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POWER PLAYERS / Exceeding Numbers and Expectations

PUSH 2007: SuperPower, Session 3

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Depending on where you live in the world, population is either exploding or declining, women are either gaining status and power or devolving to a position as chattel, yet wherever you live, these forces are migrating around the globe, in both numbers and influence. What economic and political impact will these groups have over the next decades? How will they make the most of the power and resources they do have, and how might they surprise the world with new alliances and power plays no one will expect?


Amanda Jones is the founder and creative director of Potentia Media. For the past fifteen years she has worked as a freelance writer and photographer. Her work appears in Vogue, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, CondÉ Nast Traveller, London Sunday Times, Los Angeles Times, and She has been published in many anthologies and has developed stories for National Geographic television.

Potentia Media is committed to delivering the facts about crucial social issues — in a hip, accessible way. By combining the very best from art, literature and technology, they generate awareness of what ails the planet, outline a path toward workable solutions, and encourage action. Using print, the Internet and art in public spaces, they tackle topics such as poverty, violence, education, the environment, and AIDS and other health concerns. Their method is to gather knowledge from experts, combine that information with fine art visuals and inspirational words, and entice the public into learning about critical issues. Their goal is to create awareness, reverse apathy, and inspire involvement.


Katherine Fennelly is Professor of Public Affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota. Her research and outreach interests include leadership in the public sector, the human rights of immigrants and refugees in the United States, and the preparedness of communities and public institutions to adapt to demographic changes.

Fennelly has been dean of the University of Minnesota Extension Service, a faculty member and department head at the Pennsylvania State University, and a faculty member at Columbia University School of Public Health. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has worked and traveled extensively throughout Latin America, where she has served as consultant to scores of organizations ranging from the Kellogg Foundation to the Ministry of Health of Chile. She holds a certificate of studies from the University of Madrid, a master's of philosophy, a master's of health education, and a doctorate in adult education from Columbia University in New York.


Alan Greig works with community-based organizations in sub-Saharan Africa and South and South-East Asia to create programs that can help stem the tide of an epidemic so pervasive that it undermines not just the health of millions of people, but the social, economic and political fabric that holds them together. Greig focuses on training resources and curricula that address the factors of vulnerability, such as gender inequality, violence and oppression, and writes about the important relationship between social factors and infection. Among the numerous articles he’s written is "Men, masculinities and development: broadening our work towards gender equality,” a monograph to which he contributed for the United Nations’ Gender in Development Programme.Currently, Alan is investigating the relationship between personal and political violence, and the challenges thus posed to link individual with social justice, and personal healing with political transformation.