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Brainstorm is a labor of love and we've been embracing it since long before Valentines' Day. This year we will be joined by Senator John McCain, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, President Tony Saca of El Salvador, novelist Bruce Sterling, Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli, Dutch Islamic Feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Madeleine Albright, McKesson CEO John Hammergren, Shell CEO Jeroen Van der Veer, blogger extraordinaire Arianna Huffington, MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe, and on and on. I get a kick just listing them.
The whole point is to get a conversation going about the problems and opportunities facing the world, with a clear focus on the centrality of business and technology. I hope people on this blog will chime in. We can use all the understanding we can get.
I know you cannot invite the world to this event, but the 300-plus that attended were:
� Disproportionately Anglo
� Underrepresented by Asian, African, Hispanics, and women
� Overrepresented by managers instead of thinkers and researchers
Where was Steven Hawking?
Why not invite three of the greatest athletes ever who were not expected to excel in their sport: Tiger Woods (African/Asian American), Steve Nash (Canadian/Anglo), and Lance Armstrong (Anglo-American cancer survivor).
How about Stephen Levitt and Freakenomics? Thomas Freidman and the World is Flat? Willie Nelson and Biofuels? Quantum computing expert (same Fortune issue)? Jim Collins? Tom Peters? Rick Warren? Barack Obama? Hillary Clinton? Arnooold S.?
I think the �brainstorm� is a great event but somehow appears to be elitist rather than representative and lacks some key movers and shakers. Forgive me if these individuals were invited and could not attend.
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