Yesterday I went to the Big IF rally at Hyde Park. The point of the rally was to convince the G8 leaders to take decisions that would combat global hunger. Here is a Guardian report on the day, which 45,000 people attended.
Speakers included Bill Gates, Danny Boyle, David Harewood (the last particularly exciting for Homeland fans), and YouTube sensation Charlie McDonnell.
I thought the whole event was brilliantly run. There was no sense that a single organisation was trying to take sole ownership of the event, all the speakers were interesting (and didn’t speak for too long), there was a ‘blogging tent’, there was no ridiculous security and a general sense of community and shared purpose.
Clearly a lot of work had been put in by volunteers, including the carpet of (paper) flowers whose petals represented the children lost through malnutrition.
You can find out more here and there is a rally in Belfast next Saturday.