The Inaugural Kingbridge Blog

Welcome to our new website.  It is interesting to consider Kevin Kelly’s (founding editor of WIRED) observation that the internet is only about 5000 days old and yet today, literally every organization that deals with people must have a website.  And the ways in which they can be used continues to expand and surprise us all.  It is not only organizations, but individuals whose lives and interests can be displayed for friends, and sometimes all, to see.  Myspace and Facebook have more subscribers than the populations of Japan and Mexico combined.  The implications to our economies, governments, businesses, educational institutions, health organizations, legal structures, etc are transformational.  Transparency is not a choice, but a given.  Individuals have powers that were once reserved for corporate titans and country leaders.  Adjusting to that change.  Learning to solve massively complex problems partly caused by social networks through collaborations partly facilitated by social networks seems rather ironic, but it is one of the new facts of life order new balance shoes online.
At the risk of being self serving because I own a conference centre, it is also ironic that relationships enhanced by physical presence are still essential for effective communication and collaboration.  By balancing physical meetings with virtual ones, including combinations where some participants are remote and others sitting next to you, it is possible to get more and better information, shorten decision making time frames and include more people.  We exist because learning to employ the right tools in the right way for improved knowledge, trust and collaboration is our passion and our focus.  We’re more than a conference center and we want to help our clients navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by the exponentially changing environment
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John Abele
Kingbridge Conference Centre & Institute

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About John

“John Abele is a pioneer and leader in the field of less-invasive medicine, For more than four decades, John has devoted himself to innovation in health care, business and solving social problems.” He is retired Founding Chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation. John holds numerous patents and has published and lectured extensively on the technology of various medical devices and on the technical, social, economic, and political trends and issues affecting healthcare. His major interests are science literacy for children, education, and the process by which new technology is invented, developed, and introduced to society. Current activities include Chair of the FIRST Foundation which works with high school kids to make being science-literate cool and fun, and development of The Kingbridge Centre and Institute, a conferencing institution whose mission is to research, develop, and teach improved methods for interactive conferencing: problem solving, conflict resolution, strategic planning, new methods for learning and generally help groups to become “Collectively intelligent.” He lives with his wife and two dogs in Shelburne, Vermont.”

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