Monday, April 22, 2013

Addressing World Issues: Taking it to the public

The World Bank has lined up a series of global discussions on the topics of poverty, women empowerment and job creation. The events have been taking place for some time now and panelists include dignitaries from around the world.

There are a selection of topics to choose from, but of course my favorites are geared at helping women and eradicating poverty. What sets the World Bank's events from others dealing with global issues is the opportunity for the public to weigh in with thoughts and suggestions. Interested parties could either join the discussion on Twitter using a variety of hash tags and speak directly to world leaders and economists or submit comments on its site. On Friday, The World Bank's own Jim Yong Kim held a Twitter talk on poverty. Yesterday's event was co-sponsored by various organizations and economists discussing financial empowerment for women and poverty.

These events are important if only because they demonstrate a willingness on the part of world leaders to engage with their citizens. No longer is the decision-making process being concentrated at the top, so to speak. The global community is showing an eagerness to get everyone involved in issues that have plagued society for decades. This allows individuals from all walks of life to share their opinions on important topics. It also serves as a way to develop and pinpoint future leaders and create job opportunities, especially if we can get our children to listen in. They can see the complexities and rewards of leadership, help them discover they are part of a larger world than the one stuck in their heads and see beyond the traditional career paths they are usually exposed to.

The discussions have been archived in a neat little list on The World Bank's site. Links to live webcasts, speeches and presentations are also available. And if you're like me, you'll take advantage of the connected links found on the sites and discover a world of opportunity and collaboration.

Visit http://live.worldbank.org/ by yourselves or with your children. And add your comments and be part of the conversation.

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