BeeOasis Step 3
It was a cool winter night in January 2002 in New York. The city that never sleeps was wide-awake and full of movement. Even in the cold, you could feel the energy of arts, entertainment, culture, and money. That week, top business, political, media, and religious leaders were attending a meeting of the World Economic Forum. They were working on ways to solve major social and economic problems in the world.
As it got late, a dozen of these leaders were meeting in the back of a Manhattan restaurant. They were debating. “How can we convince Americans that saving Africa from financial ruin is good for America?” But as time went on, discussion became difficult. Their positive conversation turned into frustration. Their energy and hope melted away.
Then Bono, the lead singer of U2, walked into the room. He was wearing a black leather jacket, his famous blue shades, and a playful smile. He smoothly walked around the table. He shook hands, kissed cheeks, and remembered people’s names. This was Bono the political operative. He is powerful, charming, intelligent, and full of passion for changing the world. Bono’s main job is being a rock star. But he also serves as an activist who has met with popes, presidents, prime ministers, and corporate leaders.