Thor Halvorssen is the 39-year-old founder of the Human Rights Foundation. The man is clearly emerging as the leader of human rights activism in the 21st century. His incredibly smart leadership has put the Human Rights Foundation on the map with the cunning use of pop-culture and social media.
In 2014, the movie The Interview was released. The film focused on the reclusive leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong Un. The Human Rights Foundation, under Thor’s leadership, quickly jumped on the moment.
The leader of North Korea had ordered the cyber attack on the Sony company. Sony was the production house responsible for the movie The Interview. The hack was successful and came along with a variety of threats.
The threats were so loud that the movie The Interview was not released in theaters due to a fear of a terrorist attack.
The news led with this story almost every night. It was newsworthy of front-page headlines around the world. So as the world paid attention to the reclusive leader of North Korea, the Human Rights Foundation sprung into action.
Thor Halvorssen traveled to a town just south of the North Korean border in South Korea. His small team linked up with others trying to fight the oppressive dictator. Using large balloons, the Human Rights Foundation floated in supplies. These supplies included educational pamphlets, money, and entertainments DVDs. The goal was to educate the people of North Korea about how much oppression they were experiencing. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1812816/
The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Il and, personally threatened Thor Halvorssen with retribution. And that’s how you know you’re human rights activism is working, when you get the attention of one of the world’s most brutal unilateral role dictators. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | LinkedIn
It is the savvy use of pop-culture that is catapulting Thor Halvorssen into the spotlight. The Human Rights Foundation employs a relatively small staff. But with the cunning use of pop-culture and social media, Thor Halvorssen is able to turn the world’s attention to his passion — seeking justice for human rights violations.
It is this kind of leadership that should catalyze human rights activism around the world. Never before has a human rights leader emerged that can make seeking justice around the world seem so attractive. And the man has come along at a perfect time in history when millions around the planet can communicate instantly. Justice should spread like wildfire.