Humanitarian, "Doyenne of Disasters," Director & Author of The Third Wave - A Volunteer Story & Recipient of The Presidential Lifetime Service Award
Dr. Alison Thompson is a global humanitarian volunteer, running large refugee camps, field hospitals and resilience command hubs in natural and man-made disasters around the world for the past 23 years, including the Syrian, Afghan, Venezuelan and Ukraine refugee crisis. Read More >
TEDx: Everyone’s Needed, No Skills Required
Third Wave Volunteers- Everyone's Needed
Just Do Something - Alison Thompson from the Beaches of Lesvos
Giving Light to Syrian Refugees
Who is Dr. Alison Thompson?
Relief in Action
Loyola University Chicago College of Arts & Sciences Commencement Speech
The Body Collector
Solight for Refugees in Greece
Mark Twain said 'the two most important days of our lives are the day you are born and the day you find out why.' Read More >
Dr. Alison Thompson takes us on a global adventure of service and love in action embracing humanity as a frontline witness to mankind at its very best and at its very worst. She has learned first hand that the antiquated aid models no longer work and that resilient sustainable community hubs recognize that everyone is needed. With simplicity and humility, Thompson inspires everyone to service and tailors her message on how ‘anyone can volunteer’, from a global scope to our own backyards. Read Less ^
Thompson has spent decades working in 6 continents navigating a complex system of 'Disaster Inc' preparing for future disasters. She discusses the role of the magic gene of social media in disasters and how Love and a bottle of Chanel #5 can save your life. Thompson discusses 'Un-developing' countries, grassroots volunteer movements, sustainable renewable energy and the need for a super 'disaster' task force the size of the military to soldier up on what has already began with climate change.
Based on the UN statistic that one in 3 women on the planet will be raped/or beaten in her lifetime (that is over one billion women). Thompson explores gender based violence and the #METOO movement through the eyes of her own work in the Cite Soleil slums of Haiti to Mar Largo in Florida and beyond.
"I'm not asking you to shave your head and chant on a hill but to imagine a world where we all do our part that the karma banks are overflowing with blue-chip stocks and compassion and we are all billionaires on the inside." Topics range from how businesses can cash in on the 'love token' of service, Bitcoin, Crypto and the charity 501c3 model and how the analytical business mind is the missing algorithm in the complex world of Aid.
"She was OUTSTANDING! Could not have had a better choice of speaker! She is the exact kind of speaker we were looking for! Her Keynote was great, and we couldn't drag her away from talking with people at the end. If you can clone her, that would be great!"
"Alison was absolutely amazing. Her message resonated with every student in the audience and she made an effort to connect with everyone she spoke with directly. We couldn't have been more pleased with her!"
"From the beginning of our communication, Alison was professional, easy to work with, and personable. Alison captivated her audience with her charm and ability to connect. She speaks well and from the heart. Her experiences are incredible and her passion for life and her cause is undeniable in her presentation. She is not only inspirational but dynamic in her delivery."
"A welcome and inspiring account of what one woman and her friends can accomplish against the greatest odds."
"The Third Wave film is truly a must see, for ourselves, our children, and anyone we know. It inspires the very best in us just when we need that the most and comes as close to answering our purpose in life more than any other film in my most recent memory."
"Alison Thompson is an inspiration. Whereas most people check out after a crisis, Thompson remains there on the ground, loving, caring, and communicating the need for awareness and help. Her creativity and healing are incomparable in a crisis and deliver the messages that are needed around the world. This book is a must-read and is a call to action."
"Alison Thompson's captivating life story and adventures in volunteering makes us all want to be better citizens of our planet. We can all contribute, she fearlessly tells us, not just with her soaring words but even more with her inspiring actions."
"Alison Thompson's fine book, The Third Wave, teaches and emphasizes the value of effective, appropriate volunteerism, even when severe negative circumstances limit the number of fellow human beings who can be helped."
"Readers will marvel at Thompson's ability to leave her life midstream to help others, clearly relishing the adventure as much as the opportunity to serve. She urges readers to redefine heroism by doing whatever they can with examples of small efforts with great impact...."
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