Clinton, Hamel, Krugman, Lucas…and Me: World Business Forum

WBF crowd 2008The first four names in the title – and many others – will be speaking at the World Business Forum in New York City on Oct 6-7, 2009.

And I ‘ll be listening to them. From the mezzanine level of Radio City Music Hall, where the journalists will be. I explain why below.

What is the World Business Forum? From its Wikipedia entry:

The World Business Forum is an annual global business summit held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. A 2008 Burson-Marsteller survey ranks the World Business Forum among the world’s top five most influential venues for CEO’s and C-Suite executives.

This is my first time attending. The lineup of speakers is impressive:

  • Bill Clinton
  • Gary Hamel
  • Paul Krugman
  • George Lucas
  • T. Boone Pickens
  • David Rubenstein (co-founder, managing partner of private equity firm The Carlyle Group)
  • Irene Rosenfeld (CEO of Kraft, USA Today story)
  • Kevin Roberts (CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi)
  • and many others…

I’ll be participating in two ways: my company Spigit is a sponsor, so we’ll have a table there. And I’m a late addition to the Bloggers Hub as well. Looking forward to a great view from the mezzanine – where the journalists are apparently located – and wifi.

Look for my tweets with the #wbf09 hash tag.


I’m Heading to the World Innovation Forum


I’m heading out to the World Innovation Forum in New York on Monday, May 4. I’m really looking forward to this conference. It has a lot of wattage and great attendees.

Spigit will be there to take in the discussions and meet folks.If you’re going to be there, shoot me a DM or @reply on Twitter. I’d love to catch up. On Twitter, the hash tag for the event is #wif09.

Here’s the speaker list for the World Innovation Forum:

  • Clayton Christensen – Disruptive Innovation as a Platform for Growth
  • Vijay Govindarajan – Strategic Innovators: From Ideas to Execution
  • Fred Krupp – Untangling the Future: Why Innovations Never Follow a Straight Line (eco focus)
  • Dan Ariely – Changing Focus: Why Human Behavior is the Hunting Ground for Insight & Innovation
  • CK Prahalad – The New Age of Innovation
  • Paul Saffo – How Today’s Technology is Defining Tomorrow’s Creator Economy
  • Padmasree Warrior – Cisco CTO

There will case studies discussed as well. Media partners are the Wall Street Journal and Business Week. Dozens of large corporations will be there too.

There will be a number of specially designated people blogging and tweeting about the vent. Some details about this were put together by EMC’s Stuart Miniman in this presentation: