How Our Consumer Habits Help Finance Death in Africa
Did you know your laptop is funding the war in the Congo, the deadliest global conflict since World War II? What we buy and how we buy has an impact even if we don't realize it, from the loss of human lives and wildlife to the eradication of cultures, forests and governance. In this presentation, John Prendergast uses everyday consumer items (car keys, diamond earrings, cell phones) to illustrate their connection to war and atrocity in Africa through supply chains where war is being funded. With state institutions hijacked by criminal networks and billions of dollars disappearing due to the corrupt partnership between African leaders and international enablers, including banks, electronic companies and foreign governments, a peaceful future requires transparency, accountability and consumer pressure on offending nations.
10 Building Blocks for Making a Difference in the World & in Your Neighborhood
John has followed two paths towards making a difference: locally through being a mentor and "Big Brother" to kids whose fathers are absent, and globally through his work for human rights in Africa. A dynamic presenter, John talks about how he stumbled onto both of these paths in his early 20s, and then provides the "ten ingredients" he has used to make a difference throughout these last three decades. In this inspiring talk, John intersperses personal stories of Africa, celebrities and life in general to show how change can happen.
Good News Stories from Africa: How Hollywood & the Media Get it Wrong
The standard image of Africa is a starving baby, a continent of helplessness and a population ensconced in victimhood. These impressions are reinforced by the media, especially big-budget motion pictures that portray Africans as helpless or inherently violent. However, the reality is far different. In this revelatory talk, John illustrates the differences between "Hollywood Africa" and the African continent as it truly exists today, peeling back the veil of mystery and showing a vibrant, growing society filled with culture and promise.
The Holocaust, Modern Genocides & the Anti-Atrocities Movement
Genocide has evolved over time since the Holocaust. But the variables going into genocide have remained the same: targeting people on the basis of their identity. The biggest symbol of hope on the horizon regarding efforts to counter genocide is the growing people's movement to stop it from happening. In this motivating presentation, John talks about the power of social movements and how they have been used – and will continue to be used – as the major force in the prevention of genocide and other social atrocities.