0 ONE at Ten – A decade of working to make poverty history

Flickr, Globetoppers In today’s podcast, we take a close look at one of the world’s leading anti-poverty advocacy organizations, the ONE Campaign. The group, founded a decade ago by U2 lead singer Bono and others in the humanitarian community, has nearly 4 million members who use ‘people power’ to encourage…

1 Philanthrocapitalists propose a Social Progress Index

Measurement, in case you didn’t know it, is the new black for the aid and development community. It’s true that innovation, as a buzzword anyway, hasn’t gone out of fashion yet and social entrepreneurship is still hot – despite the fact that few seem able to define it. But measurement is definitely this year’s favored wrap for the hip humanitarian. Now, it’s the Social Progress Index.

Global Health
0 Wordy word AIDS Day

No, that’s not a typo. I’ve decided to mark this 30th anniversary of the recognized beginning of the pandemic as Wordy AIDS Day rather than use its official name, World AIDS Day, because most of what the international community is doing is saying they want to continue the fight against…

Human Rights
2 Bono uses the F word

Bono, U2′s lead singer and perhaps the world’s leading (or at least most celebrated) advocate in the fight against global poverty, has been known to use the F word on occasion. Here, in this post for the ONE campaign (which Bono co-founded as a grassroots lobbying campaign to urge governments…

World Politics
1 Growing the ONE Campaign in Seattle

What happens when you mix a world-famous rock band, a couple of billionaire philanthropists with millions of people around the world willing to hit the streets, swarm social media sites and lobby politicians to do the right thing? You get the ONE Campaign. Members of ONE on the streets of…

World Politics
1 Bono is no champion of change, says development expert

Flickr, Globetoppers Not compared to John Lennon anyway. “Lennon was a rebel. Bono is not,” says NYU Professor Bill Easterly, a popular and often controversial voice on the development and foreign aid scene. In an article for Sunday’s Washington Post, Easterly marked the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death by challenging…

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