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Saturday and Sunday Events

For those not attending Friday's Tech Night, Saturday morning registration will occur at the AC2004 conference location, Tressider Union, Stanford University, from 7:30- 8:30am (coffee, tea, and juice for early arrivers).

Our Saturday and Sunday programs begin at 8:30am sharp. Tresidder Union is located in the "Heart of the Campus," (Grid I-7 on the Stanford map). The most convenient parking is available in Lot L-39 (Driving Directions). All Stanford meters and lots are no-pay on weekends, and on weekdays after 4pm.

Collective Intelligence Dinner and "Futuristically Incorrect"

Saturday evening's Collective Intelligence Dinner (no press writeups of dinner conversation, please) blends small-group brainstorming with large-group idea presentation and debate to gain individualized perspectives on a range of Challenge Questions (i.e., issues of interest for group foresight).

The dinner is a fun way to plumb the knowledge banks of our distinguished attendees and to improve the quality of networking and participation in the conference's themes.

Challenge questions in the conference themes are placed on signs around dinner tables that seat approx. eight individuals, one question per table. Attendees self-organize around their table of choice on a first-come, first-seated basis.

In the "Brainstorming" phase, formal discussion of the challenge question at each table is suggested during the last 45 minutes of the 90 minute dinner. Interested individuals take notes during the discussion, attributing specific points or ideas to attendees by name when allowed. In the "Reporting" phase, a speaker from each table can volunteer to give a brief summary of the table ideas to the main group, representing the table in a freewheeling and frenetic debate known as "Futuristically Incorrect" on each question over dessert

The CI dinner was designed with the assistance of Tanya Jones, previously at the Foresight Institute.

Two billion years ago our ancestors were microbes; a half-billion years ago, fish; a hundred million years ago, something like mice; ten million years ago, arboreal apes; and a million years ago, proto-humans puzzling out the taming of fire. Our evolutionary lineage is marked by mastery of change. In our time, the pace is quickening.

Carl Sagan


When the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end [of a business] is near.

Jack Welch

Analysis • Forecasting • Action

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