We all know information-sharing and feedback is critical in business – and in life in general. It’s a treat when you get to exchange ideas with an astute group of people like my friends on LinkedIn. Earlier this month I invited you to ask questions about the work of my organization, the World Bank Group. Last week I sat down with LinkedIn Executive Editor Daniel Roth to answer them. You left more than 200 on my blog post in a little more than a week. I answered a few with Daniel – see the short video clips below. But I want to address several topics I couldn’t cover then.
First let me say your thoughtful questions were great. You asked about the World Bank Group’s work and whether it’s really possible to end extreme poverty. You wanted to know how we deal with corruption and other challenges. Many of you asked what you, personally, could do to help end extreme poverty.
This question is representative: With the goal of ending poverty by 2030, what can we do individually as everyday people to collectively contribute in equalizing and unifying the world for greater change? (asked by David Joohun Kim, pre-medical student, suicide hotline volunteer, creator of Feel Good Toronto).
The World Bank Group’s goal to end extreme poverty by 2030, and a related goal to boost “shared prosperity” in the developing countries where we work, is supported by our 188 member countries. Reaching this goal will require innovative solutions and the efforts of many.
To end extreme poverty, I think it’s going to take nothing less than a global movement involving not only governments and development institutions but all of society, including the private sector, non-governmental and nonprofit organizations, civil society organizations, and communities.
I’m very happy to report that last week more than 30 influential faith groups formally endorsed our poverty goal. Their support could make a huge difference.
Support from individuals is also very important. You can help on any level, from simply voicing your support in your community or on social media, to donating to charity, volunteering, working in international development, or even doing well in your own job. Some of the best solutions for ending extreme poverty could come from something you’re working on right now.