Here are some media highlights from the GINAsia 2018 conference, January 2018. 


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GINAsia 2018 Interviews: Ishmael Beah

Following his GIN Asia keynote address, Ishmael Beah sat down with Futures Public Radio to reflect on hope, personal transformation, and being an agent of change. Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Ishmael is the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Radiance of Tomorrow, A Novel both published by Farrar Straus & Giroux. His memoir has been published in over 40 languages and was nominated for a Quill Award in the Best Debut Author category for 2007. Time Magazine named the book as one of the Top 10 Nonfiction books of 2007. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Time magazine, International Herald Tribune, Globe & Mail, Rutgers University Press, Vespertine Press, LIT, The Guardian, Parabola magazines and numerous academic journals. 


GINAsia 2018 Interviews: Melati & Isabel Wijsen

Two teenage sisters have taken a stand against pollution in Bali – and they’ve convinced the government to ban plastic bags by the year 2018. The island suffers from a crushing plastic pollution problem, so Isabel and Melati Wijsen decided to take action and start Bye Bye Plastic Bags to mobilize other kids and adults to work toward a cleaner Bali. To achieve the goal, the girls have organized beach clean-ups, put on a fashion show, given a TED talk, gone on a hunger strike, and met with the UN Secretary General. (\)


GINAsia 2018 Interviews: Justin Bedard

FPR president, Shawn Q, shares a rich talk with Justin, the executive director of the Jump! Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise focused on leadership development. Justin has a strong passion for community development and educational innovation, and he is recognized for his commitment to youth programs around the world. Justin has filled his life with adventure guiding, organizational consulting, leadership facilitation, community development, and time playing in the wilderness. He is a co-founder of the JUMP! Foundation and has been a key driving force behind JUMP’s growth and development since 2006. 


GINAsia 2018 Interviews: Kim Phuc Phan Thi

For the first decade after she was burned by napalm bombs mistakenly dropped on the south Vietnamese temple where she and her family had taken refuge, Kim Phuc Phan Thi was angry, bitter and full of hatred. The scars that covered 65 percent of her body were not only disfiguring – making her believe no one would ever love her – they hurt. A lot. For the past 20 years, Kim Phuc has traveled the world telling her story of hope borne out of despair. Her passion for peaceful resolutions to conflict in our world is inspiring. Kim Phuc is the girl who was captured in a famous 1972 photograph that brought the world's attention to the horrors of the war in Vietnam. Her new book is called Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey Through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace. (


GINAsia 2018 Interviews: Gede Robi

Interviewers Jacqueline L and Alicia S examine the role of music in building community and global collaboration with the Indonesian artist, activist, and musician Gede Robi.

Gede Robi Supriyanto (Robi Navicula) is an Indonesian rock musician, activist, writer, and farmer. Robi is the director of, a social-environmental media consultant, and is certified Permaculture designer who teaches organic farming in Bali and around Indonesia.