Gore on Green: “business leaders are way ahead of political leaders”
As noted in this space last week, an “EcoPanel” took place today with former U.S. VP Al Gore and Cisco CEO John Chambers via Cisco TelePresence. You can view a replay of the conversation here.From left: Cisco CEO John Chambers in San Jose, CA; former VP Al Gore in Nashville, TN; ITN correspondent Lawrence McGinty in London; and Cisco Chief Marketing Officer Sue Bostrom in Orlando, FL(Photo by Alex Dunne via Flickr)CNET Reporter Martin LaMonica has a good write-up of the conversation. He states, in part, “Gore spoke from a location near his home in Nashville, Tenn., while Chambers was in San Jose, Calif., and the moderator of the event–ITN science editor Lawrence McGinty–spoke from outside London. People could watch over the Web and audiences listened and watched from the VoiceCon conference in Orlando, outside London, Warsaw, Dubai, and Paris.The multi-location format drove home the basic point of the event: the Internet can help more people collaborate, something that is essential to solving the difficult challenge of climate change.”LaMonica continues that Sue Bostrom, our EVP and Chief Marketing Officer, who was on the panel in Orlando, said that our “use of videoconferencing at 185 locations has saved the company about $100 million in travel expenses, eliminating about 15 million cubic tons of carbon emissions.” Speaking personally, I had a TelePresence session with some colleagues in North Carolina recently…and while I wouldn’t have normally traveled for that meeting (although there was a request that I do it in person), I can tell you that the effectiveness of the meeting was much more impactful than had we just done a teleconference. And, of course, I got to spend a little time with my family over the holidays via TelePresence so count me as a fan.