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2009 – A Retrospective


2009 has been intense for us here at JANERA. We talked to established world leaders, provocative thinkers, and bold innovators, all of whom are tackling the biggest issues of our time. See below an overview of our 2009 events, and read what’s next on our agenda for 2010.

Global Religion in February with leading Buddhist thinker Sharon Salzburg and five other leading religious figures;

Modern-day Slavery in March with Peter Buffett and Dayton Literary Peace Prize winning author Benjamin Skinner;

Global Capitalism in March with Professor Jeffrey Sachs and the New York Bureau Chief of The Economist Matthew Bishop;

Green Transportation in May with Robin Chase one of Time Magazine‘s most influential people in 2009 and Vijay Vaitheeswaran award-winning correspondent for The Economist;

Iranian Elections in June with journalist and author Hooman Madj and Nisid HajariNewsweek’s Foreign Editor;

Empowering Women & Girls in September with Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn and Camfed’s Executive Director, Ann Cotton.

Climate Change Debate in November with NRDC’s Ralph Cavanagh, Duke University’s Eric Roston, AEI’s Steven Hawyard, Reason Magazine’s Ronald Bailey, moderated by CNBC’s Dennis Kneale;

Giving Holiday Party in December with Philanthrocapitalism‘s Matthew Bishop talking to FEEDProject‘s Lauren Bush, DonorsChoose‘s Charles Best, and Chartity: Water‘s Scott Harrison;

Screening for Camfed of Where the Water Meets the Sky on World Aids Day, December 1st.

We undertook a complete redesign of our Web site and switched from being “the voice of global nomads” to “curating global conversations.” We now integrate video into the site more and think this better reflects our mission of making international affairs accessible and attractive.

And we launched a brand-new membership program with exciting benefits! We not only serve individuals with discounts to our events at our Nomad level, but we can also help causes spread the word at the GameChanger level, or even co-host events with authors, advocates and concerned citizens at the Leaders level. And this is just the beginning. Click on our Membership page and find out which level fits you best, and sign up today!

2010 promises to be amazing. We are taking the conversation to the next level by partnering with fabulous companies and individuals, and are expanding beyond New York. If you’re interested in bringing our events to your city, email us to set it up.

THANK YOU for being with us along this roller-coaster ride and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Empowering Women & Girls Salon – 21 September 2009


camfed_imageAfter a tumultuous summer of change and refocusing, we are thrilled to move forward with a new look and an exciting lineup of timely and provocative salons. Our first salon for the fall, on Monday, September 21st is on “Empowering Women & Girls in the Developing World.”

The New York Times Magazine recently dedicated an entire issue to the global concerns facing women and girls; award-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have been writing about these subjects for years and their book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
was published this week; the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), a non-profit that fights poverty and AIDS in rural Africa by educating girls and investing in their economic independence, produced the award-winning movie “Where Water Meets the Sky”; and the Clinton Global Initiative is dedicating a panel to “Investing in Women & Girls” on September 23rd.

We, too, are focusing on this vital issue. Please join us for an intimate conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn, and Camfed executive director Ann Cotton. The two will discuss the issues that women and girls face in the developing world and what we can do to improve their situation.


Monday, 21 September 2009
6PM cocktails
7PM-8PM Conversation and Q&A
9PM Screening of “Where the Water Meets the Sky”

Live streaming through FORA.tv

Not-for-profit partner: Global Nomads Group

Location: Norwood Club, 241 West 14th St (between 7 & 8th Ave), New York

Price $35 in advance, $50 at the door

**Photo by Camfed