Friday, August 22, 2008

Episode 8: How Do You Guide a River? Channelling the New Generation of Leaders

Lead, follow or get out of the way. So goes the popular saying. We will probably have to do all of the above as the next generation of leaders comes rushing through society. Join Brenda Chaddock as she hosts a panel of next generation leaders – younger men and women who aren’t waiting to be offered leadership positions. Like never before, they’re going out and creating change, local change that can evolve globally as fast as running the rapids of a river. Find out what opportunities they’re making – and taking – in leadership. What are they thinking? What do they care about? How can we create channels through which their energy can have maximum impact?

Guest Experts

James Haga was born and raised in North Vancouver, Canada, and has been extremely fortunate throughout his 22 years to see travel the globe many times over, and now feels comfortably at home wherever he happens to be. Growing up in a transient family, by virtue of his father’s work as a seaman, James has always been encouraged by his family to reach beyond his own community and to seek out deeper connections with people from around the globe.
A graduate of Capilano College’s Global Stewardship program, and a current student in Simon Fraser University’s School of International Studies, James has also been blessed to have worked with many dynamic community leaders, who have inspired James to actively find ways to bring about social change.

A long-term advocate in his community around youth and addictions issues, James has sat on the board of directors of Watari Youth and Family Services Agency for almost 5 years. James has also been active in international development initiatives, and spent 10 months working in East Africa last year with an organization called ACCES, with whom he is now an elected director on their board. Currently, James is working for Engineers Without Borders at their national office in Toronto, Canada, and is also working as an intern with an initiative called Canada’s World, which is working from coast-to-coast in engaging Canadians of every variety to involve the public in re-defining our country’s future role in the international arena.

Jocelyn Anderson a biology graduate from the University of British Columbia recently traveled to South America to clear her head after her studies and ended up co-founding a grassroots international volunteer organization in Bolivia. With youth from all over the world she helped develop rural community health and sanitation programs. Jocelyn continues to work in community development with the YMCA of Greater Vancouver Community Services and International development branch.

Devon Carr is an undergrad studying International Relations and Development at the University of British Columbia after having transferred from the inaugural offering of the Global Stewardship Program at Capilano College in Vancouver. His interests in these areas focus on questions of international law, global health challenges, cross boarder health cooperation, migratory populations, human security, and governance in a world of disparate value systems. Devon is also a graduate of the Debrulle International Institute of the Culinary Arts. He has strong passions for travel, food and literature, as well as wilderness exploration. Devon has worked and travelled in Europe and the Caribbean. With the opinion that leadership is a life choice, Devon attempts to foster growth and development both personally and within his communities by approaching life as a dynamic process, and one that seeks to support whole systems beyond individual action.

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