Global extreme poverty has declined precipitously and will soon be statistically negligible (under 5% according to the World Bank - that's not a consolation for that 5% but the nature of the problem changes according to people sitting in conference rooms in tall buildings).
When I say this, people often object as if this can’t be true or isn’t a good thing.
And, of course, there are the ‘nothing’s-good-enough’ crowd that sanctimoniously adds: Well for the >5% they’re still facing a horrible life!
But why aren’t we all happy? Ecstatic even?!
Isn’t this the end-game - the solution we’ve all been asking for, planning to accomplish, raising revenue to solve?!
It is striking that we don’t seem to have any idea what a solution actually looks like when it works - especially nonprofits and ngos!
We did it! We’ve almost reached out promised solution!! This is what success looks like!!! It worked!!!!
But without this celebration from ALL promising to solve a problem, asking for other people’s money to do it, and delivering on that promise, we’re sending a clear message - We don't understand progress and transformation.
So if I were you, I’d be celebrating - throwing parties for stakeholders and generous givers and volunteers and customers who accomplished something amazing - something ‘they’ said couldn’t be done!