Global Voices

Rebecca and Joi have each made postings (here and here) about the Global Voices Summit that happened a couple of weeks ago in Budapest, and it sounds like it was an incredible, wonderful event. I’ve been tracking Global Voices for just a little while, so not long enough to know the history, but long enough to know that it’s a wondrous thing that shows so much of the global promise of the web. The idea is simple: it’s a set of bloggers from all around the world, collected in one stream. The impact is profound: you get a sense of some of the real-time feelings & thoughts & perspectives that are happening around the world, not mediated through our traditional media or governmental channels.

The last couple of years I’ve been lucky to do some traveling for Mozilla — in particular to China, Japan, and Europe — and have found my perspective on what the world looks like (and can/should look like) changing greatly. (And I’m currently in the middle of Fareed Zakaria’s excellent new book The Post-American World on this subject.)

I’m just repeatedly blown away (and sometimes overwhelmed) by what Global Voices is doing — it seems to me a necessary point of view in a world where national boundaries seem more & more artificial and sometimes obstructive to the way people are having conversations and getting things done.

6 comments

  1. Thanks John! :) Was great running into you in China last year. Look forward to connecting again at some conference somewhere.

  2. Thanks John! :) Was great running into you in China last year. Look forward to connecting again at some conference somewhere.

  3. Hi John, we have the videos for almost all the public sessions so you can catch up: http://globalvoices.blip.tv/

    I’m uploading the rest

  4. Hi John, we have the videos for almost all the public sessions so you can catch up: http://globalvoices.blip.tv/

    I’m uploading the rest

  5. Came across Fareed’s show on CNN this weekend.

    http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/fareed.zakaria….

    Scroll down towards the bottom right and there’s a link to the podcast.

  6. Came across Fareed’s show on CNN this weekend.

    http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/fareed.zakaria.gps/

    Scroll down towards the bottom right and there’s a link to the podcast.