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Carne Ross        

Carne Ross is the Founder of Independent Diplomat.

Carne Ross was a member of the British diplomat corps for a decade and a half -- until a crisis of faith in the system drove him to go freelance. With his nonprofit, Independent Diplomat , he and a team advise small and developing nations without a diplomatic corps, as well as unrecognized nations that would otherwise lack a voice in negotiations on their own futures. His group helped advise the Kosovars in their quest for recognition as a nation, and with Croatia on its application to join the EU. They're now working with Southern Sudan as it approaches a vote to separate (a vote that, on Sept. 8, 2010, US Secretary of State Clinton called "inevitable").

As Ross said to Time magazine, when it profiled him in a 2008 story called "Innovators/Peacemakers": "Our work is based on the belief that everybody has a right to some say in the resolution of their issues." He's the author of the 2007 book Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite.

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Your Own Personal Revolution

In this talk, Carne describes his own journey from diplomat to activist, and his arc from profound disillusionment and professional collapse to the passionate commitment of his work today. Carne takes the audience through his “9 principles for action”, which offer very practical guidance on how to change your own life to fulfill the values and principles you care most about. Part exposition and part down-to-earth advice, the talk connects the personal with the political in a unique and inspiring way. The talk has had a very powerful reaction from audiences, some of whom have told Carne that the experience changed their lives. The full talk and “9 principles” exercise can take up to 90 minutes; the shorter expository version, 30-40 minutes.

The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century

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