The World Economic Forum is over as of 4 hours ago and I have to admit it was quite the experience to blog it live via our new online project 7iber. I hope others enjoyed reading what I had to say as much as I enjoyed saying it. The WEF I think is one of those events where there is just too much to talk about and too many sessions to attend, too many conversations to over hear. I wish I had my laptop somehow surgically attached to my waist with my digital camera in a holster, my recorder in my left holster and wires attached everywhere to create something similar to Batman’s utility belt; but that would’ve just made me look strange and suspicious. On the other hand, with all the security following me I would’ve also been the second most protected man at the WEF.
We wanted to use the WEF and specifically the new art of live blogging to introduce 7iber in a tangible way. Hopefully I managed to succeed on some level to blog something so big and relevant as the WEF in Jordan, from an on-the-ground and in-the-room perspective. This is one of the many things we hope to accomplish with 7iber and hopefully more and more people will become engaged and in the process become part of the process. This is essentially what it’s about. Not the opinion of one person writing a blog, or a group of four people who are running a blog, it’s the collective opinion of many. I would argue there is even a difference between having your opinion articulated in a post or in a comment. The difference is almost akin to vocalizing your opinion and publishing an opinion. One has a more authoritative quality to it and can even be taken more seriously. So in reality, everyone’s opinion should be in a post for the world to read until the end of time (or whatever the lifeline of the Internet may be).
I hope it was a good way to introduce the project and I hope it caught the interest of some and got the wheels turning in their own minds. This is the point I suppose. It’s not like a blog where you essentially come back to read the opinion of one person but more like a journal or magazine where people such as yourself get to do the writing instead of simply reading what a journalist had to say on the matter, or what a journalist reported on someone else’s say on the matter.
So when I say I hope it got the wheels turning in some minds I’m saying this also in the hopes that those people will step up and participate in the process of growing 7iber by contributing rather than just reading or just commenting.
And let that be our joint experience as citizens of this country; let that be our online legacy.
p.s. you can check out all the live blogging posts I wrote for 7iber in the past three days by clicking here.