I won, and spent last week immersed in a wonderfully brilliant, positive, and innovative culture where there is no option entertained other than achievement and success. I've spent many years in that environment myself, particularly at the academic level. However, there is something about the policy arena which can pummel an idea or exuberance to a pulp with the negativity or scrapping, and there was not a hint of this on display.
Every cell in my body was on fire with the energy of 'Yes, we can -- and will. In fact, we have!' To top it all off, I won a Kindle Fire HD at the end of the event.
This is an event everyone should attend at least once. And if you can't or are just slightly curious about what occurred, pop on over to my blogs at MIT about Day 1 and Day 2 of the event, in addition to my overall thoughts about the experience.
Also, if you are further inclined, browse the videos from the programme. You won't be disappointed as they are all exciting, but some of my current favourites include:
- Smart Cities
- Steve Case (AOL)
- Craig Mundie
- Ted Berger (Neuroengineering)
- Ed Boyden (Neuroengineering)
- John Dabiri
- Leslie Dewan (nuclear reactor)
- Kate Crawford was spot on (Big Data)
- Angela Belcher
I cannot express my gratitude enough to MIT Sloan Executive Education for the perfectly timed spark. Thank you on so many levels...