Huffington tells summit, data is overratedby John Kennedy | September 12th, 2013
Huffington Post founder and president Arianna Huffington on Thursday told a Florida Leaders Summit of 300 state and local elected officials and policyshapers in Orlando that data is overrated when it comes to effecting change.
“If Henry Ford has asked (people) what they wanted, they would’ve said they wanted a faster horse. He gave them a car,” Huffington said.
Huffington, who started the aggregating web site in 2005 which later won a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting on U.S. war veterans, was among the opening speakers at the summit organized by another news aggregator, Florida’s Sayfie Review.
Much of the focus of summit panel discussions is on the concept of disruption, what trends and events may shape such issues as energy, education, transportation and tourism in Florida in coming years. But Huffington urged those gathered not to be overly reliant – or daunted — by research that may suggest an idea isn’t worth trying.
Huffington also said business and political leaders need to be willing to disconnect from technology and, basically, think. The Huffington Post has installed two nap rooms for staff, with a third on the way, to allow workers to relax and reflect.
That, in itself, is a disruption in our technology-tethered workplace.
“The more ability we have to disrupt, the better we are as leaders,” Huffington said.