Global Dignity is the brainchild of three friends and concerned global citizens who met as Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum: HRH Crown Prince Haakon (Norway), Professor Pekka Himanen (Finland) and founder of Operation HOPE, John Hope Bryant (United States).

The three friends realized that the one thing that everyone in the world could agree on, irrespective of their differences is: We all want our Dignity to be recognized. Dignity is the very foundation of our humanity. Dignity is universal. Dignity is also the source of human rights.

The co-founders created Global Dignity in 2006. Since then they have worked with many Young Global Leaders, Global Shapers, Schwab Social Entrepreneurs and other partners in over 50 countries, hosting what are known as Dignity Days. This involves visiting local schools and communities around the world and teaching a “course in dignity” to youth.

Global Dignity Summit 2015

Global Dignity Summit 2015 (Photo: Global Dignity)


“In a world where it seems no-one agrees on anything, a world where politics divides, religion divides, and race and even cultural borders seem to divide, dignity is something that everyone can agree on.”

– Global Dignity Co-Founders –


Global Dignity aspires to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. We all have the ability to increase the dignity of others and thus we increase our own dignity.

The dignity approach works on all levels: it works for children and for adults, it works for men and for women, and it works on the micro and macro level.

Global Dignity is an autonomous non-profit, non-criticism and non-partisan initiative. We wish to be inspiration-based: commending and encouraging best practice and dignity-centered leadership.


Vision: We empower people with dignity

Mission: We help youth and adults to become their best self and help others to achieve the same