No Summer Camp?!: In case you hadn’t already heard, Allen & Co. cancelled its annual Sun Valley Summit, also known as “Summer Camp for Billionaires.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the investment bank called off this year’s gathering to the great disappointment of local businesses, which benefit from having some of the world’s top executives and politicians stay in the Wood River Valley. This year would have been the company’s 38th retreat.
Reset in Davos: Last week, Klaus Schwab, the WEF’s founder and executive chairman announced that “The Great Reset” will be the theme of a unique twin summit to be convened by the World Economic Forum in January 2021, including both in-person and virtual dialogues. According to the press release, “the World Economic Forum will draw on thousands of young people in more than 400 cities around the world who will be interconnected with a powerful virtual hub network to interact with the leaders in Davos. Each of those hubs will have an open house policy to integrate all interested citizens into this dialogue, making the Annual Meeting open to everyone.” Klaus Schwab also noted that “COVID-19 has accelerated our transition into the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We have to make sure that the new technologies in the digital, biological and physical world remain human-centred and serve society as a whole, providing everyone with fair access.” In order to build towards the January event, the Forum will host a virtual series, The Great Reset Dialogues as a joint initiative of the World Economic Forum and HRH The Prince of Wales.
Speaking opportunity: The website for Martech East, taking place from 6 – 8 October in Boston notes that “marketing has become a digital profession that is indistinguishably intertwined with and supported by marketing technology.” This is the premise of the event, which helps attendees master marketing in the digital age. If you have a topic that “tackles a meaningful topic at the intersection of marketing, technology, and management” and fits within one of the topics of interest, (Marketing & Artificial Intelligence; Marketing Data & Analytics; The Convergence of Adtech & Martech; Martech Architecture & Operations; Martech-Enabled Strategy; Agile & Lean Martech Management; Emerging Martech: AR/VR and IoT; The Human Side of Martech), submit here before the 30 June deadline.
Lunchtime Learning: Consensus: Distributed, CoinDesk’s blockchain technology conference, created in 2015, features talks and exhibitions on everything cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, and the underlying blockchain. Tune in for dozens of sessions across multiple tracks to better understand what the future might look like, especially in a post-COVID-19 era.
Coming Up Next Week: Today’s communication professionals have the chance to meet, at least virtually, at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) World Conference, which kicks off 14 June. The IABC program features more than 60 business communicator speakers in keynote and breakout sessions. At the Rethink Strategy CTO Forum (15-17 June) execs will learn how “smart innovation, not financial engineering, acts as the wellspring of competitive differentiation, industry leadership, and positioning for long-term success in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.” Rethink Strategy is a collaboration between CTO Forum and Harvard Business School. And the online Forrester Customer Experience (CX) North America gets underway 16 June, bringing CX and marketing together for topics from journey mapping and performance measurement to values and creative work.
And Coming Up This Afternoon: Our founder & CEO, Amy Scarlino will participate in the Executive Communication: Coronavirus Recovery Summit, organized by The Executive Communication Council and the Professional Speechwriters Association. Her session will consider The Leadership Forum Landscape: What Does It Look Like Now, and How Should You Proceed?