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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

To be among 500 leaders focused on social change

Sn_summit I'm both honored and over the moon to be attending ServiceNation's Summit on September 11th and September 12th. I'll be blogging a wrap-up of the event...and oh what an event it will be.

For two days over 500 leaders will convene in NYC for a moratorium on politics, to wholly focus on service. The lineup of speakers is mind-blowing (and makes me feel oh so small) including Barack Obama, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Bloomberg, even Alicia Keys, Jon Bon Jovi, Kenneth Cole, Usher and the CEO of Habitat for Humanity (my FAVE nonprofit organization). And the list goes on and on.

All in NYC, all focused on how we can improve our nation, and its many challenges, through service. Um, see why I'm over the moon?

I'll be posting after the event, and I'll twitter when I can during the event, but I wanted to first give you some background:

6a00d8345194a469e200e554c897df88348 "ServiceNation Summit
, Sept. 11-12 in New York city, will bring together 500 leaders of all ages and from every sector of American life —from universities and foundations, to business and politics—to celebrate the power and potential of citizen service, and lay out a bold policy blueprint for addressing America’s greatest social challenges through expanded opportunities for volunteer and national service.

The Summit will begin with a presidential candidates' forum the evening of September 11, where Senators McCain and Obama will speak in depth about their views on the role of citizenship and service in post-9/11 America. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will welcome the attendees when the proceedings continue the following day, and the summit will conclude with a keynote address by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who earlier this year became the first governor to create a cabinet post dedicated to service and volunteering."

ServiceNation is a campaign for a new America. An America where citizens unite and take responsibility for the nation’s future. An America that restores the great tradition of citizen service, and honors the profound sacrifices made by so many Americans who have passed before, from the small band of Founders to the millions who have fought for equality and justice at home, and defended our freedom Sn_2 abroad. ServiceNation is about an America that is ruggedly idealistic, compassionate, and above all committed to the idea of shared sacrifice in pursuit of America’s boldest promise: liberty and justice for all."

I will be joined by my fellow colleagues'/marketing bloggers: David Berkowitz, David Reich and Alan Wolk...so watch for posts and tweets from us all. Lastly, I need to give a HUGE shout-out and HEAPS of gratitude to Nedra Kline Weinreich for recommending me to attend this event. Unfortunately, since she's on the West Coast she won't be able to attend (and will have to vicariously experience the event through me); but she has truly made my year. I'll be cross-posting on this blog and her blog about the event.

Here are some links for more info.:
To see the schedule of events on Thursday and Friday go here
To follow ServiceNation on Twitter go here
Follow David Berkowitz, Alan Wolk or CK (me) on Twitter
To learn more about ServiceNation go here


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enjoy the conference and please let us know how it goes and share some highlights. I'm jealous :)

Well, color me super-jealous. :)

I love the concept. Once we were a nation of citizens who believed in service and that each of us could and should make a difference. I fear we have become a nation of citizens who have fallen in love with entitlements and expect government to take care of us. And that scares me. Go CK. Make a difference.

Thank you Avi, Paul and Lewis, I'm honored to be a part of it and I hope some real momentum comes out of it...I'll have some feedback soon!

You go, girl.

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