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Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

My goal this year is to have fun in Davos. This will be my fourth World Economic Forum Annual Meeting and the third time that I will be attending it in Davos, Switzerland. (One year, it was in New York.) This year's meeting will be January 21-25. The meetings are always very interesting and I meet lots of people, but I don't usually have much of what I would call "fun". I don't know enough people and I get a little tired of meeting important person after important person who says, "so, what do you do?" It's very humbling to go to a conference where just about everyone is more important than you and has NO IDEA who you are, but it's tiring. The other problem is that for some reason, there is always a screw-up in my invitation and I end up registering the very last minute. There are never enough hotel rooms to go around so I always get stuck with the most inconvenient hotel room and find myself stomping through blizzards in a suit. This year is the same. At least I didn't end up in "hotel igloo" which is where people who end up not getting a room go.

I usually have fun at conferences by picking a few "conference buddies" to hang out with and share notes with. I'm hoping that this year a few of my GLT and Social Entrepreneur friends will be there who I can hang out with.

I will be speaking at two sessions. I will be participating in a discussion with the Club of Media Leaders -- a community of 30 editors in chief from leading global news outlets and topic will be "Rethinking the Net -- Internet Media Strategy, Wireless, Bloggers and Others" from 10.45 to 12.00 on the 21st of January. On Thursday the 22nd of January I will be on a panel titled Will Mainstream Media Co-opt Blogs and the Internet? which will be open to the general audience. If you're planning on coming to either of these, let me know so I can feel like at least someone else there knows what I'm talking about.

In any event, if you're going to be in Davos for the meeting and can/want to hang out, please drop me an email or post a comment here.

Now if only Google will direct people searching for "Fun in Davos" to this entry, we'll be all set. :-p

UPDATE: PLEASE stop sending me 419 Fraud mail. (I set up the email address above just for this entry and it is getting spammed by 419 Fraud email.)


Be a leader Joi and do something for the Internet when you go to Davos, instead of just doing for Joi.

Good point Dave. I agree that this post was a bit selfish. ;-)

I will definitely be blogging the conference extensively and will be working closely with Ethan and Loic in trying to help represent our community at Davos. Since we are already less than 1 month away, maybe we should start talking about some of the issues on our blogs...

I'll try to dig into the program and figure out a bit more about what we're going to talk about.

You know January 19 is the Iowa Caucus date and the New Hampshire primary is January 27th ... this brackets the Davos dates, so there may be some very interesting political blogging results to discuss and speculate about.

Joi, I went to a conference last year where they called the people "delegates" instead of attendees, or whatever. This struck me as very Davos-like. Most of the CEOs and heads of states are there to improve their profitability, or their chance of being re-elected (or in some cases to survive assassination). But when a blogger goes to Davos, he or she is a delegate. Tell the media leaders what I told them in Y2K -- ask not what the Internet can do for you, ask what you can do for the Internet. It will seem like a strange idea to them, esp the Russians (if they're there this year), but that's the message the Web keeps whispering, shouting, etc. Have a great time Joi. I have a little tip about that too. When you check into your tiny little room with the wooden bed and the paper-thin walls, you're all jet-lagged and nervous about meeting the Secretary of State of the US, ask yourself if you can make this sparkle, like things used to sparkle when you're a kid. That's the cool thing about the town of Davos, it sparkles so well. Pretend you're in DisneyLand. Actually you're somewhere much cooler than DisneyLand. Over and out.

Everybody pulls their pants on one leg at a time, their bras on front facing forward.

Thanks for deciding to blog the conference, rather than keeping it all to yourself.

I'm wondering if you could offer us your opinion as to the state of awareness re: blogging and social software amongst these "important" people this tear, as opposed to one year ago and two years ago. Just for the heck of it.

Fun in Davos?!?!?


On the other hand, I'm confident that we could manage some good laughs in Zurich if you stop by between your official shmoozing sessions :)

I loved my time at Davos. I made great friends, got inspired to start a venture, felt my mind stretch etc. It was like going to one big ice cream shop where they offered all the flavors you wanted to taste but by the time you figured out how to order, the store closed. Enjoy your time there.

Social entrepreneurs are pioneers. They challenge the usual or "inevitable" and identify pattern-breaking approaches to resolve seemingly intractable problems.