'Green' and 'smart' economy top global forum's agenda
Network gathers innovators together to share knowledge
AS THE country sinks further into an apparent abyss, we have heard all about the businesses that are failing, with an average of nearly four per day going under in the year to date.
One sector that seems to be booming, however, is event management. PostScript has been deluged with invitations to conferences and events in recent weeks, many of which do not seem particularly useful.
One conference that may have a purpose, however, is the upcoming Globe Forum Dublin event, which will be focused on the 'smart' and 'green' business sectors. It will be held in the National Convention Centre in November.
The brainchild of Johan Gorecki, a former banker and Skype executive, the Globe Forum is aimed at bringing the best minds in business and innovation together in what Mr Gorecki refers to as "crowd sourcing".
"Globe Forum is in some ways a social network like Facebook or LinkedIn," says Mr Gorecki.
"The difference is that with us, we focus on knowledge transfer and innovation rather than just bringing the people together. It is the ideas that we are looking to bring together."
'Crowd sourcing' may sound like management speak, but to Mr Gorecki it is a vital way for companies to use the brightest minds without having to fork out to employ them all.
"Crowd sourcing allows a company to get all the benefits of research and development without having to employ, say, a hundred scientists directly themselves. Especially now, that is an expense that many companies cannot afford. Globe Forum brings innovators and researchers together with companies and investors to give both sides the best of both worlds."
The conference, as well as having the usual speeches and self-congratulatory pats on the back, will allow "innovators", as Mr Gorecki describes them, to pitch their ideas to potential investors.
The highlight of the event will be a 'Dragons' Den'-style event where people will give an elevator pitch on front of the thousand or so people in attendance.
'Globe Forum 2010: Smarter and Greener - Innovation for a Sustainable Future' will be held in the Convention Centre on November 17 and 18. For more details see globeforum.com/dublin
Santa Rita seeks local heroes
CHILEAN wine-maker Santa Rita is investing in a nationwide marketing and advertising campaign to promote the upcoming 'Santa Rita 120 Local Hero' competition.
The competition is seeking to find local heroes throughout Ireland who make a real difference in their local community, such as a hard working volunteer who always makes things happen or an inspirational individual who always seems to put others before themselves. The winning Santa Rita 120 hero will receive €10,000 to spend on their nominated piece of community activity, as well as a trip of a lifetime for two to Chile. Their nominator will also receive a trip for two to Chile.
PwC outlook looks brighter
MEDIA companies will have been buoyed by the latest Irish Entertainment and Media outlook from PricewaterhouseCoopers, which estimates that the industry will grow by $1bn (€723m) over the next five years, reaching $5.6bn by 2014.
The news that Irish advertising will grow by about 1.8pc per annum over the next five years, while not quite the figure some will have been hoping for, shows that the advertising business is on the way back, albeit slowly.
Record labels in a spin
THE news earlier this week that four record companies had lost a court case against internet provider UPC over illegal music downloading could allow file sharers and internet 'pirates' to, in the words of Mr Justice Peter Charleton
, "ruin the ability of a generation of creative people in Ireland, and elsewhere, to establish a viable living". And he is right -- file sharing has become a blight on the record business worldwide.