SOURCE: Micro for Macro Summit 2008

March 26, 2008 18:45 ET

Eight Years In, Are the Millennium Development Goals on Track?

Micro for Macro Summit at UofA/ASU Medical School May 1-2, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - At the half-way point to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline in 2015, an international group of Millennium Goals "doers" poses the question, "How are we doing?" at the inaugural Micro for Macro Summit in Phoenix, AZ on May 1-2. Among those scheduled to attend are:

-- Carl Hodges -- Global Seawater, Inc.'s Chairman was ranked 10th in The Independent's "Green List 2007" (UK), "one of the leading thinkers when it comes to solving some of the world's complex ecological problems"; Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science; first John H.G. Pierson Fellow at Yale University; Founding Director of the Environmental Laboratory at University of Arizona;

-- Vernon Swaback -- Legendary urban planner, architect and author, apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright; Managing Partner of Swaback Partners, forty-person multi-disciplinary architecture and planning firm first established in 1978;

-- Trish McCarty -- Company builder and corporate professional (AT&T, Mellon); launched Education Resources in 2000 and founded Starshine Academy (K-12 Charter for high-risk inner city Phoenix students) in 2002; hosted international Event for Peace with UN Children's Organization in 2004- 2007;

-- Dan Nienhauser -- Integrator and leadership intellectual; complex, applied research facilitator and strategist; former Executive Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University

Carl Hodges looks forward to participating, stating that "this is a summit for recognition, strategic collaboration and action. While there is a tremendous collection of successful programs and activities, we still have a long way to go to achieve, and surpass, the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. A sustainable world, with food, health, economic activity, is possible, if we work as a global team."

Dan Nienhauser, Summit Committee Chair, says that this "is a beginning strategy to better align support for worthy projects. We will build a virtual place, an online forum that will accelerate everything -- a place where the world can learn, discern, teach -- and fund faster, focused and scalable projects more directly."

Adopted in September 2000 by the UN, the Millennium Development Goals formed a framework for "working towards a common end" more quickly, with Millennium Research Projects coordinated through the Earth Institute. The MDGs touched a universal chord of altruism among diverse people around the world trying to improve humankind in eight general areas via thousands of global projects. While many of the MDG programs have struggled with resource needs, the Micro for Macro Summit will help build momentum to accelerate and accomplish the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The Summit's goals are to:

-- Honor and spotlight the incredible work of organizations and individuals making a difference and improving the quality of life around the world;

-- Recognize, invigorate and prepare heroes who, through their actions, do and will continue to contribute to sustainable development;

-- Recognize emerging leaders and facilitate connections to greater resources;

-- Create a dynamic forum for knowledge exchange, discussion and decision-making among key leaders in international development -- who initiate change and inspire others -- from the United States and around the world;

-- Inform individuals from around the globe about the Millennium Development Goals and the importance of sustainable international development, looking beyond 2015.

The Micro for Macro Summit will take place at the University of Arizona/ASU Phoenix Medical Campus on May 1 and 2, 2008 from 8:00am-6:00pm. Go to for information or call Trish McCarty at 602-957-9557. This Summit is sponsored and hosted by Starshine Academy.

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