So let me start by taking you back back into the mists of your memory to perhaps the most anticipated year in your life.
But certainly the most anticipated year in Alehouse Eman history The year 2000.
Remember that y two k, the dot com bubble, stressing about whose party you're gonna go to as the clock strikes midnight before the champagne goes flat.
And then there's that Inco eight yearning that was felt.
I think, by many that the millennium that the year 2000 should mean Mawr more than just the two and some zeroes Well, amazingly, for once, our world leaders actually lived up to that millennium moment on back in 2000.
Agreed some pretty extraordinary stuff.
Visionary, measurable long term targets called the Millennium Development Goals.
Now I'm sure you will keep a copy of the gold under your pillow or by the bedside table, but just in case you don't and your memories and jogging, the deal agreed, then goes like this.
Developing countries promised to at least have extreme poverty, hunger and death from disease alongside some other targets by 2015 and developed nations promised to help them get that done.
by dropping debt's increasing smart aid and trade reform.
Well, reproaching 2015.
So we'd better assess how we doing on these goals.
But we've also got to decide.
Do we like such global goals?
Some people don't.
And if we like them, we've got to decide what we want to do on these goals going forward.
What does the world want to do together?
We got to decide a process by which we decide well.
I definitely think these goals are worth building on and seeing through.
And here's just a few reasons why incredible partnerships between the private sector political leaders, philanthropists on amazing grassroots activists across the developing world.
But also 250,000 people marched in the streets of Edinburgh outside this very building for make poverty history.
Altogether, they achieved these results.
Increase the number of people on anti retrovirals life saving anti AIDS drugs, nearly hard deaths from malaria vaccinated so many that 5.4 million lives will be saved and combined.
This is going to result in two million fewer Children dying every year last year than in the year 2000.
That's 5000 fewer kids dying every day, 10 times you lot not dead every day because of all of these partnerships.
So I think this is amazing living proof of progress that more people should know about.
But the challenge of communicating this kind of good news is probably the subject of a different Ted talk anyway.
For now, anyone involved in getting these results, thank you.
I think this proved these goals are worth it, but there's still a lot of unfinished business.
Still, 7.6 million Children die every year of preventable, treatable diseases on 178 million kids are malnourished.
The point of stunting a horrible term, which means physical and cognitive lifelong impairment, says plainly, a lot more to do on the goals we've got.
But then a lot of people think there were things that should have been in the original package that weren't agreed, but then that should now be included.
Like sustainable development targets, natural resource governance targets, access to opportunity to knowledge, equity, fighting corruption.
All of this is measurable and could be in the new goals.
But the key thing here is what do you think should be in the new girls?
What do you want you annoyed that I didn't talk about gender equality or or education, should there be new package of goals?
And quite frankly, that's a good question.
But there's gonna be some tough trade offs and choices here.
So you want to hope that the process by which the world decides these new goals is going to be legitimate, right?
Well, as we gather here in Edinburgh, technocrats appointed by the U.
N and certain governments with the best intentions are busying themselves designing a new package of goals.
And currently they're doing that to pretty much the same old late 20th century top down elite closed process.
But of course, since then, the Web and mobile telephony, along with ubiquitous reality TV formats, have spread all around the world.
So what we'd like to propose is that we use them to involve people from all around the world in an historic first, the world's first truly global poll and consultation, where everyone everywhere has an equal voice for the very first time.
I mean, wouldn't it be a huge, historic, missed opportunity not to do this?
Given that we can, there's hundreds of billions of your aid dollars at stake, tens of millions of lives or deaths at stake, and I'd argue the security and future of you and your family is also at stake.
So if you're with me, I'd say there's three essential steps in this crowd sourcing, campaign collecting, connecting and committing.
So first of all, we gotta ground this campaign in cool polling data.
Let's go into every country that will let us in.
Ask 1000 1 people what they want, the new goals to be making special efforts to reach the poorest, those without access to modern technology.
And let's make sure that their views are at the center of the gold's going forward.
Then we've got to the commission the baseline survey to make sure we could monitor in progress the goals going forward.
The original goals didn't really have good baseline survey data.
We're gonna need the help of big data through all throughout all of this process to make sure we can really monitor the progress.
Then we go to connect with the big crowd.
