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INSIGHT: Will This Change You?

Peter Nicholson

All Sound and No Fury
I’m binging lately. I’ve participated in two conferences recently, and have two more to go. In 1998, I attended one of the best convenings I have ever experienced. It was pivotal for propelling me toward undertaking more sustainable innovation projects. I keep hoping to find one as good. The usual staid conference format always promises more opportunities for learning and connection than it ever delivers. The best gatherings are the least commercial and expensive, with a greater emphasis on creating community and sharing meaningful knowledge than on generating a profit. Events can change your life, and should be designed to do so. If sustainability initiatives are going to advance, we need to create more dynamic and enriching venues to forge perspective, insight and skills, as well as build generous, trusting connections among peers. People and relationships, not ideas or technology, are the key to systems change. Each mediocre conference I attend leaves me hungry for a more dynamic and fulfilling experience that will feed me and, once again, propel me and others in the field ahead.