Achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals

This blog's purpose is to connect in an every widening and deepening manner with others across the globe in support of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals.

Let's be the first generation to end poverty by 2015 with the United Nations' Eight Goal Millennium Campaign.
1. End Hunger 2. Universal Education 3. Gender Equity 4. Child Health 5. Maternal Health 6. Combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases 7. Environmental Sustainability 8. Global Partnership.

Learn more about what this weblog is trying to accomplish at the new PBworks Wiki.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Final of 8 days 8 Goals Personal Stories behind the Millennium Development Goals

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This video is the last of an incredible video series on the MDGs provided by the United Nations Millennium Campaign.

We hope that this series has given you a better understanding of not only the issues behind the goals, but more importantly the implications it has for individuals all around the world. We hope you have enjoyed the videos. Stay tuned for an exciting update this week..

The "first" day video is here. The second day video is here. Third day video here. Fourth day video here. Fifth day here. Sixth here. Seventh here.

UN Millennium Campaign Goal 8 Global Partnership

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Monday, June 29, 2009

7th of 8 days 8 Goals Personal Stories behind the Millennium Development Goals

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Getting close to the end of the United Nations Millennium 8 video special on the Millennium Development goals. This video focuses on the personal stories and struggles around achieving Goal 7 - Environmental Sustainability.

UN Millennium Campaign Goal 7 Environmental Sustainability
Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

6th of 8 days 8 Goals Personal Stories behind the Millennium Development Goals

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This is the sixth of the United Nations Millennium Campaign 8 video special on the Millennium Development goals. This captivating video focuses on the personal stories and struggles around achieving Goal 6 - Combat HIV/AIDS.

United Nations Millennium Campaign - Goal 6- Combat

United Nations Millennium Campaign - Goal 6- Combat HIV AIDS

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

5th of 8 days 8 Goals Personal Stories behind the Millennium Development Goals

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This is the fifth of the United Nations Millennium Campaign 8 video special on the Millennium Development goals. This captivating video focuses on the personal stories and struggles around achieving Goal 5 - Maternal Health.

The "first" day video is here. The second day video is here. Third day video here. Fourth day video here.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

4th of 8 days 8 Goals Personal Stories behind the Millennium Development Goals

Sphere: Related Content This is the fourth of the 8 videos provided by the Facebook Group United Nations Millennium Campaign on the Millennium Development goals. We are making up for some lost time but has I said in the last post it still provides a great visual in making the case for the Millennium Development Goals. I did some gripping and the people at the Facebook Group United Nations Millennium Campaign responded immediately which is a hallmark of a concerned effort. The "first" day video is here. The second day video is here. Third day video here.

This is the fourth of the 8 video special by United Nations Millennium Campaign on the Millennium Development goals. This captivating video focuses on the personal stories and struggles around achieving Goal 4 - Child Health


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3rd of 8 days 8 Goals Personal Stories behind the Millennium Development Goals

Sphere: Related Content This is the third of the 8 videos provided by the Facebook Group United Nations Millennium Campaign on the Millennium Development goals. Yes, it is out late but still provides a great visual in making the case for the Millennium Development Goals. The "first" day video is here. The second day video is here.

This captivating video focuses on the personal stories and struggles around achieving the United Nations Millennium Campaign - Goal 3 - Gender Equity




Seems to me that the Girl Effect posts are the best done on this effort by this blog.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

2nd of 8 days 8 Goals Personal Stories behind the Millennium Development Goals

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This is the second of the 8 videos provided by the Facebook Group United Nations Millennium Campaign on the Millennium Development goals. The "first" day video is here.

This captivating video focuses on the personal stories and struggles around achieving United Nations Millennium Campaign Goal 2 Universal Education.



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1st of 8 days 8 Goals Personal Stories behind the Millennium Development Goals

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I am a day late getting this up. The United Nations Millennium Campaign on Facebook is running a series of 8 videos highlighting the 8 Millennium Development Goals. I will get the second one up today to catch up.

United Nations Millennium Campaign Every day, for the next 8 days, we will share a video that introduces each of the Millennium Development Goals and the personal stories behind them. What are your thoughts on Goal 1 - to end hunger?



UN MDGs - End Hunger

Stand Up, Take Action 2008 will be held over a 3 day period from Oct 17th -19th worldwide. Follow me & be a part of the millennium campaign.
http://www.endpoverty2015.org
http://standagainstpoverty.org


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  • Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    Distributive Leadership Obama Style

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    Last year I found this article at Harvard Business Publishing Obama and the Rise of Asymmetrical Competition, by Umair Haque, and while the idea fitted better with the election, I still like the ideas behind it. It is not an easy path to follow, but it is arguably the most scalable form of organizing and implementation of community change that we know. Umair Haque's perspective is business oriented.

    Yes, startups have always challenged incumbents. So what makes asymmetrical competition different? First, rarely before new and lateral entrants been able to upset incumbents so decisively – to actually put them out of commission. Second, rarely have they been able to dominate entire industries with such speed. Third, almost never before have so many revolutionaries threatened so many incumbents across a broad sweep of industries. Fourth, in asymmetrical contests, yesterday’s sources of advantage become today’s sources of disadvantage.
    More recently MITWorld provided a more indepth review of the Obama model of distributive leadership. Marshall Ganz's perspective is both political and community oriented. He makes the point that this type of leadership cannot be done from a Facebook account.
    • The Obama campaign owes its victory not to a single charismatic candidate, but to the efforts of a disciplined and motivated organization whose roots go back to landmark movements of the 1960s. Marshall Ganz, who cut his teeth on civil rights work and with Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers, describes how the principles and practices he learned around organizing and leadership played out in the most recent presidential election.

