I also joined company with New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and North Sulawesi Governor John Sondakh. If we need to call upon government officials to cut red tape to help us move OI’s mission forward, then we obviously need to know them.
Since founding OI Worldwide, I have met with two presidents of Guyana, my old friend President Janet Jagen and the incumbent President Bharrat Jagdeo.
In Indonesia I met with North Sulawesi Governor John Sondakh and the Vice Governor of Bali, as well as former President Abdurrahman Wahid, known affectionately as “Gus Dur.” I met the representative of the Governor of the Southeast Province who attended our July 4th OI Haiti board meeting in Cyvadier.
In addition, I have met with Episcopal Bishop of Haiti, Rt. Rev. Zache Duracin, who had introduced me from the pulpit in Gonaives, New York City Councilmember Eva Moskowitz, for whom I held a coffee in my living room, and Indonesian Consul General Kristio Wahyono, who invited me to lunch last fall before he returned to Indonesia. In New York, I continue to meet political figures such as Congressman Charlie Rangel. Connections are vital to our ability to raise funds and remove levels of bureaucracy, both essential to allowing us to raise Global Citizens.