Unsprawl at Global Cleantech 2006 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 March 2007

On November 17, 2006 Global Cleantech presented its first conference "Bringing Clean Technologies To Global Markets". The conference brought together some of the most innovative leaders of "clean-tech" businesses and organizations. The day long conference featured presentations from several CEOs and researchers. It provided a forum for the exchange diverse approaches to using technology on behalf of the global environment instead of against it. As one of the invited speakers, UNSPRAWL's Koichi Paul Nii provided a radical solution for dealing with the unsustainable relationship that humans have had with Earth.

The conference was organized and moderated by Global Cleantech.net's Kitty Wells and Charles Ostman. The morning session started off with key note speaker, Jerome Clayton Glenn, Executive Director, Millennium Project. Mr. Glenn provided an illuminating view of the global business environment that clean technologies are facing now and in the future. He spoke of how economic viability, for environmentally friendly technologies, will depend upon the creation of strategic relationships between the clean tech entrepreneurs and the wide spectrum of individuals and businesses needed to achieve market acceptance.

The morning session continued with a VC investor's panel. The panel was composed of representatives from several of the leading venture capital investment firms of Silicon Valley. These firms have decades of experience in investing in cutting edged clean technologies. The panel members were very forthcoming in what they looked for in their portfolio companies and in how they work them to achieve go-to market success.

Following the first half of the morning session, the conference proceeded with presentations by the invited speakers. The presentations represented a wide array of diverse technologies and initiatives. The technologies presented addressed everything from energy solutions, food and clean water production methods as well as scientific research that is still many years away from becoming a marketable technology.

As one of the invited speakers, UNSPRAWL.net's Paul Nii was asked to share his decades of experience in the domain of Environmentally Progressive Architecture. Paul's "UNSPRAWL" presentation was well received by the audience of clean tech entrepreneurs and investors. Paul provided the audience with an opportunity to see humanity's relationship with earth in a new light. His presentation was not a pitch for bringing a new technology to market, but rather, it was a invitation to join in the inventing of a new paradigm for 21st century urbanization.

Most of the technologies presented by the other invited speakers were highly compatible with the ideas and principals put forward in the UNSPRAWL presentation. Several the other speakers sought out Paul after the conference ajourned to learn more about UNSPRAWL and how we could work together.

To view the UNSPRAWL presentation, go here

To learn more about the Global Cleantech Conference go to - http://www.globalcleantech.net


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