Now the Good News: UN Millennium Goals Update

unkidsHere’s a brilliant interactive graph of progress on the eight UN millennium goals. Are we on track for 2015? In the 2008 MDG report, UN Sec Gen Ban Ki-Moon says “There is no question we can achieve the over-arching goal: we can put an end to poverty.”

Have a look at the report as it makes for very interesting reading. With the interactive graph you can see the progress being made (especially as you roll the cursor forward from 2001). By the way, I found this after visiting the UN MDG Awards site – the Canadian Committee Chair for the UN MGD Awards, David Woolfson recently joined us as an XL Member. The awards take place in Feb 2009.


Pachamama Alliance: Ecuador grants rights to nature

What rights does nature have? In 1948, the UN defined our rights as humans. Sixty years later, in 2008, Ecuador is the first country to give nature rights in their constitution. The Pachamama Alliance is behind the change. Bill and Lynne Twist (author of ‘The Soul of Money’) founded Pachamama to support the Achuar people in preserving the Ecuador rain forests. The movement has now become global and encompasses the preservation of our planet. I was at the Pachamama’s fundraising lunch in San Francisco this week, which was also supported by many of the Transformational Leadership Council members. This followed my first experience of a Pachamama Symposium in October which Marcia Martin & Tahnee Wolf ran in Bali after our EBS.

The symposiums are now sweeping the world, run in cities globally by trained leaders, giving us a clear picture of what we’re doing to this planet, and what we can do to change, through an immersive, interactive,  multi-media experience. Attend one as soon as you can. Unlike Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, which focuses more at the problem, the Symposium focuses at the cause and the specific solutions we can action now.

Here’s some immediate actions. Visit their site and watch the video, then provide your support. I joined Pachamama’s Stewardship Circle this week, and am pleased to say that XL Results Foundation will be supporting Pachamama and the global roll out of Symposiums. We’ll also be taking Lynn Twist and Marcia Martin on a World Tour in early 2009, so look out for the dates soon.

The coming global social crisis

Today Reuters reported Iceland’s population is demonstrating for a change in government. This is the beginning of a global unrest which will unseat various governments around the world, spurred by the financial crisis. WW1 began seven years after the financial crisis of 1907. WW2 began seven years after the financial crash of 1929. We have been watching this crisis like watching a slow motion car crash from the comfort of our living rooms, but as the crash proceeds unimpeded through the window and wall and into our homes we will rise in indignation. How dare this affect our lives, break our legs and puncture our hearts! Expect the news of numbers to be replaced by the news of civil strife in 2009. First USA and Europe, then second world and finally third world countries.

What about China and India? While the rest of the world shakes in its boots, the biggest news out of China and India in the last month is that BOTH countries have launched their space missions… First, a few weeks ago China slingshot their first astronaut past the statosphere and this week India catapulted their first rocket towards the moon. If you have spent any time in either ‘country’ (both far larger in population than the entire collection of countries that make up Europe or the Americas) you will know the world’s economic turmoil hardly feature on their radar. Neither country have announced any radical currency or liquidity measures to boost their economies. So sell dollars. Buy reminbi. Buy rupees.

Not convinced? US Dollars will depreciate by 20%+ in the next 12 months against the yuan despite its current strength (brought on by funds deleveraging) . A new global body will be created out of necessity in the next year, as the crisis within the real economy becomes real. By the current action of many Governments (which amount to little better than a department store extending credit to their most greedy, over-extended platinum store card holders. When that fails, they buy a stake in their house and promise it’s OK to come back and shop again). As John Maynard Keynes – the creator of the Bretton Woods Agreement that was dismantled in 1971 by Nixon and has led to the monetary policies that have led us into this government concocted mess – says, “The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems – the problems of life and of human relations”.

Muhammad Yunus and the Financial Crisis

After my blog below on Muhammad Yunus and microfinancing, we met for a conversation on the financial crisis and the future of social business. The use of leverage can be used to break down trust or build up trust (in Grameen Bank, the average loan holder now has built $150 in savings for each $100 in loan). While macro financing has proven its power to sieze up flow when trust vanishes, micro financing is proving its power to open flow when trust is built up.

Link to the video on you tube is here.

Microfinance grows as the finance markets fall…

Microfinancing is the one finance mechanism not being impacted by the current crisis in the finance markets. According to Muhammad Yunnus (founder of Grameen Bank and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering work in microfinancing) it continues to grow. The difference between microfinancing and traditional financing is that it is secured on relationships not assets. Grameen set up circles of trust where you could get a loan without any assets provided you had a circle of trusted friends who did the same – if any one person defaulted, then all could not get another loan. If all paid up, they could apply for larger loans. Default rates on microfinancing remain at 1% to 2%.

