Karpov2010 - The Campaign for New FIDE Leadership

Pegasystems is sponsoring the Karpov2010 campaign. I invite any of you who are interested to join me at a fundraiser on Monday May 17th, 6-9pm at the Trump SoHo, 246 Spring Street in New York City.

Karpov is a living legend in the international chess community. He was chess world champion from 1975 to 1985, and was the FIDE World Champion from 1993 to 1999. He has had over 160 first-place finishes and is second only to Gary Kasparov with a total of 90 months as world number-one.

His campaign? To become the next leader of the international chess federation, FIDE, and to help bring chess back to life in our schools and society. A cause I support. Karpov is motivated to transform FIDE because it has been run by the same group for the past 17 years; during this time the profile of chess as a popular and public event and a metaphor for strategic thinking and innovation has sadly and steadily and inexorably atrophied.

There are many reasons for this, and you can read all about them in Karpov’s manifesto in ChessBase http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=6317. And you can get more information and buy tickets for the fundraiser at this Website: http://www.karpov2010.org/may17fundraiser/. It should be a great evening of cocktails, dinner, interesting auctions, and you’ll get to meet Grandmasters Gary Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov, as well as Magnus Carlsen, a young Norwegian phenom who is currently the world’s #1 ranked chess player.

Why chess? Why now? Our education systems are not getting the best out of our students. We are seeing the consequences of this in our economy and in the levels of GDP output per worker. There is a clear crisis of business innovation that we have to address and the best place to start is with our young. By broadening the social popularity of an ancient game of simulation that teaches students of all ages the virtues of preparation, patience, intuition, and respect for competition, a rejuvenated FIDE will send the right message to society.

I do see Pegasystems’ customers addressing this crisis by empowering business leaders to capture their goals into our BPM software and executing change and encouraging innovation. That is why BPM is so hot and shows no signs of cooling. But the larger crisis of innovation remains and exceeds even our ambitions to revolutionize how business gets done. The crisis begins not in MBA programs, but in elementary and secondary schools. We have start today to grow our next-generation of business innovators and leaders, the ones who will instinctively know how to manage a build for change approach for continuous improvement.

So if you can support this worthy cause, thank you! Perhaps I will see you there? And look for opportunities to support chess in your local schools and communities. The new FIDE, under Karpov’s leadership, will help.