YouTube Offers Users Chance to Pitch the World at Davos

MySpace and The Wall Street Journal aren’t the only ones sending people to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum: YouTube announced on its blog that one user of the Google-owned video site will join a special panel and discuss the issue that is most important to them with world leaders.

Following is part of the post by Steve Grove, The Davos Debates 2010: Your Pitch to the World:

Our candidate will get the opportunity to engage and debate with the world’s leaders and take the opportunity that Davos offers to elevate the cause that is closest to their heart. As you can imagine, we’re looking for someone a bit special. Someone like you? See below for more details:

The winner of the Davos Debates will be someone with knowledge and passion for a public cause, who can demonstrate that they’re able to interact with the world’s leaders. We want to hear real stories from people working on local issues, with a view to offering the opportunity to make these concerns global. Maybe it’s fighting for human rights, or the environment, or against poverty? Maybe it’s world fishing, education, or political freedoms? Whatever it is, we’re looking someone who isn’t afraid to get their voice heard, and give them the chance to be at Davos.

From today until Jan. 4, we’re asking YouTube users to submit their video entries. Five finalists will be selected by a judging panel comprised of Paolo Coelho, Arianna Huffington and Muhammad Yunus. These finalist videos will then go to public vote Jan. 8, with a winner announced Jan. 19.