The original version of this FAQ portrait of
the Global Business Dialogue was published as a special issue of the
newsletter Global Positions in July 2005 and is available here as a
pdf at FAQ 2005. A full revised edition will be published this fall.
What follows here is an interim snapshot, which we hope will be
useful to GBD members and to others interested in this organization.
There are 23 question in all. Here they are
with links to the answers:
What is GBD?
Is There a GBD
Who are the
What is the
Does GBD Take
Can the Staff Express Opinions?
What Role Do GBD Events Play?
What are the GBD Web Sites?
What are the TTALK Quotes?
What is The GBD Notebook?
Is GBD an NGO?
Is GBD a Non-Profit?
Who Manages GBD's Business
Is there a GBD Board?
What is the Link Between GBD and GBD,
Membership, Can Anyone Join?
Are there Different Levels of
What Do Basic Members Get?
What Do Higher Level Members Get?
What Does Membership Cost?
What Does GBD Look Like?
How Can I Join?
What If I Have More Questions?
1: What Is The
Global Business Dialogue?
That is a large, philosophical question with
lots of practical answers. We will deal with the philosophical part
here and answer the practical details in response to other
questions. GBD was conceived as a business organization for the 21st
Century and launched in the spring of 2000. It is a membership
organization that exists to serve its members and others in the
global business community.
At the heart of the global business community
are the men and women around the world who produce the goods and
services the world needs to thrive and grow. For GBD, the global
business community also includes those law firms, scholars, and
citizens who are involved with the global economy, the companies
that make it up, and the politicians and other officials who craft
and administer the laws, and regulations that frame and guide it.