Barack and Bill to Join Forces at Clinton Global Initiative

Barack and Bill to Join Forces at Clinton Global Initiative

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If you're a game changer, or just want the game changed, CGI is where it's at.

There ain't no party like a CGI party — and President Barack Obama isn't about to miss out. The annual Clinton Global Initiative conference brings together heads of state, top business leaders, philanthropists and nonprofits all in the name of making the world a better place. The president will attend again this year and will introduce first lady Michelle Obama to the crowd.

The 2010 CGI Annual Meeting will take place from Sept. 20-23 in New York City. The event is one giant brainstorming, analyzing, strategy-developing, partnership-forming machine. The ideas and ventures that have been formulated at CGI have changed the lives of 220 million people in more than 170 countries since 2005 through 1,700 initiatives estimated at $57 billion.

“President Obama’s participation in the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting reinforces the idea that we all must come together to solve the challenges that face our world,” former President Clinton said in a press release. “Every year, I am more impressed by the caliber of CGI members and the work that they do. Over the last five years, CGI Annual Meetings have convened more than 125 current and former heads of state, along with 15 Nobel Peace Prize winners, hundreds of top CEOs and many other leaders from around the world — all of whom have committed to working together to create a prosperous, sustainable global community.” Now that's a party.

It seems ideal that the president of the United States be at such an event. His participation should bring him that much closer to where the real change begins. Governmental issues and legislative process don't inflict boundaries there. CGI is about bringing those together who want to put the rubber to the road.

Besides President Obama, numerous government leaders from around the world, CEOs and NGO heads, journalists and broadcasters, celebrities and philanthropists will convene in the Big Apple to put their heads together to tackle major global issues. Now, that's a board meeting you can get excited about — and I bet they serve a mean shrimp cocktail, too.

By Katie Leavitt, Tonic.com

Photo courtesy of the Clinton Global Initiative.