Davos Question: How to improve the world? My answer: Peas!

The World Economic Forum, which I’m going to attend with Loic Le Meur, Mike Arrington, and a few other people, is asking people a question: how would you improve the world. More on that in a second. Loic Le Meur wrote a post about preparing for Davos.

This proves I’m not really cool, and certainly not really rich, because the really cool or rich attendees from Silicon Valley are flying over on the Google Jet (or some other corporate jet) and not sitting in coach, like we are. Yeah, yeah, I know that some people get invites to fly over on the Google Jet. I know one CEO who went on the Google jet last year, along with a group of Google execs (Google, this year, is throwing a big party at the WEF, also known simply as “Davos”). They asked people to not take pictures on the jet and not talk about it, so my source asked me not to reveal who he is. From what my source told me it’s a pretty nice way to fly to Switzerland, though.

I’d love to come out with a statement that “I’m above being bought off by the Googlers and I won’t accept a ride on the jet, even if offered.” Unfortunately, I’m not so noble. But they probably won’t invite me anyway for fears that I’ll turn on my cell phone and video you what it’s like.

Anyway, back to the Davos question.

My answer? Peas.

“Peas?”

Yeah, peas.

You gotta understand that peas made Susan Reynolds world a little better (she has breast cancer, is going into surgery on Friday) and people on Twitter are changing their icons to have peas in solidarity with her. She explains the role peas played in her comfort. Susan is someone I’ve followed for years and she has a blog where she’s talking about her experiences with breast cancer.

Plus, if the world had more peas there’d be less hungry people. So, peas is my answer and I’m sticking to it.

Give that cancer hell Susan! Or, if that doesn’t work, peas will do the job.

Comments

  1. Robert Scoble, you have proven once again what a mensch you are—not only do you write about the World Economic Forum, you also write about how to improve the world with peas…in other words, about our own Twitter and Facebook friend, Susan Reynolds, her fight against breast cancer, and how her Twitter friends are helping support her. Thank you, Robert, for seeing the humanity in technology in your own original way…and congratulations on your seven years of blogging. Keep blogging, we need your voice for humanity on the Web more than ever.

    Cathryn Hrudicka/Creative Sage(tm)

  2. Robert Scoble, you have proven once again what a mensch you are—not only do you write about the World Economic Forum, you also write about how to improve the world with peas…in other words, about our own Twitter and Facebook friend, Susan Reynolds, her fight against breast cancer, and how her Twitter friends are helping support her. Thank you, Robert, for seeing the humanity in technology in your own original way…and congratulations on your seven years of blogging. Keep blogging, we need your voice for humanity on the Web more than ever.

    Cathryn Hrudicka/Creative Sage(tm)

  3. Hear, hear! Your humanity is what enables you to survive all the ups and downs of your wild ride through the blogosphere, Robert. Because of that, you’re always traveling first class, Google jet or no.

  4. Hear, hear! Your humanity is what enables you to survive all the ups and downs of your wild ride through the blogosphere, Robert. Because of that, you’re always traveling first class, Google jet or no.

  5. It’s amazing to me how fast things can ripple through Twitter. It started with a random tweet of support from @CathleenRitt. It has now grown into a full blown show of support through our favorite socnet for a very dear person. Mix in a little @conniereece and stand back and see magic happen.

    Watch for even more ripples this Friday as the next phase of supporting Susan Reynolds is launched…

  6. It’s amazing to me how fast things can ripple through Twitter. It started with a random tweet of support from @CathleenRitt. It has now grown into a full blown show of support through our favorite socnet for a very dear person. Mix in a little @conniereece and stand back and see magic happen.

    Watch for even more ripples this Friday as the next phase of supporting Susan Reynolds is launched…

  7. Wow! What a great post. I hope someone at Davos is reading this and picks up the peas theme! I also hope someone at Google makes some room for you on the jet. Seems like they would want to have a guy like you around.

  8. Wow! What a great post. I hope someone at Davos is reading this and picks up the peas theme! I also hope someone at Google makes some room for you on the jet. Seems like they would want to have a guy like you around.

