This Hub was created in partnership between Global Solution Networks (GSN) and the Rick Hansen Foundation, whose mission is to inspire leaders, influencers and the public to join Rick Hansen in creating a global movement to remove barriers and liberate the potential of people living with disabilities.
Rick Hansen is CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation and a passionate advocate for people with disabilities in Canada and around the world. As well as being a celebrated Paralympic athlete, Rick is best known as the “Man In Motion,” for his epic two-year wheelchair trip around the world to prove the potential of people with disabilities.
Since the Man In Motion World Tour, Rick has dedicated his life to creating a world that is accessible and inclusive for all by removing barriers for people with disabilities. Rick and his team at the Foundation are working hard to change attitudes, create accessible spaces and liberate the potential of people with disabilities.
Don Tapscott is Executive Chairman of Global Solution Networks (GSN), launched in 2013 with the aim of identifying and studying new models of global problem solving. Later that year, Thinkers50, which produces the definitive list of the world’s top management thinkers, honored him with their Distinguished Achievement Award for Global Solutions. He has twice been ranked as one of the top 5 most influential living business thinkers.
Don is a best-selling author of 15 books, including (with GSN’s Executive Editor Anthony Williams) Wikinomics (2006), its follow-up, Macro-Wikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet (2008), and The Digital Economy Anniversary Edition: Rethinking Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence (2014).
I am delighted to be the Curator and Project Lead for this Hub. After becoming completely paralyzed at 47, I have been gifted with grace – to see what it is like to have a disability in our modern world. I believe if we make a way, we will include everybody even those who don’t think they can, because – we can. I like to make a difference in peoples lives and in our common future and to enrich our world with awareness, justice and inclusivity. I am a mother and I teach, work, volunteer, travel and intend to inspire others to engage in their own personal journeys of healing and transformation. I have been an Ambassador at the Rick Hansen Foundation for 8 years and now serve on their Consumer Advisory Panel for the Institute, in addition to extensive work with City of Vancouver Persons with Disability Advisory Committee. My background in Therapeutic Yoga and Social Development and Psychology provide a base for my work.