I had breakfast this morning in Dubai with John Rossant, a wonderful friend and now head of Publicis’ event operation. John is putting on the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda conference (I’m on the Design GAC) and the big conference in Davos in January. We talked about how in the age of digital connectiveness and collaboration, people feel an even bigger need to be physically together, especially in creating something new. I’m anxious to see if this new networking effort by the WEF works in helping redesign the post-crisis world.
Take a look at one initiative by Jeff Jarvis—making internet access a right for all people on the planet. He’s going to propose it on Friday, when the Summit on the Global Agenda opens. It’s a bold open source plan to give everyone access to information and decision-makers in health, education, and politics. It assumes a free broadband network, unfiltered by governments or corporations.
President-elect Obama needs bold innovative thinking and fresh eyes in his new administration. There may be both here in Dubai.
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