Sort of off topic: Feeling good about the U.S.

David Brooks wrote a terrific editorial in today's New York Times, called Relax, We’ll Be Fine, in which he explores all the reasons we have to feel optimistic about the future of the U.S. What makes it not completely off topic is this line: "As the world gets richer, demand will rise for the sorts of products Americans are great at providing — emotional experiences." While he mentions these experiences in terms of cool TV shows and Apple products, I'd add to that our growing propensity for producing meetings not just of the minds, but also the hearts. If we can do it well enough, I think we'll see our international attendance grow just as much as international demand for iPads.

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