I visited the Dropping Knowledge (dk) event and then followed major parts 
through the Internet. This is what I found:

1. Wow! The organization of the dk event was more than remarkable. I have 
never seen something like that before. The great Bebelplatz in Berlin, 
which is dedicated to the "Buecherverbrennung" of the Nazis (burning of 
books), with a round table hosting an assembly of 112 very different 
people, from the Amazon jungle to the top of world executive consulting, 
dissidents, ex-politicians, weird artists, etc. Everybody with an 
individual camera focused on them. Then the choreography and the 
strictness of the two wonderful moderators - a female Nigerian activist 
and great William Dafoe) - stunning, amazing. All organized by a German 
maniac who collected millions of sponsor money. Chapeau! And then, all in 
real time in the Internet (well, you couldn't see all 112 answers to the 
100 questions, but a good slice). I remember the Philippine representative 
of native folks who started his replies with a traditional song, or our 
great German movie director, Wim Wenders, who just replied on one 
question - "you'd better ask someone else, I'm not the expert for this.

2. Many of the answers on burning questions ("Is corporate ethical 
behavior possible?" "What if all Chinese want a car?" " How can we stop 
war?", etc.) brought me, however, somehow into the mood to ask myself -
 "Are they really experts". A lot of old, left-winguish statements, which 
reminded me of the discussion we had in Europe 30 years ago. Maybe they 
are still relevant, but not really innovative. So, it was not the answers 
that excited me, but the process. And dk is continuing in the sense 
that "everybody is an expert". Everybody can raise questions, and 
everybody can give answers. 

3. I hope it will become a movement. It is not Open Space, but it is large 
scale, maybe rather comparable to "America Speaks", or to World Café. I 
want to follow it up, support it, critisize it, but definitely see as an 
ally in the process of mobilization of people. And the mastery of modern 
technology is certainly something which gives an example how large scale 
can become global scale. Watch it out!

Love and peace,
Holger Nauheimer

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