Dare to Overcome

Dare to Overcome (DTO) (August 22-24, 2021) is the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation’s global “intersectionality conference” highlighting the ways diverse communities support and reinforce one another in building more inclusive workplaces and peaceful societies. Each day focuses on a different theme:

Aug. 22: Social Justice, Equity and Religious Non-discrimination

Aug. 23: Intersectionality Between Faith & Abilities Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Aug. 24: Business for Interfaith Understanding, Peace & Inclusion

DTO is held both virtually worldwide and in-person in the host city of the Paralympic Games: Rio 2016, Seoul/PyeongChang 2018, and Tokyo 2021 (virtual and in-person).

The first day of DTO coincides with the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, highlighting the global challenges to inclusive and peaceful economies coming from restrictions on freedom of conscience, religion or belief.

Dare to Overcome is also the global convening point for faith-and-belief employee resource groups (ERGs). Members of these ERGs will gather virtually in support of their colleagues around the world and share best practices in three areas:

First, invite their disabilities/abilities ERG colleagues to join them in discussing best practices for effective ERGs and for being workplace allies of people with disabilities.

Second, share experiences of successful ERGs in different regions of the world.

Third, submit a lip-synced recording of the Dare to Overcome anthem for inclusion in the global virtual choir, which will be aired on August 24 during the Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards.

This global summit builds on the success of the second annual Faith@Work National ERG Conference held virtually earlier in 2021. See a summary of that gathering here.

The United Nations Global Compact and the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation are collaborators for DTO’s signature initiative, the Global Business & Interfaith Peace Award.

Dare to Overcome’s program also includes the Global Business Overcomer’s Award for companies whose workplaces help people with disabilities to excel and the Paralympic Peace Prize for current or former Paralympians who promote peace.

DTO also features an international women’s empowerment film competition and festival,  a peace through art event, and much more.

Also see our Japanese website for details on our local empowering seminars for people in Japan with disabilities: https://dtojp.org/

Program

Sunday, Aug 22 (Virtual – Focus on Social Justice, Equity and Religious Non-discrimination)

Monday, Aug 23 (Virtual – Focus on Intersectionality Between Faith & Abilities ERGs)  

  • How Disabilities Are Unique abilities
    • Presentations by Business Leaders With Disabilities from Japan and the US on Daring to Overcome
    • Keynote by Justin Greene, lead, Persons with Disability (PwD) Employee Resource Group (ERG), Accenture Federal Services, USA
    • Keynote: Yanagi Masahiro, owner, Sign With Me, a restaurant employing people with hearing impairments in Kyoto, Japan
  • Global Corporate Sponsor Events (see sponsor packet)
    • Corporate Sponsor Events highlighting Best Practices in Workplace AccommodationsPanel discussions between members of faith & abilities ERGs on best ways Faith ERGs can be active allies of Abilities ERGs 
    • Abilities ERGs share about best practices in accommodation and what other ERGs can do to be strong allies
    • Other related topics of interest to sponsors
  • Spreading the ERG Movement to Asia and the World
    • Panels and Talks by Asian and International ERG leaders on best practices
    • ERG leaders from regions discuss distinctiveness of and challenges for ERGs in their regions:
    • Asia, North America, Europe, Latin/South America, Africa, Middle East/North Africa

Tuesday, Aug. 24 (Virtual – Focus on Business for Interfaith Understanding, Peace and Inclusion)

  • Report from Tokyo on the eve of the Paralympic Games, beginning on Aug. 24 
  • Breaking Down Barriers Through Art: Egaku Workshop by “White Ship,” one of Japan’s premier art studios who takes art creation into corporations to increase engagement and authentic connections among people of differing backgrounds and abilities
  • UN Global Compact and the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation: 2021 Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards
    • Presentation of Awards
    • Medalists share their experiences and inspiration
    • Discussion of Innovative ways to advance interfaith understanding and peace through business 
    • Panel of past medalists
    • Panel reactions from business school students around the world
  • Announcement of the next host country of Dare to Overcome
    • GRAND FINALE: Global Dare to Overcome Virtual Choir (Corporate ERGs from around the world are invited to submit recordings of members lip-syncing the Dare to Overcome Anthem)

Corporate (Sponsorship Packet)

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IN-PERSON & Virtual Across Japan from Sophia University, Tokyo (Preliminary Program) 
Aug 22-23

Japanese website https://dtojp.org/ and poster

(EQUIPPING SEMINARS – in Japanese) 

Dare to Overcome begins with service. In the evening of August 22nd and in the morning of 23rd, volunteers from Japanese community organizations will provide equipping seminars for people with disabilities. 

