In Tampa, former President Bill Clinton says working together can make a difference
Talking about everything from world poverty to the dangers of getting mad, former President Bill Clinton gave a folksy seminar on the 21st century at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday night.
His key point: Our interconnected world is driving up the forces of inequality, instability and unsustainability. Citizens taking action together can foster positive dynamism and reduce negative consequences. He held up his own nongovernmental organization, the Clinton Global Initiative, as an example.
Reeling off facts and figures, Clinton discussed the initiative's work, such as weening school kids off sugary soft drinks, replanting forests in Rwanda and rebuilding post-earthquake Haiti.
Clinton spoke for about 50 minutes, followed by a brief question-and-answer session with former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio.