Just ended my trip to the SE4ALL forum at the United Nations building in New York city. It was a glamorous event held in elite surrounds, but the discussion focused on energy for the poor. I found that a little ironic, but couldn't do much about.
While I had personally car pooled to reach the location and tried to have a minimal carbon usage in my transport to the conference, it was interesting to see some of the leaders at the conference boasting quite a bit about their busy globe hopping schedule.
Apart from that irony lingering around, it was a great conference to get to know about the diverse things happening in the energy field around the world, especially in the sustainable/renewable energy sector. One of organizations that really caught my eye was SELCO - an organization that does excellent work in selling solar lighting/electrification systems to the rural poor. SELCO is a commercial venture, but they do a great job of meeting their social goals.
Another organization that has impressed me in general is the Rocky Mountain Institute. The work their founder and team have done over the years in whole system thinking in the energy field is wonderful, just wished that even more people followed this work!!