Virtual Speaker Series: Turning Pain into Purpose
Hear from remarkable young adults about the transformative power of resilience in the face of challenges and how we can empower ourselves and others to take meaningful action.
January 27, 2024 9:00 AM EST
Join us for a morning of inspiration at our Virtual Speaker Series, Turning Pain into Purpose, a peer-to-peer support program where we engage in intimate conversations with remarkable young adults, highlighting their unwavering resilience in the face of challenges.
By uniting and sharing our stories, we not only empower ourselves but also create a collective force that inspires meaningful action.
This program shines a light on the incredible transformative power that emerges when personal pain becomes a catalyst for positive change.
- Featured Speaker: Ahmed Windi (Iraq) is a human rights activist and development practitioner from Baghdad, Iraq. Ahmed’s career and interests have been focused on peacebuilding, writing about Mesopotamia’s culture and history, youth empowerment, and gender equality. Ahmed has 10 years of professional experience in project management and coordination aimed at promoting and strengthening Iraq and MENA’s youth with national and International NonGovernmental Organizations (NGOs), and Bilateral Agencies.
- Project COMMON BOND Participant Spotlight: Dion Balaj, a Kosovar Albanian, emerged from a region scarred by the Yugoslavian and Kosovo Wars in ’98-’99, a conflict that took 12,000 lives, displaced a million people, and left 10,000 missing, including his grandfather, which brought him to first attend Project COMMON BOND in 2021. Throughout his life, he has volunteered with organizations like Down Syndrome Kosovo, SOS Children, and those supporting children with autism. Additionally, he actively volunteers in sports activities. His true passion lies in computer science, programming, coding, and trading. Currently pursuing his bachelor studies in Budapest, Hungary, he advocates for youth empowerment through technology, innovation, sports, and proactive communication.
- Interactive Exercise: Participate in a peacebuilding exercise led by the dynamic Alex Cromwell. Alex is a peacebuilding facilitator and has been working for over 10 years on conflict resolution and leadership programs including with youth from the Middle East, South and Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, and the US. He is also an Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Utah Tech University, where he teaches interdisciplinary research and conflict resolution-focused courses. Alex has conducted research on peace education and peacebuilding in contexts such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Cyprus, and the US, and this work has been published in various academic journals. He has taught at George Washington University, American University, and George Mason University, where he received his PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
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