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Enviro-Mich message from "Link, Terry" <link@mail.lib.msu.edu>

The awarding of the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE to The Grameen Bank and its founder Muhammad Yunus will set the stage for Susan Davis, Chair of the Board of Grameen Foundation USA who will speak tonight on "Social Entrepreneurship: Empowerment for Sustainable Development" at 7:30pm in 105 S. Kedzie as part of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Speaker Series. Tied to the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate the Grameen Bank and Muhammud Yunus who sits on their board, the story of Grameen is covered in this free short video "Breaking Through" http://www.grameenfoundation.org/resource_center/video_breaking_through/ 

The event tonight is FREE and OPEN to the Public. Please come and learn about a remarkable set of stories of hope and possibility.

I say all this to you because hope is not like a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. I say this because hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency; because hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from the annihilation of the earth's treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal. Hope just means another world might be possible, not promised, not guaranteed. Hope calls for action; action is impossible without hope. At the beginning of his massive 1930s treatise on hope, the German philosopher Ernst Bloch wrote, "The work of this emotion requires people who throw themselves actively into what is becoming, to which they themselves belong." To hope is to give yourself to the future, and that commitment to the future makes the present inhabitable.
>From Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Terry Link, Director
Office of Campus Sustainability
Michigan State University
106 Olds Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
1-517-355-1751 (Phone/fax)

One planet, one family, one future

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