Sam and his colleague Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus at RESULTS International Conference 2015
My name is Sam Daley-Harris, and over 35 years ago I founded RESULTS in the USA while working as a substitute teacher of music.
I am so excited right now, because at the end of May I’m flying almost 16,000 kilometres from my home in Princeton, New Jersey to Sydney, for RESULTS Australia’s 30th Anniversary National Conference.
It’s been 26 years since I was last in Australia, and I can’t wait to meet all of you!
I’m excited to meet you because you are responsible for some really important work; the thawing of resignation. Last year Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig said:
We did a poll and found 96% of Americans believe it important to reduce the influence of money in politics, but 91% don’t think it’s possible. That’s the politics of resignation. But the politics of resignation gives you a perfect strategy for winning…how do we thaw that resignation because once we do then I think we have a real chance of winning.
I don’t care where it is, I love to see the thawing of resignation. I’m particularly excited to meet you because of your incredible growth in activity and effectiveness.
In the first six months on 2014 RESULTS volunteers in Australia had 16 letters to the editor published and 34 published in the second half of 2014 for a total of 50 published that year. The next year you had 105 letters published. There were 4 RESULTS groups in Australia at the beginning of 2014 and now there are 9 with a goal of 12 by the end of 2016.
Now that’s thawing the resignation! That is not the activity of people feeling resigned and hopeless!
But what are we thawing resignation about? About ending extreme poverty and so much more.
In 2015, 193 nations gathered at the United Nations and agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which include global goals such as;
- eliminating preventable child deaths by 2030 when currently 16,000 children die every day from preventable malnutrition and disease,
- eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 when currently 700 million people live in extreme poverty, and
- ensuring all children complete secondary school by 2030 when currently 59 million children of primary school age are not in school.
Yes, I’m traveling an almost 32,000 kilometre round trip to see the thawing of resignation. I’m flying to Australia to hang out with people willing to look right at the magnitude of the problems we face and still insist that we can solve those problems.
I can’t wait!
I bet it’s a shorter trip for you. Won’t you join me in Sydney May 28 and 29 at the RESULTS 30th Anniversary National Conference and help with the thawing?
Sam Daley-Harris founded RESULTS in 1980, co-founded the Microcredit Summit Campaign with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus and FINCA Founder John Hatch in 1995, and founded the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation in 2012. He is author of Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break between People and Government.