News from the U.S. 1 November 2017
Former President and First Lady Conduct Obama Foundation Summit
Not all eyes are on the horrific events of the day. While terrorism and violence and corrupt politicians dominate the news cycles, something outstanding is happening in Chicago. The Obama Foundation Summit brings artists, entrepreneurs, civil servants, and all kinds of “civic innovators” together to discuss ways to make the world better.
Less than ten months since the end of his second term as president of the U.S., Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, have forged ahead with BIG plans for the Obama Foundation. Look at their mission statement (https://www.obama.org/mission/):
“Our mission is to inspire and empower people to change their world.
‘From leaders who are already making an impact, to people who are interested in becoming more involved, but don’t know where to start, our goal is to make our programs accessible to anyone, anywhere. We’ll equip civic innovators, young leaders, and everyday citizens with the skills and tools they need to create change in their communities.'”
Our mission at WorldsWays is very similar. We also aspire to get people to work together in their communities to solve problems and to make life better for everyone. Where the Obamas look to “civic activity,” at WorldsWays we rely more on the power of knowledge to enable people to achieve individually and collectively.
President Obama’s Wisdom: Four Rules For Effective Engagement
Barack Obama opened the summit by sharing some wisdom with the summit attendees. His four rules for getting the most out of the summit are pretty good guidelines for everyday life, too.
[images received in email from Barack Obama]
The WorldsWays Project is launching soon. We need to harness the same optimism conveyed in the goals of the Obama Foundation. I think we will adopt President Obama’s four rules as guidelines for our own activities.
Meanwhile, I am thrilled that the first entry in this journal is about the Obama Foundation.