It’s Day 2 of the 5th Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in Manhattan, and I’m sitting next to Jos in the press room trying to organize my thoughts on everything that’s been going on. I mean, wow. I’m surrounded by conference participants, which range from diplomats to heads of state to movie stars to business executives to NGO presidents and CEOs to prestigious journalists and high-powered bloggers. I’ve got to be honest- I don’t think I’ve never been in the same building as so many smart, powerful, and- let’s face it- rich people before in my life.
But as star-struck as I am (yep, that was Matt Damon that just gave a speech a few feet away from me) I’m also here to find out the answers to the tough questions. What kind of focus will conference participants have on the issues that really matter to women, girls, and marginalized people? Will the participants break any new ground this year? (Random fact of the day: Cash for Clunkers program was first announced at the CGI Meeting last year) And perhaps most importantly, will true social change on any issue come more quickly or more widely as a result of this Meeting?
The jury is still out, and I’m still working on compiling my analysis of this whirlwind of a meeting. In the meantime, while I sort out my thoughts, check out a few photos of me and Jos doing the CGI thing. I’ll continue to update the slideshow with new pics as we take ‘em.