Last Thursday, Fusion PPT had the opportunity to participate in the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Winter Meeting. CGI convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. At this event, hundreds of organizations from around the world connected and shared their projects across a wide range of social issues, from the refugee crisis to water resource management to improving healthcare for the poorest of people.
At this year’s Winter Meeting, a large part of the discussions focused on the growing global refugee crisis. The International Organization for Migration Reported that more than 67,000 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea since the start of this year. The New York Times reported that these new refugees join more than one million people who sought refuge in Europe last year. Despite pledges to resettle refugees, a tiny fraction of the refugees have found a permanent home.
CGI, however, is not just about meeting and discussing problems. It is about making commitments to action and building partnerships that will allow organizations to extend their reach and have a greater impact. For example, Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani, shared his experience hiring refugees and how quickly they acclimated into the community.
The refugee crisis was just one of the discussion areas at CGI that helps participants gain a new perspective on critical issues that have far reaching impacts. Another key discussion area was global health.
Fusion PPT is working on two commitments related to global health. During the Global Health breakout session at the Winter Meeting, Fusion PPT had the opportunity to discuss one of these commitments and present alongside the Peter C. Alderman Foundation (PCAF), on the creation of a handheld medical tablet solution to support mental health care services for citizens in Uganda. As outlined in a previous blog, the solution provides local clinicians with devices and applications to help deliver care while working in rural villages without regular access to technology, Internet and electricity.
Fusion PPT’s involvement in CGI has not only resulted in social impact, but has also built stronger teams and culture within our organization. It has pushed us beyond the boundaries of our current projects to solve some very challenging IT problems without the luxury of budgets and key enterprise resources like power and connectivity. Cross-project teams volunteer their time with the same level of dedication that they place toward their client engagements. This in turn, allows amazing organizations like PCAF to be more efficient and focused on what they do best, while we focus on the technology piece.
To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,400 commitments which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries. It is exciting to see what future commitments will emerge from the Winter Meeting.