Last month we joined the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) during their Annual Meeting. Dedicated to “turning ideas into action,” CGI first assembled in 2005, under President Bill Clinton. Today, the organization summons leaders from philanthropy, business, government, and civil society to envision and employ innovative solutions for some of the globe’s most prominent challenges.
Participants found among the crowd included heads of state, Nobel Prize laureates, CEOs, philanthropists and more. Thus far, members of the CGI community have created more than 3,400 “Commitments to Action,” which have enhanced the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries. Over the course of four days, attendees addressed this year’s theme: The Future of Impact, a broad enough subject under which multiple conversations unfolded. Discussions covered the implications of gender-based violence, disease prevention and health systems, empowered communities and income inequality, LGBT inclusion, among many more. Stream the whole event here.
Concluding the Annual Meeting, Skype TX provided the communication infrastructure for “The Future of Equality and Opportunity,” a plenary session centered around building a future that’s based in justice, human rights and equality. During the session, host Chelsea Clinton spoke with students around the world, including in Ghana and El Salvador, via Skype. The session concluded with a panel conversation between President Clinton, the CEO of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes, and Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group Jack Ma.
As Skype in Media Head of Production Louise Court notes; “We are used to setting up elaborate productions where we connect multiple callers across the globe using Skype TX, and it’s vital that each production workflow under these circumstances is a seamless experience. The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting was a high-profile production and we were thrilled to demonstrate that through a combination of strong teamwork between the event location in New York and the Skype studio in London, that we were able to use the Skype TX Talkshow product to facilitate an engaging and important conversation.”
“President Clinton founded the Clinton Global Initiative ten years ago to bring the most effective global leaders in nonprofit, business and government together, not only to talk about the challenges we face, but also to ask them to take action. Ten years later, CGI members have made more than 3,400 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries,” said CGI CEO Bob Harrison. “This year’s theme, The Future of Impact, featured innovative, approaches to solving global challenges, as well as proven solutions that can be adapted, replicated or scaled to help members do their work as effectively as possible.”
By the end of the Annual Meeting, CGI members had agreed upon 123 new Commitments to Action. Once each is more intricately ironed out, and funding is in place, the commitments are expected to improve and enhance the lives of more than 15 million individuals.