Now here we see the role for a unprecedented coalition of social media giants, onda upstarts, telecoms companies, reality TV show formats, gaming companies telecoms, all of them together in kind of their we are the world moment.
Could they come together and help the Millennium Development Goals get rebranded into the millennial generation's goals?
And if just 5% of the five billion plus who who are currently connected made a comment, and that comment turned into a commitment, we could crowd source of force of 300 million people around the world to help see these goals through.
If we have this collected data and this connected crowd based upon our experience of campaigning and getting world leaders to commit, I think world leaders will commit to most of the crowdsourced recommendations.
But the question really is through this process where we all have become committed, and if we are, are we ready toe it rate monitor and provide feedback?
Make sure these promises air really delivering results Well, there's some fantastic examples here to scale up, mostly piloted within Africa.
Actually, there's open data Kenya, which geo codes and crowd sources information about where projects are.
Are they delivering results?
Often they're not in the right place on duh OSHA Eadie, which means witness in Swahili, in which geo codes and crowd sources information in complex emergencies to help target responses.
This is some of the most exciting stuff in development and democracy, where citizens on the edge of the network helping to force open the process to make sure that the big global aid promises and vague got stuff up at the top really delivers two people at a grassroots level and inverts that pyramid.
This openness, this forcing openness is key.
And if it wasn't entirely transparent already, I should be open.
I've got a completely transparent agenda.
Long term trends suggest that this century is going to be a tough place to live with.
Population increases, consumption patterns increasing and conflict over scarce natural resources.
And look at the state of global politics today.
Look at the Rio Earth summit that happened just last week or the Mexican G 20 also last week.
Both if we're honest a bust, our world leaders are global politics currently can't get it done.
They need our help.
They need the cavalry on recovery is not going to come from Mars.
It's gotta come from us, and I see this process of deciding democratically in a bottom up fashion what the world wants to work on together as one vital means by which we can crowd.
The force Teoh really build that constituency that's going to reinvigorate global governance in the 21st century.
I started in 2000.
Let me finish in 2030.
Many people made fun of a big campaign.
A few years ago, we had called Make poverty history.
It was a naive thought in many people's minds, and it's true.
It was just a T shirt slogan that worked for the moment.
But look, the empirical condition of living under a dollar and 25 is trending down and look where it gets to.
By 2030 it's getting the zero not sure progress in China and India and poverty reduction there was key to that.
But recently, also in Africa, poverty rates are being reduced.
It will get harder as we get toward zero as the poor will be increasingly located in post conflict fragile states or maybe in middle income states where they don't really care about the marginalized.
But I'm confident with the right kind of political campaigning and creative and technological innovation combined.
Working together Maurin Wars one.
I think we can get this and other goals done.
That way with puzzle to me.
If there was an incident today where 100 kids died in some tragedy or where say 100 kids were kidnapped and then rescued by special forces, it would be all over the news for a week, Right?
You just put up just as one of your numbers there.
That 5000 that the number 5000 fewer Children dying every day.
I mean, it dwarfs, dwarfs everything that is actually on our news agenda, and it's invisible.
This must drive you crazy.
And we're having a huge debate in this country about aid levels, for example.
And aid alone is not the whole solution.
Nobody thinks it is.
But, you know, if people saw the results of this smartly that I mean, they'd be going crazy for it.
I wish the 250,000 people who really did march outside this very building.
I knew these results.
Right now they don't and it would be great to find a way to better communicate it because we have no creatively.
We've failed to communicate this success so far.
If those kinds of efforts just could multiply their voice and amplify at the key moments.
I know for a fact we'd get better policy that the Mexican G 20 need not being a bust.
Rio If anyone cares about environment, I need not have been a bust, Okay?
That these conferences air going on.
And I know people get skeptical and cynical about the big global summits and the promises and they never being kept.
But actually, the bits that are are making a difference.
And what the politicians need is more permission from the public.
But you haven't fully worked out the Web mechanisms except for by which this might happen.
I mean, if the people here who've had experience using open platforms, you're interested to talk with them this week and try and take this absolutely.
All right, Well, I must say, if this conference led in some way to advancing that idea, that that's a huge idea.
And if you carry that forward, that is really awesome.