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Date: February 27, 2012

Guest Speakers: Ann Medlock & John Graham, The Giraffe Heroes Project

Summary: Ann Medlock and John Graham, the longtime leaders of the Giraffe Heroes Project, a global nonprofit that for almost thirty years has been moving people to stick their necks outs for the common good, and giving them tools to succeed.

Important Points:

  • Ann founded the Giraffe Heroes Project in part because she was fed up with the media’s focus on negative news. She wanted people to know about the real people making headway on serious problems through their courageous and compassionate action.
  • The Giraffe Heroes Project develops and distributes programs for schools and youth organizations, helping kids from 5 to18 develop lives as courageous and compassionate citizens.
  • In 2009 the Project launched Giraffe Heroes International (GHI), helping citizens solve difficult public problems in the developing world, from poverty to poor leadership. The initiative builds on the thirty years experience of the Giraffe Heroes Project to inspire and support courageous, compassionate citizen action.
  • Visit www.giraffe.org to learn more or to sign up to receive the Project’s E-zine, “Heads Up,” focusing on Giraffe Heroes’ stories.

Reading Recommendations: Stick Your Neck Out: A Street-Smart Guide to Creating Change in Your Community and Beyond by John Graham and Sit Down Young Stranger by John Graham 

Purposeful Quotes:
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer
“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”- John Wayne