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 Amanda Chapel Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Mea Culpa Sorta
In light of Dezenhall's excellent post about no apologies, I'd like to make an exception. This has been eating at me for about a week. We here at Strumpette would like to extend a sincere apology to Jeff Jarvis. Well... sorta.
Why? We've been called out for something by someone we deeply respect. A member of our staff here had a chat with Cluetrain author David Weinberger last week. David was insightful and also quite candid. The latter gave us pause. Frankly, to a person here, we were/are embarrassed. Not so much for what we had done; but rather, because we have disappointed someone whose favor and respect we value.
See... David is a white hat. He's an out-there theorist and likely card-carrying communist sympathizer but hell... he's a poor Harvard fellow. He may be all wrong, Cluetrain just might be the center of the biggest theoretical refutation in a decade, but his motives are absolutely pure. Sure, he'd love to sell a couple books, but so what. At the end of the day he's a philosopher with a deep passion for how the Internet is changing human relationships, communication, and society. No more, no less.
Anyway, we had called David last week to ask a few questions as to the subject of his new book "Everything is Miscellaneous." The subject soon became Strumpette and our often not so kosher tactics. Without mentioning any names, it was clear that we had played a little too rough with his buddy Jeff.
Okay, here’s our confession: With regard to Jeff (and others frankly)... we've been totally distasteful. We've been relentless and often heartless. As to Jeff specifically, we've called him a demagogue. We've accused him of being the Antichrist for Christ's sake. We've called him a former TV critic. We even referred to him as a U.S. Senator. In retrospect, the TV critic and Senator jabs might have gone just a little too far.
Seriously, this is Strumpette! That's what we do. We are a female Denise Rodman banging the boards of PR Blogging. If you're coming to the hoop in our house, you'd better come strong or you're gonna get mugged.
And that's exactly the point. David isn't coming to the hoop. He has no ulterior motive where 98 percent of what's out there does. Jeff does. This potential social transition is a big opportunity and he's seeing dollar signs.
Here's a little more perspective:
1. David's perspective comes from the venerated halls of academia. PR on the other hand was born under the big top. It's a circus of lions, tigers, elephants, Rubel on stilts and Gomes in the little fire truck. As such, we very much understand why David has a problem with PT Barnum interrupting his lectures (so to speak).
2. Strumpette is the dissident voice in a four-part harmony. We are the heckler in the midst of the junior-varsity cheerleading squad. That's our MO. We absolutely want to disturb people out from the trance of the lofty and false PR choir to pay attention to and examine the words.
3. We absolutely use ridicule as a tool to point out that the king has no clothes. And why not? It is in the fine and important tradition of satire. It's powerful and most effective. Proof is in the pudding.
THAT SAID... We absolutely recognize and respect: what's on the field is on the field and what's off is off. We certainly admit to trash talk. Our very aim is to take people out of their game. BUT, it's not personal.
Anyway... Jeff... if we've said ANYTHING that at all tweaked your feelings off the field, we are truly and deeply sorry.
END NOTE: Due out this May, "Everything is Miscellaneous" promises to be and interesting extension of Cluetrain. The book will deal with what happens when you lose the constraints of the physical on how you organize knowledge. David argues that in virtual world, it's much better to have giant pile of miscellaneous stuff tagged by users. The consequence is that ultimately this breaks hold on authority of idea-based institutions. The book is about the organizing principle of the "long tale."
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