The Longest Now


Daaaaavos 2
Sunday January 30th 2005, 4:51 am
Filed under: indescribable

2. I know what you’ve all been wondering.  What will the future
bring, how will it be tamed, without the guidance of young innovative
leaders?  Luckily, philanthropist Klaus Schwab foresaw this problem,
and envisioned a thousand points of light to address it.  One
thousand one hundred and eleven avatars, that is, in the form of  Young Global Leaders
devoted to five-year terms of participating in initiatives and
activities, supporting and respecting others, interacting and
collaborating to initiate projects, striving for consensus but
accepting diversity of opinion. 

Each of these avatars gains various attributes upon successful completion of this task:

  1. + Leadership (through interaction with mentors and peers)
  2. + Insight (The best insights into key global challenges and
    underlying forces…  “[you are now] equipped to understand the
    world much better”).   
  3. + Understanding (great understanding of different cultures, people, and stakeholders of global society)
  4. + Social Status (Belonging to the most powerful and exciting global network, continuing on as an alumnus)
  5. + Influence (through meeting those who shape the political, social and intellectual global agenda)  
  6. + Personal brand (part of a life-enhancing brand)

This is an ongoing quest.  ~225 avatars are chosen every
year for a five-year commitment.  Any global player from the
High-tech, Corporate management, Government, Media, Arts or Academia
classes is eligible.

Daaaaavos 2 …


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Disclaimer: I know a few of the ’04 avatars. At least one claims the selection process is random. Haven’t hacked into the code yet to see what it really depends on.

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