It is an experiment in “self-coverage” of our inaugural conference, which is taking place Aug. 4-6 at the Ritz-Carlton Highlands resort high in the California Sierras near Lake Tahoe. Here more than 300 people representing all aspects of human endeavor all over the world are meeting to learn more about the economics of innovation, and why the innate human urge to invent is key to our continued survival as a species, to greater prosperity for people everywhere, and to maintaining a benign planetary environment.
We have recruited five leading independent bloggers to help us bring to life the conference as it unfolds. Each of them has a distinct following, and they will also be posting on their own sites. We’ve asked them to follow the course of the conference and reflect upon what they are seeing and hearing as we explore the dynamics of innovation and technology of all kinds and in all settings – from agriculture to biotechnology to information technology and networking, to energy and transportation, to urban design, to new approaches to education, to the media, banking, healthcare, and every other imaginable organized activity that keeps our civilization morphing and progressing.
You can read profiles of our bloggers in the column to the right, and you will see that they, too, represent a wide span of interests. We’ll also have occasional posts during the conference from the editors who designed the Techonomy program, and even from some of the participants and speakers and people affiliated with our sponsors. Over time we hope to turn this site into a “Techonomy Commons,” where people can come for intelligent interactive discussion of the many topics related to the Techonomy concepts. Our goal is no less than to create a community of seriously curious people, and give them a forum – either physical or virtual – where they can learn from each other.
But for now we are a typical, short-handed startup and we have a show to put on. So we’re grateful to have the help of what we have come to call The Blogsquad: Gary Bolles, Marshall Kirkpatrick, Chris Mooney, David Spark, and Brian Wang. The comments section will be open, so don’t hesitate to join in the discourse.
The Techonomy Editors