Author Archive for Mark Bergel of A Wider Circle

Crazy

I often hear that it is crazy to believe that we can end poverty.  As I watch people around the world develop individual and community solutions – using their great talents and creativity – I believe it is crazy to think that we will NOT end poverty. Change of this magnitude takes a critical mass believing and acting differently. We…

Time for us all to be warriors – in memory and in honor of R. Sargent Shriver

In 1994, President Clinton called Sargent Shriver the strongest warrior he had ever seen in the effort to end poverty. Indeed, Mr. Shriver’s life was characterized by his work to create effective programs to help those mired in the poverty he saw around the world. Mr. Shriver’s travels paved the way for millions of us to make contributions to the…

Answering this century’s calling… this year

In the 18th century, we fought for freedom and liberated an estimated 2.5 million people. In the 19th century, we abolished slavery and gave freedom to 4 million people. In the 20th century, the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements gave freedom and equality to nearly 70 million people. In the 21st century, it is poverty that keeps people from…

For we can not look into the eyes of someone who has nothing…and do nothing.

It is one of the ways – perhaps the best way – to feel connected to another human being.  When you look into the eyes of another human being, you connect in an easy yet meaningful way.  In that connection, barriers and boundaries cease to be present.  Differences are harder to see than the oneness that is most characteristic of…

What does your ________ do?

What does your ___________________ do to end poverty? Right now, while many of us are eating, reading, spending time on our computers, watching television, or shopping for food or clothing, hundreds of thousands of our neighbors are living in desperation.   They are hungry – all the time.   They have no money – almost every day.  Their heat or air conditioning…

Our connection to one another

David Bohm, a world-renowned 20th-century physicist and protege of Albert Einstein’s, once wrote that people do not depend on one another as much as they “are one another.”  That was one of his major conclusions following a lifetime of research and examination of the universe and its parts.  Bohm was well-versed in classical and quantum physics, and he drew his…