  9. Robert, I should have known you’d be a Susan Reynolds fan. Thanks for taking note that we’re “tweeting our peas” as a show of support for her. We’ve declared Fridays to be Frozen Pea Fridays on Twitter, and this Friday, on the day Susan has her surgery, we are launching a fundraising drive for breast cancer research. It’s called, of course, the Frozen Pea Fund. Susan has inspired us to put the FUN in fundraising. Davos would do well to heed your advice on improving the world through peas. :)

  10. Robert, I should have known you’d be a Susan Reynolds fan. Thanks for taking note that we’re “tweeting our peas” as a show of support for her. We’ve declared Fridays to be Frozen Pea Fridays on Twitter, and this Friday, on the day Susan has her surgery, we are launching a fundraising drive for breast cancer research. It’s called, of course, the Frozen Pea Fund. Susan has inspired us to put the FUN in fundraising. Davos would do well to heed your advice on improving the world through peas. :)

  11. Robert, Thanks for shedding a brighter light on Susan’s support network. Susan’s continued sense of humor and outlook on the whole situation is no doubt giving strength to others.

    Peas out.

  12. Robert, Thanks for shedding a brighter light on Susan’s support network. Susan’s continued sense of humor and outlook on the whole situation is no doubt giving strength to others.

    Peas out.

  13. I am sorry to hear about Ms. Reynolds struggle with cancer, but this post trivializes the work being done by the World Economic Forum.

    What it shows is how completely self centered the author is, spending several paragraphs begging to getting an invite on the plane with the “cool kids” from Google. If Google lets him on the plane, I am switching to Yahoo Search.

    If you are interested in learning about the important work being done by the WEF, look here, http://www.weforum.org/en/initiatives/index.htm.

  14. I am sorry to hear about Ms. Reynolds struggle with cancer, but this post trivializes the work being done by the World Economic Forum.

    What it shows is how completely self centered the author is, spending several paragraphs begging to getting an invite on the plane with the “cool kids” from Google. If Google lets him on the plane, I am switching to Yahoo Search.

    If you are interested in learning about the important work being done by the WEF, look here, http://www.weforum.org/en/initiatives/index.htm.

  15. It’s cool that you’re going to Davos. There’s no substitute for flying on a private jet, but, if ya gotta fly coach, you go, boy!!

  16. It’s cool that you’re going to Davos. There’s no substitute for flying on a private jet, but, if ya gotta fly coach, you go, boy!!

  17. ahhh, a positive twitter post on the heels of @davewiner’s post yesterday illustrating how spam will eventually tweet us. I’m pea-roud to be part of the peavatar twitter army and I hope our social media experiment becomes a case study for a successful and positive use of social media. Sending all my best to @susanreynolds;)

  18. ahhh, a positive twitter post on the heels of @davewiner’s post yesterday illustrating how spam will eventually tweet us. I’m pea-roud to be part of the peavatar twitter army and I hope our social media experiment becomes a case study for a successful and positive use of social media. Sending all my best to @susanreynolds;)

  19. If my spur of the moment tweet about the pea drive and pea-vatars can lead to world peace, I’m all for it. If the only thing the idea does is to let Twitterites do something positive and fun to show Susan Reynolds our love, support and respect and to help her through this experience, than it has done its job.

    What it has done and what you point out, is that the simplest concepts can bring people together and galvanize them into action. Thank you for supporting and blogging about Frozen Pea Friday.

  20. If my spur of the moment tweet about the pea drive and pea-vatars can lead to world peace, I’m all for it. If the only thing the idea does is to let Twitterites do something positive and fun to show Susan Reynolds our love, support and respect and to help her through this experience, than it has done its job.

    What it has done and what you point out, is that the simplest concepts can bring people together and galvanize them into action. Thank you for supporting and blogging about Frozen Pea Friday.

  21. jeff: do you really work for the WEF? I got several nice notes from WEF staff members today about this post, so glad to see that not everyone shares your point of view.

    As to getting on the plane: at least I do my begging in public where you all can judge it. I know a lot of that kind of begging usually goes on behind closed doors where it’s likely to be much more effective.

  22. jeff: do you really work for the WEF? I got several nice notes from WEF staff members today about this post, so glad to see that not everyone shares your point of view.

    As to getting on the plane: at least I do my begging in public where you all can judge it. I know a lot of that kind of begging usually goes on behind closed doors where it’s likely to be much more effective.

