Ex-President Shares Bully Pulpit With Showbiz Activists
At an entertainment industry conference co-sponsored by the MPAA last spring, keynote speaker Bill Clinton talked — as expected — about the creative economy. But in his nearly one-hour speech he also covered, among other things: tech and copyright, crowdfunding, human genome research and the worldwide weight of ants.
Somehow, it all tied together.
Clinton’s post-presidential career has been marked by his ability to connect divergent interests, bringing together world leaders, non-profits, philanthropists and Hollywood figures to tackle world problems.
That gift for effortless engagement is sure to be reflected in his upcoming speech at the Unite4:Humanity event.
“The future will reward most richly those who are creative and cooperative,” Clinton said at the MPAA event last year. “We’ve got a lot to learn, and the creators have to lead us there.”
In his post-White House years, Clinton has continued to embrace industry activists, giving them a platform for their causes and a credential to elevate their work. The Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting, held every September in New York, has highlighted the work of Bono, Trudie Styler and Sting, plus Brad Pitt.
During the Decade of Difference Concert in 2011, marking 10 years of the Clinton Foundation, he distilled the message of the evening to one simple sentence: “This is about real lives, and about giving everyone the chance to have their story.
— Ted Johnson