First up a quick update on the Gentle Giant Summit...
Some prominent keynote speakers have confirmed attendance for our GROUNDBREAKING summit:
Mr. Noyal Thomas - Project Elephant Director, Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. His topic is going to be "Elephant Conservation in India and the Role of Government Agencies"
Dr. Rajan Gurukkal - a world renowned scholar - will focus on how to apply ecosystems principles in communication and fostering cooperation
Hariraj Madhavan - Kerala High Court Lawyer - will elaborate on the wildlife and animal welfare laws of the land that many agencies are totally unfamiliar with
The Chief Wildlife Warden OR the Head of Forest Force OR an authoritative personnel will provide an overarching view of the challenges faced by the forest department
Dr. Easwaran, Kerala's Chief Veterinary Officer will be focusing on the laws pertaining to veterinarians and the need to strengthen communications with the temple and forest authorities to prevent spread of zoonotic diseases
We've invited the Director General of Police (DGP) to discuss the challenges faced by police officers on the ground and how to enhance communicaitons between the forest and police - we are positive that there will be large representation of police officers from across the 14 districts. We do not have a confirmed person yet, but we're positive that an authoritative official will be presenting
India's Wildlife Crime Control Additional Director, Mrs. Tillotama Verma, has been invited and she will confirm attendance after the 15th of August. Her topic is "Strengthening cooperation to curb wildlife crime"
Yours truly will focus on Systems Thinking in relation to communication and cooperation - whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts ... I will also be facilitating and moderating the discussions
Four speakers will be making presentations each day, and we are expecting between 75-100 participants. The site is the Apollo DiMora conference rooms, where 50 rooms have been booked to accommodate officials traveling from various districts. We will share with you the invitation and agenda as soon as they have been designed by our graphics designer.
Meantime, August 12th is the World Elephant Day, and The GlobalGiving Foundation's Little X Little campaign also kicks off on the same day. We are incredibly fortunate to have been selected to participate, as the campaign runs starting the 12th throughout the week. I'd LOVE for you to participate in this campaign... Take a look at how your support can MULTIPLY and help meet our goal. CLICK HERE on the WORLD ELEPHANT DAY --- not today --- but during the entire week of August the 12th and your donation will be matched as per the attached graphic. Again, this campaign begins on the WORLD ELEPHANT DAY!!
Infinite Love and Gratitude for your unending support!! We are now left with only $4,180 plus to raise to meet our goal and we can collectively achieve our goal next week.
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