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I was struck by the value and power of partnering individuals from the corporate and social sectors. It was a unique approach that when combined with the “safe environment” that you created, allowed us to test and explore ideas.”
— Anita Roper, Director Sustainability, Alcoa
"I truly believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world."

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Below is the program the Connecting for Change participants enjoyed during the Dialogue, held September 26th to 28th, 2009 in Vancouver, BC.


Dalai Lama In CanadaVancouver - The Dalai Lama will headline a “spiritual dream team” of Nobel Peace Prize laureates and international activists at a peace summit this September in Vancouver.

The Dalai Lama will also be a guest editor of The Vancouver Sun for a special edition themed around "Educating the Heart."

"It is an honour indeed to have the Dalai Lama guest edit The Vancouver Sun. Humbling, exciting and maybe even a little bit intimidating, although I suspect a kinder editor could not be found.

The Learning Journey & Connecting for Change

By Ward Mailliard

If you are curious, I would point you towards the Ubuntu Project video at or either of the two blogsites that contain the student descriptions of their experience: and