From the U.S.
Here are some thoughts for the mission of FixTheWorld, which is basically going to be a vehicle to create positive changes in the world. These ideas came to me not as a result of the World Economic Forum's platform, but as a reaction to being around the world's most powerful leaders for a week and watching what they were not doing. I feel compelled to work against that stubborn grain, and this is as good a place as any to start. Please feel free to post, edit, and add your own thoughts here as the mission becomes solidified.
* Concretely end baseline global poverty. The idea here is to define a clear objective: eliminate poverty below some baseline where a reasonable life is possible in a specific, near term, time frame (5-15 years). I would like to quantify the exact financial scope of the problem, divide the problem by country, city, and village, indentify all of the individuals who are "below the line" and essentially attack this problem, as well as track the results in detail. Napster like technologies (linking donor directly to a "client") may be used to allow for a somewhat uncontrolled, positive deviant problem solving type structure. Get people like Michael Dell involved to help create a process and goal oriented structure that definitively solves a problem. People who can create $40 billion/year businesses can also help end major problems such as baseline poverty.
* The use of blogs and other open technologies to create a worldwide atmosphere of accountability, visibility, challenge to the established structures, transparency, and search for an ethical and moral truth (not a corporate financial truth).
* Making the impersonal personal. It is hard to do almost anything evil and horrid or to ignore someone once some level of positive relationship has been established. For example, if someone like Bill Gates became friends with the village elder of a small tribe in Africa who were all dying of starvation, it would be hard for Bill not to just solve the problem of that tribe in its entirety. Bill gives a lot of money to help people, but is his real capacity to help 20x-30x more than what he is doing now? Donating $1 billion is great, but could someone like a Gates donate $20 billion and embarress and shame the governments of the modern world into joining him to simply end a major problem (like hunger in Africa).
If the poverty problem is quantified in detail, I would love to be able to post scenarious where we point out creative ways that groups of wealthy individuals or corporations could completely feed an entire continent. The positioning and realism of such scenarios highlights the fact in detail how much exactly is not being done, and the excess capacity by the very wealthy to create real change. The moral conflict presented by the capacity for good of the very wealthy and the powerful can be placed in real contexts, for all the world to see and ponder. As an example, here is a challenge to Bono, hero of the World Economic Forum Conference this year: All of the members of U2 have wealth and comfort and are more than set for life. Why not donate all of U2's profits from the sales of albums from this day forward to the poor of Africa until the day that the problem is solved? Use your influence to pressure your fellow rock musician and actor friends who are financially set for life and could make a massive financial statement to help solve this problem.
The theme here is not modest or moderate help. The goal is to create enough critical mass to truly end a major problem.
Please help in any way you can. This is the time to do it.