What Paulo Coelho and other global leaders tweeted about at World Economic Forum in Davos

by Obert Madondo The Canadian ProgressiveJan. 31, 2013:

The tweet by Paulo Coelho, the world-renowned Brazilian author of The Alchemist, was one of the most popular of world leaders’ reflections during last week’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

More than 2,500 of the world’s most influential leaders attended.  The majority of them, members of the fame 1 per cent. As expected, the leaders fondled their smartphones a whole lot during the event. Used social media to say whatever they had to say.

This infographic, created by Accenture, tells us Coelho and other global leaders tweeted about at the WEF. According to Mashable, “Social media activity peaked during UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech about G8 priorities.”

Oh yes, priorities!

According to Oxfam International, in 2012, richest 100 billionaires earned enough to end global poverty 4 times over.  Here in Canada, Green Party leader and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, Elizabeth May, has called for a “Guaranteed Livable Income” as a strategy to eradicate poverty. Why? Statistics Canada just reported that the gape between the rich and the poor continues to widen. That, since the early 80s, 1 per cent has consistently grabbed a large chunk of the national income.

More than 3.5 million Canadians live in poverty. One in ten Canadian children is poor. Forty percent of the 770,000 people who rely on food banks every month are children. Globally, 61 million children, most of them girls like Malala Yousafzai, are denied their birthright to education.

 

 

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based activist and progressive political blogger. He's the founder and publisher of The Canadian Progressive blog and numerous other online publications.

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