Thursday, July 15, 2010

Harder Now That It's Over?

Well, the World Cup has come and gone. It remains to be seen what will come of it, if anything. There are rumors of xenophobic violence building in the townships, tensions growing from the bombings in Uganda, and millions of Rand to be lost in "white elephant" stadiums. However, I'm not sure things won't be better, after all. The media is supposed to focus on the pessimistic--Pollyanna doesn't sell newspapers. I can't believe I, a diehard cynic from age 2 1/2, am saying this, but there you go. The media has also reported on greater levels of unity in the country, so who knows? All I can say is, beyond the ending of great global sporting events, life goes on. For better and worse.

And for something kind of cool (shameless plug alert), check out this picture of mothers2mothers' founder, Dr. Mitch Besser, speaking at the TEDGlobal Conference in Oxford. It's just how I always imagined it would be (seriously--I've been thinking about what Mitch would look like on the TED stage for a few months now).

Update 19 July, Shameless Plug #12 & 35: Mitch's TED talk got some coverage over on a Forbes blog. Check it out here.

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