Ben Verwaayen, Kripi Badonia
Last night I was fortunate to attend the Alcatel-Lucent India family day.
A magnificent event with some 4000 people. Part of the show was a dancing contest for children. An 11 year old, Kripi Badonia, really impressed me with her courage and enthusiasm. So I went to congratulate her. She asked if she could interview me for her school club.
Of course, no problem! I had done that day already many, so what could an 11 year old do on top of that?
But I was wrong. She was asking the really tough questions. She started about the Alcatel-Lucent commitment around climate change. Not difficult, we have a pretty good record and much more to come, but then she looked me straight in the eye and asked: what have YOU done for the planet?
Wow, go and answer that one…
I think we need to send Kripi to Copenhagen for the World Climate Change Conference. The world needs a result and the talent of kids like Kripi to get right to the heart of the matter is not what global conferences are known for.
The WEF is a multi stakeholders platform and that is a great part of its unique attraction. People from business, politics and academia, from NGOs and governments, they all engage in dialogue.
That gives a great blend of views and sometimes can clarify misunderstandings.
But it is of course a far cry from the directness of Kripi.
Yes, we are having great policy discussions at the summit , but what have we done lately for the planet??