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Clinton initiative’s NYC return includes Andres, Queen Rania

NEW YORK (AP) — World Central Kitchen founder Jose Andres, Jordan’s Queen Rania, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will help relaunch the Clinton Global Initiative in September, when the gathering of international dignitaries returns after six years. The two-day meeting Sept. 19 and 20 in New York is built around a theme of “The Business of How,” looking to create partnerships between political, business and…



and making the kinds of connections that can give rise to entirely novel approaches.

This allows notable figures like Malala Yousafzai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and actor and water access activist Matt Damon, as well as philanthropic leaders like Emerson Collective co-founder Laurene Powell Jobs, Mellon Foundation CEO Elizabeth Alexander, and Case Foundation co-founder Steve Case, to discuss both the foundations’ past successes and their current needs.

CauseWired’s founder Tom Watson believes the Clinton Global Initiative’s model of approaching problems from a variety of angles has been overlooked.

Although he is not involved in this year’s CGI, Watson has attended previous events and provided consulting services for the initiative since its inception in 2005. “It is a rare structure that brings together a lot of different types of organizations and people,” he said. Nonprofits, foundations, and CSR professionals undoubtedly missed it when the conference stopped being held annually. There was a void that was not filled. From that point of view, it’s great that it’s making a comeback.

According to Watson, who also lectures on the subject of nonprofit management at Columbia University, the current enormous needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine call for new approaches and collaboration.

Attendee Watson remarked, “We need all hands on deck” for this year’s gathering. Because of this, a wide variety of participants can collaborate.

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