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2017 FWOP World Summit International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

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October 4 – 6, 2017 CATIE Campus, Turrialba, CR

Pre-Conference Agenda

Sunday, October 1  – Tuesday, October 3, 2017

All day October 1 – 3, 2017 Experience a guided tour and eco-tourism opportunities with A-Wow project in Curridabat, San José

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Conference Agenda

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

7:00 am to 9:00 am Registration and Reception
9:00 am to 9:30 am Opening Ceremonies

Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim, General Director CATIE

Sylvester Flores, Founder and President of Future Without Poverty (FWOP)

Dr. Eliécer Vargas, MIST Co-Director

9:30 am to 10:00 am Keynote Addresses:

Dr Todd Spinks,  Advisor, Sustainability & Citizenship, Southwest Airlines

10:00 am to 10:30 am Break
10:30 am to 12:30 am Session 1: Enterprise Development, Poverty and Empowerment

Eduardo Villafranca,  President of Reinventing Business for All (RBA)

Case: Hotel Punta Islita

Our Actions Matters  (7-10 minutes per partner)

Sylvester Flores, FWOP President. Business Development via the Ripley Gourmet Tortilla Factory, Ripley Ohio

Dr.Kendall Brune,  Executive Board FWOP /Development Director – Business and NGO partnerships

Carolyn  Wright , CEO – AWOW  and Rotary President- 2016-17, Lewisville Texas

ACTUAR Representative

Deguesew Derese,  International LLC , Dallas- Focus Africa

Dr. Syeda Jesmin, UNTDallas, Micro Loan Programs- Bangladesh Discussion

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm to 3:40 pm Session 2: Environmental Promotion, Poverty and Empowerment

MSc Ana Baez, CCT President

Case: Biological Corridors in Costa Rica

Session Chair

2:20 pm to 3:40 pm Our  Actions Matters (7-10 minutes per partner)

Daniel Villafranca, Caminos de Osa

Dr. Maria Suarez Toro, PH.D Centro Comunitario de Buceo Embajadores del Mar, Caribe Sur Costa Rica/MsSc Marianita Harvey Project Beneficios del Mar, Costa Rica

Marianella Franklin, Sustainability Officier, UT Rio Grande Valley
Dr Arthur Lee, Community Health Advocate, Chair , ELAM Advisor Board, Nashville, Tenn.

Whitney Carr, UNT (University of North Texas) Future Without Poverty student chapter, “Denton to Nigeria: Clean Water”


3:40 pm to 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Session 3: Education for Sustainability, Poverty and Empowerment

Dr. Mario Piedra, Dean Graduate School at CATIE

Case: Graduate programs at CATIE and the UNSDG

Session Chair

Our Actions Matters   (7-10 minutes per partner)

Ishmaels Kabann, Uganda FWOP Kampala

Fernanda Ornelas , SUBIRE – K- 12 schools,  Guadalajara , Mexico –International Coordination, UNT graduate – Business

Dr.K. C. Birenda,  Master of Science in International Sustainable Tourism UNT/CATIE

Dr. Isabel Gutierrez, Prácticas del Desarrollo, CATIE

Brandon Morton, Sustainability Officer, North Lake College, Irving, Texas and Sierra Club Regional Director

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm CATIE´s International Club

Thursday, October 05, 2017

7:30 am to 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am. to 5:00 pm Session: Implementation challenges – as real as can be.

Poverty reduction and implementation challenges: keep sharing knowledge but this time about implementation

Experiential CASE:  Rural Tourism in Mollejones of Turrialba. Here, we aims to attract people interested in sharing know-how at the community level. Mollejones is a remote agricultural community lacking traditional tourism opportunities but have found in community-based rural tourism a way to attract a select market. Come to see how the elderly and the young are been support by this initiative.

Experiential CASE: Santa Cruz, the Cradle of the Turrialba Cheese. Here we aims to attract people interested in small scale agriculture and livestock production. We will learn about challenges with appropriate technology, support systems, and community empowerment strategies.

