WHY HI-TRUST MEDIA IS EVERYONE'S SOCIAL BUSINESS
If you wish to join our club of
Future Correspondents,  we ask you to face up to one responsibility which may be bigger than our words can describe.

Celebrate your ability to identify forbidden questions,
... and once you've found a decent quest, live to help others understand why unlearning can be a greater first step for freedom than the rush to know it all.

MEDIA'S CRISIS OF IDENTITY
The simple way to innooculate you and yours against being trapped by any media is to ask : what are the forbidden questions of the particular media before you and your communities get involved.

URGENCY
We believe the happiness of the human race depends on correspondents acting with informed optimism. Informed means to us having a mapmaker's concern for exploring risks before enthusiastically guiding others.

In the 2010s, one vital forbidden question to make free again is: why did the 20th C's greatest mathematicians care so much about humans everywhere debating ahead of time the consequences for that
first networked generation which technology makes more interconnected worldwide than separated? We suggest that previously when civilisations collapsed they did so separately. We recommend sharing a common sense meaning of globalisation is: that time of human development when the collapse of one civilisation means the collapse of all.

EXCITING 2010s: Time is Now
And, we believe it is useful for all future corespondents to recall that it is nature (not man) who chooses the rules that decide on which species will be the next dodo. 

INNOVATING SUSTAINABILITY'S CREDIT RATINGS 

Yes We Can collaborate : empower the 2010s networking generation as most wonderful human celebration of creativity (MY1, MY2 . IM1

IF and only IF we know where to swarm and jam to celebrate all the world’s an innovation lab? In honor of Norman Macrae - probably the most optimistic journalist on humanity's infinite capacity to innovate during the second half of the 20th C where the perversity of mass media has increasingly spun stories that demote the humanity of innovation we initial stories below representing the life works of others who knew Norman well or celebrated his life works at The Economist boardroom November 2010 - wherever possible changeworld.net asks you to help us hunt out the most relevant web link to each such innovation correspondent 

CMI love hearing stories on how inventions actually began – over 90% of those that advanced the human lot came through trial and error from the ground up by people challenged with a desperate need. These stories then merit rating by young people from YAA - replicated around the world as economically and sustainably as possible to YFF used by a few people to power over peoples in the most uneconomic and sustainabiloity-destructing ways. The first years I was on the internet (1995) I hosted an email club “organsiing creativity” by hand. In those days there was little spam and directors of some of the world’s greatest r&d labs joined in. What amazes me is actual innovation seldom happens the way it's later written up’ Its messy’ Its iterative: even recursive. And this is when I was a maths student I was delighted to find logical proofs that humans will always create things that computers can’t.

Rsvp info@worldcitizen.tv where do you click to celebrate all the world’s an innovation lab

Siliconindia.com encourages contributions on innovations in villages that end up exciting MIT

 

JOSB launches hunt for the top 50 hubs of information technology for the poor –how many do you expect to find in Bangladesh-India-China and how many in the rest of the world

 

Which universities open sourced their way to the world’s top innovation prizes- eg Cambridge university team won a nobel prize for open sourcing the  mapping of the human genome – each night they webbed their progress and invited worldwide responses. In writing the biography of von Neumann, my dad happily found that Von Neumann recommended that network generations will decide that most patents merit only 3 ,month’s existence. If you truly care about innovations humanity most needs being 3 months in the lead and networked as a meta-hub know the world over for your innovation purpose there can be no greater economic way to lead than celebrating openness. The only powers that want closed knowledge blocks are those who have stopped being interested in value multiplication: innovation and learning and celebrating being at the leadership edge of unique purpose.

 
 Our sister web socialbusiness.tv needs your help - we aim to provide an open clearing house of links to all the most socially purposeful and sustainable organisations or projects that aim to graduate to organisational system - please send nominations to info @worldcitizen.tv using this 4-way classification system
  • has no intention of designing round social business system but you can ask anyone it serves and get positive feedbacks on its social purpose
  • is an early stage project - eg social action - is trying to get to be a socil business if it goes beyond project state
  • is as near to be a social business as it knows how to be given country's legal and other constraints
  • has already been or is ready to be tested by a panel of social business experts for certification 

