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White Oak Plantation – Clinton Global Initiative

March 11, 2009 - 3 Comments

I had the great privilege of representing Cisco lask week at the Clinton Global Initiative planning retreat, the precursor to the larger meeting in New York in September that brings together many of the world’s elite from business and government.The meeting last week was at the White Oaks Plantation, an extraordinary 7,400 acres of pristine woodlands on the banks of the St. Mary’s River, 30 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida. The natural surroundings along with the wildlife conservation center provided an incredible setting. imageThe stunning surroundings were a natural setting for the global issues such as hunger and cleaner water this group was there to discuss. The morning on Thursday started with opening comments from former president Clinton to the 56 representatives from various companies, NGOs and special guests. Clinton emphasized the objectives and goals of CGI, which are to focus the talents and knowledge of the world’s global experts on issues such as hunger, global warming, micro-financing, education and healthcare. All of us there were commited to making a difference.I found myself in a group of about 14 — including two Nobel laureates — tasked with brainstorming on how innovation that occurs in business could be leveraged to help solve these worldwide problems. It hit me that I was sitting with all these incredible minds in one room for those few hours.I said how incredible it would be to have this group come together not at an annual conference but every month through TelePresence. Think of how using this kind of brainpower like that could make progress on some of our worst issues and the impact we would have in the world.In my 17 years at Cisco (I’ll have been here 17 years in two weeks), I have seen what happens when people collaborate in new ways to leverage technology …and the innovation that results. I see the potential for business to bring forth our knowledge, tools, process and know-how to impact our world in ways that were never possible. My trip to the White Oaks Plantation has definitely stirred my imagination and allowed me to meet some incredible people. Stay tune …Carlos DominguezSenior Vice President, Cisco

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  1. People are forgetting how important is nature and how nature has been guiding us with ideas to build technology..Without nature our minds will be like machines!

  2. People are forgetting how important is nature and how nature has been guiding us with ideas to build technology..Without nature our minds will be like machines!------Join

  3. Come on, cut the bunk Carlos. Glad you were impressed with the 14 incredible minds"" to whom you had the chance to pitch TelePresence! Personally, I can't believe Cisco would waste shareholder money sending you to pitch ""14 minds,"" even if the setting is pristine.Did the ""14 incredible minds"" have the authority to cut POs for TelePresence, if not, what a waste of precious Cisco resources?If Cisco wishes to continue to waste money, yours truly recommends Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia as the site for next year's TelePresence pitch.Finally, why not ""pitch"" TelePresence to the world's greatest songwriters? Imagine having 56 of the most incredible minds in songwriting collaborating via TelePresence to write the world's most beautiful songs.It's my opinion that great songs can not be written by groups of 56 or smaller groups of 14 incredible minds. Nonetheless, am sure the songwriters would be impressed by each others greatness!Sincerely,Brad Reese on Cisco"