Just over a month ago, T and I found out we’d be going to Clinton Global Initiative University 2012 to rep the Passion Project. This weekend, we’re taking passion to Washington, DC. Obama, here we come. We’re so excited to be a) traveling together for the first time and b) able to go and learn so much so we can bring it all back to you.
WHAT is CGI U?
It’s a meeting based off of President Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative. CGI University is a meeting of over 1200 students from universities across the globe. Students come together having made a commitment in one of the following areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.
WHY is @passionproj going?
We’ve made a commitment in the area of Environment and Climate Change, particularly looking at food security in our very own Vancouver. We’ve committed to a) bringing together passionate cooks to share in the joy of cooking while telling the story behind the food we eat and b) to connecting these chefs to inner-city youth to encourage conscious consumption and promote sustainable lifestyle practices.
Highlights from Day 1
The adventures began when we ventured off for brunch. We asked a passerby of a good place to go and soon found ourselves at Founding Farmers Restaurant. It couldn’t have been a more appropriate start to the weekend. The restaurant is a green building and certified with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold.
Check out their logo:
The 7 colours to represent the unique ethnic influences from each of the continents while the two back-to-back F’s represent the community table where everyone is welcome. The corn kernels in the middle represent us – the guests – who share in a great meal while harvesting ideas.
After our brunch, we took a quick nap and then headed to the conference Opening Plenary, featuring Madeleine K. Albright, Rye Barcott, Usher, Sadiqa Saleem…and of course, the fabulous 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton. It was Ah-mazing. Quotable quotes of the session:
Talent is universal; opportunity is not – Rye Barcott
America is the most generous nation with the shortest attention span – Madeleine Albright
Already, the twitter feed is flowin. You can follow the conversation at #CGIU. You can track T and I @tarinifernando and @eunicejacinta.
T and E