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2020 Summit Opening Address – quick thoughts

April 19th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The role of a conference opening is to welcome participants; set the wider context and describe what success will look like at the end of the conference.

The Governor General placed the wider context in focus with the use of a core of ice delivered from Australia’s Antarctic devision. It was an excellent device and was the most thoughtful piece of communication in an otherwise dry address.

Diagrams showing the historical context of rising bars spread over a map of the world – each representing the economic power of the world’s nations were another effective defice.

A video of last week’s youth summit added very little – rather than presenting insights gained from that weekend it was slow-mo and soft-focus shots of kids smiling and talking…  Cute, but no substance – what a shame!

Officially as media I’m supposed to pretty much choose a “stream” (one of the ten groups) and follow it, but I’m not finding the media liaisons in yellow polo shirts particularly strict in their enforcement of this rule.

I’ve just recorded a quick video in the garden outside the media centre – I’ll upload that to YouTube ASAP.


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