Edinburgh

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I was lucky enough to be part of the “Making Poverty History” event in Edinburgh on Saturday, with Victoria, Michala & Phil.

It was a spectacular day – a huge crowd, incredibly well organized, with a great sense of humour and camaraderie. The old, the very young, from all parts of the country (and across Europe) – some just “regular people”, and some a little bizarre! Everything was done with such a light touch – the word “polite” seemed to be the word of the day. The police smiled at the marchers, and the marchers smiled back. Everyone learnt something. I think our kids will remember the day for the rest of their lives.

But don’t mistake the determination to make a difference. You could feel it in the air. All 225,000 people shared the same goal – make a point about making a difference.

And it seemed the Hyde Park Live8 crowd were on exactly the same wavelength. Good for Bob Geldof, Bono and others – and look at the terrific job Will Smith did in Philadelphia. Who will ever forget the 3 second finger clicking to signify the death of a child ….

On the other hand, I read with anger that the week is now being driven by anarchists and others with no agenda to help others – and unfortunately that may now take over the headlines. I just urge the media to put this into context.

The real big news is that ordinary people are politely but firmly wanting change for the poorest people on this earth.

World’s biggest challenges

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I found this interesting … last month’s LeaderValues poll question was:

What are the world’s biggest challenges today?

And the answer surprised me a little …

  • Global poverty 34%
  • Inadequate political leadership 21%
  • Environmental sustainability 15%
  • Terrorism 13%
  • Cultural prejudice 10%
  • Business globalization 4%
  • Other 2%
  • Ethical dilemmas in science 1%

I can’t argue for the scientific nature of the poll, although I do know it is a global audience. And maybe it is the power of the recent publicity on Poverty and the Live8 impact ….

But maybe the concern is real? Anyone know? Views?