Closing Ceremony

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
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Trip End Sep 27, 2008


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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Boy was that quick. I post the openning ceremony and next post the closing ceremony :-) I am sorry - but things have been so jam packed that I have not been able to blog on the three days activities that happened in between. I hope that in the next several days (today I have a post Summit all day workshop, tomorrow Dr. Kulkarni and two other delegates to the conference and I will be touring Bali together with a hired car and driver and Saturday I fly to Chennai, India). As I write it is 3:20 in the morning.

The closing ceremony was a spectacular grand banquet and seemed like lovefest. The former President of Peru, a very dynamic speaker was the keynote speaker. He dedicated the rest of his life to serving the poor. (Was I at an old time revival meeting?)



Yunus - as always was the rock star, dynamic, gracious - clearly the inspirational leader of this incredible movement - clearly having a wonderful time posing with what seemed like everyone who was in the hall - all of which wanted to have as what seemed like a trouphy our picture with this icon of humanatarian change. Sam Daley-Harris, CEO of the Microcredit Summits closing the unbelievable event that will no doubt be remembered as a great milestone in the history of the movement. Lots of Bali entertainment and buffet food for all. Yes - you are not the first one to wonder about such a grand event in the name of serving poverty. Yes - we all felt a little bit of hypocrisy relative to that - but for these three days - we would share with one another this hypocrisy - while at the same time having a peak experience in the middle of it. All of us - and particularly me feeling very touched and honored to have been a part of this conference and a part of this movement.
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agris
agris on

Exciting Trip
Dear Marty, It seems like you left so suddenly. Didn't know you were leaving until you sent the first message. It looks like you have really found your calling, as I have said before. Thanks for keeping us updated. I had a little problem figuring out how to make comments, but I registered and got on. Seems like a great site. Enjoy your experience and come back even more enlightened.
Namaste'
Agris

martysb
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Re: Exciting Trip
Hi Aggie & Elza - good to hear from you and thanx for your consistant support & encouragment.

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