International Bridges To Justice at WEF, Davos 2011

I had the the good fortune of facilitating a short workshop at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos over the weekend, for a private event hosted by International Bridges To Justice that also included a panel discussion of thought leaders and influencers.

The theme for the IBJ session was "Doable," reflecting the optimism of CEO, Karen Tse, in spite of the staggering challenges the NGO faces to stop torture and ensure fair trials worldwide.  Participants sang Art Garfunkel's version of "Woyaya" at the end of the session, and I managed to capture it on video.

The main chorus, "We will get there," reinforced the "can do" attitude of Tse and everyone involved at IBJ.  (Post continues below video.)


The panel was led by David Kirkpatrick of "The Daily Beast" and author of "The Facebook Effect."  It included Olivier Schwab, Head of Technology Pioneers at WEF; Gregory Dees, Professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and thought leader in the area of Social Entrepreneurship; Sandy Climan, President of Entertainment Media Ventures; and Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief of "The Economist."

Now that's a list of heavyweights, and the discussion was a substantive as the panelists themselves.  The audience was made up of influencers and thought leaders, as well.  So we put a question out to them regarding a five-year vision.  The feedback was insightful, to say the least.

What was most inspiring to me about the morning was the IBJ cause itself, along with the energy of its fearless leader.

Going into the session, panelist Matthew Bishop tweeted that IBJ is "one of (his) favorite NGOs."  He then tweeted that IBJ's "strategy of supporting public defense lawyers around world is high return on investment giving."

I'm volunteering some of my time to IBJ because I'm a believer.  Will this help me in Selling in the Brave New World?  I'm not sure, but I am a believer in karma, too, and feeling good inside about giving helps me project good vibes outside.  I can only suggest to all entrepreneurs that you find some way to give to something good.  We're all busy, I know, but…

Perhaps Winston Churchill said it best.  "We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give."

– Are you giving to a worthy cause?
– How does it make you feel?