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.Founders observation notes: The 7 wonders of microeconomics and human sustanability system design - 1 banking 2 health .. more soon System Crisis: Macroeconomists and globalisation professions, who value machines as investments and people as costs to cut, divide the world into roughly 64 expensive trillion dollar global markets; microeconomists map the future's sustainability as being worth a lot more than that to 7 billion people's rights to transparent access to productive lifetmes and joyous yet naturally safe demands. This web site is dedicated to change agents who value humanity's compound futures through transparency map-making and hi-trust system designs
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Which top 16 change agents do you trust most to collaborate with? Table entries are in no particular order. If you have a nomination of a league table that youth and sustainability invetstment networkers need to explore
please phone chris macrae washington DC Yes We Can bureau 301 881 1655
Norman Macrae’s league – NM is  senior microeconomist, future historian
and trillion dollar global free market auditor of sustainability exponentials and collaboration networks of entrepreneurial revolutionaries who care about integrating Micro Up system design
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  • Muhammad Yunus  yunuscentre.org G.com GSolutions.com Guide 1 2 3
  • Mrs Begum  G.Education Guide 1
  • Sunita Gandhi  1
  • Manmohan Singh
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  • Systems Mathematician Stephen Hawking,
  • Microecomist, Collaboration Systems Designer and Free Marketer for the Poorest Muhammad Yunus,
  • Desmond Tutu,
  • Sidney Poitier, Mary Robinson,
  • Senator Edward Kennedy
  • Cancer Crusader Nancy Goodman Brinker,
  • medical campaigner Pedro Jose Greer,
  • tennis legend Billie Jean King,
  • civil rights leader Reverend Joseph Lowery,
  • native American tribal chief Joseph Medicine Crow,
  • former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor,
  • actress Chita Rivera,
  • cancer researcher Janet Davison Rowley,
  • actress Chita Rivera
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  • former Republican congressman and vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp
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    "This is a chance for me -- and for the United States of America -- to say thank you to some of the finest citizens of this country, and of all countries," Obama said while presenting them the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House.

    Lauding the spirit of all the recipients, Obama said they did not set out in pursuit of glory or fame or riches.

    "Rather, they set out, guided by passion, committed to hard work, aided by persistence, often with few advantages but the gifts, grace, and good name God gave them".

    Praising Muhammad Yunus, Obama said 35-years ago he as a young economics professor at a university in Bangladesh was struck by the disconnect between the theories he was teaching in class and the reality of the famine outside.

    "Mohammed Yunus left the classroom for a village, and discovered that just 27 dollar would free dozens of artisans, vendors, and rickshaw pullers from debt," Obama said.

    Offering himself as a guarantor, he withdrew a loan, paid off their debts, and founded Grameen Bank -- a bank that has disbursed over USD 8 billion, lifting millions of people from poverty with microloans.

    "Mohammed Yunus was just trying to help a village, but he somehow managed to change the world," Obama said.

    The signature quality of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, says Nelson Mandela, is a readiness to take unpopular stands without fear, Obama observed.

    "Perhaps that explains what led the Arch, as he's known, to preach amid tear gas and police dogs, rallying a people against apartheid," he said.

    Obama also praised Tutu's role as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa after its independence.

    "Tribune of the downtrodden, voice of the oppressed, cantor of our conscience, Desmond Tutu possesses that sense of generosity, that spirit of unity, that essence of humanity that South Africans know simply as Ubuntu," Obama said.

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     Coming soon a map of 1000 webs of microworld - where people map how to sustain each community - in association with microafrica.tv , wholeplanet.tv, microcredit.tv microsummit.tv - our aim is to link you up to 100 regional webs in 10 regions and 100 webs on 10 vital micro contexts of community sustainability such as healthcare, green, microbanking, education, job creation, media for people - if you have a nomination please email info@worldcitizen.tv
    Webs by MicroSummit Context and region. Changeworld.net links 10 contexts relevant to millennium goals and designing globalisation for next generations everywhere. 1 Banking for poor & sustaining communities; 2 Schools and job creation for all youth; 3 Healthcare; 4 Clean Energy & Agriculture; 5 Media for Poor. Transparent system mapping is also needed: 6 Professions for Poor; 7 Innovate Goverment  eg community-up & diversity-rights; 8 Funding to accelerate Micro/Sustainability Investment; 9 Millennium goal networks you can join to unite cultures and celebrate urgency; 10 other

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    190 Saving For Change
    200 TheLearningWeb.net
    210 Gandhi-Montessori Lucknow 1 2
    220 Grameen-Intel FC

    230 CIDA

    240 LeadIndia2020
    300 Grameen-GE FC Partnership
    400 GShakti -solar energy
    410 The Hunger Project

    420 barefootpower

    430 Grameen Veolia -water
    440 TheGreenBeltMovement

    450 Grameen Danone -nutrient milk desert kids

    490 rural finance learning
    500 Microcreditsummit
    510 MicroEnergyCredits
    520 GrameenSolutions
    530 TheGreenChildren
    540 End Poverty Downloads
    600 SMBA - HEC Paris
    610 MicroTrue University Clubs
    620 MicroLeadersQuest
    800 WholePlanetFoundation
    810 Results
    820 UNITUS

    830 Shorecap
    900 Prepare MicroSummits  (5 Collaboration Games)

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    101 Jamii Bora, Kenya
    111 BRAC, East Africa
    121 FINCA, Africa
    131 MicroloanFoundation, Malawi
    201 CIDA Joburg
    211 Rusinga Island, Kenya

    221 Mountains of the Moon, Uganda
    291 Stephen Lewis Foundation
    301 IMMC
    311 End Malaria Zambia
    321 CFW Shops Kenya

