Mark did the locknote at last year’s Web Directions conference in a Sydney with his “Mob Rules” talk. He discussed some amazing social aspects of the internet and, in a more general sense, the unprecedented communications in poor communities. Over the last decade we’ve gone from more than 50% of the worlds population never having made a phone call, to over half the population now owning a mobile phone. The social impacts of this are quite surprising in ways that people never could have predicted.
I highly recommend watching the Mob Rules talk when you get a chance. You can watch it all online at http://www.webdirections.org/resources/mark-pesce.
He’s an amazing presenter, whos presentation technique reminds me a lot of Al Gore (another speaker I have immense respect for).
I look forward to seeing what he’ll deliver at Remix.