WEF Global Agenda Council on Values Conference at Georgetown Includes Chelsea Clinton
September 19, 2013 – Chelsea Clinton joined Georgetown President John J. DeGioia for a conversation yesterday as part of a two-day World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Global Agenda Council on Values conference hosted by the university.
The conference, “The New Social Covenant: Committing to Human Dignity and Common Values in the Global Economy,” focused on the New Social Covenant, a document developed by WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Values.
The covenant calls for an agreement among citizens, businesses, government and faith groups to adhere to universal ethical values, reduce job inequality, become stewards of the environment and more.
“I think that one of the profound challenges we have in the United States is we’re a much more segregated society than we ever have been in many ways – politically, socioeconomically, levels of education, even in cities where the professional class lives versus where the hipsters live versus where the workers live,” said Clinton, who works with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. “It’s not healthy and how we overcome that I think has to be done not only calling us to our higher selves but having … online mechanisms that help reestablish that sense of community.”
Other public sessions of the conference included conversations among Michael Gerson, senior adviser for The ONE Campaign; Diana Farrell, co-founder of the McKinsey Center for Government and former deputy director of the National Economic Council; Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners; and Stewart Wallis, executive director of the New Economics Foundation.