Last Thursday evening, I had the great pleasure of participating in a panel discussion about Web 2.0 at the Demos thinktank. We had about 40 people, and the discussion was lively, both among the panelists and with the audience. I enjoyed meeting my fellow panelists Livio Hughes of Headshift and Tom Steinberg of MySociety.org, and the conversations both before and after the event with both of them, and moderator Paul Miller were very interesting.
I don't usually prepare remarks ahead of time when I speak, but I am doing it a bit more frequently these days, as I want to be precise about my thoughts and, in this case, I didn't want to use a PowerPoint presentation. The risk of doing that is to sound like you are reading vs. speaking. I hope I did a good job overcoming that. The benefit is that I can easily make the remarks available to you. You'll find them below. I didn't follow them exactly, but you'll get the general drift. I spoke primarily about persuasion and transparency. Apologies for not adding all the links and references...I'll try to do so later.