march, 2018

10mar6:00 pm9:30 pmFeaturedSisu Not Silence : To Lead a Life of Compassion and CourageJoin us for an evening of inspiring music and uplifting stories about social impact and the power human spirit, while connecting with people in your own community who are passionate about building a more compassionate future with zero tolerance to abuse.6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Event Category:Inspirational SpeakersEvent Topics | Tags:Inspirational SpeakerBUY TICKETS HERE


Event Details

The event will include a speech from Emilia Lahti, who is currently on a 2400 km/50 day journey across the length of New Zealand for peace, nonviolence, and compassion. Above all, the evening will be an invitation to collectively explore our dreams and ideas about the future we wish to see and how might we help make that dream a reality in New Zealand and beyond.

Location: The Common in Parnell, Auckland (1 Faraday Street)

Sisu Not Silence is a registered nonprofit that is supported by It’s Not OK and the White Ribbon campaigns. You can read more about Sisu Not Silence at

Background & about Emilia

Emilia Lahti is a Finnish peace activist and researcher, who is passionate about social impact and human potential. In her Ph.D., She researches the age-old Finnish construct of sisu, denoting determination in the face of adversity and courage to take action against slim odds. Her work has been featured at Forbes, The New Yorker, and Business Insider and she has given lectures at Stanford, Berkeley, Singularity University at NASA Ames and TEDx to mention a few. Choosing sisu and courage over silence in many situations across our daily lives will help us transform barriers into frontiers and take action that will help create positive impact – not only in our own lives but for our communities.

Emilia, an overcomer of interpersonal violence herself, has made it her life’s work, through using her own experiences and challenges, to discover ways of challenging pervasive cultures of violence and abuse in various contexts. She’ll be running 2400 km across the length of New Zealand starting on January 18th, 2018 to draw attention to the human rights issue of interpersonal violence and dismantle the shame imposed on survivors by society at large, therefore seeking to strengthen the narrative of overcomers as bold, strong people with bright futures ahead of them.

The world is in dire need of increased compassion, understanding and people who will take action to become epic bridge-builders, healers, and upstanders within their communities. We’re each called upon to be caring leaders and uplifters, who’ll leave a positive legacy to the world. The good news is, that the ability to do extraordinary things is hardwired into us, and we can start right now and from exactly where we are – with the help of our fellow humans.

The purpose of the campaign and its related events, hosted together with local New Zealanders, is to create a safe and welcoming space for connecting, sharing stories, learning and discussing the ways in which we can nurture a more positive human future and take action to create such reality. We believe that no thought, action or decision is meaningless. They each create our reality and become part of the color palette we use to paint our world. Creating a better world begins with better thinking, and better thinking leads to more constructive action. By joining our hands and hearts and standing up against injustice, we can encourage each other to become upstanders for peace, nonviolence, and compassion.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead, systems thinker and social activist (1901-1978)


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Suite 7, 1 Faraday Street, Parnell


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