    331 Unite for Sight, Africa
    411 Kickstart, Kenya (Fund @ San Francisco)
    421 Laiterie de Berger, Senegal
    431 IndustriesforAfrica
    441 TheGreenBeltMovement, Kenya
    511 MEC-FINCA, Uganda
    531 Gahaya Links, Rwanda
    541 IPP Lagos
    551 Haven on Earth
    711 Equality Now Nairobi, a
    801 ReachTheChildren
    811Grameen Credit Agricole

    821 Fantsuam, Nigeria 

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    32 10times less costly banking

    12 Ungloss Brand

    02 Service is King (j19)

    22 MicroUp

    102 Grameen America

    112 Shorebank

    432 Water Advocates

    802 Change.org ideas

    902 Obama Yes We Can Nets

    912 TheGlobalSummit

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    107 Grameen-Carso, Mexico

    117 Pro Mujer

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    128 GrameenCreditAgricole

    208 HunterFoundation

    418 Fondation Farm

    808 DanoneCommunities

    908 Chain-Reaction.org

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    105 SanabelNetwork

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    104 Grameen 1

    114 BRAC 1 2

    124 BankaBillion
    304 Aravind

    404 Grameen Shakti, Bangladesh

    424 SKG Sangha, Bangalore, India

    China

    423  barefootpower

    499 International Bridges to Justice (Karen Tse)

    Rest Asia

    106 Kashf, Pakistan

    126 ACBA, Armenia

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    120 FINCA

    2 Education3 Healthcare.4 Clean energy,food,water5 channels/knowledge for community- free markets6 Professions 2.0 that do no harm7 Right & Government for community/Diversity8 Micro Accelerators9 M Goals networks for youOther
    YBU Change world game -based on 30 years of work on global branding and local community building
    Y= Purpose sustained by hi-trust leader earned by communicating deadline & audacious goal.Being =solutions connecting people whose lifes are most critically impacted by success of goal's mission.Uniting peoples with ample resources who connect purposeful actions with no loss
      Examples 
    Yunus Millennium Goal leaderBangladesh knowhow shared www thru Microcredit/Microentrepreneur SummitsUS Obama Yes We Can
    Yunus Green Goals leader Bangladesh solar -year 14 of microinvetemnt cos nation critically impacted by global warmingUS Obama 5 million green jobs
    Yunus End Digital Divides Bangladesh villages - since 1983 formed 125000+ village hubs for women sustainability entrepreneurs connected by mobile since 1996US/California Internet for the poor
    Yunus Safe banking - sustainability exponential up built on investing in people's productivy curves and community flowsBangladesh microcredit since 1976- replicable context deep franchises now accessible through 10 world class epicentres on different hemispheres eg Bangladesh Grameen, Kenya Jamii BoraUS Obama Wall Street 2.0 & 100+ members of congress appealing to world bank to communicate 10 epicentre microcredit knowledge www
    Welcome to our good news space of how people change the world from the ground up. A particular welcome to anyone whose come from the youth 10000 dialogue with Dr Yunus - we would love to feature any video responses you make chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk - please nominate or vote for top 10 so we can change the stories on demand
    *1 Microcredit*2 Solar Energy*3 Free University -Joburg of Taddy Blecher partnered by Branson and in the vocational spirit of Mandela and Gandhi
    .4 Wholeplanet Foundation =supermarket industry responsibility connecting fair trade, microcredit, and certification of what's in the food chain.5 Internet Carpet industry chain targeting 0 waste by 2020 *6 City Montessori (Lucknow India)- the social business of the world's largest school - 31000 childern
    *7 Mobile leapfrogging and ending of digital divides8 The Paris cluster of future capitalists partnering Grameen including danone, Credit Agricole, Veolia and HEC SMBA*9 The Green Children both as a responsible pop group and funders starting off Dr Yunus big plans for social business of health
    *10 The 100000 grassroots networkers and sustainability investors connecting Bangladesh's MICRO economics development plan of which BRAC and Grameen in the 1970s started something that my just save the whole planet .Click a pic to go to a video library busa2.jpgbusa3.jpgbusa4.jpgbusa5.jpgbusa6.jpg

     * denotes heavily influenced by Gandhi - your editor has a certain bias in seconding Einstein's nomination of Mahatma as the only leader of the first half of the 20th century with a complete model for changing a nation ruled by an unhealthy empire - my grandad was mentored for 25 years by Gandhi one Bar of London Barrister enough- intially as the Chief Justice in Mumbai grandad jailed Gandhi; by the 1940s he was transformed into helping write up the legalese for India's Independence. As transparency and Microeconomics/sustainability exponential mapmakers, we hold the view, one accelerated since we first wrote about it, 1984 that today's genertaion today's generation as first to go networked locally to globally has an order of magnitide deeper challenge than even Gandhi's India.  That is if sustainability is to be earned for all our future generations. Please feel free to contact us if your change world agendas are that urgent or deep

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    Bill Clinton vows to help, nothing more Boston Globe
    HKU awards Honorary Degrees to Clinton, Dr.Ho and Yao Ming IBTimes Hong Kong
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    By PETER STEIN HONG KONG -- The chairman of China's $200 billion sovereign wealth fund says the funds' directors "don't have the courage" to invest in the ...
    China to Shun West’s Finance Sector New York Times
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    Parts of the Clinton Global Initiative Program 2008
     

