Over the last month, I have attended a number of graduation and completion ceremonies, and had conversations with students (from 5th grade to university MBA grad students), who were completing another school year, and advancing forward. ‘Completion Counts’ is an important lesson to internalize early in life...
Responding to student questions about the world we live in, as well as asking questions to help them ponder building skill sets to compete for the high paying careers in our global village, I often stressed the importance of learning, innovation and leadership. I stress that American students need to complete as much formal education as possible, and plan their futures to include frequent global travel and living opportunities.
I urge students to become passionate about public service, helping to speed up the pace to eradicate extreme poverty by reducing the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day, and promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 percent in every country (including our own).
My personal testimonies focus upon personal experiences working with Millennium Development Goal 8 (MDGs - it is all about creating partnerships to move the development agenda forward to achieve successful outcomes, 2001-2015). It is exciting for me to recall the countries where I worked to achieve very impressive results to eradicate extreme poverty, vaccinate and educate children, improve health profiles for the most vulnerable.
2015 has been a banner year thus far, as countries prepare to come together for the annual United Nations summit in September in New York. In its 70th year, the UN has been working feverishly, with country representatives from around the world, to prepare a global consensus for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the next 15 years (2015-2030).
It has been extremely rewarding for me personally to have been involved with World Bank Group (WBG) efforts over the last few months. Incredibly, more than 40,000 ‘ilke-minded people wishing to get involved in helping to make the world a better place’ have participated in on-line education using the WBG Open Learning platform.
My Google+ page “Addressing Risk, Boosting Resiliencies and Creating Prosperity” has links to a number of organizations that have given me guidance and help motivate me in this effort. I’m currently seeking input from anyone who can help me to upgrade my Google+ page.