The Power of Impossible Ideas

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The Power of Impossible Ideas

Evidence That Ordinary People Can Accomplish Extraordinary Feats Even in International Relations

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 , 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sharon Tennison
EarthRise at IONS
101 San Antonio Rd
Petaluma CA 94952
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Join this Friendly Favors potluck dinner followed with a presentation by the San Francisco nurse that one day quit her job, founded the Center for Citizen Initiatives, went to the Soviet Union with a few friends, and committed herself to help end the Cold War.

About Our Speaker

Sharon Tennison is the Founder and President, Center for Citizen Initiatives, and the Author of The Power of Impossible Ideas Evidence that Ordinary People can Accomplish Extraordinary Feats Even in International Relations (Oct, 2012).

First readers say the book is utterly fascinating – one even said, "I think it is the most inspiring book I have ever read!"

Endorsed by General Colin Powell and the three former American Ambassadors to Russia during the 80's, 90's, and the 2000's.

Sharon says: "Impossible Ideas was written with all age groups in mind, particularly the younger generation, since the book demonstrates so powerfully how we, ordinary people, can step out with our most deeply-felt missions and find ourselves doing the impossible. My hope is that people across America will give copies to their children and their grandchildren for birthdays and holiday presents. Especially now, during this trying period in our nation, we need to remember the power of ourselves as ordinary citizens and the impact that one person or a small group of people can have if they move forward with a radical new concept!"

Sharon spearheaded the start and development of CCI in the early 80s. It has grown from a coffee-table discussion to a 501(c)(3) organization with a multi-million dollar annual budget. Sharon has designed all CCI’s programs and raised over $60 million to implement them. Prior to CCI, she was an ICU Registered Nurse and founded Dove Professional Apparel, a manufacturing company that produces medical wear.

Sharon was highlighted as one of nine persons in Citizen Diplomats: Pathfinders in Soviet American Relations in 1985. She produced When the People Lead video in 1984. In 1993 Tennison received a White House Appointment to sit on the 13-member Board for the Russian American Enterprise Fund. Sharon is known for creating and executing streamlined, low-budget, cost-shared technical assistance programs for the U.S. government.

Friendly Favors Event

Please RSVP.

Cost: $20 (or 20 Thankyous) and a dish to share; $40 with no dish
Discount Cost: Applies when you RSVP and choose to give Thankyou's.
Payment Instructions: Make checks payable to IONS

- 6 PM: One hour for socializing and eating dinner
- 7 PM: 30 minutes for welcome, announcements and introductions
- 7:30 PM: One hour for our guest speaker's presentation
- 8:30 PM: 30 minutes for Questions and Answers
- 9 PM: We close the event, allowing time for post-event commingling and cleaning before leaving by 10 PM.

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