Ok. I’m sitting here having forced myself to watch the midterm election coverage. (and yes, I voted this morning and volunteered for GOTV in 2008). I wanted to watch Andrew Romanoff cover Colorado, not only because I think he’s brilliant and talented and inspiring, but also because he has recently joined IDE to spread awareness in Colorado and beyond for IDE and our market-based approach to ending poverty in the lives of rural poor families in the developing world. He believes our work is incredibly important and wants to put himself and everything he has behind us. I’m sad that he lost his bid for a US Senate Seat, but the 1 Billion people who live on less than $1 / day won when he decided to focus on giving them a chance.
Now, if you met me only 2 years ago, you’d think of me as obsessed with politics and activism and ranting about all of the things that are wrong with the world. If you met me 7 years ago, you’d have seen me tirelessly working on Howard Dean‘s campaign for President in New York State. In either case, you’re probably surprised to see that I had to force myself to watch election coverage this evening.
So, why the change? Simple: Optimism.
I choose to live my life surrounded by people working together to solve global problems.
It doesn’t matter if you are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green Party, or any other affiliation out there. If you are part of a family, or have a family, you can probably connect with this sentiment:
You want to be able to make your own choices and solve your own problems. You want the opportunity to lift yourself up if you are struggling, to educate yourself and your children, and to live in a safe home. You want to be able to purchase life-saving medicines. You want to eat three meals a day.
You want someone, somewhere, to see your potential. That you are worthy of an investment and you are not a recipient of charity.
In my experience since I’ve been in the field of social enterprise, I’ve not met ONE person who doesn’t nod when they hear this. Who doesn’t connect with that need and that burning desire.
Folks, THIS is the place where we can all start from, to begin creating massive global change. I invite you to post your comments, ideas, thoughts and passions. We have a lot of work to do to unleash human potential together.
And THIS place is where we can meet, beyond all ideas of right vs. left, and as Rumi said “meet beyond all ideas of right and wrong.”