Halfway Through Eight Extraordinary Events
The past dozen-or-so weeks have been an outstanding blur of awesome people, places, ideas, gatherings, conversations and flights. Summer came and went for much of North America, then San Francisco's belated summer arrived and has now -- with this weekend's foggy chill -- apparently departed too. For me, the change of seasons always represents a good time for updates and reflections. In the space of about six months I have opportunities to attend seven (fingers crossed, eight) extraordinary events, any one of which would be enough to satisfy my "pursuit of an interesting and meaningful life" quota for a good chunk of time. Here's a summary of those gatherings-on-tap:
- REXpedition offsite - Santa Fe/Galisteo, New Mexico (July 2011)
- World Water Week - Stockholm, Sweden (August 2011)
- SoCap (social capital markets) - San Francisco, California (September 2011)
- World Economic Forum/Young Global Leaders New Champions Annual Summit - Dalian, China (September 2011)
- Google Zeitgeist - Phoenix, Arizona (September 2011)
- Opportunity Collaboration - Ixtapa, Mexico (October 2011)
- Global MicroCredit Summit - Valladoid, Spain (November 2011)
- "the" World Economic Forum - Davos, Switzerland (January 2012) - this is the maybe #8, I’ll know soon...
As of today I’m officially halfway though this (for me) uber-exciting-albeit-slightly-daunting calendar, and already favorite memories are many. Lots of interesting discussions about the Future of Money and alternative currencies, which have cross-cut these gatherings. It seems that people everywhere are interested, in different ways, about how to live life and build a world focused on quality of life rather than quantity of dollars (or euro or renminbi) stashed away. How do we build more resilient, human-centered economies that focus on relationships and well-being, rather than anonymous number signs (which, by the way, seem to be one of the lousiest indicators of happiness these days)? How do we build a toolkit of exchange mechanisms – for example some based on time, others on expertise and others on reputation, each of which plays a meaningful and appropriate role in daily life?Other favorite topics include urban mobility; the nexus between water security + food security + energy security + climate change; encouraging “more knowledge, less information” in today’s hyper-connected world; and the relationship between taking care of oneself and being an effective leader. Each of these merits a blogpost of its own; well, all in due course – notwithstanding the firehose of ideas that seem to be streaming my way on a daily basis! Better yet, perhaps I could get some YGL friends to guest blog here…Aside from these events, I went to Peru over the summer to explore WaterCredit expansion opportunities there – as a springboard to other countries in Latin America. It was great to refresh my rusty Spanish, and Lima has undergone a sort of urban renaissance since I was last there six years ago.Now time to go dive into Zeitgeist!