Day 1

Walking down a crowded corridor, passing people from all over the world, all with different agendas, attitudes, emotions and expressions. There is art everywhere. There are a million concurrent sessions. I have had some moments of being overwhelmed and unsure of how to proceed, how to learn here. How to absorb. But I am definitely wide open.

I was just sitting in the fourth row to listen to Bill Clinton and Julio Frenk. Julio Frenk and his healthcare reform work in Mexico makes him one of my personal heros. He reinforced the idea of health as a global common ground, putting a human face on globalization. He told us again about the pillars of ethics, politics and evidence-based technology in reforming health care.

I can’t yet comment on what Clinton said, except that he hinted to promoting a new UN agency for women which registered on the policy agenda of many listeners. He talked about the growing AIDS epidemic in the US and how we must do much more at home.

I have three minutes of internet left. My question: when does rhetoric move into action and how is that supported on an individual level? I definitely heard so much of what has been said here in Toronto in 2006. What does rhetoric mean, what purpose does it serve?

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~ by kcanderson on August 4, 2008.

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