Posted by Fake Richard Edelman Wednesday, January 23, 2008
In the spirit of transparency and full disclosure, I'd like to give you a preview of my speech to the World Economic Forum this Friday.
By way of introduction, it's becoming more readily apparent that in the absence of greater leadership and global stewardship; complexity, competing interests and scarce resources remain the greatest obstacles to progress on the global front. It is in this challenging context that the World Economic Forum this year highlights "The Power of Collaborative Innovation" as the principal theme for the Annual Meeting in Davos.
I — along with my friends and colleagues Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997-2007) and Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; James Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, JPMorgan Chase & Co., USA; K.V. Kamath, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank, India; Henry Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates, USA; Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, USA; David J. O'Reilly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chevron Corporation, USA; and Wang Jianzhou, Chief Executive, China Mobile Communications Corporation, People's Republic of China — believe strongly that we are at a global inflection point. "Collaborative Innovation" is the promise that gets to the core of global cooperation and economic stability.
I will be opening the session titled "Using Technology to Create Competitive Advantage." My panel will focus on how some countries are becoming intensively competitive by using information and communications technologies, while others are being left behind.
What follows is a draft of my remarks. I'm still putting on the final touches. Of course, as always, I look forward to your comments and feedback.
Posted by Fake Richard Edelman Thursday, December 20, 2007
I went to another truly amazing liberal soirée last night on the Upper East Side. I go to a lot of celebrity functions, as I hope you can imagine. This one was hosted by the famous movie actor, Matthew Modine.
The theme of the party was "Bicycle for a Day." My new close friend Matt urged his guests to reduce carbon emissions by turning out lights and such. But then he laid out his BIG plan. Matt wants to organize a full day of community-based activities at prominent parks in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. The event would include entertainment as well as speeches by politicians and environmental groups. The brilliant part is that attendees would use their bikes to travel to and from the event; and once there, everyone would get a bracelet that will benefit charities.
This got me thinking. As you recall, I ran into my new close friend, renowned anti-poverty advocate Jesse Jackson at the toney East Bank Club in Chicago a few weeks ago. We discussed the Cubs and the sub-prime mortgage crisis, both of which are still a problem.
Jesse insists that America is presently in the fourth stage of the civil rights struggle, i.e. the "show-me-the-money stage." His idea for resolving the crisis is "Restructure, Not Repossess." He's proposing a massive government sponsored Marshall Plan that would reset interest rates and extend loan payment periods almost indefinitely.
To capture some attention for his proposal, Jesse says he's organizing "a march on Wall Street, to be followed by meetings with CEOs of large financial institutions... and a national broadcast from Trinity Church in Heimytown."
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