Q&A: Brian Savage, Parliament of the World’s Religions

Q&A: Brian Savage, Parliament of the World’s Religions

By Stephanie Davis Smith, December 19, 2016

For the last three years, Brian Savage, director of advancement and logistics for Parliament of the World’s Religions, has been upping the profile of his interfaith organization. The mission of the parliament is “to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.” In other words, Savage and his team have no small task! We sat down with him to find out more about his work and the most recent gathering of the organization.

 

How have you helped to raise awareness of your group?

We have a huge social media presence now with over 25,000 followers on Facebook, which we didn’t have before. We also have a great communications director and a newsletter that goes out every other week. We have 110 ambassadors around the world, and we encourage them to be involved in their own interfaith organizations to get the word out. Also, when something happens in the world, we make a statement. We make our presence known on justice issues people of faith need to speak to in some way.

What is your day-to-day like?

I am the staff person over the event logistics. I handle all the booth sales, sponsorship coordination, hotel contract negotiation, contracting for registration and check-in, site visits and AV, and I’m the point person for anything that happens [during the event].

How many events do you plan?

The big one is the biennial, but we do some smaller events too. Historically, it was every five years, but we just switched to a two-year cycle. The world moves so quickly that five years is too long to wait [between events]—we lose a whole college class in there. It’s important for us to be in touch with what I call the “now generation” rather than the next generation. That’s where the action is going to happen.

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