This Thursday at noon the Council will host leading Islamic thinker Tariq Ramadan. He is a controversial figure and was barred by the Bush administration from entering the United States in 2004. Now, less than a year after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lifted the travel ban, he will join the Council to discuss why Western Muslims should escape the mental, social, cultural and religious isolation many have created for themselves, while at the same time, why the west should recognize its Muslim neighbors as citizens with rights and responsibilities the same as their own. For more information about the program or to register, visit our website here.
Posts Tagged ‘Hillary Clinton’
Posted in Religion, tagged Hillary Clinton, Islam, Islamic, Muslim, Muslims, Secretary of State Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Tariq Ramadan, Travel Ban, Western Muslims on October 5, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Latin America, North America, Policy, Politics, tagged Democracy, Hillary Clinton, immigration, Jane Wales, Mexico, NAFTA, Swine flu, Vicente Fox, War on drugs on July 20, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Last Thursday, former President of Mexico Vicente Fox joined a packed Council audience and our President and CEO Jane Wales for an unscripted conversation on the current challenges facing Mexico. On Mexico’s war on drugs, the first topic of discussion, President Fox gave potential strategies and necessary actions for ending the violence and killings, emphasizing the need to fight the war from the demand side. President Fox also praised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her recent comments admitting the role of US demand for drugs and supply of weapons in fueling the violence and encouraged continued cooperation between the two countries. Other topics of conversation included the Mexican economy, the H1N1 virus (or “swine flu”), NAFTA, immigration, and democracy. For the full conversation between President Fox and Jane Wales, check out the audio and video recordings here at our online archive or watch a short video clip of the program below.
Today, the Global Partnership Initiative, launched by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at our Global Philanthropy Forum conference in April, hosts the first ever US Government sponsored TED event – “TED@State.” Speakers will include philanthropist Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of the Acumen Fund and economist Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion, among others. Videos from the event will be posted on the TED website. Exciting to see our government keeping its word on seeking innovative ideas from new sectors!
Posted in Philanthropy, Politics, tagged Global Philanthropy Forum, GPF, Hillary Clinton, Jane Wales, Matthew Bishop, Michael Green, Obama, Philanthrocapitalism, Philanthropy, Sonal Shah, VALUES on April 27, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Matthew Bishop and Michael Green put up a great post yesterday on Obama’s plans for philanthropy that came out during GPF last week. Looking at Sonal Shah and Secretary Clinton’s remarks, they discuss the administration’s attitude toward philanthropy and what this might mean going forward for joint government-philanthropic initiatives. They applaud most of Secretary Clinton’s outline for a working relationship between the State Department and philanthropy, especially where she argues that we must focus on, “avoiding duplication, learning from each other, [and] maximizing our impact by looking for best practices.”
We were lifted by a live musical performance by Peter Buffet, Co-Chair of NoVo Foundation – whose music seemed to reach out and embrace the room. He performed pieces that were inspired by his work in promoting the lives of adolescent girls, by his observations of tremendous environmental waste, and by philanthropy, which – he reminded us – translates to “love of people.” Between songs he asked the audience whether the truth of humans can really be unfolded at 5% a year, and it was no coincidence that this question was followed by a song whose chorus asked: “can we love in the time that we live?” And in a moment of levity noted that one song was inspired by an RFP (Request for Proposal), laughing that this is perhaps the only audience for which that would have meaning.
This interlude preceded the considered remarks of His Highness the Aga Khan, Founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network. A man who has devoted fifty years to poverty alleviation throughout Africa, and from the Middle East to Pakistan noted that “building successful nation states will depend — as it did during industrialization in the West — on providing significantly more access to opportunities for rural populations…It requires that the quality of rural life is a daily concern for national governments.”
He urged fellow philanthropists to work with governments and traditional institutions to harness a massive, coordinated effort to reach the rural poor. “Longstanding values and traditions must be understood and related to modern life; these institutions are among the best means we have for improving the lives of most people in the developing world, who remain in rural communities.”
A large percent of the world’s problems have been born in the countryside of the poorest countries; by ignoring these areas, the Aga Khan argued, the entire world becomes vulnerable to the risk of conflict. His Highness also discussed his multiple-input approach to tackling development problems, and likened this approach to Secretary Clinton’s emphasis on finding the greatest impact from different sectors through strategic partnerships. On a personal note, he shared with participants the perceived tensions between his relationship with his work as the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, and his relationship with his work as a philanthropist. Such tensions, however, have been falsely created by what he calls the clash of ignorance between Muslim and Christian societies. Islam, he explained, places strong value on the elimination of poverty in society, and an even stronger value on philanthropy’s central role in this process. He expressed optimism about President Obama, who is committed to working with people across regions and sectors to reduce misunderstanding, so that we can work in partnership to address endemic poverty.
(Read the rest of Jane’s post here)
The 8th Annual Global Philanthropy Forum Conference kicked off today in Washington, DC with an opening keynote by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, who reminded GPF members that this conference is about borderless giving. She urged them to transcend national and societal boundaries as they seek long-term solutions to the problems they confront. In her remarks, she used the example of education and emphasized that “quality education is everyone’s responsibility” and requires the involvement of all societal sectors. She argued that education is one of the most powerful mechanisms to alleviate poverty and promote health, tolerance and peace. She ended by challenging participants to create more innovative partnerships for investing in education abroad as it “gives us the chance to lift all generations and bridge the gaps that divide us around the world.”
The Global Philanthropy Forum is a community of innovative and strategic givers focused on creating systemic change throughout the world. They are also teachers and students that convene at the GPF Annual Conference to share their knowledge, learn from each other’s experiences, reflect together and create lasting partnerships for tackling some of the world’s most complex problems. GPF members are focused on how social change is driven and the role they can most effectively play.
This year, we have gathered to explore the ways in which the philanthropic sector can leverage its flexibility through strategic partnerships to address interconnected crises that every country – its government and its people – now face. They include poverty at home and abroad, climate change, uneven access to affordable healthcare and quality education, and the risk of state failure in the wake of conflict.
That we have convened the Annual Conference in Washington, DC this year – a center of great power, policy and promise, but also a center of great poverty in the US – is in itself significant. It speaks directly to what one GPF member, Brizio Biondi-Mora, CEO of the AVINA Foundation, noted this morning in the “How to Make the Most of the Global Philanthropy Forum” session when he said that we are living in a world where local occurrences and crises are shaped by global systems and synergies. (…click here to read the post in its entirety)