A Gathering Of Brave People

Oslo Freedom Forum

For one week every year, human rights advocates, artists, tech entrepreneurs, and world leaders meet to share their stories and brainstorm ways to expand freedom and unleash human potential across the globe. I was fortunate to be there this year in May, the eight gathering in Oslo, because I was invited to curate an international exhibit of cartoons to be shown at the Forum.

The speakers were even more amazing than I had expected. Many had risked their lives (and continue to do so) for the cause of freedom of speech, to help their country, to battle dictators and corrupt governments. Many are individuals who dedicate their lives to helping activist and artists battle oppressive regimes, many are creators of non-profits whose mission is to change cultural stereotypes. All were extremely moving; I left Oslo transformed.

To see some of the videos of the speakers, and learn more about Oslo Freedom Forum, go to their website, follow them on twitter or Facebook.

I live-drew all the speakers. Here are some of them.

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Press conference with all the speakers
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Live art in the park
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Coffee between speeches
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Norwegian cartoonist Oistein
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Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef
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There was beautiful music.
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We were entertained by an amazing clown

All of my drawings from Oslo Freedom Forum are on my twitter stream and on my website, lizadonnelly.com

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Visual journalist/writer for New Yorker, New York Times, CBS News, CNN. TED, SXSW speaker. Looking to change world w humor. lizadonnelly.com

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