Friday, March 27, 2009

ABC News Person of the Week: Greg Mortenson

Caught just a glimpse of a preview of tonight's newscast which will spotlight Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea. Delighted that he is getting this national media attention. 

Catching up on World magazine reading last night, an article in the March 28, 2009 issue titled "Wealth Effects" introduced a woman I had never heard of, Roberta Green Ahmanson. Fascinating. 

Because her husband is rich, I mean "someone whose family name is on half the buildings in downtown Los Angeles," she has learned about philanthropy. Learned what, you ask?

"You can't make people do for money what they don't want to do anyway. If you see things you think need to be done in the world, you look around to find the people who share that vision and the skills, ability and drive to do those things and come alongside them."

Like Greg Mortenson, who from the beginning did what he did without special funding because his mission mattered that much to him. And now the money and the media and the imagination of readers have caught up with his passion to help educate children in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a venture aimed especially to help young girls. 

I think Greg would still be doing what he has been doing, going where he goes until he is gone.

Should be interesting to watch how ABC spins Greg's remarkable story.

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