The founder of Green Bronx Machine, Stephen Ritz will be one of the keynote speakers at SIGEF 2015.
The Green Bronx Machine reclaims vacant lots and other unused areas in the Bronx transforming them into gardens that eventually become full-fledged classrooms. Ritz’s students have grown tens of thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables in these urban sanctuaries, distributing their harvest, knowledge and social good among themselves along with the surrounding South Bronx community.
“I dream of a world where people are as excited as I am. Everyday is a chance to get out there and make a difference; to feel that every single person has a fighting chance to do something great, to change the world”, says Ritz.
Ritz has recently been awarded the 2015 Elementary School Educator of the Year – The Bammy Award – equivalent to the Academy Award of teaching. Ritz and his work have been featured on multiple platforms and media outlets including: PBS, Ted Talks, Disney, and NPR, to name a few.
Horyou, its partners and the SIGEF 2015 participants are excited to hear Ritz speak about his achievements, work and vision. “Ritz is a great member and supporter of the Horyou community and an incredible humanitarian. We can’t wait to hear him speak at SIGEF,” says Yonathan Parienti.
The Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF) is an annual international event that gathers non-profit organizations, speakers, social entrepreneurs and the general public for three days of dialogue and interaction. It features plenary sessions, cultural events and networking opportunities, as well as NGO and project showcases.
SIGEF is a forum organized by Horyou and the Horyou Foundation. For more information visit www.sigef2015.com.