Two days, two provocative lunches as part of the Silicon Valley Junto Q2 conversations in San Francisco and Palo Alto on The Good Life: The Pursuit of Happiness in Silicon Valley.
Check out the notes from the meeting. Tim Taylor blogs the lunch, too. "Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions," Oliver Wendell Holmes once said. That’s what I’m feeling right now.
Coming out of the conversations I feel reinvigorated to lead, to live, and to pursue happiness with a vigor unaffected by the ultimate outcome. It is, after all, about the pursuit. It is, I would argue, the most important pursuit of all.
The Silicon Valley Junto is convening in Palo Alto on April 11th and San Francisco on April 12th for lunch to discuss….
The Good Life: The Pursuit of Happiness in Silicon Valley
The SV Junto is an in-person, informal gathering of business and technology professionals in the Silicon Valley to discuss non-business issues and embrace the life of the mind. We believe that breakthrough insights occur at the intersection of ideas and cultures and, as such, it is critical for business and tech folks to exercise the mental muscles of philosophy, sociology, religion, and so forth.
Seating is limited. Add your name to the wiki if you’d like to join us. If you want more details on the topic, check out the page of questions we’ll grapple with (and add your own!).
We had a great conversation last quarter on Americanism, so if you live in the Bay Area I hope you’ll join me for good food and stimulating discussion!
One of my favorite blogs is Happiness and Public Policy which contains wonderful postings on research and news on this often elusive pursuit. This morning there’s a devastating critique of a Financial Times piece linking happiness, suicides, and economic growth. My big takeaway is "We don’t even know if there is a lawlike relationship (the kind necessary to support valid scientific generalizations) between the way people talk about happiness and the way that actually feel."
This would be a good topic for the Q2 meeting of the Silicon Valley Junto.
We had a good first meeting on Americanism for the Silicon Valley Junto. Nine people in total, diverse backgrounds (though all in business/tech), and interesting perspectives on this knotty issue of what it means to be American. We had a deliciously wide ranging conversation over lunch. I know there were several people who wanted to come but had other previously scheduled committments – all this tells me that Silicon Valley folks see the value in discussing non-business, non-web2.0 topics since it’s both intellectually refreshing and good for biz since insights are made at the intersections of ideas.
If you’re in the Bay Area, stay tuned to the Meeting Calendar page or the Junto blog for more on the Q2 get-together.
If you’re not in the Bay Area, join the conversation by blogging your thoughts on Americanism…or better yet, start a local Junto group and let me know about it.
Silicon Valley Junto is for biz/tech folks to talk about other things – "thoughtful conversations about topics that matter." On Thursday at noon at Spalti Ristorante in Palo Alto we’re going to be talking about Americanism as an idea. Check out the Junto blog for more. If you’re around and want to come by, drop me an email.