Payson Stevens to be honored by PCI for his work with My Himachal

Payson Stevens, one of My Himachal’s advisors would be honored on 8th November in San Diego, California for his work with My Himachal. Project Concern International (PCI), one of the largest non profit organizations in US is hosting Hands Across Borders 2008 to celebrate the diversity and spirit of South & Southeast Asia and an “Honor Roll” of local individuals and nonprofit organizations whose commitments are making a real difference in South & Southeast Asia..

A total of 30 NGOs would be honored while Md. Yunus, the noble peace prize winner from Bangladesh would also be honored in same event with Humanitarian award.

Sponsored by QUALCOMM Wireless Reach and including major corporate sponsors, the Forum would see a keynote address by Professor C.K. Prahalad.

About Payson R. Stevens

Payson R. Stevens, President and Creative Director of InterNetwork Inc. (1979-99) and well as InterNetwork Media Inc. (1993-2004), both award-winning science/consulting groups with clients in government, industry, and academia originally attended molecular biology at the City University of New York and oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has also studied at the Arts Students League and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

An artist, designer, writer, and film maker for over thirty years, he is one versatile man. Lead author of Embracing Earth: New Views of Our Changing Planet (Chronicle Books, 1992), which appeared in four foreign-language editions, he was also contributing author and artist/designer to the award-winning college textbooks, Geology Today (CRM, 1973) and Biology Today (CRM, 1971). His film credits include a CINE Golden Eagle Award (1980) for a national Public Television broadcast script on Antarctica.

From 1981 to 1995, Stevens and his company helped develop a series of sponsored Earth-science reports, brochures, posters, and multimedia projects for the major US science agencies which won numerous awards for design and writing in annual competitions.

He has also produced and directed ten acclaimed educational CD-ROM titles on Earth-science and environmental subjects, two of which debuted at the Smithsonian Institution’s 1995 “Ocean Planet Exhibition.” In 1994, InterNetwork received the Presidential Design Award for Excellence from President Clinton for the CD-ROM science-journal prototype, Arctic Data InterActive, the first time this honor had been given for multimedia work. Stevens is also an accomplished public speaker and has presented at numerous conferences on the environment, technology, and design. He has also been an advisor on environmental sustainability and ecotourism issues for the Great Himalayan National Park in India. Stevens is currently painting/drawing in his studio in Del Mar, California, and during annual trips to the Kullu Valley, India where he lives part of the year with his wife, the writer Kamla Kapur.

About PCI

PCI is a San Diego-based global health and development organization started in 1961. Since then it has implemented thousands of projects around the world to prevent disease, improve community health and promote sustainable development, reaching millions of families in countries in Africa, the Americas and Asia.

PCI’s projects in India reach some of the most vulnerable people throughout the country, including children at risk of contracting polio; women and children in rural communities; HIV positive people in urban slums; and most recently, thousands of people affected by some of the worst flooding in the country’s history. PCI also uses its convening power to help people here learn more about the world.

The South & Southeast Asia Forum on Nov 6th will give this extraordinary group of people a chance to share their experience and explore ways to collaborate.

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  • Environmentalist to be honoured in US
    Jagmeet Y. Ghuman

    Kumarhatti, October 14
    Payson Stevens, adviser to My Himachal, an NGO, will be honored by the Project Concern International (PCI) for his contribution to the cause of environment while working with the NGO. The function will be held on November 8 in San Diego, California.

    PCI, one of the largest non-profit organisations of the US, is hosting Hands Across Borders 2008, to celebrate the diversity and spirit of South and Southeast Asia and an “honour roll” of local individuals and non-profit organisations whose commitments are making a real difference in South and Southeast Asia.

    This is perhaps for the first time that a state NGO is being honored in the US. Dr Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 noble peace prizewinner from Bangladesh, will also be honored in the same event with humanitarian award. A total of 30 NGOs will be honored in the event.

    Payson is a noted artist, designer, writer, and a filmmaker for over 30 years. He has also been an adviser on environmental sustainability and eco-tourism issues for the Great Himalayan National Park in India. Payson makes annual trips to the Kullu valley where he lives for some part of the year with his wife and writer Kamla Kapur.

    Avnish Katoch, president of My Himachal, will also take part in the event. “We will be there in our Himachali caps and dresses and will show the best of our state,” says Katoch, adding, “We will also share video films and pictures taken in Himachal with world’s top dignitaries”.

  • To be standing tall with noted Nobel Laureates like Dr Muhammad Yunus is an acknowledgement that your work among the underprivileged sections in Himalayan Country deserves the merit it has received.

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