Bono’s ‘Humbling’ Realizations About Aid, Capitalism And Nerds

by Parmy Olson

Bono at the F.ounders Conference in Dublin on Friday (Photo by Conor McCabe)

Bono has learned much about music over more than three decades with U2. But alongside that has been a lifelong lesson in campaigning — the activist for poverty reduction in Africa spoke frankly on Friday about how his views about philanthropy had now stretched to include an appreciation for capitalism.

The Irish singer and co-founder of ONE, a campaigning group that fights poverty and disease in Africa, said it had been “a humbling thing for me” to realize the importance of capitalism and entrepreneurialism in philanthropy, particularly as someone who “got into this as a righteous anger activist with all the cliches.”

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Bono: We all belong on the cover of ‘Time’, not Enda

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Meets Bono To Discuss International Development. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Europe.


INFLUENTIAL rock star Bono believes that the people of Ireland — not Taoiseach Enda Kenny — should have featured on the cover of Time magazine.

“They are the ones who have taken all the pain,” he told the Sunday Independent last week.

The international weekly news magazine featured Mr Kenny on the cover of the European edition above the headline ‘The Celtic Comeback’.

“I heard the Taoiseach said — and I think it’s right — that the real people who should have been on the front cover were the Irish people. If it’s true he said that, then that says a lot about the man. Because it’s the people who have taken all the pain.”

The author of the article, Time Europe editor Catherine Mayer, is also a friend of Bono’s.

They met over 15 years ago through her husband, guitarist Andy Gill of post-punk band Gang of Four.

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