Nearly twenty years ago I designed, led and raised the funding for a joint human rights programme with the United Nations that indigenous peoples could be proud of and wanted to be part of, and which would help them to achieve their dreams. It was created to serve them.
I had to sell my idea, pitch it, face rejection and pitch it again. I learned how to encapsulate the hopes and dreams of many people in five minutes to convince organisations to support us. I learned the hard way how to tell a story to bring people on board.
This programme brought positive change and still does. It has empowered many indigenous leaders in Latin America and transformed many communities.