Transformational suffering can transform your changework
// By Jacqueline Brennan
Join James Dold for his Upswell Chicago Spark Talk to learn how his challenging life story taught him how the power of love can transform suffering into hope, and how hardship experiences can help you become a better and more effective changemaker.
James is among the six finalists vying for the 2019 NGen Leadership Award, presented annually to a changemaker age 40 or younger who has demonstrated transformative impact and collaborative leadership in addressing a critical societal need.
James is also is CEO and founder of Human Rights for Kids, an international nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights for children In the U.S. and around the world through research and public education, coalition building and grassroots mobilization, and policy advocacy and strategic litigation.
During his Spark Talk, James will share about his experiences of personal suffering, the people who gave him unconditional love, and how that allowed him to transform his suffering into hope and become a changemaker.
He’ll also explain how insights gained along the way led him to develop a new theory of social change, called Ripples of Hope, which he says can “exponentially accelerate changework.” James says you’ll “learn how to harness their own vulnerability and suffering and use them as tools to advance changework by inspiring others to rally behind your vision.”
He adds that you can expect to learn how to “see the good in everyone, meet people where they are, build unlikely and diverse coalitions, and use the power of unconditional love to have the final word.”
James and his fellow NGen Leadership Award finalists will all be presenting or speaking during our three days in Chicago. They’ll also be at our Leadership Awards Reception—happening Thursday, November 14—where we’ll announce the winner of the 2019 award!
If you haven’t already, save your spot to join us this November and make plans to meet our six fabulous finalists and celebrate our winner when we announce them in Chicago!
Transformational Suffering & the Power of Unconditional Love is happening Thursday, November 14 from 9:45 – 9:55am.