I'm prompted to start this thread today, being reminded by Lisa that the SOCAP10 conference started today, a day of much congruence.
The tracks covering peace and international development will be of most interest since this is the direction of our own efforts, in Eastern Europe.
Also today, I'd first become aware of an Unicef campaign for Children Can't Wait
and was reminded of a paragraph from the paper we delivered as a social business inspired 'Marshall Plan in 2006:"This is a long-term permanently sustainable program, the basis for "people-centered" economic development. Core focus is always on people and their needs, with neediest people having first priority
– as contrasted with the eternal chase for financial profit and numbers
where people, social benefit, and human well-being are often and
routinely overlooked or ignored altogether. This is in keeping with the
fundamental objectives of Marshall Plan: policy aimed at hunger,
poverty, desperation and chaos. This is a bottom-up approach, starting
with Ukraine's poorest and most desperate citizens, rather than a
"top-down" approach that might not ever benefit them. They cannot wait,
particularly children. Impedance by anyone or any group of people
constitutes precisely what the original Marshall Plan was dedicated to
opposing. Those who suffer most, and those in greatest need, must be
helped first -- not secondarily, along the way or by the way."
Upon this, I responded to the SOCAP10 impact challenge with this pitch about the mandate for a global strategy focussed on children.
Closer to home, I seem to have developed common understanding on what's missing from the government strategy described as Big Society, where the concept of people-centered economics or people-centered capitalism seems to have broken through
it seems to me that what's going on at SOCAP10 has a lot in common with what we've done, but at the same time, like Big Society, apparently isolated from the knowledge of how much practical progress is being made.