Last week I have been in Cologne for the Leonardo Award for European Corporate Learning. The organizing committee, consisting of people from science and economics, considered Jimmy Wales to be a perfect prize winner (first and only previous winner was Jacques Delors, former EU commission president). In contrast to M. Delors, Jimmy Wales did not come, and he was represented by Wikipedians Denis Barthel (DE), Nando Stöcklin (CH) and me (DE/NL).
The echo, of course, was not as loud as if Jimmy had shown up. But people were nice to us and we three completed each other in the performances well.
In general, the attendees came from the world of enterprises and were mainly interested in benefits for corporations, and it was not always easy to find a useful answer to their questions. We felt being quite foreign in this environment, but didn’t regret to come at all. Maybe one or the other contact will bring fruits.