Beginning in 1995, Michael Olmstead and e2k served as the Executive Producer of the State of the World Forum.
Convened by Mikhail Gorbachev and Executive Director, Jim Garrison, this historic event brought together world leaders across a broad spectrum of content areas to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the world coming out of the Cold War. Participants included: Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, George H. Bush, Jane Goodall, Mohamed Yunus, Colin Powell, Thabo Mbeki, Oscar Arias, Thich Nhat Hanh, and John Denver to mention just a few.
The final Forum was held in New York, concurrently with the U.N. Millennial Summit. The program included one CNN Special and six BBC World broadcasts, one of the first 24 hour webcasts, video-enabled sets and the integration of global cultural groups with serious dialogue and debate.