Just arrived in Washington to meet with Save the Children colleagues as we plan the next steps in our biggest campaign ever. First time I’ve been here since this became Obamatown. I am determined to notice the difference - the blossom must surely be pinker, or the air a little fresher, or something. Bizarrely, in the hour-long queue for immigration at the airport I am sure I hear the recorded sound of birds singing. That’s one giant leap for the twitter generation.
Twelve Zeroes and a Two. That’s better. 2 trillion dollars sounds a bit more digestible like that. Even quite fun. Like Three Men and a Baby, but with a bigger cast. A few more Tom Sellecks.
Two trillion dollars is the amount of money the world’s leaders have found so far to bail out / prop up / rescue / reassure the financial markets. (Actually it’s $2,473,000,000 according to the Economist – but I find the odd $473 billion just gets in the way a bit).
In my last post I wrote about being part of G20Voice. I’m really enjoying working as part of a coalition, supported by many people and organisations around the world that want to end poverty - a collaborative effort, which demonstrates the breadth of commitment to ending poverty and inequality.
The count down is on till G20, a day when a group of twenty finance ministers and central bank governors will come togeather to discuss the state of the economy. How we make a global prosperous future, and turn around the current economic downturn will no doubt be at the top of the meeting agenda.