World Economic Forum’s launches ‘bloggregator’ today
Interactive Platform integrates discussions on the global agenda from bloggers, video, photos and news articles related to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
Geneva, Switzerland 18 January 2007 – The World Economic Forum’s ‘bloggregator’, launched today, will harness the power of the Internet to expand the discussion of the global agenda on a “Davos Conversation” page. In an innovative attempt to create a global aggregator page, the Davos Conversation platform will intelligently integrate and cluster content generated by blogs, video, photos, news articles and comments related to the Annual Meeting in Davos. The site at www.weforum.org/davosconversation goes live today and the Forum is hoping to encourage as many people as possible to participate in the global exchange.
The Davos Conversation page – a collaborative effort of top bloggers of the world partnering together for the first time ever to make this project possible – will integrate all types of content stream in an organic way to allow holistic conversations about specific issues, regions or persons. In addition, the media partners of the project – Huffington Post, the Guardian’s Comment is Free, the BBC and Buzzmachine – are inviting their readers to record and submit video questions and comments. The Davos Conversation page will bridge the voice of the people with the voice of the leaders through a video bridge in which people can send their video questions to the decision-makers and get their responses in video.
“This is a cutting-edge experiment that, for the first time, gets together some of the most important new media voices and uses technology to allow individual conversations to be enlarged and integrated,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. “With the Davos Conversation Project, the World Economic Forum is demonstrating its continued commitment to opening the Annual Meeting to a global dialogue of the issues that face us all. Thanks to the tools and technology of the Internet, we can reach an even bigger audience, share the outcomes of the Annual Meeting and create a global conversation on how to improve the state of the world,” he added. click on the picture to watch the video.
“One of the great things about the blogosphere is that it gives anyone with a modem and a keyboard a seat at the tables of power. It’s an unparalleled field leveller,” said Arianna Huffington, Editor, Huffington Post.com. “The Davos Conversation Project is a perfect example. I applaud the Forum for opening the doors of one of the world’s most exclusive gatherings to bloggers and their readers. Now, millions will be able to not only instantly know what is happening at the Meeting, they will also be able to interact with the participants and be a part of the conversation. The Huffington Post is excited to be a part of bringing Davos to your home.”
"The BBC is delighted to be part of this important initiative to develop a global conversation with the world’s leaders. Wherever you are in the world, you will be able to contribute to the debate in Davos,” said Richard Sambrook, Director, BBC Global News.
“I am honoured to have had a role in planning and participating in the Davos Conversation Project,” said Jeff Jarvis, Editor and blogger at Buzzmachine.com, who is also consulting editor to Daylife, new media columnist for the Guardian and associate professor at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. “Leaders in all spheres of life – government, business, media – are at last coming to recognize that they must engage in constant conversation with their constituents to do their jobs well. The Internet enables that. And so it is good to see the World Economic Forum set an example at its Annual Meeting by exploring more ways to open up to many conversations with the world around us.” Watch Jeff Jarvis video invitation by clicking on the picture or here: www.buzzmachine.com/index.php/2007/01/15/say-it-to-davos-an-invitation/
The Davos Conversation page brings together weblog and video blog contributions from Richard Sambrook from BBC, Alan Rusbriger from Guardian’s Comment is Free, Arianna Hufftington from Huffington Post and Jeff Jarvis from Buzzmachine.com – as well as bloggers at Davos on the Forum Blog coordinated by the blogger Loïc Le Meur and around the world – with feeds of the world’s news coverage of the topics and people at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The site was produced by Daylife.
“Daylife is delighted to be able to facilitate the conversation into and out of Davos by organizing and presenting the news around the topics and people at the Annual Meeting,” said Upendra Shardanand, founder and CEO of the startup Daylife, which launched this month in New York. “We hope we can help people make connections with information and each other.” Daylife is a global platform that gathers, analyzes, and organizes the world’s news and enables any site, large or small, to present relevant news to its users.
Note to the Editors:
The World Economic Forum Conversation Project asked bloggers and video bloggers to tag their blog posts “davos07” on their weblogs and to upload videos to Google Video, YouTube or Blip.tv, and also tag them “davos07”.
Held under the theme of Shaping the Global Agenda – The Shifting Power Equation, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting will take place in Davos from 24-28 January, bringing together over 2,300 leaders from business and politics, heads of NGOs, religious leaders, academics and journalists.
The Davos Conversation page will be active as of 18 January 2007 and can be found at www.weforum.org/davosconversation
To enlarge the Davos Conversation, every participant in the Annual Meeting – has been asked to join the Forum blog. The World Economic Forum was the first international organization to set up a blog at its Annual Meeting in January 2004, and the upcoming Annual Meeting will see a significant development in the experiment. All of the more than 2,300 participants, including presidents and prime ministers, will be asked to provide at least one posting for the blog. http://www.forumblog.org.
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. (http://www.weforum.org)
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