Modern financing, on the other hand, are secured on assets, which are worth whatever the market decides they are worth. The current credit crisis is not a credit crisis – there is more money swishing around then at any other time in history – it is a trust crisis. Trust not in people, but trust in the value of underlying assets in both securities and companies. The current crisis is forcing a reassessment of how we build and measure trust. The principles behind microfinancing may end up being more than a means to lift people from the poverty trap, but a stark lesson to the finance market on how to keep people from falling back into it.

In the meantime, Muhammad remains busy. This week he linked with Carlos Slim, the second richest man in the world, to bring Grameen Bank to Mexico.

Social Enterprise Meets Social Network

With the speed of change online, at XL we’ve struggled to find the best online network to use (Right now we have XL groups in Facebook, Ecademy and LinkedIn). So it was great to see Ashoka and Kiva featured in this week’s Newsweek Magazine (“Power to the Bottom”).

If you’re not familiar with these two organisations, Ashoka is the first social entrepreneur network created (the founder, Bill Drayton, was the first to coin the phrase “social entrepreneur” over 25 years ago). They’ve recently set up their own social network called “Changemakers”. Kiva is a brilliant microfinancing site set up by Matt & Jessica Flannery which has already loaned out $49 million by having 340,000 Kiva lenders each giving loans from as little as $25 through the networking site.

Have a read of the article (above) and then join me on Ashoka’s Changemakers.

The Clinton Global Initiative – New York to Hong Kong

This week the CGI meets in New York. This will be followed for the first time this December with a second meet taking place in Hong Kong – marking the largest ever gathering of change makers in Asia. Those invited to atted make specific commitments and while attendance is by invitation, the commitments are made public (This is where Branson announced profits from Virgin Atlantic going to a renewable energy investment fund).

The changes have been huge (Since 2005, CGI members have made nearly 1,000 commitments to improve over 200 million lives in 100 countries.) So I’m looking forward to our attendance this year and a number of XL Members have been invited to join me in Hong Kong. You can also get involved by supporting the work taking place here: or by making your own commitment here:

You can also have a look at the CGI Video on my Youtube Channel here

Vision 2020



In 2000, the United Nations Millennium Declaration, signed by all 191 UN member states, set a target to halve world poverty by 2015, and end poverty by 2025.

In 2002, XL Results Foundation was launched to help make World Wide Wealth a reality. We set a goal to create a worldwide foundation of learning and networking resources for entrepreneurs to accelerate their ability to create and contribute wealth. The aim of this global, self-supporting network is to provide an ongoing cycle of creation and contribution. 

We are now six years into that journey

Whereas the classic learning institutions of the 20th century were united by pride of place, we see the learning networks of the 21st century united by pride of purpose. The purpose of XL Results Foundation is World Wide Wealth: a concerted and simultaneous creation and contribution of wealth, with 10% of new wealth created each year being contributed to the sustainable prosperity of the environment and our next generation.

By 2020 our goal is to have reached $1 billion of new wealth created annually, with $100 million being contributed and leveraged to end poverty and environmental degeneration.

How are we making this happen? Where are we now, and where will we be in 2020?


When we launched in 2002, we had a vision of entrepreneurs connecting with each other through a global network, with information, knowledge and opportunities being exchanged daily. The right network dissolves the illusion of limited resources. It strips us of the excuse that we don’t have enough money, enough knowledge or enough time. You don’t need money if you know the people with money. You don’t need knowledge if you have the mentors with the knowledge, and you don’t need time if you have the team committing their time.

By 2020, we will have an international network of entrepreneurs, connected from the youngest and the newest to the most seasoned and accomplished. We will be conducting over 150 monthly events with leading speakers and entrepreneurs sharing their knowledge and stories around the globe. Any individual committed to growing their power to create and contribute will find an environment and support base in every one of the top 100 economies in the world.

Economists call ideas nonrival in the sense that one person’s use of an idea does not diminish the ability of others to use it as well. This is why we can envision a world in which everybody achieves prosperity. – Jeffrey Sachs, The End of Poverty


For the full XL2020 Vision, Visit:


Social Entrepreneurs Unite – XL Nation

SYDNEY, Australia (April 22, 2010) – XL Nation, the world’s first virtual nation for entrepreneurs, became officially incorporated on XL National Day, March 31. On April 15, the formal agreement was signed between XL Nation Director Katrina McGilchrist and Roger James Hamilton, chairman and co-founder of XL Group, an international social enterprise that unites and empowers entrepreneurs.

This latest development takes place approximately one year after XL Nation was launched at the first XL National Day on March 31, 2009. On that historic day, members of XL Results Foundation—which was established in 2002—declared themselves an interdependent nation. The resulting XL Nation distinguished itself as a borderless global nation, encompassing a network of citizens spanning 50 cities and 28 countries.

XL, which stands for “Extraordinary Lives,” reflects a bold call to action to the social entrepreneurs or “Citizens” who comprise XL Nation. XL Nation is a global society of like-minded individuals working collaboratively toward achieving World Wide Wealth. Its objective: to provide a worldwide foundation of learning and networking resources to enhance entrepreneurs’ ability to create and contribute wealth. However, XL Nation seeks to do more than simply generate profits. Its overriding goal is to create and utilize wealth to end poverty and environmental degeneration.

