Friday, March 16, 2007
Salzburg Seminar - the inspiration and a challenge
It is just so great to be positively surprised. To be inspired. To be really intellectually challenged. It does not happen that often any longer. But the Salzburg Seminar on “The new Information Networks: Challenges and Opportunities for Business, Governments, and Media” managed to just do that. Meeting on one place so many incredible people, be able to hear, experience, exchange so many profound and diversified views on the most vivid global challenges related to new technologies and social transformations, exceed all my expectations. Started naming people that contributed to the excitement most would probably be unfair to the rest, since only as a community we were able to create this diversified space. But still Michael Welsch, the author of one of the most popular videos ever published on YouTube and professor of anthropology, with his personal story really demonstrated the power and culture of Web 2.0 communities. Christoph Mohn, the 6th generation of Bertelsmann family and director of LYCOS showed a business understanding of the emerging technologies and in some aspects the conceptual misunderstanding of the behavior of Net community. Yochai Benkler professor from Yale Law School, Andleeb Abbas professor and business consultant from Pakistan, Milena Bukova an executive director of media NGO from Bulgaria, Kemi Ayanda and advocate of development and change in Nigeria, Victor Mayer-Schonberger professor from Harvard University, Paul Sterne, the chief financial officer and general manager Americas of Open-Xchange, Inc. , Noel Hidalgo, freelance business and lifestyle consultant, blogger, Wilfried Rutten, director of the European Journalism Center, Stefan Blachfellner from Indaba, were continuously opening up views and thoughts and challenging my perceptions. I know that my understanding of the role of technologies, local richness, behavior and human desires, and needs has been enlightened with new relations, content and empowered with new tools. I feel more connected. I feel freer. I become even more aware about the power of self motivated, active masses and the power of response. Benjamin, thanks for inviting me.