Here’s my answer to the Davos question. In a word: transparency.
The question was: What one thing do you think that companies, countries, or individual must do to make the world a better place in 2008. A few hundred left responses before Davos. More than a hundred responded at Davos. Altogether, these videos have been watched more than 350,000 times.
Yes, the question and many of the answers are save, even rather insipid. But this was a symbolic act that had an impact at Davos. This is what I wanted to do last year when the Davos Conversation was started (disclosure: I worked on that). I wanted to bring the faces and voices and views of the world into Davos and have the powerful there respond. And so it’s a start.
Google cofounder Sergey Brin is asked what Google can do to help voting. His answer: YouTube.
Rick Warren, pastor at a megachurch and author of megabooks, uses his moment to promote “the faith sector” to equal status to the public and private sectors of society. “The Christian church is bigger than China. It’s bigger than India. It’s bigger than China and India together,” he brags.
Bono tells people not to let politicians slip on the Millennium Goals:
Yo Yo Ma tells us to work hard and be loving:
Hamid Karzai just tells us to be nice:
Here’s my video of Henry Kissinger:
Here’s the summary of the outsiders’ comments shown to the opening of Davos: