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December 9, 2021

Forum: Thibault Manekin & Jonathan F. P. Rose on being Larger Than Yourself

Join us on Thursday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. EDT as urban developer Thibault Manekin shows us how social entrepreneurship can be used to address systemic problems.

In conversation with Garrison Institute co-founder Jonathan F.P. Rose, Thibault will discuss his urban renewal work in Baltimore — redeveloping historic buildings as affordable housing and office space for nonprofits — and illuminate some of his personal journey, which began with him using basketball to bring together children on different sides of racial and religious conflicts in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and in the Middle East. During our time together, he will also share inspiring stories of hope and human transformation from his forthcoming book Larger Than Yourself . 

The Forum is part of the Garrison Institute’s Pathways to Planetary Health (PPH) which seeks to inspire mindful action and compassion in pursuit of planetary health.

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday December 9, 2021. The webinar link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of registration.

Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with questions.


Thibault Manekin From the time he was little growing in Baltimore City, Thibault wrestled to understand why we as human beings seemed so divided. He continued to ask himself what truly causes those divides that separate races, cultures and communities, and can anything be done to bridge them?

Armed with that burning question, in 2002, Thibault traveled to South Africa, where he combined his passion for bringing people together with a love of sports to help create PeacePlayers, a nonprofit with the mission of bringing together children from war-torn countries around the world through basketball and dialogue. PeacePlayers has since worked with over 75,000 youth from over 20 countries around the world and has trained over 2,000 coaches/changes agents. The program has won numerous global awards, including the 2007 ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Bothered by how real estate and the control of land seemed to have done more to divide us as people then actually bring us together, in 2006 Thibault moved back to Baltimore where he helped start Seawall, an impact driven company made up of passionate social entrepreneurs who believe in re-imagining the real estate industry as we know it. Seawall believes that all facets of the built environment should be used to empower communities, unite our cities, and help launch powerful ideas that create important movements. Since its inception, the company has focused its energy and resources on providing discounted apartments for teachers, collaborative office space for non-profit organizations, workforce housing, community-driven retail, public markets, launchpads for chefs, and creative space for charter schools. In 2011, Thibault was honored by President Obama’s White House as a Champion for Change and Seawall’s projects have received numerous local and national awards.

Most importantly, Thibault is the proud husband of Lola Manekin and the father of Durban and Finley Manekin.

Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy, and not-for-profit work focus on creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible world. Jonathan and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute. He serves on its Board and leads its Pathways to Planetary Health program.

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