One Hundred For Haiti

Greg Bennick

Why should we care about people who survive an earthquake who live half a world away? Why should we care about anyone other than ourselves? These are fundamental questions, the answers to which relate to politics, human rights, and the survival of our species as a whole. In this ten minute talk, Greg Bennick will explore the methods of psychological restraint that we unwittingly employ that prevent us from caring about others and in fact cause us to lash out against them. We will explore the idea that judgement and restraint provides what feels like freedom, but in actuality keeps us bound and unfulfilled in life and in ourselves. What are the psychological processes that create this reality for us? This talk will be framed from the perspective of Greg’s eyewitness accounts of the events this year in Haiti after the earthquake and his five trips there, and the reactions of those he has met throughout the world during his efforts to elicit compassion and action on behalf of survivors.

About Greg Bennick:

Greg is the founder of One Hundred For Haiti and has been to Haiti seven times since the earthquake. Immediately after the January 12th earthquake in Haiti, Greg was on the crew of the Liberty Schooner, an all-volunteer mission that sailed from Miami to the southern coast of Haiti to bring 10,000 pounds of medical supplies and food to the people in most dire need. The Liberty and its crew were the first independent relief boat to reach the southern coast of Haiti from the United States and Greg received international press coverage of the trip on the Peter Greenberg Worldwide radio program. He realized the need for ongoing involvement and One Hundred For Haiti campaign responded to that need, through ongoing support and development projects. Greg is also the co- founder of The World Leaders Project, a multi-year initiative to discuss issues related to the psychology of human violence face-to-face with world leaders, an initiative that led to a meeting with the President of Guyana as well as correspondence with other governments as well. He was the co-producer of the multi-award winning documentaries “Flight From Death: The Quest for Immortality” and “The Philosopher Kings”, two films which explore often unseen sides of the human experience: our relationship with death and the effect that this has on our psyche, and the quest for wisdom and with whom in our social strata does that wisdom reside. He makes his living as a keynote speaker worldwide.

2011 IdeaWave