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Headed to Davos: 2010


I’m off first thing tomorrow morning for a few days in London before I head on to Davos. This year is the 40th year the World Economic Forum has been convening world leaders and interesting people under one very snowy Swiss roof. It will be my third time to the event, and so far the past two have been drastically different from one another. They continue to be inspiring and stimulating though, and have provided both a good reception for my speaking engagements in the past (I’m speaking again this year), and fertile ground to explore new areas of interest I have.

As some of you know, last year I was nominated into a special group within the Forum called the Forum of Young Global Leaders. It has been an absolutely amazing experience (with meetings so far in Jordan, China and Dubai) and has given me an incredible opportunity to begin meeting other young worldly thinkers trying to make a difference in the world.

One such project we have been working on together just launched today, and I’m pleased to be able to share it with all of you. It’s called Redesign Our World. Essentially, it’s a place to show off many of the incredible initiatives YGL’s have been dreaming up and working on, and solicit new ideas from people around the globe.

With the help of some friends, we managed to get a site up in time for Davos so the internal Davos community and world at large could see, comment and engage with what we’re working on. I hope you’ll take a look and leave a comment or endorsement if you see something you like.

As usual I’ll do my best to blog throughout my travels– but following me on Twitter is usually a better way to see what I’m up to, hearing, seeing and thinking.

Thanks for reading…

World Economic Forum, Davos 2009


I was at Davos again this year, but decidedly quiet on the blogging front — I did a bit of Twittering, but for the most part was really there to focus on the topics at hand. If you didn’t make it this year don’t worry, they provided HD links to download most all the big sessions, which is pretty neat. Highlights include Putin schooling Michael Dell in the opening plenary (Number 31) “The Values Behind Capitalism” with Indra Nooyi (CEO of PepsiCo), Tony Blair, and others (Number 60), and one of the most intense sessions I’ve ever witnessed, “Gaza: The Case for Middle East Peace” with Tayyip Erdogan, Amere Moussa and Shimon Peres. At the end of the spirited (read: insane) debate, Prime Minster Erdogan of Turkey, walked off the stage. Interested in geopolitics? Watch it, (Number 97).

Overall, given the financial crisis, this year was a little surreal. Unlike many of the other people, I actually left hopeful. My sessions on Creative Leadership and Youth Culture were off the record, but what I can tell you is this: There are some incredibly savvy young people moving the needle across the board, and we need more of them. We simply can’t depend on the old guard to fix things. They’re too busy looking backwards, analyzing where they screwed up in the first place to see the future. Each and every one of us will be paramount in our own way — whether it’s solving the financial crisis, climate change, or making the world as a whole a better place, it’s going to be fresh thinking and innovation that saves the day.

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