Weeks Away from CGI U Launch

Monday, February 25, 2008

With the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference only weeks away, preparations are being made to transform Tulane University into a venue for 600 students to develop world-changing ideas. FiveCurrents and Executive Producer Scott Givens have been working with the Clinton Foundation since the inception of CGI in 2005, and are looking forward to producing a CGI event geared towards energetic university students. 

MTV reporter John Norris recently sat down with President Bill Clinton to discuss, among other things, CGI U. When asked about the rational behind CGI U, President Clinton responded,

“Young people want to be relevant. Look at all of the young people involved in this campaign for president. And I think that an enormous percentage of young people are already out there working on problems around the world, like Darfur or global warming, or in their own communities, like helping to tutor poor kids. They’re already doing so many things. And it occurred to me that the colleges and universities of America would benefit from the same sort of synergy that we’ve seen at the Clinton Global Initiative, where we bring in people from all over the world and in just three years, we’ve raised probably $30 billion to help 180 million people in 100 countries,” MTV reported.

Click here to read the entire interview. 


CGI Tops New York Political Events

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Biz Bash named FiveCurrents’ production, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), number one in the Political, Legal & Diplomatic Events category in its list of New York’s Top 100 Events. Scott Givens, FiveCurrents’ Executive Producer, is proud to have helped get CGI off to a successful start in 2005 and to see the program expand to include CGI U and CGI Asia. Here’s the blurb:

For the fourth year in a row, heads of state, C.E.O.s, activists, academics, philanthropists, business leaders, and celebrities will congregate at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers for this three-day event, which will take place in September 2008. Last year, the conference hosted 1,300 attendees, including 50 heads of state, attributing 245 pledges to the global charity campaigns spearheaded by former President Bill Clinton. Five Currents will product the 2008 event.

A Successful Super Bowl

Monday, February 18, 2008

The East Valley Tribune reported that, “In suburban Tempe, the Counting Crows played a free concert at Tempe Town Lake and thousands of fans attended.” In fact, nearly 50,000 fans attended the first annual Super Bowl Saturday Night on February 2nd, 2008. The event was a tremendous success with crowd-pleasing performances by Spin.com’s 2006 Artist of the Year Boys Like Girls and the multiplatnum-selling Counting Crows.

Carpoolers’ Jerry O’Connell hosted the event and was joined onstage by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker, Derrick Brooks, to rev-up the crowd for Super Bowl XLII. Super Bowl Saturday Night ended with a fireworks spectacular that truly was, well, spectacular.

SportingLife.com’s Alexander Ferguson wrote, “As the Counting Crows faded away into the sunset, suddenly the sky seemed to explode with fireworks. It was like New Year’s, Fireworks Night and the Queen’s 50th Jubilee rolled into one monstrous multicoloured firework.”

The FiveCurrents team, including Executive Producer Scott Givens, is excited with the success of Super Bowl Saturday Night and is now turning their attention to the first Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI-U), which will take place at Tulane University on March 14 – 16, 2008. 

Two Days Until Kickoff

Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Super Bowl is fast approaching and the FiveCurrents team is in Phoenix putting the finishing touches on Super Bowl Saturday Night. The NFL announced the final lineup for the evening, which will begin with the Doritos Super Bowl Contest winners. Jerry O’Connell will host the evening’s festivities and various NFL stars will appear with him on stage. Boys Like Girls will open for the evening’s headliners, the Counting Crows. Super Bowl Saturday Night will be capped off with a fireworks spectacular over picturesque Tempe Town Lake.