Posted by: fabrulana | 23 July , 2007

The Elders

The Elders

The Elders is a group that Richard Branson have hinted at. My wife really likes Branson’s books including ‘Screw it, Let’s do it’. There in Branson said apparently that a new world organisation will be formed with the likes of former President Nelson Mandela. 18 July the group has finally been launched.

The group of people consists of former heads of state, Nobel prize winners, entrepreneurs and philanthropists who will “contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems”.

The founding members are Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, philanthropist Graca Machel, former United Nations chief Kofi Annan, former US President Jimmy Carter, former Irish Prime Minister Mary Robinson and Bangladeshi social banker Muhammad Yunus.

“This group can speak freely and boldly, working both publicly and behind the scenes on whatever actions need to be taken,” Mandela said. “Together we will work to support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair.”

“Almost impervious to the consequences of outside criticism, the group will conduct unrestrained analyses of important and complex issues and share our ideas with the general public and with others who might take action to resolve problems.”

“In traditional societies, the elders always had a role in conflict resolution, long-term thinking and applying wisdom wherever it was needed. We are moving to this global village and yet we don’t have our global elders,” Gabriel said.
“This group of Elders will bring hope and wisdom back into the world. To play a role in bringing us together to stop unnecessary human suffering and to celebrate the wonderful world that we are so privileged to be part of,” said Founder Richard Branson.

If you want to see the launched site go here : The Elders

Well I do wish this great group of men and women all the best for their future endeavour. I think they will face some great challenges and problems that won’t be black or white, but all shades of grey. But looking at the wonderful people they have to handle these problems, I am sure that there is nobody better for the job. I think it is fantastic and definitely what the earth needs right now.

May wisdom be with our Elders.


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