CBEX looks forward to you joining us for a breakfast and conversation with Rye Barcott. Rye will talk about his memoir "It Happened on the Way to War", the story of a Carolina student who starts an NGO in a slum in Kenya, while pursuing his dream to be a Marine. The book has won praise from people in high places, including Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, NYT columnist David Brooks, novelist Tim O'Brien, and many others.
In 2000, Rye Barcott spent part of the summer living in ten-by-ten foot shacks in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He was a twenty-year-old college student heading into the Marines, and he sought to better understand ethnic violence - something he would likely face in uniform. Barcott learned Swahili and listened to young people talk about how they survived amidst poverty he had never imagined existed. He stumbled into friendship with a widowed nurse, Tabitha Atieno Festo, and a tough community organizer, Salim Mohamed. "It Happened on the Way to War" is the gripping story of this unlikely trio's journey to build a nongovernmental organization in a volatile place and help develop a new generation of leaders from within. Their organization, Carolina for Kibera (CFK), is now a pioneer of the movement called participatory development, drawing recognition from Time magazine as a "Hero of Global Health" and interest from Melinda Gates, President Barack Obama, and other dignitaries, who have visited to see its best practices.
Barcott continued his leadership in CFK while serving as a Marine in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa. Engaged in two forms of public service at once, he fought in wars while waging peace. Grappling with the intense stress of leading Marines in dangerous places, he took the tools he learned building community in one of the most fractured parts of Kenya and became a more effective counterinsurgent. This is a true story of sacrifice and courage, failure and triumph, and the powerful melding of military and humanitarian service. It's a story of what America's role in the world could be.
Full breakfast will be served from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, with Rye's presentation to follow. (Please note that breakfast will not be available during the presentation.) His book, which was recently selected as a TED 2011 Book Club selection, will be available for purchase at the event. Rye works for Duke Energy. Find more at www.ithappenedonthewaytowar.com.
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Charlotte Business Exchange (CBEX)
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