Greg Mortenson

Greg Mortenson
Greg Mortenson
  • Born: December 27, 1957
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Professional Speaker, Writer, Veteran, Former Mountaineer

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Greg Mortenson is an American professional speaker, writer, veteran, and former mountaineer. He is a co-founder and former executive director of the non-profit Central Asia Institute and the founder of the educational charity Pennies for Peace.

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But what I really believe is education is a key to pretty much everything - prosperity, economics, peace, stability. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;War & Peace
I decided in '96 to dedicate my life to mostly promoting literacy and education for girls in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
I say if you fight terrorism, it's based in fear, but if you promote peace, it's based on hope. Hope ;War & Peace
I used to climb mountains a lot; I decided to go to Pakistan to climb K2, the world's second-highest mountain. I didn't get quite to the top.
If you look at the 9/11 highjackers, certainly they were educated, some even had university degrees, but nobody really checked their mothers, who were nearly all illiterate.
In 'Three Cups of Tea' I was fairly critical of the military. And I mentioned that they're laptop warriors and there's no boots on the ground. But I can say now that they've gone through a tremendous learning curve. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Liberals, conservatives, Muslims, Jews, Christians, and I find - I think education is something that can bring us together. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
My father ended up starting the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, which is on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. My mother started a school. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Once I started the first school, I realized this is what my life is meant to be, is to promote education and help kids go to school, and that's very clear. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
One thing that I noticed is having met some former Taliban is even they, as children, grew up being indoctrinated. They grew up in violence. They grew up in war. They were taught to hate. They were, they grew up in very ignorant cultures where they didn't learn about the outside world. War & Peace
Really, what education does is it gives opportunity, but it also gives hope. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Hope
The Pathan people of Waziristan are proud people who I greatly admire.
Yes, I first visited Korphe village, Braldu valley, Baltistan, Pakistan, after failing to summit K2 in 1993, and met Haji Ali, a long time dear mentor and friend. My second visit to Korphe was in 1994. Time
Yes, I was detained for eight days in Waziristan in 1996. It was against my will, and my passport and money were taken from me. I was not mistreated or harmed, but I was also not allowed to leave. Money, Coins & Minting