    PLENARY SESSION: The Global Impact of Rural Innovation

    Friday 9/26/08, 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
    Metropolitan Ballroom

    In today’s society, where technology enables people to connect with one another instantly, it is hard to understand why poor, rural regions around the world continue to face persistent challenges in isolation. To reconcile these inequalities, many individuals, organizations, and businesses are actively addressing education, economic development, energy opportunities, and other vital needs. From the development of alternative-energy technology to implementation of economic development initiatives, persistently impoverished rural communities are developing in ways that can be scaled to address global challenges. This panel will include leaders who are driving innovations that serve rural communities and can be applied around the world.

    Program Participants:

    Jacques Aigrain, CEO, Swiss Reinsurance Company
    Steve Gunderson, President and CEO, Council on Foundations
    Wangari Muta Maathai, Founder, Green Belt Movement, Kenya
    Elsie Meeks, President and CEO, First Nations Oweesta Corporation
    Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church
    Muhammad Yunus, Founder and Managing Director, Grameen Bank

     

     Wednesday 9/24
    5:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.Giving: A Conversation between President Clinton and Bill Gates

    Metropolitan Ballroom

     

    OPENING PLENARY: A Call to Action

    Wednesday 9/24/08, 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    Metropolitan Ballroom

    The opening plenary session will engage a diverse group of world leaders in an action-oriented discussion of the major challenges that CGI is focusing on this year: education, energy & climate change, global health, and poverty alleviation. This session will explore the transformative capacity of business, government, and NGOs to collaboratively develop and implement sustainable solutions.

    Special Remarks:
    Lance Armstrong,
    Founder and Chairman of the Board, Lance Armstrong Foundation

    Program Participants:

    William J. Clinton, 42nd President of the United States; Founder, William J. Clinton Foundation
    Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
    Bono, Lead Singer, U2; Co-Founder, Anti-Poverty Campaign, ONE
    Al Gore, Chairman, The Alliance for Climate Protection
    E. Neville Isdell, Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Coca-Cola Company
    Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President, Republic of Liberia

    Thursday 9/25/08, 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
    Metropolitan Ballroom

    During the 20th century, more people than ever benefited from clean water, plentiful food, and the mobility and comfort of an oil-based economy. World grain harvests quadrupled and world oil production grew 180-fold during the last century. However, our food, water, and oil reserves are increasingly strained as resources are depleted, natural systems become strained, and world population increases. The rising price of oil and increases in biofuel production are driving up global grain prices. New oil-extraction opportunities are heavily water- and carbon-intensive, and increasing demand for water is lowering water tables around the world. Because water, food, and energy issues are so closely related, solutions addressing one should address all three. This panel will discuss ways to use water more efficiently, expand food security, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels to create a more sustainable future.

    Opening Remarks

    John McCain, Senator from Arizona, United States Senate

    Program Participants:

    Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC News; Moderator, “Meet the Press”
    T. Boone Pickens, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BP Capital
    Robert Zoellick, President, The World Bank Group

    Closing Remarks

    Barack Obama, Senator from Illinois, United States Senate

    PLENARY SESSION: Generating Profits, Jobs and Equitable Growth

    Wednesday 9/24/08, 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
    Metropolitan Ballroom

    With the world population growing by more than 200,000 people each day, the public and private sectors must take action to create jobs, provide health and human services, and promote fair and equitable growth. This panel will feature public and private sector leaders and will explore ways the public sector can create policies that encourage investment in high-quality and emerging-technology jobs and promote a fair distribution of wealth, and it will examine ways the private sector can invest in and work with communities to generate jobs and create sustainable and healthy local economies in both developed and developing nations.

    Program Participants:

    Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief and American Business Editor, The Economist
    John T. Chambers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cisco
    Hernando de Soto, President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy
    Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, President and Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund
    Tulsi Tanti, Chairman and Managing Director, Suzlon Energy Ltd.

    SPECIAL SESSION: Overcoming Poverty in Challenging Environments

    Friday 9/26/08, 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
    New York East and New York West

    Despite historic gains in poverty reduction in countries such as India and China, endemic poverty persists as a central challenge in much of the developing world. In many impoverished nations, efforts to stimulate development and to fight poverty are undermined by conflict, disease, corruption, and weak institutions. Overcoming challenges in these difficult environments requires innovative approaches to strengthen governance, empower local communities, and ignite private-sector growth. This special session will feature world leaders who have developed and implemented innovative approaches to poverty alleviation under exceptional circumstances. The discussion will focus on critical areas for engagement and action by CGI members in the midst of today’s most challenging economic and political circumstances.

