- Alexander Ljung, founder and CEO of SoundCloud.
Thanks to SoundCloud’s platform, we invite you to listen to letters addressed to Robin Hood 10 years ago, but meant for all of Robin Hood’s supporters. It’s an honor to share them with you now.
I have just listened to all the letters that are now up. These are letters that I pretty much know by heart and yet, hearing them read in such a stirring manner, has made my eyes well with tears. One of the themes that runs through the letters is that each person wanted to tell us a little bit about the person who had been lost. They wanted us to remember the individual. One letter quotes President Bush as saying: everyone who died was the most important person in the world to somebody.
That sentiment, that these were individuals with dreams and loves and hopes rather than some undefined collective, is a sentiment that is core to Robin Hood. There are 1.8 million people living in poverty but we know that what that really means is that there are 1.8 million individuals each with his or her own hopes and dreams and loves.
So even while we are known for our metrics, we remember that those living in poverty are individuals. And we all participate in telling their stories. That is one of the things that makes us Robin Hood.
- Emary Aronson, Robin Hood Relief Fund Managing Director