Monday, September 19, 2011

The Clinton Global Initiative Begins this Week

CGI 2010: Answering The "How" Question from Clinton Global Initiative on Vimeo.

I've got friends who will criticize me for this (and some who aren't friends as well), but Bill Clinton is still my favorite President!

What he's doing out of office is as significant as his time in office. This week is the sixth year of the Clinton Global Initiative. I confound my friends and colleagues when I talk about this because it is one of the most impressive laboratories and incubators for leveraging ideas and resources that are inevitably the seedbed from which real solutions to real global problems are solved.

On a global scale, CGI deals with problems similar to those we deal with at CitySquare: poverty, disease, work, economic empowerment, education and justice. 

Since CGI was established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, its Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, along with heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made nearly 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion.

You can see the CGI online this week, any time you take to watch it will be well worth the effort. Like me, I'm sure you'll find yourself wondering 'Why not here...?'

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