    Program Participants:

    Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO, CARE USA
    His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma, President, Republic of Sierra Leone
    Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General, ASEAN
    His Excellency René Préval, President, Republic of Haiti

     

    SPECIAL SESSION: Climate Change and Poverty

    Thursday 9/25/08, 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
    Empire East and Empire West

    Climate Change and Poverty will address the devastating impact of climate change on the world’s poor. Droughts, floods, rising seas, and the spread of infectious disease threaten to push families and communities already struggling for life’s basics to the brink. At the same time, many tools for addressing climate change and its impacts — such as solar power, wind power, water treatment, and sustainable agriculture — can help create jobs and play an important role in fighting poverty. This panel will explore strategies for fighting global warming while lifting poor communities from poverty, examining the role of technology cooperation, carbon markets, philanthropy, public-private partnerships, and other mechanisms. It will also explore the imperative of helping poor communities adapt to the real, everyday dangers posed by global warming.

    Program Participants:

    H.E. Felipe Calderón, President, United Mexican States
    Richard Cizik, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, National Association of Evangelicals
    Van Jones, Founder and President, Green for All
    Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, The Energy and Resources Institute
    John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
    Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation

    POVERTY

     

    HEALTHEDUCATIONenergy/Climate

    Help us discuss who in washington DC cares about eding poverty with microcredit - from the results web
    World Bank and Microfinance: Underinvestment in the Very Poor

    As the largest international lender for developing countries, the World Bank has an enormous ability to influence whether the world will achieve the MDGs. The Bank’s stated mission is “to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results.” However, the World Bank is investing very little in microfinance for those who live on less than $1 a day.

    World Bank president Robert Zoellick has the opportunity to steer the Bank in a new direction and reform policies in favor of pro-poor investments that will align Bank practices with its stated mission of alleviating poverty. The World Bank must increase its investment in microfinance for those living on less than $1 a day.

    Fall 2008: House and Senate Letters

    Senate Fall 2008: Sens. Enzi (R-WY) and Brown (D-OH) sent a letter to World Bank president Zoellick highlighting possible ways the Bank can increase its investment in microfinance for the very poor. The letter was sent in early December to President Zoellick.

    21 senators signed the Senate letter (pdf, with signatures): Enzi (R-WY), Brown (D-OH), Dole (R-NC), Burr (R-NC), Feinstein (D-CA), Durbin (D-IL), Cantwell (D-WA), Nelson (D-FL), Levin (D-MI), Murray (D-WA), Martinez (R-FL), Menendez (D-NJ), Sanders (I-VT), Inhofe (R-OK), Cardin (D-MD), Johnson (D-SD), Bingaman (D-NM), Isakson (R-GA), Hatch (R-UT), Mikulski (D-MD), Bennett (R-UT).

    House Fall 2008: Rep. Holt (D-NJ) and Carter (R-TX) initiated a letter to World Bank president Zoellick highlighting possible ways the Bank can increase its investment in microfinance for the very poor. The letter was sent in early December to President Zoellick.

    93 representatives signed the House letter (pdf, with signatures): Holt (D-NJ), Carter (R-TX), Klein (D-FL), McDermott (D-WA), Bordallo (D-GU), A. Smith (D-WA), A. Hastings (D-FL), Shuler (D-NC), Capps (D-CA), Schakowsky (D-IL), Lewis (D-GA), Baldwin (D-WI), A. Green (D-TX), Rothman (D-NJ), Berkley (D-NV), Doggett (D-TX), Hirono (D-HI), Moran (D-VA), Jackson (D-IL), Jackson Lee (D-TX), Wolf (R-VA), Kirk (R-IL), L. Smith (R-TX), Van Hollen (D-MD), Grijalva (D-AZ), McCollum (D-MN), Giffords (D-AZ), Davis (R-VA), Gonzalez (D-TX), Myrick (R-NC), Waxman (D-CA), Blumenauer (D-OR), Young (R-AK), Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Hill (D-IN), Rohrabacher (R-CA), Walberg (R-MI), Inglis (R-SC), Miller (D-NC), DeGette (D-CO), Berman (D-CA), Filner (D-CA), Kildee (D-MI), Conyers (D-MI), Lee (D-CA), Sullivan (R-OK), Inslee (D-WA), McCotter (R-MI), Schiff (D-CA), McCaul (R-TX), Miller (D-CA), Mitchell (D-AZ), Harman (D-CA), Nadler (D-NY), Lewis (R-CA), Engel (D-NY), Wexler (D-FL), Lofgren (D-CA), Loebsack (D-IA), Serrano (D-NY), Moran (R-KS), Brown (D-FL), Eshoo (D-CA), Sherman (D-CA), Johnson (D-GA), Andrews (D-NJ), Bono Mack (R-CA), Payne (D-NJ), Pomeroy (D-ND), Larsen (D-WA), Thornberry (R-TX), Dicks (D-WA), Crowley (D-NY), McNerney (D-CA), Levin (D-MI), Sires (D-NJ), Conaway (R-TX), Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD), Honda (D-CA), Pallone (D-NJ), Waters (D-CA), Pascrell (D-NJ), Maloney (D-NY), Capuano (D-MA), Terry (R-NE), Watson (D-CA), Hooley (D-OR), Clarke (D-NY), Perlmutter (D-CO), Tauscher (D-CA), Wu (D-OR), Kaptur (D-OH), Woolsey (D-CA).

