Thank you for registering for the 2009 Global Creative Leadership Summit.
Globalisation has connected the world more closely than ever – there are no more borders. The Financial Crisis has shown us that culture, values, politics, business, economics and poverty have shared causes and consequences. Only a cross-disciplinary approach by a united international community will be effective. The Global Creative Leadership Summit brings humility, cultural
understanding and just such a multi-dimensional approach to define the issues and affect transformational policies.
The Summit will feature a Gala and Awards Ceremony dedicated to honouring leaders in politics, science, business and the arts who have made a global contribution.
Welcome. The Global Creative Leadership Summit, now in its fourth year, is a three-day think tank and discussion forum aimed at addressing the challenges and the opportunities that confront us in our era of globalization. The Summit brings together a multidisciplinary cast of world leaders who provide insight into such international issues as the financial crisis and climate change while sharing the best practices of their respective fields and proposing practical solutions.
Minister of Foreign Trade, United Arab Emirates, Jeff Koons, artist, Dr. Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation, Renée Fleming, soprano
BOTTOM ROW FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Craig Venter, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Ms. Blouin and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso,
Robert Hormats, Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, and His Excellency Jan Peter Balkenende- Prime Minister of the Netherlands
ABOUT THE GLOBAL CREATIVE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Since 2005, the Louise Blouin Foundation, with the support of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, has organized the annual Global Creative Leadership Summit to identify and implement solutions based on international best practices to the challenges arising from globalization.
The Summit brings heads of state together with representatives of global agencies and 120 leaders in the areas of science, technology, culture, business and politics. Together the delegates address the interconnected threats and challenges of the 21st century through multidisciplinary exchanges that place cultural dialogue and understanding at the fore. The open, constructive discussion facilitates the creation of cross-cultural networks committed to change and transformative action.
The Summit encourages collaboration across disciplines in an effort to spark creative thinking and to ultimately develop innovative approaches to global problems. The Summit focuses on issues as diverse as emerging global security threats, climate change, foreign policy and education, with specific attention to development and foreign policy concerns in Africa, China, Russia and the Middle East.
Over the past three years, the Summit has been honored to feature President José Manuel Barroso, of the European Commission; Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, of the Netherlands; President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, of the Republic of Iceland; President Bharrat Jagdeo, of Guyana; President Stjepan Mesic of Croatia; President Bingu wa Mutharika, of Malawi; Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, of NATO; and President Manuel Zelaya, of Honduras. In addition, the Summit has hosted a variety of distinguished international leaders, such as Nobel laureate Eric Kandel; anthropologist Jane Goodall; business leaders Harold Burson, founder of Burson-Marsteller; Henry Silverman, CEO of Realogy Corp., Craig Barrett, chairman of Intel and Lex Fenwick, CEO of Bloomberg, along with Riz Khan of Al Jazeera; David Boies, chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner and UNICEF executive director Ann Veneman. A full listing of Summit participants from 2008 can be found at:
The Summit has been covered by a wide-range of media, including CNN, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times, The Economist, the BBC, and the International Herald Tribune. Although this is an intimate event, with only 120 delegates, the Summit proceedings are Web cast live and, its conclusions shape thinking, create new projects and stimulate debate across the globe. The Summit proceedings and commitments are also written up in a white paper available for download from the Summit Website.
The Louise Blouin Media group’s collaboration with the Foundation has established a 12-month program for potential sponsors and advertisers. Corporations have the opportunity to sponsor the 2009 Summit Gala and the panel discussion sessions.
Corporate sponsors are given the opportunity to engage in workshops and participate in proactive discussions with global stakeholders in both the private and public sectors at the Global Creative Leadership Summit. Further opportunities for exposure are available through live blogs and Webcasts of panel discussions, as well as through publicity on the Global Creative Leadership Summit and Louise Blouin Foundation Web sites.
For more information on the Global Creative Leadership Summit or on Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Alexandra Zafiriou.
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Thank you for your interest in covering the 2009 Global Creative Leadership Summit, scheduled for 23-25 September 2009 in New York City. Below is some information that will help you plan ahead for this important gathering.
For the fourth consecutive year the Louise Blouin Foundation will host the Global Creative Leadership Summit, bringing together an unparalleled group of participants from multi-disciplinary fields that includes heads of state, Nobel laureates, global CEOs, leading scholars, technologists, artists and diplomatic leaders. The Summit provides a unique platform to address the threats and opportunities presented by globalization focusing on topics such as: geo-economics, foreign policy, education, health, poverty and the environment. The Summit works with developed and developing nations alike on an ongoing basis in order to best address global issues.
The Summit has already attracted a wide range of press, including CNN, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times, the Economist, BBC, and the International Herald Tribune, and its proceedings are webcast to the world.
This invitation-only, multi-disciplinary event brings together the world’s greatest minds, with the goal of developing solutions to global issues based on best practices and creating new partnerships and collaborations.
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Trade and economic development have been the most effective instruments of poverty alleviation during the past 20 years, with almost half the gains made in China. They can play a similar role in Africa and also aid in defusing protracted regional conflicts such as those in the Middle East. This is because economic development not only enables greater consumption, but gives individuals, groups and communities hope and tools to better their situation. A major problem in Gaza and the West Bank, beyond the continued fighting, is the Palestinians’ inability to grow their own economy through export and trade. This lack of control has resulted in feelings of hopelessness and loss of dignity, with many taking up arms as the only solution.
The Doha Round trade talks were initiated by the United States shortly after September 11, 2001 in the belief that greater openness, sharing and trade will increase prosperity in developing and developed nations alike, persuading those in need to realize their potential rather than turn to violence and terrorism. Although difficult to realize in a trade agreement, as we have seen over the past several years, this ambition still speaks to the central role of trade and economic development in enabling individuals and communities to better themselves and work together to reach their goals. It is only through cooperation and mutual support and trust that we can truly turn such challenges as the financial crisis, climate change, terrorism and poverty in Africa into opportunities.
With a multidisciplinary approach emphasizing culture, science, policy and economics, the Global Creative Leadership Summit seeks to identify best practices and generate innovative solutions to the challenges of globalization. Our aim is to provide a forum for discussion and reflection
among leaders of global agencies, industry, science, technology and the arts as well as heads of state to better prepare countries, corporations
and individuals for our present and future challenges.
We simply cannot afford to maintain the status quo. Our primary obstacle is the difficulty of replacing or transforming methods we have become accustomed to over decades. How can we develop measures to avoid rather than create emergencies, of which the global financial crisis is only the latest instance?