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Jewel Attends The Nature Conservancy’s COP 15 Update via Cisco TelePresence Technology with AT&T

December 17, 2009 - 0 Comments

Yesterday, I had a chance to take part in a seven city Global TelePresence session that Cisco and AT&T conducted in association with The Nature Conservancy. The intent was to enable a live dialogue between the leaders of the TNC who were in the whirlwind of activity at the COP15 conference from Copenhagen Denmark with influential environmentalists in the United States. The behind-the-scenes viewpoints shared were fascinating, as was the passion and deep understanding of the complexities of the key issues at hand by so many of the participants, including Jewel (who joined the conversation from my great home state of Texas). The poet/singer/songwriter spoke of her love and respect of the environment formed from necessity when she was growing up and how it continues to shape her view today. Like so many of the other environmentalists in the forum who had achieved great things and could very easily turn inward and become self-centered, it was quite inspirational to see them lend their voices and efforts in support of efforts that are greater than us all.

Being surrounded by technology and using it so heavily on a daily basis, I find that I can at times take it for granted, but this forum was firm reminder for me of the powerful experiences, education, and inspiration that can be enabled by technology and delivered over the network. And as a husband and father, I was thankful that such an opportunity was possible without even having travel to Copenhagen.

For that, I think I’ll leave it to the experts.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for another video from Cisco, AT&T and The Nature Conservancy talking more about this first time event using TelePresence technology to allow many to share their voices, and about more environmental efforts in the works between all three parties to come in the New Year.

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