Pictured: A World at 7 Billion

December 9, 2011 | 8:41 AM

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On my subway ride to work the other, I came across a NYTimes article, "Pictured: A World at 7 Billion",a visual time capsule with hundreds of photographs. I was fascinated. The time capsule is to be opened in twenty years, when children born today can look back at what the world looked like when they were born. This one was my favorite, perhaps that’s because I lived in Senegal for two years, so it has a special place in 
my heart. 

Working here, my days are focused on strategies for poverty alleviation in the United States; therefore my thoughts naturally drifted towards a conversation in 2031 telling 20 year-olds what poverty was like here when they were born.  My sphere of influence, my Grameen America team, my microfinance colleagues, my public health peers, and beyond is collectively and effectively shifting the poverty paradigm.  I can’t wait to see the expression on the faces of the next generation when we describe poverty,which for them should be a distant phenomenon.

One day our grandchildren will go to museums to see what poverty was like." Professor Muhammad Yunus

By Katherine


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