Cornell FSE # 01 – Call to Optimistic Action

14 February, 2009 at 01:41 1 comment

June 2009 is going to be the month of the inaugural “Cornell Global Forum on Sustainable Enterprise: A Call for Optimistic Action, henceforth referred to as ‘Cornell FSE’. The theme is ‘The Great Convergence’ of ‘Base of Pyramid’ and ‘Clean Technology’.

Am a cynic, so am going to make this miserable. But first, some snippets…

* One hundred pioneer/practitioners who are on the forefront of the field in the world will be invited to participate as delegates for two days of working sessions. Their task is to drive “The Great Convergence”, the intersection of clean technology and business development at the Base of the Pyramid.
* On June 1, a kick-off opening session at the American Museum of Natural History for delegates and select Cornell alumni will set the stage, conveying the charge to the delegates – to develop new “convergence” initiatives during the working sessions … There will be a closing session for the general public where they will hear the results of the working sessions, as well as listen to a lively discussion by some of the leading minds in the field.
* Speakers include Al Gore, Stuart L. Hart, H. Fisk Johnson, David J. Skorton, Ratan N. Tata, L. Joseph Thomas. Sponsors are S.C. Johnson & Co., The Water Initiative, Generation Investment Management, Cascade Engineering and Halloran Philanthropies.

    So, there you have it. A bunch of high-profile suits drawing up plans for improving the world (will do a story – promise). Now, where before was such a thing done? In Rome when the Bible was commissioned. Middle-east when the Quran was scripted. Germany in the 1940s. Every major global company before screwing the world. More recently, and more relevantly, TED. Enough of this.
    Will follow this thing up in true journalistic fervour starting with verbatim uploads of the chapter/section contents (one per day) from the PDF available above. Watch this space. Or ignore it. Whatever.

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