XL Nation is a revolutionary organization that is ushering in a new paradigm in social change. It links three often-conflicting components to effective change—high trust, leveraged technology, and easy participation—within the structure of a virtual nation. The organization maintains its own global citizenship, Declaration of Interdependence and goal of leveraging its collective power to create and contribute wealth throughout the world.

“This new structure of a virtual nation combines the technology of social media with the positive components of traditional nations, which operate with a common citizenship, language and market structure,” Martin Jimmink, XL Nation Chairman said. “While traditional nations are bound by an imperative to protect their land and national interest, XL Nation does not, enabling its citizenship and governance to have a full focus on global change.”

In the past year, more than 1,600 social entrepreneurs and change makers have created over 200 groups of purpose as XL Citizens within their own social network over the past year. XL Citizens have a common purpose and code of conduct, which has led to a high speed of trust and sharing of resources, connections and information in building their enterprises and growing their social impact.

Citizens, who must apply or be invited for membership, pay $360 each year to join XL Nation. Citizenship entitles individuals to interact with each other and XL Nation’s founding members online and in local circles. Citizens are assigned to a specific Circle Leader and Circle Group, where they can share their experiences and support in the areas of knowledge, opportunities, successes, measures and causes. This results in an ever-expanding global library of social profit. “The new structure of XL Nation has enabled change makers to share their projects effectively with other change makers within an environment that automatically results in support and resources, while also spreading awareness,” McGilchrist said.

For example, on the most recent XL National Day, Dr. Phyllis SantaMaria from Microfinance without Borders called in from Nairobi to discuss the challenges microfinancing is facing in Africa; Maya Shahani phoned in from Mumbai to report on the Sage Foundation’s progress in supporting slum children; and Andrew Parker from Dolphcom Australia reported on his success in gaining the first license to swim with Dolphins in New South Wales. “Each shared their strategies and received support in a forum unique in its reach and diversity—where the common factor is not on a particular cause or country—but on shared strategies for effective change,” McGilchrist said.

As evidence of the power of social entrepreneurs, the Ashoka Impact Study 2010 reported that more than 80 percent of its fellows had changed the rules that govern our societies and market systems. The report by Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, acknowledges the ability of entrepreneurs to shift policy and the rules of the game. “This is the game-changing approach that XL Nation is embodying,” Hamilton said.

For more information about XL Nation, please visit The Ashoka Impact Study 2010 is available online at

Signing of the Handover Agreement with Roger James Hamilton (XL Results Foundation) and Katrina McGilchrist (XL Nation)

HOME – An amazing film about our planet

HOME was launched yesterday (World Environment Day), is about the time we have left to change (10 years) and is free to view now (for 10 days)..

Created by Luc Besson and Yann Arthus-Bertrand after two years of filming over 54 countries, the film is a cross between David Attenborough and Al Gore – with a message that we’re in a 10 year window of time to determine the future of our home.

I think it’s the future of films: Free, impactful, everywhere. It was launched simultaneously in 180 countries on the big screen, on more than 80 television stations and on big screens at 80 public places from Time Square in New York, to Champs de Mars under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, to Trafalgar Square in London.

You can watch it free within this window of 10 days – through to 15th June. Just pull out the popcorn and click here. (Channel includes wide screen video plus clips on making of) Or watch it below…

(Site of the Home Movie here)

XL Declaration of Interdependence

In a world of connection, it’s easy to wonder why we still feel separate. Until we see as citizens we all have declarations of independence declaring our division. The world’s first Declaration of Interdependence was signed on 31st March in Bali, Indonesia by citizens of over 30 countries at the launch of XL Nation. I am the proud father of Theresa Hamilton, who read the declaration out to the attendees. The declaration was written by Tahnee Wolfe. It is a daily pledge that I will be making to myself. Here it is the original signed version in its entirety:

The full declaration

The full declaration

Tahnee Wolfe: The Thomas Jefferson of the 21st Century!

Tahnee Wolfe: The Thomas Jefferson of the 21st Century!

11 year old Theresa reading the declaration, held by Dave Rogers

11 year old Theresa reading the XL Declaration of Interdependence, held by Dave Rogers

The full text:

Beyond fear, beyond ego, beyond limitation,

Sharing this precious earth with nature and all living creatures,

The heartbeats of my fellow citizens, beating in time around the globe,

The same air breathed by the ancients, and breathed by generations to come,

Wisdom, resources, an ever expanding circle of trust,

The future that already exists within our collective dreaming,

My passion, my wealth, my connection with my community,

The siren call of those in need, my heart deepening with compassion and love,

With generosity and grace, inspiring others to do the same,

Shining my unique essence, connects to my deepest purpose, fulfilling my boldest vision,

A Citizen
Born for this moment
Chosen for this extraordinary live
Connected by spirit to all who form this circle

A guardian of this sacred promise