Jamming For Global Security
It was all about Europe this weekend. Europe, and South Africa.
A big kudos to South African golfer Tim Clark in his taking of the Players Championship, his first win on the PGA Tour after 205 official starts.
Persistence definitely pays.
I thought that the UK’s Lee Westwood, who led much of the tournament, was going to finally go for the kill and take his own big win, but Clark simply outplayed Westwood, and most of the others, through the weekend, going some 26 holes without a bogey in the last 36 holes.
Tiger Woods, the world’s #1 golfer, proved not to be a factor after he left the tourney on the 7th hole yesterday with a neck injury. Hopefully Tiger will be back in shape for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in June.
On the financial front, the global investment community seems to have sighed a big sigh of relief after leaders across the pond agreed to a huge rescue package of nearly $1 trillion to battle the financial crisis looming over the Eurozone.
So far, markets around the globe seemed buoyed by this move.
IBM recently provided its own assist, helping the Security & Defence Agenda (SDA), a Brussels-based security and defence think-tank, to identify top recommendations for improving the state of global security.
The first ever Security Jam, a global online brainstorming session on the challenges facing global security, brought together nearly 4,000 military, diplomatic, and civilian experts from 124 countries during a five-day period to discuss topics ranging from crisis preparedness and human rights to environmental security and rising world powers.
Central themes resulting from the Security Jam were the need for closer collaboration between NATO and the EU, and more civilian involvement and collaboration with the military in protecting global security.
Robert Hunter, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, had this to say about the experience: “The Jam opened the door to new thinking. It reached out to people who have truly original ideas and a range of analysis that goes to the heart of today’s and tomorrow’s security issues."
IBM provided Jam technology, advanced analytics and services to enable the global on-line discussions and extract findings.
Participants called on NATO, the EU and the organizers to make the Security Jam an annual event on the security policy debate agenda.
You can read the full recommendations that emerged from the Security Jam here. (PDF, 8.22MB)