As incredibly draining as the news has been recently, I think that its time for something refreshing.
Today, the Clinton Global Initiative started. I think its one of the best things happening to bring together human and material resources in order to fight poverty and bring about substantive change throughout the world.
Sponsored by the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), is an innovative strategy highlighting the efforts of individuals, governments and non-government organizations (NGOs) to grapple with the problems of disease, poverty, environment, climate change and economic development worldwide.
Attendees, come to not only learn about what's happening across the world, but are required to make a commitment to join one of those efforts, or to do something themselves during the course of the year.
Some of the commitments have resulted in:
The Nobility Project, in education - commits to utilize the insights of Nobel laureates and other global leaders to engage one million students in the issues that will shape their own futures.
Collaboration Productivity to Reduce Carbon Emissions - Cisco commits to invest $20 million dollars in collaboration technologies which will increase person to person interaction while reducing the need for physical travel.
5 Million Kids " Silver Rights" Initiative, 2008 - Operation HOPE, Inc., Operation HOPE commits to break the back of the high-school drop-out epidemic in America by highlighting the importance of education in future success.
It's pretty easy to take shots at Bill Clinton (I've taken a few myself). But this is a visionary product that provides inspiration and innovation through its challenges.
I'm trying to work on a way to replicate its model on a local level here in Dallas. If you've got any ideas, I'd sure like to hear them!
You can catch what's happening live on the CGI website: http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org