    Past Congressional Actions

    Senate February 2008: In February 2008, Senators Bennett (R-UT), Durbin (D-IL), Enzi (R-WY), and Brown (D-OH) initiated a “Dear Colleague” letter (PDF) calling on World Bank President Zoellick to meet with the Senate to discuss why the Bank is not increasing its focus on providing the poorest with greater access to microfinance. For background and talking points, please see the December 2007 Action.

    30 senators signed the letter, including 11 Republicans: Bennett (R-UT), Durbin (D-IL), Enzi (R-WY), Brown (D-OH), Murkowski (R-AK), Lieberman (I-CT), Cardin (D-MD), Bayh (D-IN), Murray (D-WA), Boxer (D-CA), Stabenow (D-MI), Hatch (R-UT), Lugar (R-IN), Chambliss (R-GA), Levin (D-MI), Coleman (R-MN), Nelson (D-FL), Casey (D-PA), Mikulski (D-MD), Klobuchar (D-MN), Inhofe (R-OK), Isakson (R-GA), Obama (D-IL), Clinton (D-NY), Schumer (D-NY), Feinstein (D-CA), Burr (R-NC), McCaskill (D-MO), Martinez (R-FL), Cantwell (D-WA).

    30 senators also signed the last Senate letter in 2005: Bennett (R-UT), Bingaman (D-NM), Boxer (D-CA), Cantwell (D-WA), Coburn (R-OK), Coleman (R-MN), Cornyn (R-TX), Corzine (D-NJ), Dayton (D-MN), DeWine (R-OH), Dole (R-NC), Domenici (R-NM), Durbin (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Inhofe (R-OK), Inouye (D-HI), Jeffords (I-VT), Kohl (D-WI), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Levin (D-MI), Martinez (R-FL), Murray (D-WA), Nelson (D-FL), Reed (D-RI), Salazar (D-CO), Santorum (R-PA), Sarbanes (D-MD), Smith (R-OR), Stabenow (D-MI), and Stevens (R-AK).

    House Feburary 2008: During the October congressional meeting with World Bank President Zoellick, members of Congress raised critical points on the need to increase the Bank’s investment in microfinance for the very poor. In response to Mr. Zoellick’s comments, Rep. Holt (D-NJ) and Rep. Carter (R-TX) initiated a follow-up letter to Mr. Zoellick (pdf) that was sent February 2008.

    46 representatives signed the letter: Holt (D-NJ), Carter (R-TX), Moran (D-VA), Hastings (D-FL), James McGovern (D-MA), Matheson (D-UT), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Baldwin (D-WI), Honda (D-CA), Bordallo (D-GU), Gonzalez (D-TX), Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rohrabacher (R-CA), Inslee (D-WA), McDermott (D-WA), Rothman (D-NJ), Harman (D-CA), Waxman (D-CA), Capps (D-CA), Payne (D-NJ), Walberg (R-MI), Conyers (D-MI), Sullivan (R-OK), Kildee (D-MI), Wilson (R-NM), McCotter (R-MI), Berkley (D-NV), Dicks (D-WA), Doggett (D-TX), Inglis (R-SC), Murphy (D-PA), Davis (D-CA), Farr (D-CA), Shuler (D-NC), Souder (R-IN), Filner (D-CA), Larsen (D-WA), Conaway (R-TX), Udall (D-CO), Lewis (D-GA), Waters (D-CA), Smith (D-WA), Saxton (R-NJ), Sires (D-NJ), Ellison (D-MN), Reichert (D-WA).

    See also the July 2007 Holt-Carter letter (pdf) to Mr. Zoellick.

    October 2007 congressional meeting with Members of Congress and World Bank president Zoellick. Members attending were Kevin Brady (R-TX), John Carter (R-TX), Michael Conaway (R-TX), Susan Davis (D-CA), Tom Davis (R-VA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Michael Honda (D-CA), Jay Inslee (D-WA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Mary Kaptur (D-OH), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Jim Moran (D-VA), Donald Payne (D-NJ), Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Steve Rothman (D-NJ), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Adam Smith (D-WA), John Sullivan (R-OK), Tim Walberg (R-MI), John Yarmuth (D-KY), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY).

    House July 2007: In July, Reps. Holt (D-NJ) and Carter (R-TX) initiated a Dear Colleague letter calling on World Bank President Zoellick to meet with the Senate to discuss why the Bank is not increasing its focus on providing the poorest with greater access to microfinance.