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Parallel events

FWOP Board of Director Meeting

10 year of collaboration – UNT/CATIE

Network of Women for Sustainable Tourism


Friday, October 06, 2017

7:00 am to 8:30 am International Breakfast – prepare for all participants.

CATIE Botanical Garden and Sustainability Educational House

8:30 am to 9:30 am Session: Making FWOP work as a network of knowledge and support

Dr. Eliécer Vargas and Dr. Stan Ingman, Sustainability Educational House and Poverty Reduction

9:30 am to 10:00 am Break
10:00 am to 12:00 pm Our Action Matters – (2 hours for work in groups)- Some initial facilitators  listed below

Group Opportunity for Sustainability Educational House- Schools,  Colleges and Universities –  Dr. E. Vargas, CATIE

Group Opportunity for Costa Rica Network, Southwest Airlines, AWOW, FWOP , CATIE – Christine, Ortega , International Senior Advisor-Community Affairs/Grassroots/SW, Carolyn Wright, CEO-AWOW, Dr.Stan Ingman-FWOP

Group Opportunity for Sustainable Agriculture Cooperation

Group Opportunity for Academic Cooperation- Journals, You Tube Channel-FWOP,  Dr.Iftekhar Amin UNT Dallas, and Arthur Porter, Dallas Designing Dreams ,

Group Opportunity for Community Empowerment- FWOP Advisor Board-Ana Fores and  Andres Pacheco

Group Opportunity for Sustainable Appropriate Technologies Cooperation – Dr.Kuruvilla Johns, Chair, Mechanical and Energy Engineering, UNT. Kevin Peach, Solar Systems, and Tom Benjamin, Executive Board, FWOP,  Greg Ousley, Global Director of Development-FWOP and  Churchill Technology and Sustainable Development Center  – Fulton, Missouri

12:00 am to 2:00 pm Lunch at the Botanical Garden
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Our Common Future as a Network – Planning our next meetings
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm Break
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm Impact of our conference on poverty reduction
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Closing Ceremonies – Guess speaker (TBA)


After conference opportunities

Saturday, October 07, 2017

All day After conference trips – to be coordinated by Network of Women for Sustainable Tourism

Contact María Suarez Toro, Fundación ACCION YA

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Future Without Poverty’s (FWOP) 2016 Conference on Reducing Global Poverty Through

Grassroots Sustainable Actions will be held at the campus of the University of North

Texas in Denton April 21 -23.


This conference is being designed to bring together local

entrepreneurs that will share their successes and vision for a future without poverty

based on local business models that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

FWOP expects participation from its global network of 50 affiliates representing 25

countries through the use of skype conferencing for those unable to attend in person.

FWOP anticipates representatives from over 10 countries to be at the conference.

The objective of the conference is to exchange ideas, projects and to expand our

growing global network for a future without poverty. This is a hands-on-working

conference that will help plan for future projects for FWOP and to set the agenda for the

2017 Summit of the Global Coalition for a Future Without Poverty to be held in Costa



At the conference FWOP will be unveiling its campaign to establish solar cooperatives

as part of its Solar KO Poverty project. This project already has interest from affiliates in

6 countries to pilot the project in its first stage. The goal is to distribute 1,000,000 solar

lights by 2019. FWOP affiliates from Africa, North America, South America, Europe and

Asia will be sharing their inspiring stories about education, micro businesses, water,

agriculture and energy projects that are already working or a part of their vision for a

future without poverty.


A Future Without Poverty is a volunteer run organization with no paid staff or

consultants. All the work we have done and are planning to do is done through financial

and in kind donations made by our volunteers and donors. We are asking individuals,

corporations and organizations to consider being sponsors of this conference and future

projects of FWOP. FWOP is presenting a unique approach to becoming a FWOP 2016

Sponsor that we hope will encourage you to step forward to help those in poverty to

have a future without poverty. FWOP is not setting a minimum donation on becoming a

sponsor of a future without poverty. We are leaving the amount up to each of you to

give what you can. Sponsors will be listed in alphabetical order in conference

publications and on our website without consideration in how much they give unless

they choose to remain anonymous.


