Signing off with some Inspiration for Christmas and a big 2009

I’m taking a two week break from the blog over Christmas, (should be long enough to get over any withdrawal symptoms). This blog was originally designed to help launch From Poverty to Power. That is largely done now – the book is in its 4th printing and doing fine, the Spanish edition is out, with Italian and Portuguese versions due out next year.

But I’ll keep the blog going on general development issues in 2009 because it promises to be a landmark year for development (and also because blogging is fun….). The financial and economic meltdown is likely to deepen, perhaps providing the kind of shock needed to galvanize leaders (e.g. at the G20 summit in April) into overhauling a system that has proved dangerously volatile and delivered far too little for poor people everywhere. In December in Copenhagen a new deal on the way the world uses and abuses carbon has to be struck if catastrophic climate change is to be averted.

I don’t really do oratory (more of a self-doubt and glass-half-full type of person), so I’ll leave the inspirational last (tongue in cheek) word to the people who do it best – Hollywood (thanks to Global Dashboard for the link). In fact a bargain 40 inspirational speeches in 2 minutes – can you name them all?  See you in 2009.

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