Weldon Kennedy

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Hurl Berl!

Limber up! We want you to try and throw Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi out of the G8 because he’s let us down once again…We’ve even made a cheeky little game to give you some practice! We all love a bit of fun, but there’s a serious point to the game – since promising to…...

A tale of two ONE groups

In Paris and London this weekend, ONE members came together – without any prompting – to start organising to take further action as ONE. At the core of both groups were long time ONE members who had their first chance to volunteer with ONE at the U2 concerts in Paris, London, Sheffield, and Cardiff. I…...

Passing the torch

After three months on the road with the U2 360 tour, I’m now passing the torch (well, walkie-talkie since we didn’t have a torch) to Matt Higginson. I’ve had a fantastic time, meeting ONE members around Europe and North America and working with our volunteers to sign up tens of thousands of new folks. But,…...

Tailgating

I’ve never thought about driving to a large parking lot and having a party out of the back of my car. As such, it’s hardly surprising that the phenomenon of tailgating took me a little bit by surprise. But here on the North American U2 tour, the stadium parking lots turn into a massive series…...

Get on your boots, North America

The U2 360 spaceship has landed in North America, and we’re off to a rockin’ start. Matt (who’ll be running the tour for most of the North American tour) met me in Chicago and we ran around town gathering T-shirts, wristbands, and our new tabling set up. Everything was in perfect order, including the weather......

So long Europe… now onto the US!

As you know, Weldon Kennedy has been traveling with the U2 360 Tour through Europe, coordinating ONE volunteers and signing up thousands of ONE members at numerous concerts. He reflects on his time there: It was a long summer touring around Europe with U2, but I’ve had a little rest and I’m ready to get…...

It’s not gonna rain (again)

As you know, Weldon Kennedy is traveling with the U2 360 Tour signing up new ONE members all across Europe. He writes from Sweden: I have a catch phrase that’s served me well along the U2 tour: “It’s not gonna rain.” Thus far with that phrase and the collective will power of tens of thousands…...

Traveling through Europe with U2 and ONE

Phew! The U2 360 Tour has been fun, exciting, and a ton of work. As you know I’ve been traveling with the tour from city to city signing up ONE Members, coordinating volunteers, sorting out logistics… and “Kissing the Future”. After the tour’s launch in Barcelona, we headed to Milan, Italy where lots of volunteers&h......

What Archbishop Tutu Says

One of my favourite moments of the U2 360 show is Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s stirring speech about taking action together as ONE. The Archbishop is ONE’s international patron, and has more authority to talk about the power of collective action than just about anyone. It is humbling to hear him say that as we take…...

Answer

ONE members from all around the world submitted questions for the launch of ONE’s 2009 DATA Report today. These were voted on by members earlier this week to decide which would be posed to the panel this morning. The winning question came from ONE member Simon Sentamu in Tanzania who asked: Why should we Africans…...

What’s the question?

This Thursday, we’re releasing the 2009 DATA Report, our annual report on the G8’s delivery on their promises to Africa. At that launch the panelists will answer questions, including one submitted and voted on by ONE members, and Bob Geldof is here to explain why: In just a short amount of time, ONE members all…...

Today’s FT

Today’s Financial Times is loaded with a four page supplement on how the financial crisis is hitting African countries hardest, and a great opinion piece in the main paper from Bob Geldof about including developing nations in the new global economy. William Wallis’s lead article in the supplement makes a powerful case for......

Marching on London

Today, ONE joined with 150 other organisations for the Put People First rally in London. I was down on the streets with the crowd of 35,000 calling on the G20 for fairness for the developing countries, and people around the world who have been adversely affected by the financial crisis. The mood at the rally…...

Bobcast

At the IMF conference in Tanzania, Bob Geldof took a moment to share his thoughts on what he would like to see the upcoming G20 summit in London do for Africa. Learn more about the G20 and what we hope to see the G20 do for developing nations. -Weldon Kennedy...

Send a Blogger to the G20 Summit

We’ve teamed up with Oxfam GB, Save the Children, Comic Relief, and Blue State Digital for the G20Voice project. We’re inviting 50 bloggers to attend the G20 Summit on 2 April in London. These bloggers will have full media access, right along with the rest of the main stream media. On top of that, we’re…...

What We DFID This Week

Helping to set the stage for the G20 Summit in London in April, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) held a conference this week titled Eliminating World Poverty: Building our Common Future. The video below shows some of the highlights from the three keynote speeches delivered by Development Secretary Dougla......