Planet Earth. Big fan. Which is why it's so exciting to be an IBMer right now. Some of the things that we are doing with our Smarter Planet solutions are, for lack of a better word, ground breaking.
IBM has a track record on being right with regard to understanding the needs of our customers and being there with solutions for them.
Smarter Planet is no different. Smarter Planet is responding to the need for living in harmony with the world we live in.
This idea though, is not just an IBM thing. It's a world thing. It's a revolution.
Which is why this Start thing in the United Kingdom is so cool. One my fellow IBMers made me aware of this, and here's what they sent me:
Start is a national initiative by The Prince's Charities to promote and celebrate sustainable living. It aims to demonstrate what a more energy efficient, cleaner and healthier future could look like. During 2010, Start will grow into a vibrant and diverse programme, which will engage people right across the UK.
The IBM Summit is the business to business component of Start and will each day will engage 120 global leaders in business, the public sector and academia to discuss the varying economic, societal and environmental aspects of sustainability. Each of the Summit's nine days has a unique theme including cities, energy, transportation, skills & people, youth, supply chain, finance and analytics. The final day of the vent will combine the work of all days into a discussion on Smarter Business.
IBM is a sponsor and participating in the event, but this is being run by Prince Charles and his organization. Some of the speakers at Start include Sam Palmisano and Ginni Rometty (W00T!*) as well as Stella McCartney and other business people and offiicals from the UK and Europe.
You can follow the event on the official website (startuk.org) or by using some of the links below for the IBM Summit, and you don't have to live in the UK to get value out of these sites or to start a conversation about this in your area.
And to quote Anchroman Ron Burgundy, "Stay classy, Earth!."
IBM Start Links
- The IBM Summit at Start Online Press Room (start here)
- #IBMStart (Twitter)
- IBM UK Livestream
- YouTube video channel
- Flickr Gallery
[*Update: I realized as I was driving home from the comic book store that some folks might not know what the term "W00T" means. It is, according to Wikipedia, "...express happiness or excitement" and has replaced "awesome" in my day-to-day vernacular. In this post, for example, it is in reference to two of our amazing execs speaking at this event. I recommend trying it in conversation.]