Clinton Global Initiative launches

Looks like Bill Clinton has opened up his program to get people to commit to helping improve the world in whatever ways they can, to the larger development community and the public at large. The Clinton Global Initiative has launched ‘My Commitment‘.

The aim of website creators is to provide people with the resources to take action and make real change, locally and globally. They also aim to build community, to connect people with others who share the same vision for change and help them create networks to put plans into motion.

They offer tools for visitors to make commitments to act and track their progress and results, like a self-commitment pledge form (I’ve heard that people are more inclined to follow through once they put a commitment in writing, though that’s never had an effect either way for me). Other features include a database of volunteer opportunities, and ‘Commitment 101’ for those who want to do something to effect the world but don’t know where to begin. Perhaps best targeted to families/teachers, there’s 50 Ways to Change the World, that can be viewed from this page.

The Clinton Global Initiative is a project of the Clinton Foundation.

Clinton’s second book, GIVING: How Each of Us Can Change the World, features inspiring individuals and organizations taking innovative and unique approaches to solving some of the world’s biggest challenges. The book was released in September 2007.

The initiative seems, at least in part, like a global (and very well financed) version of changeeverything.

One comment

  1. My father has only one leg, so he only needs one shoe. I went with him not to long ago and he bought a pair of nice shoes, and he thru- away the one he did’nt need, a perfectly good brand new shoe. This got me to thinking about all the folks out there that have only one leg and all those shoes out there that get tossed out. What a shame, How can i get all these “un-used shoes” and give them to those who need them. Sometimes you could even get enough of them to make a “pair” to give to someone who needs both shoes. Maybe someone in your program can help me figure out how to go about starting to collect the shoes. Thanks for your time, I sure hope you can help me to help others.

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