Diane Meyer Simon & Mary Luevano of Global Green USA

22 May 2010 by Lewis, View Comments

In April of 2008, I was in New Orleans for the 10th Anniversary V-Day Event, celebrating Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues and the subsequent global initiatives which have been created as a result of her work. During one of the panel discussions, Matt Petersen, Executive Director of Global Green USA, and Pat Mitchell, current President and Chief Executive Officer of The Paley Center for Media, were discussing the rebuilding of the Lower 9th Ward. At that time, I was tasked with finding important green building projects for Mohawk Industries (the flooring company) to engage in. To me, using this role to help create change for people in a devastated region of our country and to advance the green building movement was paramount. So, I formed a relationship with Matt and his team. In the process of that friendship, I have gotten to know Diane Meyer Simon, the woman whom Mikhail Gorbachev asked to help him establish a Green Cross International chapter in the United States. That chapter is Global Green USA. Diane is one of the most beautiful people I have come to know in recent times. To me, her understanding of this life and the work we are all here to do is deeply profound.

As soon as I launched this site, I asked Diane if she would honor me (and you all, as the followers of this website) with an interview. She graciously agreed and asked that we have Mary Luevano join the call. I am so glad she did. Mary is another woman saving the world through her role with Global Green as the Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs. She adds so much to the conversation through her experience, insight and heart.

I love this conversation with both women as it reminds me of the grace and humble nature of women as they create big change in the world. Our conversation bridged from HH The Dalai Lama to women and men in politics and also the role of women in New Orleans. I was particularly struck by the two qualities Mary and Diane identified as significant skills of women – listening and intuition.

Thank you both for putting this interview together with me.

NOTE: I found the real Ted Turner quote which I misquote in video 4. On 19 September 2006, Turner said in a Reuters Newsmaker conference: “Men should be barred from public office for 100 years in every part of the world… The men have had millions of years where we’ve been running things. We’ve screwed it up hopelessly. Let’s give it to the women.”

VIDEO 1 – On HH The Dalai Lama’s Quote

VIDEO 2 – On Listening & Intuition

VIDEO 3 – The Calling to the Environment

VIDEO 4 – Global Green USA & New Orleans

VIDEO 5 – On What Men Can Be Doing

THANK YOU DIANE & MARY for this extraordinary hour via skype.


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