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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Pimp my dilapidated, third-world, ambulance

On Tuesday November 29th I attended a presentation of The Diary of Angelina Jolie and Dr. Jeffery Sachs in Africa (watch it here). Angelina couldn't make it, but Sachs (author of The End of Poverty) is a rock star in his own right, and it was the first time I have ever seen him talk.

He is an energetic and inspirational leader, who still believes we have the power to make the world a better place, and is actively working on operationalizing this vision. Some may be skeptical about MTV's pro-social initiative, think.mtv.com, but whatever their corporate parent's intentions, it has the potential to do some real good.

Notable moments included Dr. Sachs using the phrases "Open-Source politics" and the "wikipedia of foreign policy" to refer to an emerging form of democratic self-determination. It was also great when an audience member questioned an mtv vp on sending a pimp team over to kenya to help them fix the village's only ambulance.

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