We are bruised by long hours, stress, rejection and constant disappointment. Bruised by the enormity of intractable social problems. Worn thin by the constant need to sell solutions and pitch programs -- to be the hot new idea (or claim to be).
Like going through CS Lewis' wardrobe to Narnia or over the rainbow to Oz, last week's Opportunity Collaboration, which was focused on alleviating global poverty, required an adjustment to the juxtapositions of a new realm.
A conference in the Caribbean? Some people wouldn't care if it was for underwater basket weaving -- they'll be there! If you are signing up for a conference for a break from the stress of day to day of work, you might want to pick one where you think you can have some fun!
There seem to be more conferences targeting social entrepreneurs than there were Olympic athletes. I'm fairly certain that, if you were so inclined, you could spend every week of the year at a different conference and have "networked" your way around the world.
In the 21st Century, Sakena Yacoobi's call for education is almost embarrassing. Don't we know this? Hasn't the American foreign aid establishment been paying attention? Why do we still need Sakena's pointed reminder?
If you have secured an independent income and are ready now to practice a bit of virtue, here are the 2011 Opportunity Collaboration Delegates working to "solve poverty" and create virtue with your capital.
Each week, friends, allies, colleagues and respected leaders and thinkers from around the world offer their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and plans for a better world. All provoke me in good and thoughtful ways.