Going to Kyiv.
On April 22-24 I will be speaking at the second Business for Smart Cities conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. The event is about the future of cities and “Society 5.0, the Population of the 22nd century.” Futurism stuff.
I will be talking about the new cities of the New Silk Road and the rapid implementation of IT systems that fundamentally change how cities function and the position of the people who inhabit them.
I like speaking at these types of conferences. Basically, I’m an entertainer. I’m an author with no business stakes in the event (don’t say book sales, as I only make 17 cents per copy sold) whose role it is to provide a glimpse of what these places look like from the inside. It’s interesting how few people are actually able to do this. Those on the business end can’t — or don’t — just walk in the streets talking with people, they can’t — or don’t — just show up in the smart cities of their competitors. I’m an unaligned traveler. I can go wherever I want and hang out with whoever I want. I guess the perspectives that I obtain are worth flying me to Ukraine and paying my speaker’s fee.
As I’ve outlined previously, speaking events are one prong in my five part business strategy, along with blogging, writing books, articles, and making documentaries. They pay, my travel expenses are covered, and they provide good social value as they further project me as an “authority” on what I cover — which is highly valuable.
If you’re around Kyiv then get in touch.
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