I've stumbled upon an event happening next week called Future Summit 2009 which is run by an organisation that calls itself The Australian Davos Connection. This body describes itself as;
While ADC was originally founded in 1996 to: (a) promote the World Economic Forum (WEF) within Australia; (b) promote Australia's interest within the broader WEF community; and (c) share the richness of ideas within the WEF community to a wider Australian audience; the organisation's charter has since expanded to include the broader aims of:
* Promoting business excellence by encouraging policy debate on global issues;
* Improving the quality of leadership;
* Enhancing Australia's position in the region and the world;
* Encouraging Australian leaders to help improve the quality of life of all Australians;
* Encouraging Australia to play a responsible, and leadership role where appropriate, within the global community; and
* Exposing Australian leaders to international experts and key international leaders.
The interesting part is that the group doesn't seem to have a formal tie to The World Economic Forum. While the Chair in his newsletter talks about his recent visit to Davos, there is nothing on the ADC site nor the WEF site specifically referring to any formalised link.
So we then focus on the idea of the "Future Summit". It has an interesting draft program and list of speakers but they are not presented so that one can be related to the other.
It is really hard to give the event much credibility. The whole exercise looks a bit like a "big end of town" event - not just corporate Australia, but super-corporate Australia.
We need less of these kinds of events, not more.