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article imageBloggers Make History At G20 Summit Special

By Lisa Devaney     Apr 5, 2009 in Politics
Fifity bloggers given access to the G20 summit make history by casting a watchful citizen journalist eye upon the gathering world leaders.
While world leader’s spent a day at London’s G20 summit attempting to solve major world issues, surrounding by protests in the capital city, they were under the watchful eye of a group of 50 citizen journalists who were part of a project called G20Voice that sought to give ordinary citizens an opportunity to attend and cover the summit, offering a real-time, blog-eye-view toward last week’s happenings.
Among them was Richard Murphy, who became the first blogger in history to be given an opportunity to question Gordon Brown, displayed in front of the world’s media. Murphy pens the blog
The bloggers also interviewed Bob Geldof and other political and celebrity leaders, and saw Barack Obama speak.
14-year-old James Simmonds was the youngest blogger given press accreditation for the G20 summit. Simmonds, who goes to Stantonbury Campus in Milton Keynes, said: “For British students money means clothes and games but to students in the poorest parts of the world a miniscule amount of money will give them the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty by getting an education. The difference a few dollars of pounds could make – if used well - could make all the difference.
“And this is my intention, to find out if presidents, prime ministers and leaders are going to use the money wisely and for the benefit of the poorest people.”
Among the bloggers was social media consultant, and founder of the popular weekly networking group, The Tuttle Club’s Lloyd Davis. Arriving at The Tuttle Club Friday to cheers, following his exciting experience being part of G20Voice, he shared these thoughts:
“What gets me is trying to understand what $1 trillion dollars really is, and how it will make a difference in our everyday lives. There is also a huge gap between the content of what was discussed in the communiqué planning, and how this information to translates to ordinary people. The people at the top aren’t very good at communicating what the ideas mean to the rest of us and I think we need layers of communication to push through the concepts and better understand the complexity of what is happening. I don’t understand it all, and that leaves me, and others, to have to trust our leaders. But do we and can we trust these leaders?
What also struck me is that here was a gathering of great leaders from 20 of the world’s leading economic powers, and not too long ago we were all in a tense situation of possibly killing each other. It is really important that at this point in history they were able to sit down and talk to each other about the economy."
Davis has been blogging his thoughts from the G20 experience over on his blog Perfect Path. His photos of Obama speaking at G20 are posted on Flickr.
Blogger Rajiv Joshi also reported from the protests happening at the Bank of England on Wednesday, making his views that ordinary citizens were being blocked from expressing their views by police, known through YouTube, Twitter and on his blog.
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