If you wish to attend and/or are interested in being a financial sponsor of FWOP–

especially this conference, please register or make a donation by going to and using our convenient donor button. Conference

Registration are $10 per student and $20 others. Also, we will have a Friday special trip

with lunch to Harvest Community. Cost of ride to Harvest: $10. Lunch: Free. If you wish

to go on the trip, you must register ahead of time.

All registrations and sponsorships will go to support the solar cooperative initiative.

Keynote speakers: Dr. Eliecer Vargas, CATIE, Costa Rica and Steve Saunders, CEO,

Texenergy Solutions.


Panels on: Environment, Enterprise, Education, and

Empowerment related to sustainability and poverty reduction. Workshops on: creation of

solar cooperatives and an international center for testing and training of micro

technologies for sustainable poverty reduction.

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ExquisiteWater, Inc. is a charitable public health consulting company dedicated to providing clean water to rural and underprivileged communities around the world with plans to eventually eliminate adverse health effects caused by waterborne diseases. ExquisiteWater has officially started their first pilot in Nigeria. Their director, Amanda Sunny left for Nigeria on July 5th until the 14th to attend the very successful annual Anambra State Association World Medical Mission and Health Summit 2015. While she was there, she presented their mission for the communities in Anambra State, Nigeria to the 250+ attendees and spoke to the state’s Commissioner of Health.


The medical mission consisted of a group of 50 volunteers (physicians, ophthalmologists, pharmacists, nurses, and general volunteers) who traveled to six rural villages in Anambra State, Nigeria (Agbaghana, Obosi, Ihembosi, Ozubelu, and Oba) with donated prescription eyeglasses and pharmaceutical care.

In each village, the team was able to serve at least 1,500 people with a six day total of at least 9,000 people seen; including some individuals whom have never seen a doctor before in their life.

In the midst of this preliminary trip with the medical mission and health summit presentation, they were able to learn how to manage the steps needed to secure operations within a village as well as the importance of good communication. Click article to read more. 

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For the past 15 years, A Future Without Poverty (FWOP) has worked to build a network of individuals, institutions, community organizations, foundations, religious organizations, international non-government organizations, corporations and government agencies to join in its mission to reduce global poverty. These 15 years have provided us the opportunity to learn first-hand about the many activities that are being done to attempt to reduce global poverty.

All of these experiences have guided FWOP to the following conclusion:

There is a need to form a global coalition committed to promoting local solutions to reduce poverty that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

FWOP has found many examples of successful efforts to reduce poverty in communities around the world. In most cases the programs that have been successful are initiated by local entrepreneurs and assisted by outside resources that offer an investment in the program and work with local leadership to meet their dreams for a future without poverty.

The Coalition for A Future Without Poverty will encourage all levels of the global community to share ideas and work collectively to find locally based solutions that are economically and environmentally sustainable. FWOP will spend the next 12 months asking individuals, institutions, community organizations, foundations, religious organizations, international non-government organizations, corporations and government agencies to join the coalition to reduce global poverty.

FWOP will collect success stories from individuals in communities around the globe and share them through our website and other social media. This will help the global community to identify those common denominators that are identified by those who are reducing their life of poverty.

If you are involved with, or aware of, a program that we should review for inclusion in our global list of local success stories please send the following information to:

Contact person’s name:




Brief description of program:


From all us at FWOP, thank you.

Tom Benjamin

Executive Director of A Future Without Poverty, Inc.

Posted by Miguel Juanez On January - 14 - 2015 0 Comment

Our friends at the University of North Texas, via Prof. Dr. Stan Ingman, have allowed us to post their forum schedule happening January 14 – 16, 2015 at the University of North Texas. Email us at if you have any questions about the program and write “UNT International forum 2015” in the subject line.