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ABOUT BRIAN

 

Storyteller, Motivational Speaker, Board Director and Advisor, Global Charity Consultant and Strategist, & the founding Executive Director of the Human Thread Foundation

I got my start in Hollywood in the fashion industry, as a successful fashion stylist and as the celebrity fashion editor for Vanidad magazine. In the mid-90s, I realized that the internet was allowing us to connect to people in a way never before seen and I launched the first of three multi-media entertainment companies that delivered content via that platform.

Following the death of a family member in the early 2000s, I stopped to examine my professional success and the impact I was having on the world. I decided it was time to change course, to start using my powers for good, and I got my first job in the nonprofit sector with Project Happiness, a global organization dedicated to teaching social and emotional learning to young adults.

Over the last several years, I have had some amazing opportunities to work with and learn from some of the world’s greatest peace leaders. I went on to become the Deputy Executive Director for the Dalai Lama Foundation, where I specialized in developing and managing programs and curricula aimed at guiding young people on their own explorations of ethics and peace. Through my work with the Dalai Lama, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to South Africa where I met Archbishop Desmond Tutu. My connection with the Archbishop was instant and as the Archbishop and the Dalai Lama met to begin work on the Book of Joy, I transitioned to become the Executive Director of Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.

While working with the Archbishop, my focus was working to inspire young people to become change makers for peace. I developed and launched youth programs that focused on reshaping conversations on peace, equality and forgiveness.

I left the Archbishop's foundation to become the founding Executive Director of the Human Thread Foundation, an international nonprofit organization started by acclaimed humanitarian photographer, Lisa Kristine. Our mission is to educate the public and build awareness about human dignity and human trafficking through exhibitions and educational programs.

I expanded my work beyond the Human Thread Foundation to consult with other governmental and nonprofit organizations to help them optimize programming and operations for maximum success. 


I travel the world speaking to people of all ages, sharing how we can find inspiration, and then use that to be inspiring to others. In everything I do, I try to remember the South African concept of “ubuntu” - I am because you are, my humanity is bound up in yours, and we can only be human together.

 

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With actress Kate Mulgrew and director Alethea Root
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With Manyang Reath Kher, Sudanese Refugee and owner of 734 Coffee
With former President of East Timor, Jose Ramos Horta
Spirituality is finding harmony with all things.
With Prince Harris Pem of the Maasai
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© 2020 by Brian Rusch