Join prominent community leaders, government officials, educators, reformers, activists, and inspired citizens in honoring a commitment to a stress-free, violence-free society. Featuring special keynote address by global humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is an emblem of compassion and service in today’s world.
March 24th, 2013 at 4 PM
San Jose Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose, CA 95113
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a multifaceted humanitarian and spiritual leader who has mobilized millions of volunteers into engaging in service in their communities. In 1981, he founded the international Art of Living Foundation, one of the world’s largest volunteer-run nonprofit organizations. The Art of Living Foundation has now grown to positively impact close to 300 million people around the planet through its self-development and humanitarian programs. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was recently identified as the 5th most powerful leader in India by Forbes. Sri Sri has also pioneered peace initiatives in Sri Lanka, Kashmir and Kosovo; disaster and trauma relief post the South Asian tsunami as well as Hurricane Katrina; prison rehabilitation programs and educational initiatives in India and beyond; rural empowerment programs for women, and much more. He has been an invited speaker at the European Parliament, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours.
Dr. James Doty
James R. Doty, M.D. is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. He works with a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism. He is also a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Doty is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, having given support to a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. Additionally, he has supported research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities. He is on the Board of a number of non-profits including serving as Chairman of the Dalai Lama Foundation. He is on the Senior International Advisory Board of the Council of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
Supervisor Dave Cortese was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2008. Prior to joining the Board, Cortese served eight years on the San Jose City Council, including two years as Vice Mayor. He grew up in San Jose as part of a family that has been active in civic, cultural and business activities for generations. He is married to Patti, a community leader in her own right, and has four children. His strong local roots and love for this county fuel his passion for public service. Dave has devoted his time in office towards creating public policy and programming to reduce youth crime, neighborhood poverty and the disenfranchisement of communities of color. Under this banner of social justice he has been a supporter and co-sponsor of the Carry the Vision Community Nonviolence conference since its inception seven years ago. He has organized and participated in marches in support of immigrant rights and supported legislation that would provide the most comprehensive health coverage for the uninsured. Under Dave’s leadership, the County of Santa Clara adopted a policy against the incarceration of youth offenders under the age of 13 at Juvenile Hall, the first such policy in United States. Every year, Dave sponsors Unity Day, a celebration to promote peace and make neighborhoods safer.
MC Yogi has pioneered a new sound with blending together his love of yoga culture with hip hop, reggae, and electronic music. Since their release, both his albums, Elephant Power and Pilgrimage, are top sellers on the iTunes world music charts, and their popularity have made him a household name in the global yoga community. MC Yogi released Vote for Hope in support of Barack Obama and created an anthem for Starbuck’s service initiative “Are You In?” Both videos received over a million views. In 2011, he became an ambassador for Michelle Obama’s Lets Move initiative and later was invited to teach yoga on the White House lawn. MC Yogi has also been a key supporter of Yoga Aid, helping to raise over 2 million dollars for various charities. MC Yogi performs and teaches yoga all over the world lighting up stages at music festivals, nightclubs, yoga conferences and art museums. He has headlined the Wanderlust Festivals across the country and has opened for Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti and Moby. For more information please visit mcyogi.com