The Power of Welcome
When people of different cultures are welcomed and encouraged to contribute ideas, perspective and artistic vision, the result is an infusion of innovation. As a city, our greatest assets – and the need for our most tremendous investment – are the people our city welcomes. Our sense of community is the springboard from which our city can become not only a destination but a developing epicenter for innovation, culture, and creativity from around the world. How can we create a powerful sense of community for our newly arriving neighbors? How can we welcome refugees and immigrants, courageous people from diverse backgrounds, in a way that supports and celebrates cultural contribution?
Kristin is a journalist covering refugees, human rights and women’s issues in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa for The Huffington Post, among other publications. She recently served as the Director of Development at Exodus Refugee Immigration in Indianapolis. Her talk focuses on the memorable moment of entry into a new country. When people of different cultures are encouraged to contribute ideas, perspective, artistic vision, the result is an infusion of innovation. How can we welcome refugees, courageous people from diverse backgrounds, in a way that supports and celebrates cultural contribution as assets to our city?