I have just started a partnership with an organization started by two good friends, Anna Hazlett and Anne-Marie Bakker called ALON. These two women are absolutely incredible and an inspiration.
The word “ALON” has different origins and different meanings which connect to the organizations philosophy. Alon means, “WAVE” in Tagalog, Filipino. In Hebrew: Oak, Oak Tree. Strong; In Gaelic: Fierce; In Basque: Lion; In Celtic: Wise. In Irish: Hero. In Arabic: To announce. ALON intends to partner international art, culture and lifestyle concerns with GLOBAL environmental causes, primarily focusing on water.
I think this is an AMAZING start to developing an international community of like minded people from all over the world with a shared vision of environmental sustainability
We hosted a lovely cocktail party recently on our terrace for many of the leaders of ALON, from Jan-Pieter Balkenede (former Prime Minister of the Netherlands 2002-2010), to a renown pianist who had a solo concert after our party at Carnegie Hall, with proceeds going to ALON. We are also involved with Richard Mander who is working to create the Mangenguey island society that sounds simply fantastic!
Mangenguey is a membership Society founded on creativity and the spirit of internationalism. Through the Arts and the Humanities Richard plans to create a sustainable, vibrant, and active society that puts a premium on respect for self and people of different races, cultures, and classes by building on our similarities while celebrating our differences. The aim is to prove that it is possible to achieve the proper distribution of wealth and sustain a self-sufficient society, without abusing nature, while honoring the human spirit, the creative force, and human dignity.
We just this week did a reception in Singapore at Singapore International Water Week and had an exhibition of some great images from our HKP holdings of water, which was done to raise awareness on critical and time sensitive issues of the state of our water throughout the world. It is not that we do not have enough water, it is that we do not have enough CLEAN usable water! Attendees included advisors to the World Bank, UNESCO and Governments in Asia & the Middle East
We will be planning a major international photography exhibition, a portfolio and a book project all dedicated to the theme of Water.