St Peter's School
Hundreds of York residents have been considering how they can change the world for the better, at a discussion lead by a panel of prominent humanitarians.
Award-winning journalist Gavin Esler chaired the evening, which took place at St Peter’s School as part of York Festival of Ideas, and introduced the audience to four internationally-renowned speakers.
How to Do Good is the brainchild of writer and philanthropist Leonard Stall, who took to the stage to appeal to the natural human instinct to do good and help others. He was followed by the Human Dignity Foundation’s Mary Healy, who spoke about her frontline experience of nursing in countries such as Ethiopia, and placed great emphasis on the value of courage.
Professor Paul McMaster, a surgeon on the board of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) explained the important role volunteers play in disaster relief, calling upon his experiences in Haiti, Rwanda and the Yemen, amongst others.
The final presentation came from Sudanese refugee and former world slam poet champion Emi Mahmoud, who used poetry and photographs to illustrate her journey from leaving war-torn Darfur to graduating from Yale University.
Each speaker then took questions from the audience in a panel discussion, focusing on how to persist in doing good in the face of negativity and the difference little actions can make.
Ben Fuller, who runs the Public Lectures at St Peter’s, said: “To have such an assembly of inspirational people on one stage has made this a truly outstanding event. Each speaker brought their respective subject to life with great passion and insight, giving us all plenty of food for thought. I would like to thank everybody who made this evening such a wonderful success, particularly the How to Do Good team for offering each audience member a free book, which I’m sure will continue to provide further inspiration.”