Lessons from Egypt

Norb Schwarz

The recent events in Egypt brought to mind something that I first read in 1999, so I revisited it again the other day. If you have never seen it or forgotten about it, I would suggest you take a look at the web site “cluetrain.com”. What the authors of the manifesto envisioned for the future of business has also impacted the world order.

“A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. As a direct result, markets are getting smarter—and getting smarter faster than most companies.”



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  1. The implications of the internet for the role and shape of all types of government is yet to be fully understood. There will be a rise in the number and quality of investigative journalists and organizations who will use the segmenting power and transparency of the web to illuminate the workings of government and the exercise of power. I’m betting that here in the U.S. it will lead to profound changes in how campaigns are financed and in the role of lobbyists. We can hope that it will lead to a new standard of integrity.

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