Check out key points from Sam Palmisano's remarks at the Atlantic Council event where he received the Distinguished Business leader award for 2009: http://www.acus.org/event_blog/2009-leadership-awards-bush-kohl-petraeus-and-palmisano/palmisano-transcript
"If we don’t make our economic, technological and social systems truly
systems – and by that I mean they are reliable, transparent,
trustworthy and secure – then they will not be sustainable"
"In June, in Berlin, the same city that brought down the wall and
rebuilt itself into a key European hub, IBM will convene a “smart
cities” summit. We’ve invited hundreds of leaders from the world’s most
innovative cities to share ideas and learn how we can make our cities
"By 2050, 70 percent of people on Earth will live in cities. Which means
that cities… more than states, provinces or perhaps even nations… are
increasingly the central arena for success or failure"
"We have the potential – both technological and political – to make our
cities more productive, more efficient, safer, more vibrant and more
"The key, as I said, is leadership. If we are really going to drive
meaningful change, we need to get smarter about how we work together.
We will have to be far more collaborative. This is not just the
familiar “public and private sector” formula. It’s multi-directional,
multi-stakeholder, truly global. Think about it – none of the systems
I’ve mentioned is the responsibility of any one entity or decision
maker. They all involve business, government, communities, all of civil