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Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

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Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

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Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

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Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

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Liz Phair Liz Phair singer. musician. crier.

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Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

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Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

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Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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h.o.p.e.

Jay Jaboneta Jay Jaboneta fundraiser. education advocate. school bus reinventor.

Jay Jaboneta is the Fire Starter and Chief Storyteller of the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, Inc. They build boats for children in the Philippines who would otherwise swim to school. [www.jayjaboneta.com]

I love making a difference in other people’s lives. It’s hard-wired into who I am. I’m my happiest and most satisfied when I’m helping other people. Even when I was growing up, I always made it a point to be helpful. I guess you could say my parents brought me up properly.

Sixteen months ago, when I was speaking at a summit in Zamboanga City, I heard about kids who needed to swim to school in a nearby village. After I returned to Manila, the capital of the Philippine, I couldn’t shake off the story. I shared the story of those amazing kids on Facebook. Little did I know then that friends and friends of friends would respond with donations that started a fundraising campaign to buy boats for those kids.

Since then, we’ve become known as the Yellow Boat Project, because we provide yellow school boats (instead of yellow school buses) that ferry kids to school. We’ve found two more communities that need boats and we’ve moved on to providing communities with school supplies, scholarships, medical and dental missions, and even livelihood programs. Our story is about heroic kids who face daily challenges just to be able to go to school. They’re our inspiration.

I feel like a lot of people don’t take the time to discover their true potential in life. They go about their life and work and don’t think about the bigger picture. I force myself to take a step back at regular intervals in my life and assess whether or not I’m doing what’s meaningful. For me, that’s helping others.

When I was invited to tell our story at TEDxMontpellier in France, I shared my Yellow Boat Theory of HOPE:

H stands for Harnessing your potential or finding your passion in life.

O stands for Opening your mind, your heart, and sometimes your wallet.

P stands for Perspiration or taking action.

E stands for Empowering others.

For me, that’s what HOPE really means. You can’t give hope without discovering yourself, without opening your mind and heart to what’s possible, without taking action, and without inspiring others to do the same.

– Jay Jaboneta

 

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