Watching Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Last week watched cars practice at night during the Abu Dhabi Media Summit at the Yas Island Viceroy Hotel. Track is right outside the hotel along with a marina with yachts that made my head explode.
Love this Ryan Gosling riff in the new HBO film, Seduced and Abandoned, in describing how he got into acting.
“But that’s the best part about Los Angeles. It’s filled with all these Don Quixote type characters. Everyone’s left their families, their homes, their friends, their jobs, to pursue a dream. Where they know that the percentage of them achieving that dream is Never. And they do it anyway. And everyone has shared the same dream. And no one is sure if it is a premonition or a delusion. And there’s only one way to find out.”
One of my favorite sessions from the 2013 Abu Dhabi Media Summit:
Samantha Barry, (BBC World News), Nart Bouran (Sky News Arabia), Jacques Bughin (Director, Media & Entertainment, McKinsey & Co) discuss with Alex Farber of Broadcast discuss the introduction of the second and third screen continuing to disrupt casino online the television industry. Is the TV becoming the second screen as tablets and smartphones become constant digital companions in the living room?
I had the opportunity to accept an invitation to attend the 2013 Abu Dhabi Media Summit. Speakers from Dean Kamen and Tim Berners-Lee to Dan Señor and Andy Bird highlighted the event. The Summit is “an unprecedented gathering of the people and companies driving the transition to a fully networked new world. The three-day event features a unique combination of high-profile public sessions, closed-door discussions and private conversations, bringing together top-tier global media players and their emerging-market counterparts”. Targeted sectors included mobile, broadband, traditional television, print, entertainment, news, music, advertising; marketing, venture capital; and equity finance, with special emphasis on the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, East Asia and China.
Here is the video of Dan Senor discussing innovation in Israel, why it has become a hotbed of tech startups and entrepreneurship, and how Israelis and Arabs might collaborate. His book START-UP NATION addresses “the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel – a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources—produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful,and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK? How is it that Israel has, per person, attracted over twice as much venture capital investment as the US and thirty times more than Europe?”
Buy his book on Amazon here. And what a wonderful experience to have a Jewish, pro-Israel Republican foreign policy advisor and author talk to a mostly Arab audience be so well received, with so many provocative and respectful questions.
I have been creating, innovating and marketing new forms of media for thirty years. My projects have ranged from senior executive roles in the United States and Australia and the founding of Silicon Valley-based digital media companies to international consulting assignments and globetrotting book projects.
I currently reside on the Thai island of Koh Phangan. I write books by the sea, conduct writing and visioning workshops, and help individuals and groups tell their stories. For information on personal and organizational coaching, visit The Vision Project.