  23. I agree that (maybe) to this question, coming out from this group, the most logical answer is peas. Or doughnuts

  24. I agree that (maybe) to this question, coming out from this group, the most logical answer is peas. Or doughnuts

  25. Susan Reynolds’ journey through cancer, the Twitterverse’s response to it, and the resulting community does not at all trivialize the work of the WEF. Creating human community has both individual and planetary consequences, and seems to me to fit in with everything I’ve always heard about Davos.

    And thanks for supporting Susan, as we all are trying to do.

  26. Susan Reynolds’ journey through cancer, the Twitterverse’s response to it, and the resulting community does not at all trivialize the work of the WEF. Creating human community has both individual and planetary consequences, and seems to me to fit in with everything I’ve always heard about Davos.

    And thanks for supporting Susan, as we all are trying to do.

  27. Although waking up to find this idea had made it to scobleizer.com could have made my day, the real joy comes from discovering more and more that people *get* the potential of a little thing like twitter to be a force for community, connecting, encouraging, across all boundaries that normally divide us.

    In the middle of the night east coast time I wasn’t able to sleep so was blogging. A random tweet from you about peas flew by which I thought was dear but not too surprising. There have been many people telling me about their experience or their mom, neighbor, sister, after I found a mass in my breast.

    What you did NEXT with the little pea of an idea shows me something about you that I didn’t know, however Robert, and I thank you for the personal touch you gave this post. And thank the rest of those who somehow turned my frozen pea ice pack into a labor of love and support.

    No matter how difficult a path, I’m glad I tweeted this from the beginning on Dec 5. For the want of an iphone I could do my imitation of you in the hospital with Milan’s delivery as I schlep off to Sibley in DC on Friday!

    With the semi-smart phone I’ll be able to send a few tweets but won’t be able to follow what you’re saying back to me until I get the laptop back – hopefully Sunday. THAT can’t come too soon.

  28. Although waking up to find this idea had made it to scobleizer.com could have made my day, the real joy comes from discovering more and more that people *get* the potential of a little thing like twitter to be a force for community, connecting, encouraging, across all boundaries that normally divide us.

    In the middle of the night east coast time I wasn’t able to sleep so was blogging. A random tweet from you about peas flew by which I thought was dear but not too surprising. There have been many people telling me about their experience or their mom, neighbor, sister, after I found a mass in my breast.

    What you did NEXT with the little pea of an idea shows me something about you that I didn’t know, however Robert, and I thank you for the personal touch you gave this post. And thank the rest of those who somehow turned my frozen pea ice pack into a labor of love and support.

    No matter how difficult a path, I’m glad I tweeted this from the beginning on Dec 5. For the want of an iphone I could do my imitation of you in the hospital with Milan’s delivery as I schlep off to Sibley in DC on Friday!

    With the semi-smart phone I’ll be able to send a few tweets but won’t be able to follow what you’re saying back to me until I get the laptop back – hopefully Sunday. THAT can’t come too soon.

  29. Since childhood we have been told to “eat our vegetables” and that “vegetables are good for you”! Well, mom was right — there’s something to be said for peas! Community is good for you too, and through quick bursts of 140 characters and some creative Pea-vatars, Twitter has proven the value of the support of “friends you’ve never met.” For Susan’s sharing and openness, and for Twitter’s ease of use and thus, fast spreading influence, they both deserve the NOBLE PEAS PRIZE! (Al Gore, put that in your Prius and smoke it!). Thanks for using your blog to highlight a recent highlight of truly social networking!

  30. Since childhood we have been told to “eat our vegetables” and that “vegetables are good for you”! Well, mom was right — there’s something to be said for peas! Community is good for you too, and through quick bursts of 140 characters and some creative Pea-vatars, Twitter has proven the value of the support of “friends you’ve never met.” For Susan’s sharing and openness, and for Twitter’s ease of use and thus, fast spreading influence, they both deserve the NOBLE PEAS PRIZE! (Al Gore, put that in your Prius and smoke it!). Thanks for using your blog to highlight a recent highlight of truly social networking!

  31. This proves I’m not really cool, and certainly not really rich, because the really cool or rich attendees from Silicon Valley are flying over on the Google Jet (or some other corporate jet) and not sitting in coach, like we are. Yeah, yeah, I know that some people get invites to fly over on the Google Jet. I know one CEO who went on the Google jet last year, along with a group of Google execs (Google, this year, is throwing a big party at the WEF, also known simply as “Davos”). They asked people to not take pictures on the jet and not talk about it, so my source asked me not to reveal who he is. From what my source told me it’s a pretty nice way to fly to Switzerland, though.

