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Step Up | Day One: Clinton Global Initiative 2011
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DAY ONE: Clinton Global Initiative 2011


“Tall ships sail in deep waters”…
This is how Joe Cahn, one of our beloved board members, once described the voyage of Step Up on Second — steadfast in its course, and always increasing its capacity to bring the Help, Hope, and a Home that leads to recovery for individuals, families, and communities affected by mental illness in Santa Monica, Hollywood, and beyond. And the course has brought us here, to the 7th Annual Clinton Global Initiative.

The roots of CGI are three fold:
1. Solving social problems take a partnership between government and a civil society;
2. Every single person in the world is has a role in solving some of the world’s problems;
3. The only thing that really matters is positive action toward new, specific, and measurable goals.

We are here amidst a sea of black and navy blue suits. Represented here is not only the U.S., but hundreds of countries, villages, companies, inventors, and NGO’s. As a rushing current for global change, those here are purposely and strategically taking action to effectively address health, poverty, climate change, and education urgent needs.

We are inspired by the rising tide of social justice and change, washing away apathy and ambivalence. Tomorrow morning we hear solutions, innovation, and sustainable actions from heads of state that are here in New York for the General Assembly of the United Nation.

We look forward to the week ahead as we embark into still deeper waters…

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