"Al Gore electrifies Web 2.0 Summit"
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Al Gore electrifies Web 2.0 Summit
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>> Great. Thank you very much. Thank you very much.
Wow, that's an unexpected welcome. Really, thank you.
Thank you very much. I appreciate that. Some week.
[ Laughter ]
>> Some week.
[ cheering ]
>> Each of you could probably share personal stories
about what got you the most, emotionally. I'm going to
resist the temptation, because I have a long list.
Really. It really was overwhelming. And I know you've
had some discussion here already about the meaning of it
all in connection -- how it relates to this gathering.
And couldn't have happened without the world wide web,
without the Internet. And the fund raising extension
was only part of it. The new possibilities in -- on the
web -- have revolutionized almost every aspect of
running for president. And the -- the electrifying
redemption of America's revolutionary declaration that
all human beings are created equal would not have been
possible. [ Applause ]
>> Would not have been possible without the additional
empowerment of individuals to use knowledge as a source
of power that has come with the Internet. When people
are displaying interactivity or user generated content
or social networking or whatever, that's kind of the
gee, whiz stuff. I'm not trying to diminish that at
all. But I am saying that our challenge really, those
of us who are excited about the speedier development of
the potential that we have here, we need to move past
that as quickly as possible to a time where all of those
features are just taken for granted, and are just like
the water the fish doesn't know its swimming in. And
how do we get there. And I think that the incredible
explosion of new ways of collaborating, securing
information, if you want to talk about that, of
introducing new levels of creativity and quality into
everything -- I think that web 2.0 has to have a
purpose. We have to have a purpose. The purpose I
would urge all of you as many of you are willing to take
it up is to bring about a higher level of consciousness
about hour relationship to this planet and the immanent
danger and opportunity that we face because of the
radical transformation of the relationship between human
beings and the Earth. We have everything that we need
to save it, and in the process create millions of new
jobs, reduce our national security exposure to a sudden
cut-off of oil, and solve the climate crisis. But just
as Barack Obama's election would have been impossible
without the new dialogue and new ways of interacting on
the web, the only way this is going to be solved is by
addressing the democracy crisis, and we -- the country
hit a great blow for victory this week. But we have to
take this and raise it in the awareness of everyone --
and the solutions. Anyway, that's what I wanted to say.
I'm looking forward to the interactions, and thank you
very much for having me here.
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