CGI U Heads to Austin

Friday, January 30, 2009

The second annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting will take place from February 13 to 15 at the University of Texas, Austin. Nearly 1,000 students and 100 college and university presidents will be challenged to address issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, inequities in education, forced labor and other human rights abuses, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The FiveCurrents production is intended to inspire students and campus administrators to improve the world locally and internationally by addressing pressing issues with practical, innovative solutions.  The participants’ experience will culminate with various community service activities at the Rosewood Park and Recreation Center in East Austin.

“We are honored to host the second annual Clinton Global Initiative University,” UT President William Powers Jr. told the Statesman. “This program, with its goal to engage people in making commitments to address global problems and issues, is of particular interest to our university because our motto is, ‘What Starts Here Changes the World,’ and we believe in that purpose. I anticipate an inspirational three days of big ideas and high energy.”

CGI U is expected to draw several well-know film, media and sports personalities who are actively involved in philanthropic causes.

“We’re really excited,” Keshav Rajagopalan, the president of UT’s student government told the Statesman. “A lot of students are talking about this. It gives them the opportunity to be part of a really neat event.”

The first annual CGI U took place at Tulane University and nearly 1,600 commitments were made. For more information on CGI U, please visit

BizBash Names CGI Top Political Event of 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

BizBash released its eighth annual list of “New York’s Top 100 Events” today, and FiveCurrents’ production, the Clinton Global Initiative, ranked number one in the category of Political, Legal, and Diplomatic Events. 

“In a city that leads the world in fashion, finance, media, and advertising–to name a few–it takes something special to stand out. BizBash’s annual list highlights the parties, trade shows, benefits, and parades that draw media buzz, tourism dollars, and top players in their field. … Although the wobbly economy is likely to have serious implications for every host here, you can bet these festivities will continue to draw attention in 2009,” reads the editorial introducing the feature.

The BizBash editorial team ranked 100 events in 13 categories, identifying the most noteworthy and important events in nine industries. The criteria to rank these events take into account relevance and importance, economic impact on the city, and innovative style.

Here are the top events in the Political, Legal, and Diplomatic Events category:

1. Clinton Global Initiative

2. Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

3. New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting

4. U.N.A.-U.S.A. Global Leadership Awards Dinner

5. Hospitality Committee for the U.N. Delegations Ambassador’s Ball

6. The Inner Circle Show

A Successful CGI Asia Leads To Second CGI U

Friday, January 9, 2009

In December 2008, President Clinton traveled to Hong Kong to join several hundred Asian leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds to further strengthen social and global responsibility in Asia, and move toward the benefits achieved through collaboration. CGI Asia catalyzed innovative solutions and cross-sector partnerships among regionally based members in Asia and CGI’s global community to address critical challenges with global implications. From the commitments made at the meeting, here are a few highlights:

  • An estimated 715,000 children will benefit from better education opportunities;
  • More than 260,000 adults will learn new job skills;
  • Nearly 24,000 hectares of forest land will be protected by empowering local residents to manage their own natural resources;
  • The equivalent of more than 40,000 tons of CO2 emissions will be cut;
  • More than 250,000 girls and women will be empowered with better opportunities for sustainable livelihoods;
  • More than 3.5 million people will gain greater access to health services; and
  • Half a million people will now have safe drinking water, and 400,000 children will benefit from better nutrition.

FiveCurrents’ President, Scott Givens, and his staff are now turning their attention towards the second annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting (CGI U).  The meeting will be held at the University of Texas at Austin from February 13-15, 2009, where more than 1,000 students will come together to make a difference both internationally and locally. The schedule will be similar to the CGI Annual meeting, however CGI U will conclude with a service project to assist their host community. For more information on CGI U, or to attend the meeting, please click here.