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ivoh | January 17, 2018

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Summit Testimonials

Every year, our annual media summit attracts people from around the world. Some have called it “inspiring,” “thought-provoking,” and even “life-changing.” Here’s what some former participants had to say about the experience…

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Attendees at ivoh’s 2014 Mindful Media Summit.

“I was so moved by the sessions and speakers and spent a lot of time in listening mode. What I realized from our discussions at the summit is what is so absent from most of our conversations in our day to day. Often times in our work as storytellers we have to engage the heavy and the heartbreaking. It was incredibly freeing to speak in a language that marries the intellectual/political with the spiritual. Your organization has created a much-needed space in which those dialogues and that kind of language can be expressed freely. I can’t tell you how valuable and essential that is for me as well as the many others in this field. You’re carving out a blueprint, and reinforcing that blueprint, for what the future of journalism ought to be and can be. You’re countering the absence I described above and we are much more empowered to carry on this work because of it. I wish there were more IVOHs in the world!” ~Grace Aneiza Ali, OF NOTE Magazine

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“What I love about ivoh is that it is a time to pause, to reflect and to share. What have we done, what would we like to do differently, how can we learn from each other? I love the exchange between the ‘olders’ … and the youth. Youth are at the forefront of new media. Olders possess a wisdom of experience. However, we are in a world of change with new ways of communicating but with deeply established ways of being. How do we create change? ivoh brings all of that to the surface and offers inspiration.” ~Ann DeMarle, ivoh board member & Associate Dean at Champlain College

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“I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was quite excited to be amongst top minds in the fields of media, journalism, art, music and education. I certainly carved out time for self reflection and rest, but I felt the most engaged when talking with others who are veterans in their fields and listening. … I made great friends, shared thoughts and ideas about the weekend’s topic and generally enjoyed the Catskills. It’s a powerful, uplifting weekend.” ~Andrea Olson

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“The entire program was moving. From the movie premier to the dance troupe Ayikodans, you created an atmosphere of trust and safety. These environments are rarely visible in social scenes and nearly extinct in professional retreats.” ~Lee Anne McClymont, Producer and Host, Courage Cocktail Radio Show

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“Attending ivoh’s summit was a marvelous experience for me. I was lucky to meet the remarkable guest speakers and attendees, who demonstrated the life-changing impact of media. It was inspiring and motivational. I got to share my experience on how media has shaped the future of my country, Egypt, through the young voices on social media, which led to our ongoing revolution. I walked out of the summit full of hope and burning desire to keep going and make a change in the world.” ~May Hamby

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“[At the summit], I think the most essential and resonant thing for me was hearing about the accomplishments, projects, and passions of the other attendees. People with an incredibly wide range of personal and professional backgrounds who have done such a wide variety of inspiring things.” ~Jonah Rosenberg, photographer

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“What an inspiring and thought provoking weekend. I was also impressed by the diversity of the different backgrounds and expertise represented at the summit, and how by the end, everyone felt so connected with one another. It really is a ripe setting for creative collaboration!” ~Angie Wang, executive director of Peace is Loud