I’m heading off to Davos shortly and the big theme of this year’s confab is leading and managing in a world of shifting power. That means shifting power in terms of the rise and fall of nations and regions (read China and Asia up, US down, Middle East in chaos). It also means shifting power in terms of the rise of new social networks and the demassing of power away from command and control toward individuals and networks of people. Of the two, the change in organization power may be more important in the long run than the change in international political power. Think about that.
So the formal theme for 2007 is The Shifting Power Equation. There are four sub-themes: 1-Economics: New Drivers. 2- Geopolitics: Need for Fresh Mandates. 3- Business: Leading in a Connected World. 4- Technology and Society: Identity, Community and Networks.
There will be two workshop series. Another CEO series—Leading in a Networked World—will take place. It was terrific last year. And a new one The Future Series: Living in a Networked World will take place. I’m moderating in the Future Series.
I’m looking forward to the great Google party and the thoughtful discussion on global politics that always follows. Yeah, those Google guys are full of surprises.
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