Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The man who asked about opening US markets to Third-World farmers

There are some questions you are not meant to ask at events like this.

I was at the Mashable/92Y Social Good Summit yesterday. It was all very inspiring, but also very corporate - in a touchy feely, social media sort of way. They even asked for question to the speakers to be sent in by Twitter.

All was going well until one such question arrived. When was the US going to open its markets to poor farmers in the Third World.

Complete consternation. Eventually the speaker recovered himself. "I think we should focus on all the positive things..."

I was reminded of H.M. Bateman and his cartoons.

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