Aurora Opinion Audit 2018

To better understand Aurora’s impact globally, and the ways in which the world perceives Armenia and Armenians, the London-based New Place Consultancy, jointly with the Brussels-based Kantar Public Agency, conducted a public opinion survey in 10 countries - the US, Canada, Australia, France, Argentina, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Denmark, Greece.

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2018 Aurora Humanitarian Index

May 10, 2018, London – The third annual Aurora Humanitarian Index today reveals that over half (52%) of people regard risk of war as the most pressing global humanitarian challenge facing humanity right now, compared to just 41% in 2017.  At 58%, terrorism remains people’s greatest humanitarian concern today, although this is down five points from last year.
 
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2018 Aurora Humanitarians

The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity recognizes three humanitarians for their selfless commitment to fighting sexual violence in India, advocating on behalf of Rohingya people in Myanmar and protecting Central American immigrants in Mexico

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Experts Gathered in Moscow to Explore the Future of Social Impact

Moscow, April 30, 2018 – “The Future of Impact” event, organized on April 26 by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, PHILIN, and Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, brought together distinguished humanitarians as part of the additional international Aurora Dialogues. The conference, held in Russia for the first time, pondered the issue of social transformations from different perspectives.
 
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Winners of research program on “Gratitude in Action” are announced

April 25, 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina - The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative and FLACSO Argentina are pleased to announce the results of “Social Movements and the Praxis of Gratitude” research program. The winners are Mariela Pena (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina) Alejandra Naranjo (Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile) and Sebastián Fuentes (FLACSO Argentina). They were selected from 50 applicants from 9 countries including Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Venezuela, Panama and Spain.

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“Chronicles of Aurora” Manuscript Presented in Matenadaran

On the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day on April 24, 2018, “Chronicles of Aurora,” a unique manuscript created in the 21st century, was presented in Matenadaran. The hand-written tome contains the depictions of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative activities. Each year a new record of 365 words (366 on leap years) will be added, dedicated to the stories of the Aurora Humanitarians and the Laureate, as well as the Aurora Prize impact.

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Aurora Dialogues “The Future of Impact” to Take Place in Moscow

2018 Aurora Dialogues Moscow “The Future of Impact”, organized jointly by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, PHILIN, and Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, will take place on April 26, 2018. The event to be held on the SKOLKOVO campus aims to bring together leading humanitarians, academics, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and members of civil society to explore the nature of social impact.

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Finalists of 2018 Aurora Humanitarian Project for UWC

After a highly competitive selection process, UWC International and the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative are pleased to announce the three UWC colleges whose projects were chosen to proceed to the final round of the 2018 Aurora Humanitarian Project for UWC Schools and Colleges: UWC Changshu China in China, UWC Mahindra College in India, and Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa in Swaziland.
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Call for Volunteers: 2018 Aurora Prize Weekend

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is excited to announce a call for volunteers to participate in the 2018 Aurora Prize special weekend of events that will take place from June 8-10.
 
We are looking for responsible and energetic individuals, wishing to contribute to the cause of humanity and gain unforgettable experience, as part of an important international event in Armenia. Join us to help, learn, and share the celebration of the human spirit and wonderful work of those people, who save others risking their own life and making our world a better place to live!
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Harout Chitilian is to become Aurora’s next CEO

April 3, 2018  - The Co-Founders of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative have announced that Harout Chitilian, a citizen of Canada, will come on board on July 1, as Aurora’s next CEO, succeeding Arman Jilavian, who has held the position since the inception of the unique global undertaking.
 
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Aurora Dialogues New York 2018

Humanitarian Community Gathers to Discuss What Drives People to Stand Up in the Face of Adversity. Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Dr. Vartan Gregorian, Alice Greenwald, John Prendergast, and others, debated the topic during event at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum
 
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AURORA GOES GLOBAL

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative takes the Aurora concept and program to the world.  

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UWC Students Will Propose New Humanitarian Projects

Applications for the 2018 Aurora Humanitarian Project for UWC Schools and Colleges are now being accepted. The project, a partnership between the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative and UWC (United World Colleges)), encourages UWC students to design projects aimed at creating positive change in communities surrounding UWC schools and colleges. It is open to all 17 UWC schools and colleges worldwide. The winning group will be awarded a US $4000 grant toward their project’s implementation. 
 
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Aurora Continues to Support Matenadaran

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has made a grant of US $20,000 to the Matenadaran, the national repository of ancient manuscripts. The Matenadaran will use the funds to organize professional development opportunities for young scholars and guides. 
 
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Experts Gathered at the Aurora Dialogues Berlin

Participants agreed that major obstacles to effective solutions are public misunderstanding of the issue, a lack of European alignment and the need for increased public and private collaboration
 
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