Satya Das | Breaking Through (2011)

An accomplished professional strategist, commentator, and multi-book author, Satya's talk at our 2011 "Breaking Through" event contributed a recurring theme for us as an organization: helping to make Calgary not just one of the best cities IN the world, but one of the best FOR the world.

There are many people and organizations across Calgary – and Alberta – who are seeking a similar outcome, but few express it as eloquently, thoughtfully, and passionately as Satya. In his talk, he reminds us that we enjoy the unique position of having won the "geological lottery", sitting atop some of the world's most impressive proven reserves of oil and gas (not to mention other forms of geothermal energy, solar, and wind). Along with the relative prosperity and immense opportunity that brings in comparision to other parts of Canada and the world, it also conveys with it a sense of responsibility. Alone, our province has enough theoretical natural resources wealth to be able to finance resolving intractable world problems like hunger. But how will we choose to spend our legacy?

Since his talk with us in 2011, Satya continues to be a dynamic media commentator in both English and French, and is launching a new book in 2019 called Us, about humans who live together enjoying freedom from fear and freedom from want: in community, with dignity, in harmony with one another and with the natural world. Along with his other works, it highlights a rich personal life matched with professional and volunteer work that is deeply informed with a lifelong commitment to human rights as a way of life, and the principles of human dignity espoused by M.K. Gandhi.

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Satya Das at TEDxCalgary's "Breaking Through" (2011) TEDxCalgary