      Diiog tags: obama, leadership, community, collaboration

      • Ganz’s take, after years with progressive movements, is that leadership involves “taking responsibility to enable others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty.”

      • This kind of “civic capital” is precisely what the Obama campaign cultivated and invested in, says Ganz. Thousands of people acquired the skills and practiced “the arts of leadership necessary to self govern in democracy.”
    Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

    Tuesday, June 16, 2009

    RealClimate for Real Change to a WiserEarth

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    I received an email from Timonie Hood of WiserEarth thanking me for sharing Paul Hawken's video with my One of the Morally Urgent Questions of Our Moment post. She also asked that I share information on WiserEarth itself which I am glad to do.

    Paul Hawaken founded WiserEarth to connect individuals and organizations working on social justice and environmental issues.

    Here is some more information on the organization.

    • WiserEarth helps the global movement of people and organizations working toward social justice, indigenous rights, and environmental stewardship connect, collaborate, share knowledge, and build alliances.

      Diigo tags: green, environmental, global

      • "There is nothing like WiserEarth.
        Its' community directory, made by us and for us, has over 100,000 organizations working for just and lasting change."


        Jon Ramer, USA

    Another update I wanted to make to that post was to also mention RealClimate.org, a site mentioned by Bill McKibben in his MITWorld talk. Between the two of them you have hard scientific data and a wise vision that can have a global reach for a better world that could last for at least the next millennium.

    About RealClimate

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    RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. We aim to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion here is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science. All posts are signed by the author(s), except 'group' posts which are collective efforts from the whole team. This is a moderated forum.
    RealClimate
    We've often been asked to provide a one stop link for resources that people can use to get up to speed on the issue of climate change, and so here is a first cut. Unlike our other postings, we'll amend this as we discover or are pointed to new resources. Different people have different needs and so we will group resources according to the level people start at.

    They have a section For complete beginners:

    Sunday, June 14, 2009

    Social Innovation Fund: Social Activists bring the innovation Government brings the funds

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    I am trying to find time to get back to this blog and updated my Facebook page to create away of keeping track of some of the resources, especially those at Change.Org. I found two interesting posts over the weekend from Social Entrepreneurship on Facebook. Nathaniel Whittemore on an interview with America Forward on the Social Innovation Fund.

    I know that is usually the interviewee one pays the most attention to, but I really liked what the interviewer said about a set of principles being distinct from orthodoxy.

    Change.org: Makes sense, and is definitely an evolving expression of progressive sentiment. It seems to me that part of the increasing political pragmatism is a sense that a set of principles can be distinct from an orthodoxy about how to achieve them. No compromising on closing the achievement gap in schools, for example, and an absolute fervor that it is government's job to lead that fight, but an openness to how to get there.

    This takes out the ideology as the main point of contention and gets us focused on the problems.

    Below is from another Change.org post at Social Entrepreneurship. This time Nathaniel writes about Andrew Wolk and his recent attendance at the Future Trends Forum in Madrid, Spain. This is the type of thinking that is going to be necessary to get thousands, maybe millions of different groups working for the Millennium Development Goals to come together to make a change from the bottom up. While I support the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and pushing the developed world to keep their promise I remain skeptical of their resolve. If postive change can be seen by regular people in the developed world so that they start to believe that real change is possible, then we have a far better chance of leveraging political policy.

    I left Madrid with two takeaways I thought were worth sharing. The first was a general agreement that we have been too focused on scale by replication, and have not thought enough about scaling ideas. While this is not new for this blog, I heard a new angle on what should be an increased emphasis on collaboration. As one attendee put it, we do not need another water filtration system to solve the world’s clean water access problem; rather, we need to bring everyone working on the issue of clean water together to collaborate and work on a distribution system of the best solutions.

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    Saturday, June 13, 2009

    One of the Morally Urgent Questions of Our Moment

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    I ran across two resources on the Web relating to Millennium Development Goal No 7. Environmental Sustainability. One was this video Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest and WiserEarth.

    Copyright Bioneers, http://www.bioneers.org 2007 which was featured in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seanotes article on Paul Hawken author of Blessed Unrest.

    The other was this MITWorld Video on Bill McKibben and the 350 project. The 350 project sets 24 October 2009 as the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CLIMATE ACTION.
    • “Just a sleep-deprived activist and organizer.” That’s how environmentalist Bill McKibben describes his current incarnation, with writing career in abeyance while he proselytizes about the danger of climate change. The plight he first wrote about as hypothesis in 1989 has evolved into “deeply rooted consensus.” By 1995, world climatologists agreed: “Human beings are heating up the planet.”

      Diigo tags: mdg7, MIT, sustainability, environmental, 350

      • McKibben saw the way ahead as harnessing the Internet’s multiplicative power. In 2007, with the help of six students and email’s exponential impact, 1,400 simultaneous demonstrations took place countrywide. “The thing just went viral,” McKibben exclaims, “…the biggest day of grass-roots environmental activism since the first Earth Day in 1970.” Social networking and cell phones proved most effective tools for mobilization.

      • From Martin Luther King, Jr., McKibben absorbed principles of righteous activism. The good fight must be “creative…determined…joyful.” In closing, McKibben cautions “nature does not grade on a curve.” Global warming “is the morally urgent question of our moment.”
    They may not be explicitly under the auspices of the United Nations, but the scope of what they grapple with is global and it will effect us for the next millennium and beyond depending upon what we do today. I am combining both because they seem to work well together providing visions for possible pathways and stirring reasons for those pathways. Also like the online organizing campaign and that it will be happening soon after the Stand Against Poverty event October 16, 17 and 18.

    Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

    Millennium Bloggers (more at the Wiki)

    Global News Sources

    The Other Blog - My Pathways to New Paradigms

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