad to be alive and rejoice in it with little concern for the outside world. They have suffered without measure in the past from rule by despot and natural disasters, yet they persevere. When others would simply collapse and grow entirely dependent upon the whims of others, the Haitians have maintained their independence and pride.”

“My purpose in going to Haiti was to photograph and chronicle AJEPTOCH, an organization of young Haitian leaders, who would prefer to learn to fish rather than merely accept the catch of the day based upon another’s largesse. I met many new friends who burn with a passion of reigniting a new self-interest in their beloved country, and their attitude is contagious. Haiti asks not for sharing the bounty of others, but rather wish to grow and share their own. It is to this end that Bridges has made itself apparent in this small corner of paradise.”

What is a Leadership Program?

The study of leadership can be traced back to Plato, Sun Tzu and Machiavelli; however, leadership has only become the focus of contemporary academic studies in the last 60 years, and particularly more so in the last two decades. In the case of the Leadership program developed by the Project Bridges, Life Connections, the original Idea of which by David William Gibbons was to develop a program that could offer Haitian common people, (not just academics) an understanding about their country and working together towards understanding their own necessities and goals.
The ideas came close to one hunger of organization of minds and communities and so, we developed not simply a program that they will study, but developed a basic idea of Leadership Program in which they will create themselves. All classes, selected individuals, venue and times including the adaptation of the program will be completed and organized by the Haitian people themselves. The Leadership Program “Bridges Life Connection” will be currently the only program in the entire world where one NetWork – where many people who may not yet know each other personally – are donating their time, art, efforts and actions in respecting the identity, history and dignity of Haiti and its people. This leadership program, and each course module will be under the supervision of AJEPTOCH – Cayes for a period of two years. At the end of this period the course  leaders will be able to evaluate the actions and success of their community. Let’s go and work there in June, 18 to 22 – 2012. We hope that this Pilot Plan can develop and grow in all the  Haitian communities and perhaps even in many communities around the world. Now you may ask “which large foundation, which political class or who is making the financial help for all this to become a reality?” We can respond: “All networks involved are giving of themselves whole-heartedly. The goal is that one day, Bridges Life Connections will pay for its own project. However, for now, everyone including Haitian people are donating and expending their own money.(No one of us is a millionaire) This means that you can take action. Make the difference and help others and above all yourself to dream your new world!

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