It Happened on the Way to War

7th Jul 2011; 13:00

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In his 2011 memoir, It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace, Rye Barcott explores the contrasts of social entrepreneurship in Africa and counter-insurgency in the Marines as they clashed and converged in his head and heart.

He recounts his experiences building and learning from leaders in unlikely places – from the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya to the bomb-strewn streets of Fallujah and beyond. Eschewing old notions of top-down, command-and-control management, he shows the impact that small, diverse groups of committed people can have in the world. 

The youth organization Barcott co-founded as an undergraduate to prevent violence and develop leaders in Kibera turns 10 years old this year.  It has been recognized as a pioneer of "participatory development" and named by Time Magazine and the Gates Foundation as a "Hero of Global Health." 

Rye Barcott visits the RSA to show how to unlock the potential of even the most deprived communities and spark change from within. 

Speaker: Rye Barcott, co-founder, Caroline for Kibera and author of It Happened on the Way to War (Bloomsbury, 2011)

Chair: Emily Kasriel, executive producer, The Forum, the flagship ideas discussion show on the BBC World Service.


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