In Japan, those with disabilities face not only the challenges of working conditions, but also the social stigma of being a problem to the society. The Japanese word for people with disabilities “Shogaisha” actually includes a Chinese character meaning “harmful”. Therefore, the event aims to empower people with disabilities and change the society to become more inclusive and appreciative of diversity. 

Under the theme of “Everybody has the freedom to dream their future”, the two day event will be hosted by Sophia University at their renowned International Conference Hall in central Tokyo and will be broadcast via the web so that people can participate from everywhere. The seminar will address topics such as self identity and empowerment, getting jobs and dealing with workplace issues, and self care and stress management. 

Introducing ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) for disabilities is another focus of this seminar, as the international DTO brings the global ERG movement to Asia and Japan. ERGs are not well known in Japanese context at this point and there is much room to improve in workplaces for people with disabilities. The ERG movement also has the potential to change the perceptions of Japanese society by leveraging influences of global corporations that are actively promoting ERGs. 

We are also planning to follow up the event with a series of online seminars to continue to empower and equip those with disabilities.

Anthem

We invite representatives of corporate employee resource groups (ERGs) worldwide to participate in a virtual choir to sing our original anthem, Dare to Overcome!

Kyoji Ohno, President of Hybridmusic, composed the anthem for Dare to Overcome – Lyrics by Kyoji Ohno & Brian Grim. Download the invitation and/or the instructions.

Chorus to record:
 Come where the friendship is
 Come where the true hope is
 Come take my hand and overcome
 Come where the future is
 Come where there’s happiness
 Come take my hand and overcome
 We all live on the same planet!

STEP 1: GATHER YOUR GROUP

1. RECRUIT as many as you can to join this fun project. Whether just 2 of you or 200 in one group.

2. DATE & PLACE:

• Do you already have a gathering planned in June or early July? If so, add 15 minutes to shoot this video.

• Decide on a time and venue for this video shoot. This should approximately take 15 – 30 minutes to complete (including rehearsal and actual video shoot).

• If you can’t gather in person, have your group members each record themselves, and submit separately indicating your group name on the registration form. We will join the videos together into a virtual group.

3. PREPARE: You can share this link that includes the 30-second chorus with the lyrics (also shown above). If you want to see the entire song with verses, you can watch it here.

4. PARTICIPANTS: Make sure to obtain names of each person for credits and video release permission.

STEP 2: VIDEO RECORDING

1. Simply use your smart phone or tablet to record.

• For smartphones, make sure it is positioned SIDEWAYS (landscape).

2. You will need 2 gadgets

• one gadget to record (e.g. smart phone, tablet)

• another gadget for playback so you can lip-sync (e.g. ipad, another smart phone, computer)

3. Take 2 or more video recordings so you can select the best one to upload.

CREATIVE & FUN TIPS:

• Do some gestures or hand motions with the theme of unity and togetherness in mind.

• At the end of the chorus is extra time to show the group celebrating (cheering, dancing, fun poses).

STEP 3: REGISTER ONLINE

Only the group leader needs to register online, even if your group is filming themselves individually:

1. Go to this link <Survey Monkey> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/856HWZR

2. Answer the questions and then submit your registration online.

STEP 4: UPLOAD (Deadline: July 9, 2021)

1. Select the best video to upload. Save that video to your computer and rename it to be the name of your group. Upload 1 file only.

2. Go to this dropbox link to upload: https://www.dropbox.com/request/nuCfx4BmtOu64i4yE8bR (If you are logged into Dropbox, please log out so that you can enter the following information.)

– (Name) Write your Group Name

– (Email) Write your email

3. Inform your original contact that you completed this process. THANK YOU!

– Jade Romano jade@religiousfreedomandbusiness.org

– Drew Fleming drew@religiousfreedomandbusiness.org

Faith-and-Belief ERGs

Dare to Overcome (August 22-24, 2021) is the global convening point for faith-and-belief employee resource groups (ERGs) worldwide. Members of these ERGs will gather virtually in support of their colleagues around the world and share best practices in two areas:

  • First, invite their disabilities/abilities ERG colleagues to join them in discussing best practices for effective ERGs and for being workplace allies of people with disabilities.
  • Second, share experiences of successful ERGs in different regions of the world.

We also invite them to submit a lip-synced recording of the Dare to Overcome anthem, for inclusion in the global virtual choir, which will be aired on August 24 during the Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards.

This global summit builds on the success of the second annual Faith@Work National ERG Conference held virtually earlier in 2021. See a summary of that gathering below.