I am officially addicted to EmTechMIT. Since returning to the left coast from last week’s event, every neuron in my body is firing from a reconnection to one of the ultimate “Climates of Yes."
On the website, the event is described as “…where technology, business, and culture converge. It’s the showcase for emerging technologies with the greatest potential to change our lives. It’s an access point to the most innovative people and companies in the world. Most of all, it is a place of inspiration—an opportunity to glimpse the future and begin to understand the technologies that matter and how they’ll change the face of business and drive the new global economy.”
That last bit bears repeating.
Many of us have been in communities where in-fighting and turf wards lead to implosion, slogging along directionless towards muddled goals or limited vision. If they even get that far. As one involved in the policy arena, a ground-breaking idea can quickly suffer pugilistic bandying and emerge a tired facsimile of itself.
MIT, and other environments like it, thrive on inspiration. More than the pride of irrefutable excellence and a reputation for providing the right answers, they are equally adept at asking the right questions. Certainly there is competition for funding and getting one’s idea to market, but the ship (in general) moves forward in collective and shared purpose.