Posts Tagged ‘Jay-Z’

2008 World Economic Forum – Davos

In mindset 3.0 on January 21, 2008 at 10:38 am

We will blog about the goings on at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland this year. The theme for this year’s Forum is The Power of Collaborative Innovation. One of the greatest opportunities to improve our economy is the notion of global citizenship. When Jay-Z kicked off his Water for Life campaign last year, this signaled, I believe, his prominence as a global citizen. Before this, he was a global entertainer. The concept of citizenship is about participation, having new and different conversations, new business partners and creating lasting relationships that includes contacts in your Outlook from Sri Lanka, Morocco, Beijing, Mumbai, Dubai or for that matter any point on the planet.

Each day, you can expect a recap of the most salient points of the day and what it means to people right here in the United States. The conference starts on Wednesday, January 23. See you on Wednesday!


Green, Black and In Charge

In Africa, mindset 3.0, social-tainment on November 15, 2007 at 3:11 am

We’ve heard about the recent announcement of former Vice-President Al Gore joining the venerable venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. However, there are a number of innovative companies that are led by people of color that you should know about. So, Stan O’Neal, if you want to do something relevant and interesting listen up and make the call. Here is one of my favorite picks:


Their CEO is Tralance Addy, and they are based in Irvine, California. Here’s a brief description of what they do: WHI has unique and creative combination of break-through technology and innovative business models enables the delivery of highly affordable, clean water to even the most remote, low-income rural communities. Led by a team of international experts in science, technology, business and health, WaterHealth is redefining the way potable water is provided to the world’s under served populations. As I recall Jay-Z’s Water for Life series on MTV, I could only help but think about WHI and how they bring a solution. This is why I am always a little suspicious of these celebrity “causes” to be honest. Mr. Addy should be in the picture bringing his solution and get the much needed capital to expand and bring WHI’s technologies to market, while Jay-Z clears the path so to speak. The point is this: we have a great opportunity to participate in the global financial ecosystem, and to do something relevant it’s just not going to get you rich quick and it requires hard work. Check out the video.