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At the Barack Obama keynote seeing the future get the good seats. As it should be.

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Just a side note that we're not supposed to take pictures for the actual Obama speech, so upcoming tweets will be text only

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Leading into the Obama talk, we get Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" playing in the background.

The keynote starts with a video speaking about the challenges of diversity, race, sexuality, religion, culture to be an equality ally
Chairman @Benioff starts with a big "Aloha!" to the audience along with the mayors of Oakland and San Francisco.

"Please welcome our good friend, @BarackObama"


Obama enters Dreamforce, notes "This is what the fuss is about..."

Also says he's working on a book and needs to polish it because of Michelle's success. ;)

He's 7 years into his 8 year presidency for his manuscript.

Obama is also working on his museum and programming for the Obama Foundation.

Current focus: creating a platform for supporting the next gen of global civil leaders

Obama was inspired to public service by the Civil Rights movement, where many started in their early to mid 20s: John Lewis, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dr. King

Obama describes his presidential campaign strategy of dropping off 20-somethings in communities to build trust in Iowa.

He continued this as foreign policy: organizing town halls for young leaders

Obama describes youth distrust of institutions and giving young leaders the tools to do good and effectively change institutions.

"Michelle is obviously the boss parent"

We know, Barack. 😄😄😄

But seriously, Obama's key parenting messaging for his daughters.

"Be kind and be useful"

And for leadership

"Being a leader is not a matter of having your name up in lights... but unleashing the power in other people"

Obama jokes "After I was born in Kenya, I moved to Hawaii... These are strange times we live in..." 😂

Obama speaks to the sense of anxiety and uncertainty people feel.

He states that part of the goal for change is to restore some sense of common values.

For instance, for climate change, a key challenge is the assumption that more is always better.

Obama believes getting a better handle on what satisfies us is a key to better leadership: vs racialism, tribalism

What Obama worries about more for the younger generation:

Climate change is at the top and there is such a thing as being too late

Rise of extreme inequality turbocharged by globalization and tech

Obama discusses how political unrest and splits pushed by people feeling economically, culturally insecure

Obama also brings up challenges of the information age: people don't know what's true and what's not and are confronted with new ideas/beliefs.

In this new world: How do we get a common conversation and culture going?

Obama points out "If you read Fox News, you live in a different reality than if you read the New York Times."

Benioff asks about the young leaders Obama has been finding.

Obama says they're everywhere and to not just look for talent in the usual places.

Because everyone was there for the right reasons, "There's a reason we didn't have any serious scandals while I was there"

But Obama also looked outside his "inner circle" and said "those are the ones doing all the work."

Obama would call out junior staff members in a meeting who "looked busy" and they were often the ones doing the deep thinking & writing the reports on specific issues.

Obama states "Diversity is not charity, it is not something you do to be nice."

If you are missing a group, "you are missing a market"

And points out boards with significant female representation do better in terms of pure performance.

Obama discusses finding "leaders of leaders" & how you have to have people smarter than you sitting around the table

Obama points out "It was self defeating for me to only have (yes-men) around"

A big mistake Obama sees is leaders who only hire people who defer to their boss.

Obama wants problems solved by analysis.

Example of Gulf oil spill: BP and Halliburton didnt know how to seal the hole.

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu draws up a spec as a Nobel Prize winning physicist that ended up working to solve the problem.

Obama counted on having world-class experts & leaders who could solve problems that he couldn't as a process.

Obama depended on an environment to empower everybody, respect everyone, & create a network of differing perspectives to get to the best answers.

To find young leaders, Obama admits that they are finding him based on the signals he puts out.

In Year One, they got 25000 applications, far too many to support.

Obama believes a challenge we have is that institutions are not sending out the right signals to get the right people.

For example, Obama wants young people in government, but if the signal is that gov't is corrupt and inefficient, young people won't gravitate to it.

Obama is focused on sending a signal for young people, a beacon for those who think people are connected, providing respect because the talent is out there but institutions are not supporting them.

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