Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Jane Goodall coming to Minnesota!

So what does Jane Goodall have to do with rescuing and re-homing dogs and cats? I'll get to that in a moment .... but some background for those who aren't familiar with Dr. Goodall. In 1960, at the age of 26 she ventured into the world of wild chimpanzees and won the trust of these shy creatures. Her work has led her to be described as one of the 10 most influential women in history. The Boston Globe wrote: “Being with Jane Goodall is like a walk with Gandhi.” She has also been called “The Einstein of behavioral science” by The Los Angeles Times. Dr. Goodall's life is sometimes exhausting, but always driven by purpose. She is determined to use her time working to save chimpanzees and to empower people -- young and old -- to do what they can for a better world. One of the programs she initiated through the Jane Goodall Institute was a program for youth called Roots & Shoots, a global environmental and humanitarian youth program that not only motivates young people to learn about pertinent issues facing our communities, but helps them design, lead and implement their own projects as a means of solving them.

Jane Goodall has inspired people - young and old to get involved. She has developed programs to get youth involved and to create leaders following a sustainable model. She continues to hold out a vision for the world that there is hope. Her reasons for hope are: 1) humans are beginning understand and face up to the problems that threaten us and the survival of life on Earth as we know it, 2) indomitable nature of the human spirit, 3) the incredible resilience of nature, and 4) the tremendous energy, enthusiasm and commitment of young people around the world. There is so much we can learn from this great leader. For me personally, I have been inspired, motivated and guided by leaders such as Gandhi and Jane Goodall. They lead with love and compassion. From her website she says "Let’s have faith in ourselves, in our intellect, in our staunch spirit and in our young people. And let’s do the work that needs to be done, with love and compassion."

So what does Jane Goodall have to do with rescuing and dogs and cats? In my humble opinion, Jane Goodall is a kind of leader so many of us can learn from ... in a world where there can be so much divisiveness she encourages us to “develop respect for all living things and try to replace impatience and intolerance with understanding, compassion—and above all—love.”

On April 19th she will be coming to Minnesota to speak. This is an opportunity of a life time. For more information and to purchase tickets click here. I will be there and I hope to see you there too.

President, Pet Haven Inc of Minnesota

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