We had some problems with the RSVP so we don't have exact numbers (as if you ever all RSVPed :-), but my gut feeling is that we will have a packed room tonight again. Come early.
The alternative for everyone not in the Bay Area is our Webcast. As promised the link on the Wiki page:
rtsp://188.8.131.52/salon.sdp there is a chat too.
What will we talk about tonight 31st of March?
Here an excerpt from John Robb's Fast Company article: Power to the People.
Al Qaeda's attack on Madrid, for example, was funded by the sale of the drug Ecstasy. And Moisés Naím, in his new book, Illicit, details how globalization has fostered the development of a huge criminal economy that boasts a technologically leveraged global supply chain (like Wal-Mart's) and can handle everything from human trafficking (Eastern Europe) to illicit drugs (Asia and South America), pirated goods (Southeast Asia), arms (Central Asia), and money laundering (everywhere). Naím puts the value of that economy at between $2 trillion and $3 trillion a year. He says it is expanding at seven times the rate of legitimate world trade.
Security will become a function of where you live and whom you work for, much as health care is allocated already. Wealthy individuals and multinational corporations will be the first to bail out of our collective system, opting instead to hire private military companies, such as Blackwater and Triple Canopy, to protect their homes and facilities and establish a protective perimeter around daily life. Parallel transportation networks--evolving out of the time-share aircraft companies such as Warren Buffett's NetJets--will cater to this group, leapfrogging its members from one secure, well-appointed lily pad to the next.
The rich bastards are getting away again ;-)
There is no one at the moment who has thought deeper about these issues including the influence of Accelerating Change on these scenarios than John Robb. It is going to be very interesting.