I'm teaming up with a great marketing and branding guy, Mitch Anthony, to initiate what we're calling the "Element 22 Salon Series". We're planning a diverse range of salon topics, united by our own broad interests. First event: October 3. Time: probably 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Venue not yet determined but it will be in Franklin County, Massachusetts. This first event is about climate change.
Except for a few rare folks lurking in the back closets of the Wall Street Journal Editorial page, everyone accepts that global warming is happening. The question is: what can we do about it and does what we do really matter? Even in the best case scenario of significant reductions in carbon emissions, global warming is with us for the next few centuries, at least. We should not only be trying to foster changes in the way we live, we should be planning for a future world that looks very different that today. What questions do we need to ask? What are the opportunities that such a change is likely to offer?
On October 3, we'll create a collaborative salon to discuss these issues. The event will be headlined by my brother, Eric Steig, a climate change scientist based in Seattle. He's also a founding member of the blog Real Climate, recently named by the Guardian newspaper as one of the top ten green websites. RealClimate bills itself as "a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists".
More details to follow. In the meantime, take a look at the recent Thomas Friedman article which gets directly to the issue (LINK).