    Why would you want to fly on the Google Party Plane to Davos?

    So you can meet with other bloggers and geeks to talk about how the Internet is changing everything, but talk FACE TO FACE instead of over the Internet?

    So you can wring your hands about oil and the Middle East after getting off a machine that burned several times more jet fuel per passenger than a public passenger jet?

    So you can wring your hands about Bali, Kyoto and carbon credits after likewise unnecessarily dumping the tons of carbon exhaust into the atmosphere, instead of just hopping on a plane that was already going there?

    So you can wring your hands about world hunger while chomping through some lovely shrimp cocktails at 42,000 feet?

    Frozen Pea Friday, and Snakes on a Plane. The world is finally safe.

    For a second I thought you said “Snacks” and wanted to know where do I sign.

  32. This proves I’m not really cool, and certainly not really rich, because the really cool or rich attendees from Silicon Valley are flying over on the Google Jet (or some other corporate jet) and not sitting in coach, like we are. Yeah, yeah, I know that some people get invites to fly over on the Google Jet. I know one CEO who went on the Google jet last year, along with a group of Google execs (Google, this year, is throwing a big party at the WEF, also known simply as “Davos”). They asked people to not take pictures on the jet and not talk about it, so my source asked me not to reveal who he is. From what my source told me it’s a pretty nice way to fly to Switzerland, though.

    Why would you want to fly on the Google Party Plane to Davos?

    So you can meet with other bloggers and geeks to talk about how the Internet is changing everything, but talk FACE TO FACE instead of over the Internet?

    So you can wring your hands about oil and the Middle East after getting off a machine that burned several times more jet fuel per passenger than a public passenger jet?

    So you can wring your hands about Bali, Kyoto and carbon credits after likewise unnecessarily dumping the tons of carbon exhaust into the atmosphere, instead of just hopping on a plane that was already going there?

    So you can wring your hands about world hunger while chomping through some lovely shrimp cocktails at 42,000 feet?

    Frozen Pea Friday, and Snakes on a Plane. The world is finally safe.

    For a second I thought you said “Snacks” and wanted to know where do I sign.

  33. The pea phenomenon only goes to show the very positive side of building a community. It gives one hope in the grand scheme of things. All that was needed was the medium for compassion that was already there to surface.

  34. The pea phenomenon only goes to show the very positive side of building a community. It gives one hope in the grand scheme of things. All that was needed was the medium for compassion that was already there to surface.

  35. stop farting around with silly high tech ideas like the olpc and spend the mony on cheap and easy ways to improve poor peoples lives.

    Improved acces to clean drinking water will do far more in say the deastert areas of brazil than some feel good olpc child project. (25% death rate for kids up to the age of 5 in that area)

  36. stop farting around with silly high tech ideas like the olpc and spend the mony on cheap and easy ways to improve poor peoples lives.

    Improved acces to clean drinking water will do far more in say the deastert areas of brazil than some feel good olpc child project. (25% death rate for kids up to the age of 5 in that area)

  37. Frozen Pea Friday’s, Twitter and the American Cancer Society

    So earlier this week I told you about Susan Reynolds and how she is blogging her breast cancer experience. Well since then some of friends started a fundraising effort to support Breast Cancer Research, and guess who they are supporting?

  38. This is David from over at the American Cancer Society. Thanks for posting about this and helping us fund life saving research into Breast Cancer. Susan’s story is truly inspirational and we hope this fundraiser will help spread her story far and wide. And thanks for being a American Cancer Society volunteer Scoble!

    For those of you giving money please know that The American Society has invested more in breast cancer research grants over time than any other voluntary public health organization – $322.7 million since 1972! And thanks for giving! Maybe we can all form a virtual team at a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in 2008?

  39. This is David from over at the American Cancer Society. Thanks for posting about this and helping us fund life saving research into Breast Cancer. Susan’s story is truly inspirational and we hope this fundraiser will help spread her story far and wide. And thanks for being a American Cancer Society volunteer Scoble!

    For those of you giving money please know that The American Society has invested more in breast cancer research grants over time than any other voluntary public health organization – $322.7 million since 1972! And thanks for giving! Maybe we can all form a virtual team at a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in 2008?