I'm off to Deauville, France, for the third annual Women's Forum, which this year will focus the discussions of the 1000+ attendees (both women and men) and of the speakers (PDF) around the topic of trust. Contrary to my obsessive liveblogging habit, I will blog only a few sessions and interesting bits of this conference, as I will mostly be helping out (together with other bloggers invited by Orange) and coaching a group of 14 students from business schools all over the world that will be in charge of the Forum's own blog.
I will also be speaking on Friday in a session on “The new social networks: What do they mean for trust and the way our societies evolve?”, with Dina Mehta, Susan Kish, Jean-Louis Constanza and Anne Lange. I hope Dina will get to share some of the experiences she did around using blogging technology to distribute information in the hours and days after the 2004 tsunami, and after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Maria Cattaui, the moderator, asked me to intro the topic, so I will likely discuss what online social networks are, how they developed, and why they're now the thing, but also talk about their true value, the shifting public/private line, the meaning of "friend", and how social networks may influence or shape perceptions.
The conference's full program is available here in PDF.
So, starting tomorrow, some blogging from Deauville here but keep an eye also on the WF's blog.