    71 representatives signed the letter: Baird, Brian (D-WA); Baldwin, Tammy (D-WI); Bartlett, Roscoe (R-MD); Bishop, Rob (R-UT); Bono, Mary (R-CA); Bordallo, Madeleine (D-GU); Brady, Kevin (D-PA); Brown, Corrine (D-FL); Capuano, Michael (D-MA); Carter, John (R-TX); Conaway, Michael (R-TX); Conyers, John (D-MI); Crowley, Joseph (D-NY); Davis, Danny (D-IL); Dicks, Norman (D-WA); Dingell, John (D-MI); Doggett, Lloyd (D-TX); Ellison, Keith (D-MN); Fattah, Chaka (D-PA); Filner, Bob (D-CA); Fortenberry, Jeff (R-NE); Gonzalez, Charles (D-TX); Granger, Kay (R-TX); Green, Al (D-TX); Grijalva, Raul (D-AZ); Hastings, Alcee (D-FL); Herseth-Sandlin, Stephanie (D-SD); Hill, Baron (D-IN); Hodes, Paul (D-NH); Holt, Rush (D-NJ); Hunter, Duncan (R-CA); Inslee, Jay (D-WA); Jackson-Lee, Sheila (D-TX); Jefferson, William (D-LA); Kildee, Dale (D-MI); Kucinich, Dennis (D-OH); Larsen, Rick (D-WA); Lee, Barbara (D-CA); Levin, Sander (D-MI) Lewis, John (D-GA); Lofgren, Zoe (D-CA); Matheson, Jim (D-UT); McCaul, Michael (R-TX); McCollum, Betty (D-MN); McCotter, Thaddeus (R-MI); McDermott, Jim (D-WA); McGovern, James (D-MA); McNerney, Jerry (D-CA); Meek, Kendrick (D-FL); Moore, Gwen (D-WI); Moran, James (D-VA); Murphy, Patrick (D-PA); Oberstar, James (D-MN); Pickering, Charles (R-MS); Reichert, David (R-WA); Renzi, Rick (R-AZ); Rohrabacher, Dana (R-CA); Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana (R-FL); Rothman, Stephen (D-NJ); Saxton, Jim (R-NJ); Schakowsky, Janice (D-IL); Shuler, Heath (D-NC); Sires, Albio (D-NJ); Sullivan, John (R-OK); Udall, Mark (D-CO); Udall, Tom (D-NM); Walberg, Timothy (R-MI); Wexler, Robert (D-FL); Wilson, Charles (D-OH); Woolsey, Lynn (D-CA); Young, Don (R-AK).

    Muhammad Yunus Congressional Gold Medal Award (H.R.1801, S.903)

    • H.R.1801 introduced by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Rep. John R. Carter (R-TX).
    • S.903 introduced by Sens. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Robert Bennett (R-UT).

    What the Muhammad Yunus Congressional Gold Medal Award Would Do:

    • It seeks to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and board member of RESULTS, in recognition of his contributions to the fight against global poverty.
    • Honoring Dr. Yunus before Congress will:

      • Raise public awareness of the power of microfinance to change lives and help build congressional support;
      • Send a strong signal to the World Bank that the U.S. is committed to microfinance for the very poor and expects the World Bank to do the same.

    To cosponsor in the House, please contact Chris Gaston with Rep. Holt (D-NJ) at (202) 225-5801 or Chris Alsup with Rep. John R. Carter (R-TX) at (202) 225-3864

    To cosponsor in the Senate, please contact Caitlin Dean with Sen. Durbin (D-IL) at 224-2152 or Nate Graham with Sen. Bennett (R-UT) at 224-5444.

    House Cosponsors of H.R.1801 (as of October 20, 2008)

    Abercrombie, Neil (D-HI)

    Andrews, Robert (D-NJ)

    Baird, Brian (D-WA)

    Baldwin, Tammy (D-WI)

    Berkley, Shelley (D-NV)

    Berman, Howard L.(D-CA)

    Bishop, Rob (R-UT)

    Bishop, Timothy H. (D-NY)

    Blumenauer, Earl (D-OR)

    Brady, Robert A. (D-PA)

    Doggett, Lloyd (D-TX)

    Capps, Lois (D-CA)

    Capuano, Michael E. (D-CA)

    Carnahan, Russ (D-MO)

    Conyers, John, Jr. (D-MI)

    Crowley, Joseph(D-NY)

    Cummings, Elijah E. (D-MD)

    Davis, Danny (D-IL)

    Davis, Tom (R-VA)

    DeGette, Diana (D-CO)

    Ellison, Keith (D-MN)

    English, Phil (R-PA)

    Eshoo, Anna G. (D-CA)

    Etheridge, Bob (D-NC)

    Farr, Sam (D-CA)

    Filner, Bob (D-CA)

    Foster, Bill (D-IL)

    Giffords, Gabrielle (D-AZ)

    Gonzalez, Charles (D-TX)

    Grijalva, Raul (D-AZ)

    Hare, Phil (D-IL)

    Harman, Jane (D-CA)

    Hastings, Alcee L. (D-FL)

    Sandlin, Stephanie (D-SD)

    Jackson-Lee, Sheila (D-TX)

    Jefferson, William J. (D-LA)

    Johnson, Eddie Bernice (D-TX)

    Kaptur, Marcy (D-OH)

    Lee, Barbara (D-CA)

    Lewis, John (D-GA)

    Lewis, Ron (R-KY)

    Lofgren, Zoe (D-CA)

    Maloney, Carolyn B. (D-NY)

