I’ve haven’t talked about it here much this year… the 2010 Summit was fabulous and so much more relaxed for me. It was nice to have time to spend with Mona Eltahawy, Lisa Field-Elliott, and so many more of the fab folks who came all the way to Amsterdam for it. Here are a few of the superheroes there:
Esra’a Al Shafei (not pictured here) could totally get away with wearing a cape, IMHO. She’s that cool.
In some past life, Letha must’ve been a French intellectual or something very, very deep. She’s doing a genius job of combining market strategies and capacity-building with raising awareness of cancer and bringing chemo to kids in Africa.
And Maggie? Maggie’s like sunshine in human form.
Ania’s actually made of steel… she’s climbed the highest peak on 7 continents. In days off from her hobby – working at a very large, well known bank.
Ronald makes the impossible possible, including remarkable events like discos for deaf communities.
I love keeping such company. Please support their work.
One of the things that interests me about the Summit is the kinds of things these people need. Have you seen Nick Kristof’s cover article in the New York Times magazine about Maggie (and others like her) this week? He’s called it DIY Aid. I don’t really like the term, but the trend is fascinating — more and more people are individually (at first) taking on poverty alleviation, clean drinking water, education, whatever passion for making the world a better place calls them…
They need support. They need funds. They also need friendship, comraderie, to blow off a little steam. They need networks and to work together. At the Summit, we are beginning to facilitate all of that. This is my way of supporting them, and I am starting to make friends with some of these fine folks. You can, too. Join us next year 7 – 9 October in Amsterdam!