September 18th, 2013
Burning Man has become a meme. A fast moving, rapidly expanding, global meme.
That was my take away from being at Burning Man this year. It has moved beyond the San Francisco Bay area word of mouth organic growth of the 1990s and the 2000s and blown up into a phenomenon.
I first became aware of the Burning Man gathering about 10 years ago. I was struck by the unique and amazingly creative images I saw in the media. As a non-camper I was impressed that thousands of people would journey to a dusty Indian reservation in the northwest corner of Nevada …
March 27th, 2008
[Note to readers: this column was written a number of weeks ago, but was in holding as I wrote columns about some more immediate travel related subjects. With the turmoil in Tibet this past week, it is clearly a topic in the news. I have updated the prior column to include the recent upheavals.]
When countries or cities submit bids for hosting the Olympics it is usually done with a great sense of pride and boosterism. The governments and economic vested interests all look to hosting the Olympics as a way to showcase their â€œworld class cityâ€. In the case of …
March 25th, 2008
I just returned from a trip through Normandy with my son. The focus of our visit was the beaches of D-Day. I was trying to connect a column billed as â€œA Future Look at Todayâ€ to the powerful emotions I was feeling. On Omaha beach there is nothing on the beach to acknowledge what occurred on June 6, 1944 except for a very modern sculpture dedicated in 2004 for the 60th anniversary. Nearby was a plaque with the words of the sculptor, Anilore Banon, as to his creative inspiration for his creation, â€œThe Wings of Hopeâ€
â€œSo that the spirit which …
October 18th, 2007
Finally, the Dalai Lama was formally invited to visit a President in the White House. This week the Dalai Lama visited the White House prior to receiving the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S Capitol. Finally, the leaders of the most powerful democracy in the world have stopped being bullied by China and have recognized one of the great spiritual leaders in the world, who is also a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
All the issues about lack of leadership in Washington D.C. that have been addressed here on this blog aside, hearty congratulations to the U.S. Congress and to …