Brown's face lit up at the sound of the students' cheers, as well it might after years of being publicly disemboweled in the media. He will be a hell of a lot happier as a community organizer than a politician.
"Among other things I do," says the British musician, "I'm the music director of an organization called TED or Technology, Education and Design. That's an annual get together of people sort of figuring out how to save the planet."
Low carbon technologies, renewables and balanced energy polices -- and their export potential -- represent a new way of living that can help free us from today's high unemployment and the specter of economic stagnation.
The election of 40-year-old Ed Miliband to lead the UK's Labour Party proves the existence of a vibrant progressive movement in Britain that mirrors Barack Obama's victory over Hillary Clinton in 2008.
Africans have always inspired progressives with the heroism of their struggle -- against the wrongs of imperialism, against apartheid, against poverty. But it is time not merely to inspire us, but to lead us.