Category Archives: Advocates

Helping To Positively Shape Our Future, The American Institute Of Architects

There are many professions in the world today that will have a hand in shaping the very future of our lives but few will have such a profound impact as the architects of today. They are shaping the very world that we see every day, changing landscapes and building cities.

The American Institute of Architects is one of the most prolific organizations for architects, founded in New York City in the year 1857. AIA was founded with the intention of promoting scientific as well as practical perfection of its members. Currently there are over 90,000 licensed architects and associates who work with the American Institute of Architects.

The AIA is actively involved in a great number of public outreach programs, government advocacy, community redevelopment as well as offering education to support that profession of architects. At present the AIA is lead by Robert Ivy.

In 1996 Robert Ivy was the Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record, which grew to become the most widely read architecture publication. Under Ivy’s leadership the Architectural Record would go on to receive numerous publication industry awards such as the premier magazine journalism award.

Since its founding, the AIA has always adhered to their initial mission of always providing the very highest standard of scientific, artistic and practical professionalism. The AIA also works to elevate the standing of the profession by ensuring their members adhere to a strict ethical code as well as professional conduct, all intended to show clients, colleagues and the public that the AIA has the highest level of dedication to these standards.

The AIA is governed by a board of directors and has a full time staff of 200 people and despite being a national organization, there are smaller and more localized state components that reflect the personal lives of each of the members.

The AIA uses its unified voice to help enact positive changes for the American population, creating healthier buildings, made from natural materials as well as being designed to promote the overall health of the occupants of the building.

The AIA, under the guidance of Robert Ivy, is working to increase public awareness of the importance of architecture in our nation. One of the best ways this is being done is through the Sustainability Toolkit 2030, a resource that was created and designed to assist mayors as well as community leaders to advocate for more sustainable and environmentally friendly structures for our futures.


Intolerance Fueled George Soros’ Passion to Open Societies

Business tycoon and philanthropist George Soros has spent his life fighting for basic human rights, especially those affected by Communism. The 87-year-old Hungarian-American billionaire has given away more than $12 billion to individuals, organizations, and programs that support global civil rights groups through the Open Society Foundations.

The Open Society Foundations have benefited over 100 countries through its network of foundations, partners, and projects that focus on government accountability and inclusion, with an emphasis on health, education, freedom of the press, and equal justice, according to the Open Society Foundations’ site.

Soros knows the horrors of oppression firsthand. Born in 1930, he and his family survived Nazi-occupied Hungary by securing false identities while helping others do the same. Unfortunately, 500,000 Hungarian Jews were not as fortunate and lost their lives. Learn more on about George.

In a video bio on George Soros’ site he states, “Instead of submitting to our fate, we resisted an evil force that was much stronger than we were—yet we prevailed. Not only did we survive, but we managed to help others.”

Soros left Budapest for London in 1947 and worked as a nightclub waiter, and a railway porter to finance his education at the London School of Economics. He emigrating to the U.S. and began to amass a fortune on Wall Street by creating the hedge firm Soros Fund Management in 1970, which is estimated to have $25 billion in assets, according to Forbes.

Surviving genocide created a man with the propensity to resist and the belief that we cannot sit around and wait for governments to take action against inequality, nor can we be complicit when a wrong is being committed. The Open Society Foundations’ mission statement is inspired by Karl Popper’s Reflexivity Theory, a belief that societies only flourish when the government respects individual rights, freedom of expression, and a government dependent on democracy.

George Soros’ philanthropic work and commitment to fighting for the marginalized has been noted by global leaders, intellectuals, and socially conscious celebrities. His determination to have a positive impact on the world is his legacy. Read more about George at The New York Times.

Soros once wrote, “My success in the financial markets has given me a greater degree of independence than most other people.

He has selflessly used his fortune to promote the rights of others, no matter their gender, gender or sexual preference, location, religion, or ideology. George Soros and the Open Society Foundations have indeed opened the door in otherwise closed societies.

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Yeonmi Park’s Unbelievable Tale Of Survival

Yeonmi Park has captivated people all across the world with her harrowing tale of survival. Park was only thirteen, when she and her mother escaped North Korea by crossing the Yalu River into China. From there, they went on a dangerous journey to South Korea that lasted years. Yeonmi and her mother were forced to endure violence, rape, and constant fear of death during their fight for freedom. Shortly after their escape, Yeonmi’s father joined them. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to experience what they’d tried so hard to achieve and died from untreated colon cancer before they had arrived to their destination. Before young Yeonmi and her mother were able to escape North Korea, her older sister Eunmi had left to escape on her own. During their travel to South Korea they attempted to find Eunmi, but were unsuccessful. They believed they would never see her again.
After arriving in South Korea, Park began to speak publicly about her life in North Korea. In April 2014, South Korean intelligence informed the Parks that they’d found Eunmi and were reunited.

Yeonmi Park has since written her own memoir, Amazon best selling book titled “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom.” But, not everyone believes Park’s harrowing tale. Pyongyang has even made a video that attempts to discredit parts of her story. It discussed in an article published by, Yeonmi Park’s North Korean Defector Story. But, she says any inconsistences are because of her grasp of the English language. One thing is certain, it takes a very brave woman to survive what she has and to speak openly about it.