All You Can BeGAMBIER, Ohio (February 15, 2012)
Human rights activist and U.S. Army 1st Lt. Adam Swartzbaugh visits Kenyon on Friday, February 17, to share his thoughts on changing the world.
Swartzbaugh will discuss "Getting into the Right Kind of Trouble and Back Out Again" at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Foundation Theater in the Graham Gund Gallery.
He founded the nonprofit organizations Genesis Network in 2007 and Kid Launch in 2008 to develop international human rights projects. Swartzbaugh is the executive director of the Genesis Network, which is based in Providence, Rhode Island, and takes advantage of social media to help drive projects that include economic development, school construction, and orphan protection. Kid Launch, based in Thailand, pushes education, advocacy, and support for children in impoverished areas around the world.
"I intend to change this world and will die trying," he told a reporter for a Brown University publication in 2009. "So long as there is one person who is abused, suppressed, subjugated, or discriminated against, I have my work cut out for me."
Swartzbaugh has worked with the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Programme and spent time in Vietnam and Thailand, where he took part in tsunami disaster relief. He participated in the Reserve Officer Training Program while at Brown University. Swartzbaugh speaks six languages.
The talk by Swartzbaugh is sponsored by Kenyon's Innovation Greenhouse. "Adam and his team have taken a lot of the tools originally developed in the context of start-ups and used them to do a lot of good, very quickly, on very limited resources," said Scott Gosnell, Innovation Greenhouse program coordinator.
"He's also had what a recent Fast Company article referred to as a 'quicksilver career': success in many rapidly changing areas. He's a national cycling champion, Ivy League graduate, Army Ranger ... who has built schools in Thailand, dug wells in Haiti, done conflict resolution in Africa, and is still picking up speed. That's really impressive."