So the Global Ideas Bank is at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship this week. A massively diverse range of people are here, which makes for both interesting perspectives and clashes of approach (primarily that of practitioner and academic)....anyway, it kicked off with Ben Kingsley bigging up Jeff Skoll and all things empathetic (calling him a 'human silk route', which has now become a kind of conference theme...); then followed an interesting panel discussion on the use of popular media to help engender (as well as communicate) social change. The theme of the conference is NETWORKS, which is wide enough to allow people to talk about pretty much anything. More importantly, arguably, it also allows people to brazenly and unapologetically network themselves: i.e. meet and connect with other people who are here (from over 40 countries...)
Much more to blog about, which I will have to do from extremely non-copious notes later, as I have to go to a workshop on silos, ponds and knowledge ecologies. Which, as dry (or wet) as that might sound, promises to be intriguing and (the holy grail!) even relevant to what we do.