Commitments to Action, a unique feature of the Clinton Global Initiative, translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results. CGI U commitments address specific challenges across CGI U's five focus areas. Commitments are new, specific, and measurable initiatives that can be small or large, local or global, financial or nonmonetary in nature.
Past CGI U commitments have included:
- a soccer ball that generates energy
- a mobile app that identifies counterfeit drugs
- a lightweight waterbag that provides drinkable water in disaster zones
- a solar-powered telemedicine terminal
- a post-conflict sports league
- a job training initiative for survivors of brothel slavery
- a low-cost wheelchair designed for the developing world
- a mentoring program for first-generation college students in STEM fields
In order to apply to attend the CGI U meeting, each student or student group must develop and submit a Commitment to Action. Since the inaugural CGI U meeting at Tulane University in 2008, students have made more than 4,000 Commitments to Action. Every CGI U Commitment to Action must meet three basic criteria:
New: Each commitment must be a new initiative for the individual or group making the commitment. If your commitment is an expansion of an existing effort, consider focusing on a different geographic area, working with new partners, or shifting the focus or scope of the initiative.
Specific: Each commitment must address a specific challenge with a defined course of action and detailed objectives. Define your commitment's goal, outline your planned activities, and identify how long it will realistically take you to complete your project.
Measurable: Each commitment should achieve results that are measurable and can be reported back to CGI U. The impact of your commitment can be determined in many ways, such as measuring volunteers trained, houses built, children tutored, or hours of direct service provided.