During the 20th century, the state of Washington built a reputation for its airplanes, timber, software and coffee. What will carry us through the next century are products tied to an entirely different class of needs: the need for good health, food, shelter, a chance for a better life.
As you know,Â with over 300 international NGO’sâ€”including the world’s biggest NGO, World Vision,Â and largest foundation, Gates Foundationâ€”Washington state has become a leader in international development. This year Global Washington, a Seattle based membership based non-profit that promotes the global development sector, wants to put Washington state on the map for this incredible achievement with the help of their 150 member based partners.
This month, if you commuted on a Washington State ferry you may have seen posters promoting the global development sector. If you listen to KPLU or KUOW, you may have heard radio spots highlighting this work. If youâ€™veÂ traveledÂ on Alaska Airlines recently, you may have read an article about Global Washington and the sector in their in-flight magazine, and if you read the Puget Sound Business Journal you will have seen an ad in this weekâ€™s edition highlighting the amazing work of the global development sector in Washington.
Global Action Day is coming: 11.1.11
Global Washington wants to use our collective power to raise awareness about the importance of global development. Together with the Mayor of Seattle they’ve launched an advocacy campaign called “Global Action Day” designed to do two things:
1. Make people aware of the great work coming out of WA state, and
2. Mobilize people to action. Specifically, were urging people to write congress toÂ help protect US Foreign Aid.
To further raise awareness about global development in our state, Global Washington is hosting 2011 Annual Global Washington Conference on 11.1.11 called â€œOpportunities and Obstacles in Turbulent Timesâ€ and Iâ€™m honored to be speaking on a panel on the Future of Fundraising. If youâ€™d like to attend, please register for the conference here: Global Washington 2011 Conference: Opportunities and Obstacles in Turbulent Times.
Also, I hope you can help promote global action day to raise awareness about the work all of us in global development do. Visit the Global Action Day website for more info on how to get involved and make sure you tweet using the hashtag: #globalwaday.