by Sauvé Fellow Jonathan McPhedran Waitzer

This past month, our fresh cohort of Sauvé Fellows welcomed Alnoor Ladha into the house for a morning conversation about power, ideology, and what it really takes to create positive social change.

This meeting was the first of many “leadership encounters” which we’ll be writing about throughout the year, in which prominent leaders from the public, private, and social sectors share their personal journeys and perspectives with our Sauvé Fellows in residence. These encounters form a core element of the Fellowship, allowing participants to reflect and exchange on a broad range of models as they develop their own shared vision of public leadership.

We were thrilled to have Alnoor join us for this encounter, touching down in Montreal for barely 24 hours as he traveled between South Africa and Costa Rica. Having grown up in Canada, and begun his career as an environmental activist, Alnoor’s work has evolved to encompass advocacy and capacity-building at the intersection of political organizing, storytelling, and technology. He is a founding member and the Executive Director of /The Rules (/TR), a global network of changemakers “dedicated to changing the rules that create inequality and poverty around the world”.

Alnoor’s presentation, “Seven Impossible Things After Breakfast”, set the stage for a very lively discussion. We looked at ideology: why our culture is so uncomfortable talking about it, and why creating real change depends on naming the (sometimes hidden) ideologies that drive our institutions. He urged us to think about some big questions that we tend not to ask ourselves when we think about global poverty and inequality, and shared some of the ideas for change that most inspire and motivate his work. It was a conversation that provoked a wide range of views and reactions, and that left the house buzzing with reflection for several days afterwards.

We’re immensely grateful to Alnoor for taking the time to join us, and for sharing so much stimulating food for thought. We’re also very much looking forward to continuing our series of leadership encounters as the year goes on, and we invite you to join us by reading about them here!


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