Today marks the official launch of the It’s Your World blog, co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of Northern California and the Global Philanthropy Forum. We look forward to taking you behind the scenes of these organizations as we explore international issues and encourage the involvement of philanthropists in opportunities that transcend borders.
Sound like too much fun? It is, and there’s more. As you can see in some of our recent posts, we plan to spice up the blog with videos from our past events and other videos related to our work. One day you might see a moving presentation and musical performance by an artist like Annie Lennox; the next you may find an interview with Bill Gates about his philanthropic efforts. You might find a speech by Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on the future course of global capitalism and its impact on democratic decision making or a discussion with foreign policy expert Robert Kagan about the future of U.S. foreign policy under President Obama.
To keep things from getting too wonky, we’ll also throw in some cool performances — like this one – from around the world.
Another one of our goals is to write about some of the amazing work being conducted by “social entrepreneurs,” non-profit organizations, and philanthropic foundations to address crises and matters of concern around the globe. Too many of these efforts go unnoticed and we plan to do our part to reverse this trend. If you come across any news articles or other forms of media highlighting this kind of work, please feel free to forward them along to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to receive links to cool musical performances, too.
Overall, we want this blog to be a place where people come to satisfy and stimulate their interest in global affairs. Because more than anything else, we want to emphasize and nurture the idea that we live in an interconnected age and we must be engaged beyond our borders. It is, quite literally, your world.
So bookmark this blog and come back often. Comment freely. Visit some of the other great blogs listed on our blogroll. And if you have a blog or site of your own, we would be honored and appreciative if you expressed some interconnected love with a link back us. The more people we can reach, the better.
Thanks for stopping by. We look forward to seeing you again.
– The Blog Team
P.S. With a nod to pop culture, we would be remiss if we didn’t do something to honor the fiftieth anniversary of “The Day the Music Died,” as it was on this date in 1959 that a plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson crashed in a field in Iowa. So with that in mind, we include for you here a live version of “American Pie” by Don McLean: