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By Bemie, Barcelona.

Hillary Institute of International Leadership – Annual Dinner 2015


The Hillary Institute’s 8th Annual Hillary Dinner (October 22nd 2015 at The George Hotel in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand) was another great success, led in person by MIKE BRUNE with support from JEREMY LEGGETT (from London), Prof. PAUL MILLAR (University of Canterbury, NZ) and Kiwi Connect‘s YOSEPH AYELE.

Ed Talk #1 – Mike Brune – “Fighting Climate Change is something we GET to do, not just something we have to do

HIIL - Mike Brune ED Talk #2 November 2015

Ed Talk #2 – Jeremy Leggett – “Winning the Carbon War”

We’re very grateful to the Friends of the Institute who joined us on the evening:

“… just wanted to say thanks for putting on a great show … very inspiring night great company and amazing speeches. What more can you ask for?”. TJ.

“… thank you again for the invite – really enjoyed myself last night and went away really inspired!”. BW.

“… it was like some crazy High School Reunion … and launching straight back into where we all left off. Such a great group of people. Such fantastic and inspiring speakers too. Thankyou so much for including me. Very, very much appreciated. Now I need to work out where I can fit into this beautiful puzzle”. RM.

“… thanks for a great evening – what an intellectually stimulating and challenging set of speakers you presented us with. I found it inspiring and came away with a sense of the positive that Mike and Jeremy were inculcating All best”.  SW.

Last night I had the privilege of attending the Hillary Institute of International Leadership annual dinner and it left me with a big, bubbling soup of feelings … excitement, inspiration, impatience, anxiety, determination, agitation, awe … there’s probably more. It’s a lot to contain. I feel like I’m on the cusp of being able to step into a more purposeful version of my life”. RJ. 

For further information and a copy of our annual report visit the Hillary Institute’s website.

“Pale Blue Dot monologue” – Carl Sagan


Carl Sagan’s iconic Pale Blue Dot monologue is based on the seminal photograph of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1990:

“Opium” – Dead Can Dance


“Gloomy Sunday” – Björk


“The importance of our cultural roots and sense of belonging …” – Patti Smith


On the importance of our cultural roots and sense of belonging:

“When you proceed on your course, never forget you are not alone. You have friends and family, but you also have you ancestors. Your ancestors sing in your blood. Call to them. Their strength through the ages will come into you. And then there are your spiritual ancestors. Call on them. They have set themselves up through human history to be at your disposal. Jesus, he said, “I am with you always, even into the end of the world,” Allen Ginsburg, Walt Whitman — they are with you. Choose the one you wish to walk with and he or she will walk with you. Don’t forget that you are not alone.”

Patti Smith, late 1970s

Patti Smith, late 1970s

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – 2 Cellos


Jack Bruce with Cream – Complete Reunion Concert 2005


A high-definition dedication to the memory of Jack Bruce (died 10/25/2014), one of the world’s greatest rock bass players. Entire live performance of Jack Bruce (RIP), Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker at the Cream reunion tour concert at Royal Albert Hall, London England, taken from four shows in May 2005.

Song setlist:
1 I’m So Glad (James)
2 Spoonful (Dixon)
3 Outside Woman Blues (Reynolds)
4 Pressed Rat and Warthog (Baker, Taylor)
5 Sleepy Time Time (Bruce, Godfrey)
6 N.S.U. (Bruce)
7 Badge (Clapton, Harrison)
8 Politician (Bruce, Brown)
9 Sweet Wine (Baker, Godfrey)
10 Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (Waters)
11 Stormy Monday (Walker)
12 Deserted Cities of the Heart (Bruce, Brown)
13 Born Under a Bad Sign (Jones, Bell)
14 We’re Going Wrong (Bruce)