Back in September I returned from our annual family holiday in Taiwan to take part in the IBM Summit at Start, a 9-day conference looking at how businesses can become more sustainable. We livestreamed quite a bit – and did we have some technical fun with that.
Now it’s back. StartJam.
Most people are familiar with the Jam format (if not here is an intro) and this one is just the same. It’s open to just about everyone that is interested in developing sustainable businesses and cities.
No debate or collaboration is complete though if it only contains a bunch of nay-sayers or yay-sayers (thank you Martin Packer for that) for that matter. Coming up with new ideas is all well and good but to complete the picture you also need enough people that will be critical and questioning of such approaches and ideas, that can lead others to pull out the best bits and develop ideas further.
One of the best reasons from a personal point of view is that it brings you into contact with all sorts of people interested in creating better, more sustainable business. Many people make a number of new contacts within Jams that they carry forward and develop.
Findings from the Summit are driving the six forums within StartJam, but that is only the beginning. What comes up in the Jam is often surprising and can take it down some exciting new avenues which haven’t been considered yet and forum 6 shows that we can apply that sort of thinking to all our businesses.
- New collaboration models
- Driving culture change in society
- Developing new skill sets
- Building sustainable national infrastructures
- Managing demand intelligently
- Using data to answer questions we haven’t thought to ask yet
StartJam runs from April 5-7 and you can join it from anywhere, at anytime. Leave 1 comment or 100 comments.
- Charles R. Wolfe: Sustainability and Authenticity, Personified (huffingtonpost.com)
- Why We Need Heretical, Holistic Green Thinking (blogs.hbr.org)