    Matheson, Jim (D-UT)

    McCaul, Michael T. (R-TX)

    McCollum, Betty (D-MN)

    McDermott, Jim (D-WA)

    McGovern, James P. (D-MA)

    McNerney, Jerry (D-CA)

    Meeks, Gregory W. (D-NY)

    Michaud, Michael H.(D-ME)

    Miller, Brad (D-NC)

    Moore, Dennis (D-KS)

    Moran, James P. (D-VA)

    Oberstar, James L. (D-MN)

    Pallone, Frank, Jr. (D-NJ)

    Payne, Donald (D-NJ)

    Pickering, Charles (R-MS)

    Rahall, Nick J. (D-WV)

    Ramstad, Jim (R-MN)

    Reichert, David G. (R -WA)

    Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana (R-FL)

    Ross, Mike (D-AR)

    Rothman, Steven R. (D-NJ)

    Roybal-Allard, Lucille (D-CA)

    Sanchez, Linda (D-CA)

    Saxton, Jim (R-NJ)

    Schakowsky, Janice D. (D-IL)

    Scott, Robert C. (D-VA)

    Sessions, Pete (R-TX)

    Slaughter, Louise (D-NY)

    Smith, Adam (D-WA)

    Solis, Hilda L. (D-CA)

    Spratt, John M. Jr (D-SC)

    Stark, Fortney Pete (D-CA)

    Sutton, Betty (D-OH)

    Tauscher, Ellen O. (D-CA)

    Thornberry, Mac (R-TX)

    Tierney, John F. (D-MA)

    Towns, Edolphus (D-NY)

    Udall, Mark (D-CO)

    Visclosky, Peter J. (D-IN)

    Watson, Diane E. (D-CA)

    Watt, Melvin L. (D-NC)

    Weller, Jerry (R-IL)

    Wexler, Robert (D-FL)

    Wicker, Roger F. (R-MS)

    Wolf, Frank (R-VA)

    Woolsey, Lynn C. (D-CA)

    Wynn, Albert Russell (D-MD)

    Senate Cosponsors of S.903 (as of October 20, 2008)

    Akaka, Daniel K.(D-HI)

    Alexander, Lamar (R-TN)

    Bayh, Evan (D-IN)

    Baucus, Max (D-MT)

    Byrd, Robert C. (D-WV)

    Biden, Joseph (D-DE)

    Bingaman, Jeff (D-NM)

    Boxer, Barbara (D-CA)

    Brown, Sherrod (D-OH)

    Brownback, Sam (R-KS)

    Cantwell, Maria (D-WA)

    Cardin, Benjamin (D-MD)

    Carper, Thomas R. (D-DE)

    Casey, Robert (D-PA)

    Clinton, Hillary Rodham (D-NY)

    Cochran, Thad (R-MS)

    Coleman, Norm (R-MN)

    Conrad, Kent (D-ND)

    Cornyn, John (R-TX)

    Craig, Larry E (R-ID)

    Crapo, Miko (R-ID)

    Dodd, Chris (D-CT)

    Domenici, Pete (R-NM)

    Dorgan, Byron (D-ND)

    Enzi, Michael B. (R-WY)

    Feingold, Russell D. (D-WI)

    Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA)

    Graham, Lindsey (R-SC)

    Gregg, Judd (R-NH)

    Harkin, Tom (D-IA)

    Hatch, Orrin G. (R-UT)

    Inhofe, James M. (R-OK)

    Inouye, Daniel (D-HI)

    Johnson, Tim (D-SD)

    Kennedy, Ted (D-MA)

    Kerry, John F. (D-MA)

    Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN)

    Kohl, Herb (D-WI)

    Landrieu, Mary L. (D-LA)

    Lautenberg, Frank R. (D-NJ)

    Leahy, Patrick (D-VT)

    Levin, Carl (D-MI)

    Lieberman, Joseph I. (I-CT)

    Lincoln, Blanche L. (D-AR)

    Lugar, Richard G. (R-IN)

    Menendez, Robert (D-NJ)

    McCaskill, Claire (D-MO)

    Mikulski, Barbara A. (D-MD)

    Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK)

    Murray, Patty (D-WA)

    Nelson, Ben (D-NE)

    Nelson, Bill (D-FL)

    Obama, Barack (D-IL)

    Pryor, Mark (D-AZ)

    Reed, Jack (D-RI)

    Reid, Harry (D-NV)

    Roberts, Pat (R-KS)

    Rockefeller, John D. (D-WV)

    Salazar, Ken (D-CO)

    Sanders, Bernard (I-VT)

    Schumer, Charles (D-NY)

    Smith, Gordon H. (R-OR)

    Snowe, Olympia (R-ME)

    Specter, Arlen (R-PA)

    Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI)

    Tester, Jon (D-MT)

    Webb, James (D-VA)

    Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI)

    Wyden, Ron (D-OR)

     

    Note: The lead sponsors are seeking at least two-thirds of Congress as cosponsors of this legislation in order to build support for Dr. Yunus to receive this award.

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