“Maybe it will sound clichéd, but the key is really to imagine, to think of reality as it is right now and to picture the world as if it were different.” – Adi Altschuler
AIPFE Cyprus-Women of Europe and the Embassy of Israel in Nicosia invite you to a motivational talk on “Social Entrepreneurship: Formulating a Vision and Realizing it” by acclaimed social entrepreneur Adi Artschuler, named by TIME magazine in 2014 as ‘Next Generation Leader‘ on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7.30 pm at Point Center for Contemporary Art (Megaro Hadjisavva, 2 Evagorou Ave. Nicosia).
Altschuler, a social entrepreneur and former Manager at Google for Education in Israel, has been at the forefront of two prominent initiatives in Israel, which have become nationwide phenomena and paved the way for the recognition she received from Time Magazine in 2014 as one of six “Next Generation Leaders.”
Born in 1986 and raised in Hod Hasharon, she started volunteering at ILAN – Israel, an NGO for children with physical disabilities, at the age of 12. During her volunteering, she became a personal tutor of the late Kobi Kfir - a 3 year old child with Cerebral Palsy. Through this acquaintance and friendship with Kfir, she was exposed to the world of special education.
In 2002, at the age of 16, she joined the "Lead" (leadership development program) and inspired by her relationship with Kfir she decided to establish a new youth movement in Israel, "Krembo Wings"- Israel's first and only movement for youths with special needs, which allows every child within the Israeli society to work with young people with mental or physical disabilities and create a place and meaning for everyone, by providing weekly social activities.
The movement has since grown, and over 4,000 children and youths are currently active in its 47 branches nationwide. Altschuler presided as CEO and chairman until 2009 and later as president until her withdrawal in 2014. The movement has won numerous awards over the years, including the “Presidential award” by Shimon Peres in 2009 and the “Yigal Alon” award in 2010, while Adi was also elected to light an honorary torch in Israel's 60th anniversary at Mount Herzl.
Altschuler also founded the "Memories@ Home" project in 2010. This initiative enables private individuals an alternative way of commemorating the Holocaust memorial day through independent meetings to the community in their own living room. In these intimate gatherings, the participants host Holocaust survivors, listen to their stories and then reconnect to the memory of the Holocaust and examine themselves in today’s society through meaningful open conversations.
Last year, over 150,000 people took part in memorial evenings in living rooms throughout the world. The project also enabled the memory of the Holocaust to be accessible to sectors that were traditionally excluded from participating, such as inmates, women in prostitution, youths at risk, the mentally disabled, hearing impaired and refugees.
Since the age of 18, Adi has won multiple awards, including the 2005 "Tamari” award, and the “Bernstein” award for social leadership in 2006. In 2008 she was announced as “Israeli woman of the year” by LIONS. In 2013 she received the “Rappoport award” for leading social change in the Israeli society.
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