Project Description


The keynotes by Human Thread Foundation founder Lisa Kristine use photography to expose deeply human stories and to inspire change. For more than thirty years, Lisa has explored the globe, looking for the peoples, cultures and places that time forgot, creating indelible and unforgettable images. Through her speaking presentations, Lisa inspires a dialogue about the beauty, diversity and hardship of our inter-locking world.

Lisa graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising before spending time in Europe and Asia photographing different areas. Her work focusing on indigenous people, collectively spanning 80 countries, has been featured at exhibits like the State of the World Forum in 2000 and the Vancouver Peace Summit in 2009.

Aided by personifying photography samples, the keynotes by Lisa Kristine condemn the politicized nature of human trafficking or the sex slave, reminding us that these victims are people and not mere issues.

Human Thread Foundation ED Brian Rusch has worked in the nonprofit space for a decade. Having worked the last few years with Nobel Peace Prize laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, Brian has worked tirelessly to inspire young people to become change makers for peace and has developed educational youth programs that focus on reshaping conversations about peace, equality, and forgiveness.

Throughout everything he does, Brian is guided by the South African philosophy of Ubuntu or “We are all connected. What affects one of us affects us all.”

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“Lisa is a true humanitarian and visual storyteller who bears witness to the world with innate cultural sensitivity and unparalleled tenderness.”

Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey, National Geographic Explorer