I am always looking for new, innovative ways to engage my generation in MEANINGFUL AIDS work -- that does NOT mean raising fists and shouting in anger about poverty, but actually doing something to assist those living with HIV or prevent the disease from further spreading. With Keep a Child Alive, I am privileged to coordinate a network of 227 campuses, and growing everyday, in the work of fundraising for lifesaving antiretroviral drugs that are delivered directly to those in most dire need.
I think it is immensely important for students to realize where their potential lies.Â Most of the time, just shouting about an issue will make no progress - so why, when, how do we speak up effectively?Â Some thoughts to consider, that I recently blogged about for a foreign policy course:
I choose one article in particular to sub-in AIDS for Finance, and conclude:
"I invite you to pick up a newspaper and try this exercise for yourself.Â Replace the crisis and you will see that our world leadership is capable of coming together to take immediate and united action.Â The difference to me is not that our leaders don't want to end AIDS, it's that there are no "jittery investors" who are pushing them to do so.Â We are all affected by the health of global populations and like issues of climate change or education or human rights, we will not see the negative effects of failures to invest until the long run, and we therefore don't identify ourselves as investors now.Â Which means politicians have no pressure to move in the direction of solving the foreign crises that already surround us.Â If we want an end to AIDS that's up to us as investors in global public health, citizens who want to live in a healthy world.Â It's totally possible to achieve, but the choice is ours!""